BASEBALL:Texas Rangers -- Placed 2B Jerry Browne on 15-day disabled list (hamstring); promoted RHP Dwayne Henry from AAA Oklahoma City. Oakland Athletics -- Plan to put RHP Jay Howell on DL today (elbow) and recall RHP Eric Plunk. New York Mets -- Optioned RHP Jeff Innis to AAA. American League -- Milwaukee DH Paul Molitor repeated as player of the week.National League -- Named Houston 2B Bill Doran (.538) player of the week.

HOCKEY;Minnesota North Stars -- C Brian Lawton, 22, is scheduled for surgery on his right knee Wednesday. He tore cartilage playing in world championships for Team USA shortly after the NHL season. Los Angeles Kings -- Signed C Bob Kudelski, Yale's scoring leader as a senior, to a multiyear contract. Team USA -- F Bryan Erickson left camp.

FATALITY Tim Skitt, 19, a sophomore pole vaulter at Eastern Oklahoma State, was hit twice by cars and killed as he walked a highway near McAlester early Sunday. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said it was a hit-and-run accident, with no leads. Joe Dial, a world-class pole vaulter, had been Skitt's legal guardian since 1984. Dial said Skitt, a former state champion, was walking from his date's home to his car.

COLLEGES Purdue -- Ruled Ronnie Beeks, a senior slated as starting strong safety in varsity football, academically ineligible for 1987 season. Brigham Young -- Reported senior RB Tom Tuipulotu, a 1985 standout expected to be BYU's top rusher this fall had he recovered from knee surgery that sidelined him for 1986, insufficiently recovered to play football this year.