WEIGHT LIFTING—JAN TALTS of the Soviet Union was awarded first place in the heavyweight division of the world weight lifting championships in Warsaw after a Soviet objection resulted in the disqualification of the final jerk of apparent winner Bob Bednarski of the U.S. The Russians contended Bednarski had not met the time limit, and after deliberating for 1� hours, the five-man jury agreed.
MILEPOSTS—FORMED: A new and as yet nameless conference in the NCAA's university division to include Northern Illinois, Southern Illinois, Illinois State, Indiana State and Ball State. Central Michigan, Western Illinois and Eastern Illinois have options to apply. Football competition begins in 1974; all other sports start next year.
RETURNED: To work because of assorted fringe benefits, the 20 members of the NHL REFEREES' AND LINEMEN'S ASSOCIATION who walked out of training camp Sept. 15. The group's demand for formal recognition was dropped for the time being.
GRANTED: To the ABA's Washington Capitols by a federal court judge, a preliminary injunction preventing RICK BARRY from playing for San Francisco of the NBA. Handsome Rick, who does not want to move with the Caps from Oakland to Washington, said, "I'm extremely disappointed, but as things stand now I'm going to probably go back and play."
SIGNED: To a two-year contract to manage the Philadelphia Phillies, FRANK LUCCHESI, who worked in the Phils' farm system for 14 years.
RE-SIGNED: By the St. Louis Cardinals, despite player criticism and a bad season, Manager RED SCHOENDIENST, whose '67 and '68 teams won pennants.
FIRED: Managers DICK WILLIAMS of the Boston Red Sox and LARRY SHEPARD of the Pittsburg Pirates. Williams was in the second year of a three-year contract and had led Boston to a pennant in 1967. Shepard took over the Pirates' ship last season.
FILED: By ex-umpires AL SALERNO and BILL VALENTINE, a $4-million suit against professional baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn and American League President Joe Cronin. The plaintiffs were discharged during the 1968 season by Cronin, who charged them with "incompetence." They claim they were sent to the showers because they were trying to form an umpires' association.
ANNOUNCED: By CAPTAIN HARRY F. GUGGENHEIM, his retirement from racing after 35 years and the planned dispersal of his Cain Hoy Stable. Cain Hoy's horses have won more than 500 races and $6 million. Horses bred by Guggenheim have won 1,000 races and $8 million.