BASEBALL Cleveland Indians -- DH Andre Thornton retired, ending 15-year career at .254 with 253 home runs, 895 RBI -- but .118, zero and five in 1987. He will collect unfulfilled final year of four-year, $4.4 million contract.

BASKETBALL New Jersey Nets -- Lost F Orlando Woolridge, probably a month, stress fracture in foot. New York Knicks -- Activated F Ray Tolbert; put G Trent Tucker (sprained knee), F Bob Thornton (sprained ankle) on injured list. Topeka Sizzlers (CBA) -- Ex-NBA G Jo Jo White ended comeback; ex-Virginia F Andrew Kennedy, lately of NBA 76ers, signed.

FOOTBALL Kansas City Chiefs -- Claimed CB Greg Hill, waived by Houston; cut CB Carlton Thomas.

GOLF Australian Open -- Greg Norman, with a 10-stroke, $38,000 victory in Melbourne, regained No. 1 international rank from Seve Ballesteros, who passed him last week.

BOXING Atlantic City -- D.C. welterweight Daryl Lattimore, 10-0 as a pro, will face Mike Goudeau (9-4) of St. Louis Friday at the Sands.

HOCKEY Toronto -- Hall of Famer Punch Imlach, 69, in critical condition after a heart attack.

COLLEGES Maryland -- Basketball C Brian Williams had his broken nose set, is not expected to miss any games. Boston U. -- Named Chris Palmer, 16-4 at U. of New Haven, football coach. George Washington -- Early women's basketball signees: Wanda Lanham of Suitland (Friendly); Analyse Weil, Raleigh, N.C.; Kristin McArdle, Gettysburg, Pa.