The Washington Redskins waived Paul Woodside and Rocky Costello yesterday but will bring five other kickers, including Mark Moseley, to training camp in July.
Veteran punter Steve Cox, former University of Maryland standout Jess Atkinson, former USFL veteran Jim Asmus and former Kansas State kicker Steve Willis also will return to compete with Moseley, a 15-year veteran who missed eight of his last 15 field goal attempts last season.
The Redskins had planned to take four kickers to their Dickinson College training site but decided to give Willis another chance. He made 35 of 70 field goals in the minicamp competition, but kicks off very well.
"He will have to be on top of his game immediately," Wayne Sevier, the special teams coach, said. "We plan to be down to three kickers by the first preseason game."
Moseley and Atkinson both made 53 of 70 field goals during minicamp; Costello, 51; Cox, 50; Asmus, 48; and Woodside, 45.
Cox, who punted and kicked off after Jeff Hayes hurt a leg kicking off in Chicago last September, will come to camp as a kicker, Sevier said. "If we determine he can't be the kicker, then he will turn to punting," Sevier said.
The punting competition will be between Hayes and Cox. BASKETBALL
Bobby Weiss, 42, who played for the Washington Bullets in 1976-77, is the new coach of the San Antonio Spurs. He had been an assistant to Dick Motta with the Dallas Mavericks. He had played under Motta in Chicago and Washington . . .
The Portland Trail Blazers are expected to name Mike Schuler their coach today. He has been an assistant for the Milwaukee Bucks the last three seasons . . .
Indiana State will never have another Larry Bird but they might have the next-best thing. Eddie Bird, aka "Baby Bird," has decided to go to Indiana State. He scored 1,172 points in four years at Springs Valley High in French Lick, Ind., to break the state record of 1,125 held by brother Larry. Eddie plans to major in math or physical education and hopes to coach someday . . .
Vincent Askew, a starter on Memphis State's squad, said he will tranfer. If he does, Memphis State will have lost four members of last season's NCAA playoff team. Andre Turner and Baskerville Holmes used up their eligibility and William Bedford is turning pro early.
Askew said the same thing last year but university officials talked him out of it. HOCKEY
The 11 playoff games of the Stanley Cup series at the Montreal Forum provided the Canadiens with an additional $3 million in gross ticket income, plus extra sales in concessions and souvenirs. Each member of Canadiens will get $20,000; each member of the runner-up Calgary Flames will get $15,000 . . .
About 125,000 people, or one-fifth of Calgary's population, lined downtown streets to thank the Flames for their first appearance in the Stanley Cup final. . .
The Penguins have agreed to stay in Pittsburgh at least another five years and local politicians have promised to go ahead with an $11.4 million improvement for the Civic Arena. BASEBALL
Sparky Anderson, obviously happy that his Tigers are moving up and that Kirk Gibson is about ready to return to the lineup, says he wants to manage 10 more years, but will be modify his laid-back style. . . Tony Oliva, 44, the Minnesota Twins' batting coach, is hospitalized with a bleeding ulcer. AUTO RACING
For the first time in three days, the Indianapolis 500 wasn't scheduled yesterday, so, naturally, the sun shined brightly in Indianapolis.
Race officials, hoping to reacquaint drivers with the track, said there would be 30 minutes of "limited practice" Friday morning with a 120 mph speed limit. Drivers, bored and grousing after two days of postponements, called the idea pointless, observing that that speed is nearly 100 mph slower than the top qualifying speeds.
USAC officials haven't decided what the penalty for speeding will be.
Even if the race had been run yesterday, the crowd would have been one-tenth the normal size, race officials said. Plus there would have been no live television coverage.
If the race is rained out again Saturday, it will be rescheduled on a day-to-day basis. TENNIS
Dan Goldie of McLean, who last week won the NCAA Division I singles title and helped Stanford University to the team championship, announced he will turn professional. BOXING
Eugene Speed of Palmer Park, Md., knocked out Mike Brown of Philadelphia in the second round of a scheduled eight-round professional fight at the New Carrollton Sheraton. PENTATHLON
Blair Driggs of San Antonio shot 1,066 out of a possible 1,132 points and moved from fourth to first place with 4,226 points in the Modern Pentathlon National Championships in San Antonio. Rob Stull of Damascus, Md., who led the competition through the riding, fencing and swimming events, fell to third with 4,122 points after scoring 846 in the shoot. The competition ends today. OBITUARIES
Emilio Ravasio, 27, died in Palermo. He was the Italian cyclist hurt two weeks ago in the Tour of Italy race. He fell from his bike 6 miles from the finish line, got up, finished the race, then collapsed . . .
Johnny Sisk Sr., 79, former Chicago Bears and Marquette University football star, died of pneumonia.