Atlanta Braves --
Signed RHP David Palmer to a nonguaranteed one-year contract; he is the eighth free agent to sign with a new team this offseason. With a history of sporadic arm trouble, he was 7-10 last season, 38-26 career with Montreal Expos. Cleveland Indians -- Signed RHP Dickie Noles, for Class AAA Maine unless he wins a spot on the regular-season roster. Signed OF Mel Hall and LHP Dave Von Ohlen, averting arbitration hearings. Boston Red Sox -- Signed RHP Steve Crawford and IF Dave Stapleton; both had arbitration hearings pending. FOOTBALL
Dallas Cowboys -- Hired Paul Hackett, who the last three years helped direct the San Francisco 49ers' productive passing game as coach of quarterbacks and receivers, to be pass offense coordinator. Coach Tom Landry switched offensive coordinator Jim Shofner to a desk job as a special assistant and said more changes are in store. Green Bay Packers -- Realigned offensive coaching structure, eliminating title of offensive coordinator. Tom Coughlin, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver coach, becomes passing and receivers coach; Lew Carpenter switches to special assistant; George Sefcik, offensive backfield coach, now is quarterback coach. Seattle Seahawks -- Named receiver coach Steve Moore offensive coordinator. TENNIS
Lipton International -- Eleni Rossides, a Stanford freshman from Washington, D.C., upset No. 7 seed Cecille Calmette of France, 6-1, 6-3, in the first round of qualifying for next week's $1.8 million event in Boca Raton, Fla. In men's qualifiers, Tom Nijssen of the Netherlands beat Franklin Hatchet of Washington, 6-0, 6-0. SKIING
Ren's World Cup -- Anton Steiner of Austria gained the first victory of his 11-year career, in a downhill at Morzine, France. COLLEGES
Football Hall of Fame -- Named coaches Charley McLendon (LSU) and Bill Edwards (Wittenberg) for induction. Brandeis -- Named Kevin O'Brien, associate basketball coach, to succeed Bob Brannum as head coach after the season; Brannum will remain in the athletic department. Texas-San Antonio -- Don Eddy resigned as basketball coach under pressure, partly over his having pushed one of his players on the sideline during a recent game.