Atlanta Falcons -- Waived QB Steve Bartkowski at his request, giving the 11-year pro a chance to play elsewhere in the NFL. "Steve has expressed his desire to complete his career with a contending team," said Eddie LeBaron, Falcons executive vice president. The Philadelphia Eagles, for one, contacted Bartkowski last week.

New England Patriots -- QB Steve Grogan had surgery to repair a fracture in his left leg, will be in a cast four weeks and out of action at least six weeks (should the team proceed in the playoffs).

Buffalo Bills -- OG Joe DeLamielleure, 13-year veteran going back to the "Electric Company" line that blocked for O.J. Simpson, retired, saying, "It's not that I don't want to (play), but physically I can't do it."

Cleveland Browns -- Picked up RB Curtis Dickey, veteran waived this week by the Indianapolis Colts.

Cincinnati Bengals -- Reported QB Boomer Esiason (bruised hip) ready to play Sunday against Houston.

NFC -- Players of week: WR Ron Brown, Los Angeles Rams, and DE George Martin, New York Giants. BASEBALL

Baltimore Orioles -- Advanced P Mike Skinner (16-5 at AA Charlotte and Class A Hagerstown), C Carl Nichols (.236 at Charlotte) and P Mark Leiter (2-8, eight saves at Hagerstown) to the 40-player winter roster (now at 38).

Carolina League -- Peninsula Pilots of Hampton, Va., switching major league affiliation from Philadelphia (NL) to Chicago (AL), now will be known as the White Sox. HOCKEY

Pittsburgh Penguins -- Expect C Mario Lemieux, NHL's No. 2 scorer, to miss three games (lower back strain). BASKETBALL

Dallas Mavericks -- Waived third-year C Wallace Bryant. AUTO RACING

Alabama International Speedway -- Lyn St. James, 37, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., became the first woman in the world to exceed 200 mph on a closed course. She drove a Ford Probe prototype around the track at 204.233 mph. SKIING

World Series -- Vreni Schneider and Swiss teammate Erika Hess placed one-two in women's giant slalom at Sestriere, Italy. SOCCER

FIFA -- The international federation announced plans to stage a world indoor championship for 1988 either in North America or Europe, probably involving 24 teams. COLLEGES

Southern Conference -- Appointed Dave Hart, Missouri athletic director, to become commissioner in July.

Nebraska -- Senior QB Travis Turner will undergo reconstructive surgery on his right knee Friday.

Syracuse -- F Derrick Coleman, 6-9 1/2, of Detroit Northern signed a basketball letter of intent.

Texas-El Paso -- Fired Bill Yung (7-38 including 1-9 this season), as football coach, effective after the Dec. 7 WAC finale against Wyoming in Melbourne, Australia.

Tennessee Tech -- Gary Darnell (3-29) resigned as football coach; replaced by offensive coordinator James Ragland, all-OVC quarterback for Tech in 1963.

Tenn.-Martin -- Football coach Fred Pickard (12-31-1) quit.

Georgetown -- Cathy Taylor was named volleyball rookie of the year for the Big East southern division.