WEIGHT LIFTING—DAVID RIGERT, a Soviet miner, set a world record in the light-heavyweight division with a snatch of 364 pounds at the USSR's summer Spartakiad championship in Moscow.
MILEPOSTS—JOINED: The Mid American Conference, EASTERN MICHIGAN and CENTRAL MICHIGAN, whose games will count in some conference standings starting in 1972. Other teams in the conference are Toledo, Miami of Ohio, Ohio U., Bowling Green, Kent State, Western Michigan and suspended Marshall.
RESOLVED: By Avery Brundage, president of the International Olympic Committee, a dispute over alleged coaching infractions by 10 Alpine racers, thus erasing the threat of a 1972 Sapporo boycott.
RESIGNED: JOHN RAUCH, as head coach of the NFL Buffalo Bills, after a meeting with Ralph C. Wilson Jr., owner of the team, in which the two argued over remarks Rauch made about two former Bills on a local TV program. Wilson immediately named HARVEY JOHNSON, director of player personnel, as Ranch's successor.
RETIRED: BILLY LOTHRIDGE, after seven years as a punter in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys (1964), Los Angeles Rams (1965) and Atlanta Falcons (1966-70), to attend to business interests. Lothridge led the league in punting with a 43.7-yard average in 1967 and a 44.3-yard average in 1968.
SIGNED: To a multi-year contract with the New Orleans Saints of the NFL, Mississippi Quarterback ARCHIE MANNING, their No. 1 draft choice.
TRADED: DON MAY and HERMAN GILLIAM of the NBA Buffalo Braves for WALT HAZZARD and JERRY CHAMBERS of the Atlanta Hawks. Chambers and May, the Braves second leading scorer last season, are forwards, while Gilliam and Hazzard, a seven-year veteran, are guards. " Hazzard was the key," said Braves General Manager Ed Donovan. "He can run our offense."