HIRED: As coach of the ABA's busy Washington Caps, AL BIANCHI, an NBA guard from 1956 through 1966 and coach last season of the Seattle SuperSonics. The Caps also obtained a temporary restraining order to prevent RICK BARRY from playing with any other team (especially San Francisco, with which he has signed) and filed a $10 million damage suit against Rick and the Warriors.
FIRED: HANK BAUER, after not quite one season as manager of the Oakland Athletics. He also led the A's in 1962 in Kansas City, but that time, "I realized what was coming and quit," he said.
WALKED OUT: Of the National Hockey League training camp in Brantford, Ont., 20 referees and linesmen, members of the new NHL REFEREES AND LINESMEN ASSOCIATION, in an attempt to force recognition of their group. Said NHL President Clarence Campbell, "If they got recognition, we'd never get rid of them." Said Scotty Morrison, referee in chief, "We have enough referees to handle the preseason exhibition games." Said Association Attorney Joe Kane, "If the NHL wishes to provide its patrons with less than the best of officials, then that will be their choice."
DIED: CHARLEY JOHNSTON, 74, who during a 50-year career in boxing managed such world champions as Archie Moore and Sandy Saddler, ran successful New York fight clubs and served as president of the Boxing Managers Guild and its successor, the International Boxing Guild. In his later years, as the sport declined, he promoted wrestling at Madison Square Garden, saying, "It's a living, ain't it?"