Baseball Atlanta Braves -- Agreed to terms with OF Otis Nixon (.297, 81 runs, 72 steals) on a 2-year contract worth $5.6 million over 2 seasons and possibly $8.1 million over 3.
Los Angeles Dodgers -- Named Ralph Avila VP with duties in the Dominican Republic.
Pittsburgh Pirates -- Agreed to terms with 3B Steve Buechele (.267, 18 HRs, 66 RBI with the Texas Rangers, then .246, 4, 19 with the Pirates) to a 4-year contract worth $11 million.
Toronto Blue Jays -- Signed P Eric Plunk (2-5, 4.76 ERA for the New York Yankees) to a 1-year minor-league contract.
Basketball Sacramento Kings -- Signed G Spud Webb to a 4-year, $6 million extension through the 1995-96 season.
San Antonio Spurs -- Signed G Vinnie Johnson. Waived G Tom Garrick.
Colleges Illinois -- Announced the resignation of football coach and AD John Mackovic, who became football coach at Texas. Named Lou Tepper interim football coach and Robert Todd interim AD.
Indiana State -- Suspended junior F Jason Edwards (4.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg) and freshman C Matt Burgess (2.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg) for Saturday's game at Butler because of academic violations.
Jackson State -- Announced the resignation of AD Howard Davis. Named W.C. Gorden interim AD.
Jacksonville -- Announced that G Jerome McDuffie has been suspended indefinitely for violating its academic policy.
Kentucky -- Suspended F Aminu Timberlake indefinitely due to academic problems.
Manchester College -- Announced resignation of basketball coach Ron DeCarli (0-6 this season). AD Tom Jarman said he hoped to have a new coach with the team by next week and confirmed that Steve Alford, former Indiana star, is a candidate.
Football Green Bay Packers -- Waived TE Jerry Evans. Signed TE Randy Austin and RB Doug Lloyd to the practice squad.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Announced that DE Dexter Manley tested positive for drugs and retired, effective immediately.
Hockey NHL -- Announced that the Minnesota North Stars' Mike Craig, who sat out a game and was fined $500 for striking the the Chicago Blackhawks' Jocelyn Lemieux in the face with his stick on Sunday, will receive no other fines or suspensions from the NHL.
New York Rangers -- Signed D Mark Hardy for $375,000, with an option at the same figure next season.