The father of Ohio State tailback Keith Byars, who missed most of the 1985 season after breaking a bone in his right foot, said team doctors mishandled his son's injury. "If they would have operated, he could have been healed in six to eight weeks and would have been fine," said Reggie Byars. Keith Byars led the nation in rushing, scoring and all-purpose yardage a year ago. He gained only 213 yards on 55 carries in four games in 1985 . . .

Navy's Louis Poore won the Sugar Bowl 10,000-meter run at New Orleans in 29:27 . . .

North Carolina State gave Dick Sheridan a five-year contract as football coach. He replaces Tom Reed, who resigned. Earlier, Sheridan resigned as football coach and athletic director at Furman. He is the winningest coach in Division I-AA, with a 69-32-2 record in eight years at Furman . . .

According to the Raleigh (N.C.) News and Observer, Jim Valvano might step aside as N.C. State basketball coach after the '87 season if that would lead to becoming athletic director. The newspaper, quoting an unidentified source, said Valvano would be interested in holding both jobs for one season after Willis Casey retires this summer . . .

Chris Moreland of Alexandria set a Duke single-game scoring record as her 34 points sparked a 94-40 win over Indiana State. The 6-foot-1 sophomore is a former All-Met player from Mount Vernon High School.