FOOTBALL

Los Angeles Raiders -- Signed free agent DE Elvis Franks, who was waived last week by Cleveland Browns after five seasons with them; waived DB Ricky Williams. New York Giants -- WR Lionel Manuel (hamstring) will miss at least two weeks, perhaps the rest of the season. St. Louis Cardinals -- QB Neil Lomax, injured (pinched nerve, right arm) Sunday in a loss to the New York Giants, will start Thursday against Dallas. BASEBALL

California Angels -- Signed 2B Bobby Grich (.242 with 13 HR and 53 RBI) to a one-year contract. Milwaukee Brewers -- Gave P Pete Ladd his unconditional release after he declined an offer to go to AAA Vancouver farm club. Pittsburgh Pirates -- Named former major league P Ron Schueler as pitching coach. Texas Rangers -- Traded IF Wayne Tolleson and P Dave Schmidt to the Chicago White Sox for P Ed Correa, IF Scott Fletcher and a player to be named later. BASKETBALL

Dallas Mavericks -- Traded C Kurt Nimphius to the Los Angeles Clippers for 7-foot-2 James Donaldson, a four-year veteran who led NBA in field-goal percentage last season; trade clears way for rookie Benoit Benjamin to become Clippers' starting center. NBA -- Named F Alex English of the Denver Nuggets player of the week. ICE HOCKEY

Hartford Whalers -- Sent D Jack Brownschidle to Binghamton (AHL) farm team. New York Rangers -- Assigned D Simo Saarinen to AHL New Haven Nighthawks; recalled D Tony Seltrin. COLLEGES

Montana -- Announced that football coach Larry Donovan (25-38-1 in six seasons) will not be retained. Texas-Arlington -- Dropped intercollegiate football, citing worsening financial problems. NCAA Cross Country -- University of Wisconsin won both men's and women's national titles in Milwaukee. Tim Hacker of Wisconsin won the 10,000-meter men's race in 2 minutes 18 seconds. Navy had its best finish ever, seventh, with Ron Harris (30:24.44) 22nd. Suzie Tuffey, a North Carolina State freshman, won the 5,000-meter women's race (16:22). Virginia's Patty Matava was 26th in 17:00, qualifying her for all-America status. NCAA Soccer -- South Carolina (20-2-1) will host American (17-2-2) in a quarterfinal of the NCAA Division I men's tournament Sunday at 1 in Columbia, S.C. Television Football -- ABC will carry Saturday's Alabama-Auburn game nationally, kickoff 3:30 p.m. HORSE RACING

Missouri Racing Commission -- Unanimously picked William M. Linton, executive director of the Maryland Racing Commission, to be executive director of the state's new agency. He will take office on Jan. 1. Mom's Command -- The winner of this year's New York Triple Crown for fillies had half interest sold by owner Peter Fuller to Jayeff "B" Stable, a New York racing partnership, for $4 million. LOCAL Touchdown Club -- Rocky Bleier, who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers for 12 seasons after overcoming wounds sustained while serving in Vietnam, will be a guest at today's luncheon.