BASEBALL St. Louis Cardinals -- Activated OF Curt Ford from 21-day disabled list. Ford broke his right hand June 13 against Chicago, but played until Aug. 19, when he was diagnosed as having a hairline fracture. He will be used only for defensive purposes or as a pinch runner. Cincinnati Reds -- Signed a two-year agreement with the Chattanooga Lookouts of the Southern League to serve as the NL club's Class AA affiliate. The Reds are leaving Burlington, Vt., where the Vermont Reds of the Eastern League were their AA club for four years. Chattanooga was a Seattle Mariners farm this year. Tom Runnells, 73-67 at Vermont in his debut as a manager this season, will manage Chattanooga.

FOOTBALL Philadelphia Eagles -- Signed supplementally drafted WR Cris Carter to four one-year contracts, terms undisclosed. Carter was an all-America wide receiver at Ohio State who was declared ineligible after disclosures that he had signed with agents. Cincinnati Bengals -- Cincinnati Inquirer reported QB Boomer Esiason's contract extension makes him the first player on the team to earn more than $1 million a year. Miami Dolphins -- Activated T Greg Koch; placed T Doug Marrone on injured reserve. New York Jets -- Waived QB David Norrie off injured reserve. Toronto Argonauts (CFL) -- Released WR Calvin Muhammad.

HOCKEY New York Rangers -- Signed LW Jan Erixon. Hartford Whalers -- Signed D Joel Quenneville to two-year contract.

COLLEGES ECAC -- Named two Washington-area athletes to its weekly honor roll: Boston University ILB Jack Reybold of Laurel and William and Mary QB John Brosnahan of Falls Church.

YACHTING Eddy Ward Owen of Britain scored four victories to raise his total to six, tying two-time defender Gary Jobson of Annapolis for the first-round lead in the 4th annual Liberty Cup regatta in New York harbor. The field, with sailors from eight nations, competed in heavy rains over a two-mile course around the Statue of Liberty. Owen registered the first of his victories over Chris Dixon of New Zealand and followed with wins over Marc Pajot of France, Pelle Peterson of Sweden and Joshio Shozaki of Japan.