Tennessee -- Named Doug Dickey athletic director. Dickey, 53, was the Volunteers' football coach from 1964 until he moved to Florida in 1969. FOOTBALL

Atlanta Falcons -- Signed free agent P Rick Donnelly; released WR Don Holmes. Buffalo Bills -- Activated LB Chris Keating and DE Don Smith; waived NT Bill Acker; placed LB Stan David on injured reserve. BASEBALL

Chicago Cubs -- Activated P Steve Trout; placed P Dave Gumpert in 21-day DL. New York Mets -- Recalled LHP Joe Sambito from Class AAA Tidewater, saying they intend to ask waivers on him. BOXING

World Boxing Association -- Top-ranked challenger Bernard Taylor (32-0-1) of Knoxville, Tenn., has agreed to Belfast, Northern Ireland, as the site of his Sept. 28 featherweight bout with Irishman Barry McGuigan (27-0-1), who will be making the first defense of the title he won in June. Promoters said Taylor was paid an extra $100,000 to fight in Belfast. JUNIOR OLYMPICS

Diving -- Genna Weiss, 12, of Silver Spring won the bronze medal in three-meter springboard diving in Houston. AUTO RACING

Busch 500 -- Dale Earnhardt won the pole for the NASCAR Grand National race in Bristol, Va., with a track-record speed of 113.586 mph. SAILING

Laser Class -- Mike Martin of Alexandria won the North Americans race yesterday in Kingston, Ontario.