HARNESS RACING—The $100,000 Cane Futurity Pace at Yonkers Raceway, the third leg of the Triple Crown of pacing, went to KAT BYRD ($4.40) by 2� lengths over Hammerin Hank. Laverne Hanover, the 11-to-10 favorite, broke stride and finished seventh in the field of eight.
HOCKEY—NHL: The Chicago Black Hawks, who lost their first five games of the season, are unbeaten in their last eight and are now celebrating, in addition, the return to action of Bobby Hull. His first game was a 1-1 tie with division-leader New York. The Rangers' other action was a home-and-home series with the Western Division leader, St. Louis, which the New Yorkers won 4-2 and 5-0. The latter game was Goalie Ed Giacomin's second shutout of the season and left the Rangers undefeated against Western Division teams and leading the East by a narrow margin over Montreal. Philadelphia seemed to have its game with Pittsburgh sewed up in the third period when three remarkable Penguins—Val Fonteyne, Dean Prentice and Keith McCreary—scored goals in the space of 3� minutes to beat the Flyers 5-3.
NHL—EAST: New York (2-0-1), Montreal (1-1-1), Boston (1-0-1), Detroit (0-1-1), Chicago (1-0-2), Toronto (1-0-1). West: St. Louis (2-2-0), Minnesota (1-2-0), Pittsburgh (1-1-0), Oakland (1-1-0), Philadelphia (1-1-0), Los Angeles (0-3-1).
HORSE SHOWS—The CANADIAN EQUESTRIAN TEAM won the international jumping championship by 15 points over the U.S. at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto.
SOCCER—In Rio de Janeiro's Maracan� Stadium, Edson Arantes do Nascimento—PELE—scored the 1,000th goal of his 13-year professional career. Closest to him among active players is another Brazilian, Flavio, who has 547.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: The National League's Most Valuable Player, WILLIE McCOVEY, 31, of the San Francisco Giants, who led the league with 45 home runs, 126 RBIs and had a batting average of .320. He beat Tom Seaver of the New York Mets by 22 points in the balloting.
NAMED: To replace Harry Hopman as captain of the Australian Davis Cup squad, NEALE FRASER, Wimbledon champion in 1960.
NAMED: LPGA Player of the Year for the fourth consecutive time, KATHY WHITWORTH, second in season earnings and winner of the Vare Trophy for her 72.38 average score per round.
NAMED: To replace Asa S. Bushnell as commissioner of the 190-school Eastern College Athletic Conference, the largest in the country, GEORGE L. SHIEBLER, 66, now associate commissioner. Bushnell, who reaches mandatory retirement age, 70, next February, has headed the conference since its founding in 1938.
ELECTED: To a four-year term as president of the U.S. Trotting Association, THEODORE J. ZORNOW, of Pittsford, N.Y. He replaces Walter J. Michael, who has held the post for 12 years.