TENNIS—BILLIE JEAN KING confirmed her top seeding with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Rosemary Casals in the finals of the British Motors Tournament in San Francisco, the first stop on the women's pro tour.
TRACK & FIELD—LEE EVANS lowered his world record for the 500-yard dash by one-tenth of a second to 54.4 as the U.S. indoor season opened with the National Invitational Meet in College Park, Md. In the 880 TOM VON RUDEN recorded the fastest time ever on an 11-lap-to-the-mile track, 1:48.5. Though not a world record, Barry Brown's 8:33 in the two-mile was the best ever in the East. In a qualifying heat for the 60-yard dash MEL PENDER tied the indoor mark of 5.9 but finished second in the finals to DR. DEL MERIWETHER (page 14).
In San Francisco, meanwhile, world-record-miler JIM RYUN announced he was ending his 18-month retirement at age 23 and would compete in a meet at the Cow Palace on Jan, 22.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: By the Associated Press, San Francisco Quarterback JOHN BRODIE as the NFL's Most Valuable Player and teammate BRUCE TAYLOR as Defensive Rookie of the Year, Buffalo Quarterback DENNIS SHAW as Offensive Rookie of the Year and Cincinnati's PAUL BROWN as Coach of the Year.
RANKED: As America's No. 1 players for 1970 by the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association, CLIFF RICHEY and PATTI HOGAN. Three of 1969's top 10 men and seven of the leading women were excluded from consideration because they had become contract professionals.
RECOGNIZED: As the year's top collegiate-football team, unbeaten and once-tied Orange Bowl champion NEBRASKA, by the Associated Press and the Football Writers Association of America.
SIGNED: BILLY CUNNINGHAM of the Philadelphia 76ers to a new five-year contract with the NBA team. The All-Star forward charged that breach of contract by the Carolina Cougars had changed his plans to jump to the ABA next year.
DIED: Former heavyweight champion CHARLES (Sonny) LISTON, 38, of undetermined causes; at his home in Las Vegas. Liston's long police record and fearsome scowl were as much a part of his notoriety as his 17-month championship reign.
DIED: ABA Referee ANDY HERSHOCK, 43, of Philadelphia, who collapsed while officiating a game between Memphis and New York; in West Hempstead, N.Y.