HOCKEY—NEW YORK Ranger Ed Giacomin, until this season one of the NHL's few remaining barefaced goalies, has found his new mask anything but a handicap. After back-to-back shutouts against Toronto and Montreal, the latter a 1-0 duel that Coach Emile Francis called "a classic for this stage of the season," Giacomin was awarded a $100 bonus. In all, he kept rival pucks out of the Ranger net for 171 minutes and 53 seconds before two TORONTO goals ended his shutout string. This year Giacomin will be spelled often by Gilles Villemure, who had a standout night of his own against Minnesota, allowing only one goal as the Rangers won their fifth straight 4-1 and stayed even with MONTREAL in the East. CHICAGO did the expected and captured the Western lead by the slimmest of margins over PHILADELPHIA and ST. LOUIS with a 1-0 shutout of Toronto. CALIFORNIA remained at the bottom of the standings as the league's only winless team.
HORSE SHOWS—WEST GERMANY overwhelmed the competition in the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg and became the first foreign team since 1960 to win the Nations Cup event. Hans Winkler was the outstanding rider for the winners, who totaled 122 points to 48 for second-place Canada and 42 for the United States.
JUDO—BRAZIL, with Shiaki Ishii winning both the light-heavyweight and open class titles, captured the Pan-American Championship in Londrina, Brazil, outpointing the U.S. 50-46.
MOTOR SPORTS—After several attempts thwarted by mechanical difficulties, GARY GABELICH surpassed Craig Breedlove's land speed record of 600.601 mph with two measured-mile runs across the Bonneville Salt Flats at an average speed of 622.407 mph.
TRACK & FIELD—CHRISTOS PAPANICOLAOU of Greece became the first 18' pole-vaulter ever, clearing 18'�" at a dual meet with Belgrade in Athens. The former San Jose State student, who finished fourth at the Mexico City Olympics, exceeded Wolfgang Nordwig's old record by an inch and a quarter.
MILEPOSTS—DISMISSED: From the Kansas University track team, JAN JOHNSON, whose pole vault of 17'7" is the best indoors, and BRIAN McELROY, a member of the Jayhawks' two-mile relay team, holder of the world indoor record of 7:25.7, for undisclosed disciplinary reasons.
NAMED: As American and National League Managers of the Year, respectively, RALPH HOUK of the New York Yankees, for the second time, and DANNY MURTAUGH of the Pittsburgh Pirates, his third such award.
PURCHASED: By the Virginia Squires, Pittsburgh Condor rookie and top draft choice MIKE MALOY, for an undisclosed amount of cash. The 6-8 Maloy had been under suspension since before the ABA season began for being out of shape.
SUSPENDED—SPENCER HAYWOOD, last year's Most Valuable Player in the American Basketball Association, by the Denver Rockets, for failing to show up for games and practice sessions during a salary dispute with the club.
SUSPENDED: For the remainder of the IDAHO STATE football season, 17 black players, including three freshmen, who refused to show up for a midweek practice, reportedly because they felt two of them had not been given enough playing time.