FOOTBALL

NFC -- Named Atlanta Falcons RB Gerald Riggs (41 carries for 123 yards, three touchdowns Sunday; leads conference with 1,138 yards on 268 carries) offensive player of week. Named Chicago Bears LB Otis Wilson (two sacks, five tackles, forced a fumble and an interception) defensive player of week.

Philadelphia Eagles -- Signed QB Jeff Christensen, who they had cut Sept. 2, because QB Ron Jaworksi is doubtful for Sunday's game with bruised shoulder. Placed WR Ron Johnson (dislocated shoulder) on injured reserve.

St. Louis Cardinals -- Picked up WR Earnest Gray off waivers; signed rookie RB Tony Mumford; placed S Benny Perrin (left knee arthroscopy) and RB Perry Harrington (knee) on injured reserve; announced RB Ottis Anderson, RB Earl Ferrell, will miss Sunday's game with New York Giants because of leg injuries.

Seattle Seahawks -- Claimed RB Rick Parros on waivers from Denver Broncos, who were attempting to activate him from preseason injured reserve (shoulder). COLLEGES Gallaudet -- Sophomore Betsy Bachtel, 27, finished first (19:15.9) in the NCAA Division III South-Southeast regional cross-country competition last Saturday in Atlanta. She will race in the nationals Saturday in Atlanta.

Virginia -- Signed 6-6 swing man Rob Metcalf, who averaged 18.2 points, nine rebounds last season at Lincoln (Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.) High School, to national letter of intent.

James Madison -- Signed 6-5 swing man Claude Ferdinand, who averaged 14 points, seven rebounds last season at St. Nicholas of Torentino (New York City) High School, to national letter of intent.

Texas -- Reportedly has commitment from 7-1 C George Muller from Huber Heights, Ohio, to play basketball next year.

Yale-Harvard -- The Capital area alumni clubs of Harvard and Yale are sponsoring a telecast of the Yale-Harvard football game at the Cinema 'N Drafthouse (Wisconsin Avenue) in Bethesda at noon Saturday.

George Mason -- Sophomore Carol Parietti, who finished eighth in NCAA District II qualifying last Saturday at Lehigh University, will compete in the NCAA Cross-Country Championships Monday in Milwaukee. Parietti is the first Patriots woman to advance to the cross-country championship. BASEBALL

Atlanta Braves -- Announced they will not bid for free agent Phil Niekro, 46, even though owner Ted Turner wanted him back and had commissioned a statue to mark the pitcher's 20-year career with the Braves. The decision was reached after two days of front-office debate. "We decided we had to pitch the kids," said General Manager Bobby Cox. After being released by the Braves in 1983, Niekro won 32 games in two season with the New York Yankees.

Detroit Tigers -- Manager Sparky Anderson's left elbow was broken when he fell from a ladder Tuesday night.

Buffalo Bisons -- Named former Chicago Cubs and Oakland A's manager Jim Marshall as the American Association team's manager; named former major league pitcher Dick Bosman as pitching coach.