SWIMMING—SHANE GOULD of Australia clipped 1.3 seconds off the women's world 800-meter freestyle record with a time of 8:58.1 in Sydney. Miss Gould, 15, now holds records for the 200-, 400- and 800-meter freestyles and shares the 100-meter record with Dawn Fraser.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: ACK ACK, five, winner of his last seven starts, six of them stakes races, as 1971 Horse of the Year by Turf and Sport Digest in its 36th annual poll. CANONERO II, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, was voted top 3-year-old.
NAMED: ALBATROSS, as harness racing's Horse of the Year. Pacing faster and earning more money in one year than any other standardbred in history, the 3-year-old won $558,009, finished first in 25 of 28 races and twice was clocked in 1:54[4/5] for the mile.
NAMED: HORACIO IGLESIAS, of Argentina, and SHADIA EL RAGAB, of Egypt, as 1971 world marathon swimming champions. Iglesias gained 3,023.5 points by winning three of the six international races sanctioned by the World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation. Miss El Ragab edged Diana Nyad of the U.S. 1,785 points to 1,638.5.
RECOGNIZED: THE ALL AMERICA KARATE FEDERATION, as an allied member in the U.S. of the Japanese martial art, now accepted as a legitimate sport, by the AAU.
RESIGNED: MURRAY WARMATH, 58, as football coach at Minnesota. Warmath had a 97-84-10 record in two seasons at Mississippi State and 18 at Minnesota. He will become assistant athletic director in charge of special projects. Athletic Director MARSH RYMAN, 61, was replaced by PAUL GIEL, 39, a former two-sport star at Minnesota and later major league pitcher.
FIRED: ROY LESTER, 48, as head football coach at Maryland following a three-year record of 7-25.
DIED: PETER PELETTA, 43, athletic director and former basketball coach at the University of San Francisco; of cancer in San Francisco. Peletta, who cached USF from 1960 to 1966, had a 114-51 record and the highest winning percentage (69%) of any basketball coach in the history of the school.