Austria's JOCHEN RINDT was named posthumously as the 1970 world champion race driver. Before he was killed in a practice heat for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza last Sept. 5, he had collected 45 points, a total no one will be able to exceed before year's end.
MILEPOSTS—FOUND: A new sponsor for the financially troubled HELMS ATHLETIC FOUNDATION AND HALL OF FAME, established in Los Angeles 34 years ago as a storehouse of sports memorabilia. The United State Savings and Loan Association plans to underwrite an expanded operation that will include roving exhibits in the company's branches.
NAMED: ROBERT SEAMAN, to succeed Ben Wilson as head coach of the decimated Wichita State football team for the remainder of the season. Wilson and 13 players were among 30 persons killed in the crash of a chartered plane two weeks ago (page 20).
PLACED ON PROBATION: By the Big Eight Conference, KANSAS STATE for three years and KANSAS for two years, both for recruiting violations. The Kansas State penalty, one of the most severe ever imposed by the league, applies only to football and rules out any bowl game or NCAA-sanctioned television appearance. The action against Kansas applies to all sports but carries no postseason or television restrictions.
REINSTATED: Former Cy Young Award winner DENNY McLAIN, whose three suspensions during the last season cost him $57,000 and caused him to miss 121 days of action, by Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn. Following the reinstatement McLain was traded, along with three other players, from the Detroit Tigers to the Washington Senators.
RETIRED: DAN GURNEY, a noted car builder who also achieved significant success as a driver, especially on the European Grand Prix circuit; to concentrate on private business interests.
RULED: By a federal judge in San Francisco, that RICK BARRY must stay with the New York Nets of the ABA until all aspects of his legal fight to return to the San Francisco Warriors are cleared up in a court trial scheduled to begin May 3, 1971.
SUED: The NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE, for its planned local-area television blackout of the Super Bowl next January 17 in Miami, by the United States Consumers Protective Association. A similar suit in last year's game was dismissed.
SUED: The financially troubled PITTSBURGH PENGUINS of the National Hockey League, by the Mellon Bank, for falling behind in repayment of a more than $4 million loan. While the present owners seek a new buyer for the three-year-old team, NHL President Clarence Campbell said the league had extended "financial and other considerations" to preserve the franchise.
TRADED: Boston Red Sox Outfielder TONY CONIGLIARO, with Catcher Gerry Moses and Pitcher Ray Jarvis, to the California Angels, for Relief Pitcher Ken Tatum, Outfielder Jarvis Tatum and Second Baseman Doug Griffin.