BASEBALL Chicago Cubs -- Named Billy Williams special player consultant for the 1988 season. Milwaukee Brewers -- Waived 1B/DH Cecil Cooper for his unconditional release.Cleveland Indians -- Announced that 1B/DH Pat Tabler has signed a two-year contract. Minnesota Twins -- Signed OF Randy Bush and Ps Keith Atherton and Ray Soff.Prince William Yankees -- Announced that Gus Gil, who played with the Cleveland Indians, has been named first base coach and former Washington Senator Nick Willhite has been named pitching coach for the Class A affiliate of the New York Yankees. John H. (Johnny) Johnson, president of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues for the past decade, died of cancer at age 66 in St. Petersburg, Fla. Johnson, known as the commissioner of minor league baseball, had a 41-year career in pro baseball.
COLLEGES NCAA -- Honored former Naval Academy basketball all-America David Robinson and five other student-athletes for excellence in academics and community service. Also honored were football all-Americas Keith Jackson of Oklahoma, Charles Cecil of Arizona and Gordon Lockbaum of Holy Cross; swimmer Mary Meagher of the University of California and Regina Cavanaugh, track and field star from Rice University as the 1988 recipients.North Carolina State -- Announced freshman basketball F Sean Green will transfer to Iona. Virginia Military -- Announced basketball G Renard Johnson has left school.Purdue -- Announced basketball C Jeff Arnold and F Dave Stack, both seniors, were released from the team. Bristol College -- The entire athletics program has been suspended from postseason play because of alleged recruiting violations for men's basketball, according to the NAIA.
HOCKEY St. Louis Blues -- LW Jocelyn Lemieux had surgery to repair ligament damage in his left leg; will be out until at least the playoffs. Philadelphia Flyers -- D Kerry Huffman (knee sprain) will be sidelined up to 10 days. Toronto Maple Leafs -- Team owner Harold Ballard, 84, was in good condition in a Miami hospital after suffering a heart attack Jan. 3 while vacationing in Palm Beach, Fla. GOLF Tom Watson, who ended a three-year drought by winning the PGA Tour's rich Nabisco Championships of Golf, has been named comeback player of the year by Golf Digest.Futures Golf Tour -- Kim Williams of Bethesda shot a 4-under-par 68 for a two-stroke lead after two rounds of the $20,000 Doral Park Classic in Miami.