BASEBALL Atlanta Braves -- TBS named ex-OF Billy Sample to TV broadcasting team. Baltimore Orioles -- Signed ex-Milwaukee RHP Tom Tellmann, minor league contract. Cincinnati Reds -- Won salary arbitration verdict over LHP John Franco; he sought $925,000 but will get $675,000. Minnesota Twins -- Signed 2B Steve Lombardozzi, RHP Les Straker to one-year contracts. New York Mets -- Compromised with 2B Tim Teufel on $537,500 contract, a $260,000 raise, averting arbitration. Oakland Athletics -- Compromised with C Mickey Tettleton on $155,000 salary, plus possible $15,000 incentive bonuses. Pittsburgh Pirates -- Signed veteran LHP Dave Rucker for AAA Buffalo, C Stan Cliburn as a Buffalo player-coach. St. Louis Cardinals -- Avoided arbitration by compromising with OF Vince Coleman on one-year contract for approximately $700,000 plus incentive bonuses. Toronto Blue Jays -- Won 1988 salary arbitration case with RHP Tom Henke; he sought $1,025,000 but will receive $725,000.
HOCKEY Philadelphia Flyers -- Acquired D Gordie Roberts (1 G, 10 A this season) from Minnesota North Stars for a fourth-round draft pick.
BOXING George Foreman will be examined Friday in Los Angeles to determine whether an injury to the former heavyweight champion's left hand is severe enough to postpone a scheduled March 19 fight against Anders Eklund. Foreman, 40, is 7-0 in a comeback campaign.
FOOTBALL Miami Dolphins -- Released RB Tony Nathan, fourth on club's career list in receiving yards and second in pass receptions; LB Robin Sendlein, LB Andy Hendel, TE Rich Siler. San Francisco 49ers -- Signed ex-Maryland RB Alvin Blount, a free agent who spent part of 1987 with Dallas.
AUTO RACING NASCAR -- Mike Swaim, driving a Chevrolet, won the pole for the Goody's 300 Busch Grand National race Saturday at Daytona International Speedway. Phoenix -- Driver Jim Robinson, 42, North Hollywood, Calif., in extremely critical condition with head injuries from weekend stock car race at Phoenix International Raceway.
COLLEGES ACC -- Named Georgia Tech freshman G Dennis Scott basketball rookie of the week, CAA -- Named George Mason sophomore F Steve Smith basketball player of the week.