Players of the Week -- American League selected Seattle SS Spike Owen, .464 (13 for 28) with two triples and a home run in week ended Sunday. National League cited Chicago Cubs 2B Ryne Sandberg, .500 (13 for 26, extended hitting streak to 11 games). Chicago Cubs -- The Illinois Senate rejected legislation that would suspend state noise pollution regulations to let the club install temporary lights at Wrigley Field for postseason play only. A spokesman for the Tribune Co., Cubs' owner, said the issue is moot, the team is well into considering alternate sites for a stadium. Chicago White Sox -- Sent RHP Bruce Tanner (1-2, 6.75 ERA in four starts) back to AAA Buffalo, recalled RHP Steve Fireovid. Cleveland Indians -- Purchased RHP Jerry Reed (8-5, 3.40 ERA) from AAA Maine; put RHP Rick Behenna on 15-day DL, recurring sore shoulder; kept RHP Roy Smith, hit in head by a Seattle line drive Sunday but expected to pitch this weekend, in hospital a second night as precaution. BASKETBALL

Phoenix Suns -- Placed 7-foot-2 C Nick Vanos, second-round draftee from Santa Clara, on active roster, Coach John MacLeod saying club is committed to keeping the rookie for at least two NBA seasons. Vanos missed most of the Suns' rookie-free agent camp last weekend with a sprained left thumb; earlier, sat out a predraft camp in Chicago with a sprained right ankle. "We're going to rebuild and this is part of it," MacLeod said. "He's a project." HOCKEY

New York Rangers -- Hired Jack Birch and Reg Higgs as assistant coaches. Both Birch, 31, coach of University of Waterloo the past three years, and Higgs, 42, coach at U. of Regina the last 10 seasons, worked with new Rangers Coach Ted Sator at the Huron Hockey School in Ontario as part of the NHL's conditioning and development program. New York Islanders -- Signed RW Mikko Makela, 20, leading goal scorer in the Finnish league last season with 34 in 36 games, to a multiyear contract. FOOTBALL

Cleveland Browns -- The Supreme Court let stand a ruling that permitted minority shareholder Robert Gries to name himself and his lawyer, Jordan Band, to the NFL team's board of directors in 1982 over objection of principal owner Art Modell. OBITUARY

Edward R. Slaughter, 82, golf coach and football assistant at the University of Virginia for 40 years until retirement in 1972; died Sunday at a Charlottesville nursing home. The university named its intramural athletic center after him a few years ago. At Michigan, he was an all-America football guard. YACHTING

Liberty Cup -- The United States yacht, skippered by Gary Jobson of Annapolis, beat Britain twice and New Zealand once and led in the ongoing competition off New York, 10 victories to eight for New Zealand. Australia and France were next with six apiece.