Frank Howard, Clemson’s all-time winningest football coach, died at his home in Clemson, S.C., of congestive heart failure. Howard, 86, spent almost three-quarters of his life at Clemson.
Outfielder Bernard Gilkey, traded to the Mets last week, and New York catcher Todd Hundley avoided arbitration by signing one-year contracts. … The California Angels signed right-handed pitcher Steve Ontiveros to a one-year contract with an option for 1997. … Jockey Corey Nakatani was suspended for five days and fined $500 by the California Horse Racing Board for allegedly misusing his whip after the finish of a race last month at Santa Anita.
Mark Breland, 32, will fight Ricardo Smith today in a 10-round junior middleweight match at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Center, ending a 36-month retirement. … Holly McPeak, 26, and Nancy Reno, 30, became the first U.S. women’s beach volleyball team to qualify for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. They earned the automatic bid by accumulating more points than any other U.S. women’s team on the 1995-96 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championship Series.
At Sestriere, Italy Sonia Nef of Switzerland captured her first World Cup victory in a rare night slalom, and teammate Marlies Oester finished second in what also was her best showing in a gate race.