TRACK & FIELD—Winner MARGARET BEACHAM and runner-up Norine Braithwaite each bettered the existing record for the women's 1,000-meter run at an indoor meet in Cosford, England. Miss Beacham's time was 2:46.5, three seconds below the old mark.
MILEPOSTS—AWARDED: To Indianapolis 500 winner AL UNSER, the Martini & Rossi Golden Eagles Trophy as the top American driver of 1970. The USAC champion, with 10 track victories this year, also received a check for $7,500.
NAMED: As Most Valuable Player in the National League for 1970, Cincinnati Reds Catcher JOHNNY BENCH, 22, youngest ever to win the honor. The nearly unanimous choice led the majors in home runs (45) and runs batted in (148) while batting .293.
RECOMMENDED: By a National Labor Relations Board trial examiner, that complaints of unfair labor practices by former Umpires BILL VALENTINE and AL SALERNO against the American League be dismissed. The examiner ruled that the pair, who had a total of 12 years major league umpiring experience between them, had not proved their assertion that they were fired in 1968 for union activities, rather than incompetence, as the league had charged. Valentine and Salerno can appeal to the full board.
SCUTTLED: Plans for any immediate merger of the National Basketball Association with the American Basketball Association, following an announcement by NBA Commissioner Walter Kennedy that the older league would no longer seek the necessary congressional approval.
WITHDRAWN: FORD MOTOR COMPANY's multimillion-dollar support for all its stock car and sports car racing interests. The announcement came less than one week after Chrysler Corporation announced severe cuts in its factory support for racing events.
DIED: Noted charter-boat captain THOMAS M. GIFFORD, 74, who helped his customers to many world-record catches in half a century of angling and is credited with inventing the outrigger and swiveled fighting chair; of cancer; in Miami.