TENNIS—BOBBY RIGGS, 52, but still a tennis tiger, came from behind to post a 1-6, 9-7, 6-2 victory over Al Boyle of New York City to win the USLTA senior clay court championship in Knoxville, Tenn.
MILEPOSTS—CALLED (on account of gain): After groundkeepers and others would not cross picket lines, an UMPIRE STRIKE that had forced baseball to use minor league and retired major league arbiters in the Saturday games of the National and American League playoffs (page 30). Under the agreement the umpires will work the playoffs for $3,000 a man and the World Series for $7,000, with the understanding that negotiations for higher pay scales will continue.
CLEARED: THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, by the NCAA, of charges of being naughty when it lured football coach Doug Dickey from the University of Tennessee.
HIRED: As new managers of the Detroit and Oakland American League baseball teams, BILLY MARTIN, to succeed Mayo Smith with the Tigers, and DICK WILLIAMS, to succeed John McNamara with the A's.
NAMED: VINCE LOMBARDI, as posthumous recipient of the third Distinguished Service Award from the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame.
SIGNED: By the Boston Patriots of the American Football Conference, Quarterback JOE KAPP, a Minnesota Vikings holdout who played out his option last year and was asking for a five-year, $1.25-million contract. He reportedly settled for a quarter of a million less from the Patriots, who had to surrender their No. 1 1972 draft choice and Defensive Back John Charles to the Vikings in exchange for the rights to Kapp.
SIGNED: St. Louis Cardinal Pitcher BOB GIBSON, to a one-year, $150,000 contract, highest ever for a major league baseball player. The 34-year-old righthander was 23-7 this year.
RESIGNED: CHARLIE TATE, in his seventh year as football coach at the University of Miami; after a 31-21 loss to Georgia Tech and a career mark with Miami of 34-27-3. The sudden move left the Hurricanes temporarily to Walt Kichefski.
TRADED—St. Louis Cardinals' Richie Allen to the Los Angeles Dodgers for last year's Rookie of the Year Ted Sizemore and Catcher Bob Stinson.
DIED: Among 29 persons killed when a twin-engine charter flight crashed in Silver Plume, Colo., 13 members of the WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY football team, Coach Ben Wilson and Athletic Director A.C. Katzenmeyer.