BASEBALL

California Angels --

Assigned RHP Ron Romanick to AAA Edmonton; recalled RHP Ray Chadwick from Edmonton. Oakland A's -- Assigned P Eric Plunk to Tacoma and called up OF Rusty Tillman. San Diego Padres -- P Dave Dravecky left the club in Chicago and returned to San Diego to have his left elbow (tendinitis) examined. Chicago White Sox -- Optioned P Joel Davis to AAA Buffalo; purchased contract of OF Ivan Calderon from Buffalo. FOOTBALL

New Orleans Saints -- Signed RB Dalton Hilliard of Louisiana State to a three-year contract worth $600,000 plus incentives.Philadelphia Eagles -- Signed DE Dan McMillen of Colorado to a three-year contract.Atlanta Falcons -- Waived DB Sean Thomas and Michael Stoops and CB Chris Syndor. Denver Broncos -- Reached agreement with P Chris Norman on a series of one-year contracts, released DL Bob Ziltz of Purdue. New York Jets -- Said OT Mike Haight, team's first-round draft pick, agreed to a series of one-year contracts. Pittsburgh Steelers -- Said RB Walter Abercrombie is in a Santa Barbara, Calif., hospital with a mild form of meningitis and is expected to remain there several days.The illness reportedly was diagnosed as aseptic meningitis, a viral infection that is not normally considered serious. Cleveland Browns -- Will waive their rights to former University of Miami tight end Willie Smith, who faces cocaine and gun charges. "We think it's in the best interest of the Cleveland Browns that he be given the opportunity to play elsewhere," a team spokesman said. Monday, Smith agreed to enter a six-month pretrial intervention program, similar to probation. Also, team waived NT David Morrill of Ohio State, P Kris Alge of Findlay College, DE Mansel Carter of Notre Dame, S Michael Curtin of Yale and LB Kurt Norman of Hillsdale. Walt Peters, an NFL official for 18 years until his retirement after last season, died in Lafayette Hills, Pa., after a long illness. He was 61. HORSE RACING

Cindy Miller, 24, older sister of jockey Donald Miller Jr., rode 25-to-1 shot Kentucky Ridge to a sixth-place finish in the ninth race at Pimlico. It was her first race as a professional jockey. BICYCLING

Gunther Thomas of Bethesda finished second in the points race in the veterans (45 and over) division of the National Cycling Championships that ended yesterday in Indianapolis. Thomas was second in the pursuit division and third in the one-kilometer race. Jim Montgomery of Herndon the 35-and-over points race. Jerry Nugent of Bowie finished third in the 45-and-over pursuit event. MISCELLANEOUS

U.S. Olympic Festival -- Named four Naval Academy athletes to the East team: Harry Schmidt (soccer), John Hall (crew), Tom Temple (water polo) and Jerry Haran (gymnastics).