Philadelphia Phillies -- Told veteran OF Garry Maddox to try the free agent market in November, then come back and they might talk if he's willing to take a pay cut. BASKETBALL

New York Knicks -- Released G Steve Burtt and F Kevin Springman; denied published report that they have signed New Jersey F Albert King to an offer sheet for $600,000 a year, which the Nets would match. Dallas Mavericks -- Released G Harold Keeling and Tommy Davis. Seattle SuperSonics -- Signed free-agent C George Johnson, late of New Jersey Nets. BOXING

Mark Breland -- Undefeated welterweight, an Olympic gold medalist, won seventh as a professional, knocking out Donald Gwinn at 1:32 of the second round in New York. WBA Lightweight Championship -- Livingstone Bramble will defend Nov. 23 against Tyrone Crawley, 15 rounds, in the MGM Grand Hotel in Reno, Nev. It will be promoted by Top Rank Inc., and will be televised on NBC Sports World. COLLEGES

Nebraska -- NCAA barred Coach Moe Iba from attending basketball workouts for five days because team practiced before the allowed date of Oct. 15 (reportedly on Oct. 7). Southern Illinois-Carbondale -- Named as athletic director James Livengood, associate athletic director at Washington State University the past five years. FOOTBALL

Indianapolis Colts -- Activated RB Curtis Dickey, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee following preseason injury. San Francisco 49ers -- Waived DE Jim Stuckey; reactivated LB Fulton Kuykendall. HOCKEY

Boston Bruins -- Delaware North Co., owner of the Boston Bruins and Boston Garden, where the team plays home games, says it is ready to notify the NHL it is prepared to sell the team and the building to a group of Boston businessmen headed by Jim Brennan and Godfrey Wood. Montreal Canadiens -- NHL suspended RW Chris Nilan eight games for butt-ending Rick Middleton of the Boston Bruins in the mouth Sunday. Quebec Nordiques -- Announced LW Michel Goulet has ended holdout. Detroit Red Wings -- Sent W Ray Staszak to AHL; recalled C Bruce Eakin, W Basil McRae. TENNIS

Martina Navratilova, on her 29th birthday, regained her No. 1 ranking, moving past Chris Evert Lloyd. The two had a scheduled exhibition match in Newton, Mass., last night postponed until next spring because Evert has a pulled hamstring.