FOOTBALL

San Francisco 49ers -- WR Freddie Solomon, 32, said he will retire after the season, his 11th in the NFL and eighth with the 49ers. His 24 catches for 242 yards and one touchdown this year bring his career receiving figures to 370 catches, 5,829 yards, 48 touchdowns. Los Angeles Raiders -- Waived S Don Bessillieu. Senior Bowl -- Named Leeman Bennett, coach of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, to coach the South squad in the Jan. 18 renewal in Mobile, Ala. Picked Barry Word of Virginia and Neal Anderson and John L. Williams of Florida to join Bo Jackson of Auburn as South RBs. BASEBALL

Detroit Tigers -- Released RHP Milt Wilcox, 35, "to contact any and all teams regarding playing for the 1986 season." Hampered by injuries after going 17-8 for the pennant-winning 1984 Tigers, he was 1-3 in 1985, pitching in only eight games. Oakland A's -- Released RHPs Steve Mura and Mike Warren; outrighted IF-OF Barbaro Garbey, IF Steve Kiefer, LHP Jeff Kaiser to AAA. San Francisco Giants -- Dropped 3B-OF Joel Youngblood (.270 in 1985). Hired Gordy MacKenzie as third base coach, switching Bob Lillis to dugout assistant to Manager Roger Craig. Texas Rangers -- Let go RHP Dickie Noles and OF Ellis Valentine, with invitations to try out as free agents in spring training, and OF Duane Walker, with whom they expect to negotiate further. Pittsburgh Pirates -- Renewed Mike Quade, Alexandria Dukes player-coach in 1982-83, as manager at Class A Macon. HORSE RACING

Hialeah -- Stephan's Odyssey, runner-up in the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes, clung to life as two veterinarians worked to clear up a blood clot in his broken left foreleg. Trainer Woody Stephens said he would wait at least a few more days before deciding if surgery would be attempted or if the horse would be destroyed. HOCKEY

Edmonton Oilers -- Reacquired C Gord Sherven in a deal with Minnesota, sending the North Stars C Marc Habscheid, who has been idle after refusing demotion. The Oilers also gave up two future prospects and acquired AHL C Don Biggs. Buffalo Sabres -- Switched Don Luce from director of U.S. scouting to assistant coach. Returned F Paul Gardner, D Jim Hofford to AHL. COLLEGES

Marshall -- Hired George Chaump, 24-16-1 at Indiana U. (Pa.), as football coach.