Baseball Don Baylor of the Red Sox was voted the American League's top Designated hitter of 1986 for the second straight year. He hit .245 with 30 homers and 92 RBI. Baylor received 70 of 84 first-place votes from public relations directors, broadcasters and writers. ... Red Sox center fielder Dave Henderson underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Tuesday in Worcester, Mass. He is expected to be fully fit for the start of the season. ... Talks between free-agent outfielder Andre Dawson and the Chicago Cubs have broken off. Agent Dick Moss says he next will meet with the Braves. ... The Tigers obtained outfielder Terry Harper and minor-league outfielder Freddie Tiburcio from the Braves for pitchers Randy O'Neal and Chuck Cary. The club also said outfielders John Grubb and Pat Sheridan have agreed to contracts and will not seek arbitration next month. ... The Phillies signed outfielders Gary Redus and Milt Thompson to one-year contracts. ... Cincinnati avoided arbitration with Nick Esasky when the first baseman signed a one-year contract. ... The Kansas City Royals did the same with pitchers Mark Gubicza and Bud Black. ... The Toledo Mud Hens named former Tigers outfielder Leon Roberts manager of the International League club. Basketball The East squad named its reserves for the Feb. 8 All-Star Game in Seattle: Isiah Thomas, Charles Barkley, Kevin McHale, Bill Laimbeer, Robert Parish, Maurice Cheeks and Jeff Malone. ... Seattle guard Terence Stansbury is to replace injured New Jersey forward Orlando Woolridge in the slam dunk contest prior to the NBA All-Star Game Feb. 8.
Woolridge has a wrist injury and was advised by doctors not to take part in the slam dunk event Feb. 7 at Seattle. Bowling Walter Ray Williams Jr., who won three tournaments to lead the money list with $145,550 last year, was named 1986 Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year by The Sporting News. Boxing The comeback bout involving former heavyweight champ George Foreman has been shifted from France because of severe winter weather. Foreman, 39, was to face Bob Hitzelburger in Cannes Feb. 6, ending a 10-year retirement. The bout may be switched from Europe to Los Angeles. ... Friday's junior heavyweight title bout has been postponed because of an ankle injury to Eddie Gregg. Organizers in Lucca, Italy, say handlers reported the fighter slipped on ice. He was to fight Francesco Damiani of Italy. College Ohio State's Dennis Hopson, who led the Buckeyes to basketball victories over Minnesota and Iowa, was named Big Ten Player of the Week for the second straight week. ... Olaf Blab, a 7-foot-0 substitute center for Illinois, has left the Illini and enrolled for the second semester at the University of Evansville. Evansville officials said Blab, brother of former Indiana star Uwe Blab, will be eligible to play for the Aces in January 1988. ... Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y., promoted assistant football coach Dick Taylor to head coach, replacing Jack Daniels, who is leaving to take an assistant coaching post at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C. Football Despite projections that Super Bowl XXI would be the most watched program in TV history, the game was the lowest rated Super Bowl since 1981. An estimated 123 million viewers watched all or part of the Giants-Broncos game. ... Dan Henning, fired after four losing seasons as coach of the Atlanta Falcons, was named assistant offensive coach by the Redskins, the club he helped to the 1983 Super Bowl title. ... Seattle running back Curt Warner has the flu and is expected to miss Sunday's Pro Bowl in Hawaii. ... The New Orleans Saints waived running back Wayne Wilson and relinquished their rights to defensive end Casey Merrill. Hockey Pittsburgh Penguins Coach Bob Berry has been denied a vote of confidence. Asked if Berry's position is secure until the end of the season, Penguins VP Paul Martha said: 'I can't say that.' The Penguins opened the season with seven straight victories but have dropped to 18-22-8, last in the Patrick Division. Soccer The New York Express of the Major Indoor Soccer League named Roger Curylo general manager, club president and goalie Shep Messing announced. Curylo, 45, was an All-America goalkeeper with the University of Bridgeport (Conn.). He replaced Kent Russell, who left the club two weeks ago to accept a similar position with the MISL's Dallas Sidekicks. Other Jordan Kobritz, owner of the Maine Guides, has filed a $4 million suit against Northeastern Baseball Inc., of Scranton, Pa. Kobritz claims Northeastern's president, John McGee, delayed telling him of plans to transfer a Double-A team from Waterbury, Conn., to a group other than Kobritz's partnership. Kobritz said he had agreed in principle to sell the Guides to Northeastern for $2 million cash plus McGee's Double-A team, and said he called the deal off Sept. 11 as soon as McGee told him no Double-A team would be coming to Maine. McGee contends the purchase agreement stated Kobritz would sell the Guides to Northeastern Baseball even if the Eastern League failed to approve transfer of the Waterbury franchise to Maine, which it did.