TRACK & FIELD—As the Olympic Trials got underway in Eugene, Ore., Jim Ryun, back in peak form, ran his second best 800-meter race ever (1:45.2) yet finished fourth and qualified only as an alternate. DAVE WOTTLE led the field with a world-record-tying 1:44.3 while Rich Wolhuter (1:45.0) and Ken Swenson (1:45.1) both edged out Ryun to win Olympic berths. JAY SILVESTER won the discus with a toss of 211'2" followed by John Powell (205'5") and Tim Vollmer (202'). In the triple jump JOHN CRAFT (56'2"), Dave Smith (56') and Art Walker (55'1") topped the competition. EDDIE HART took the 100 meters in 9.9 with Rey Robinson second in the same time and Robert Taylor third in 10.0. LARRY YOUNG led the qualifiers in the 20-kilo walk, with Goetz Klopfer and Tom Dooley also making the team (page 20).
WRESTLING—Iowa State's gigantic CHRIS TAYLOR (435 pounds) won his second Olympic Trials title in a week, taking first place in the heavyweight division of the Greco-Roman competition at Anoka, Minn. The top three qualifiers in each weight class advance to an Olympic training camp to determine who will represent the U.S. Other winners included brothers DAVE and JIM HAZEWINKEL in the 125� and 136� classes, JAY ROBINSON at 180 and WILLIE WILLIAMS at 198.
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: by the NBA's Phoenix Suns, BILL (Butch) VAN BREDA KOLFF, 49, to succeed Coach Cotton Fitzsimmons, who quit a month ago to take the same position with the Atlanta Hawks. Van Breda Kolff, who coached Lafayette, Hofstra and his alma mater, Princeton, to a combined 308-108 record over 16 years, led the Los Angeles Lakers to two consecutive Western Division crowns, but was fired after losing to the Boston Celtics in the seventh game of the 1969 championship playoffs. He then moved to Detroit where he produced that city's first winner (45-37) in his second year, but he resigned early last season.
HIRED: As general manager of the Philadelphia Blazers of the World Hockey Association, DAVE CREIGHTON, 42, a veteran of 13 years in the NHL with Boston, Toronto and New York. The Blazers also announced the signing of BRYAN CAMPBELL of the Chicago Black Hawks and DENNY LAWSON of the Buffalo Sabres, bringing the number of NHL players on their rosier to five.
JUMPED: BOBBY HULL, 33, Chicago Black Hawks leftwinger for the past 15 seasons and a three-time winner of the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's top scorer, to the Winnipeg Jets of the World Hockey Association. Hull, whose 604 career goals led all active players, received a $1 million bonus for joining the new league and signed a 10-year contract as player-coach worth at least $1.5 million more. The legality of the move is still in question, since the contract Hull played out in Chicago contains an option on his services for the 1972-73 season.
SOLD: For a reported $3.5 million, the NBA CHICAGO BULLS, to a group headed by Marv Fishman, real estate investor and former vice-chairman of the Milwaukee Bucks. Fishman outbid an organization led by Arthur Wirtz, owner of Chicago Stadium and the NHL's Chicago Black Hawks, who says he will retaliate by banning the Bulls from his arena. The controversy now goes to a session of NBA owners, who also will discuss the sale of the Boston Celtics to Robert Smertz, owner of the WHA New England Whalers, who hopes to build a new arena for his teams. The owners of Boston Garden, longtime home of the Celtics, have made a counterbid that the NBA will consider.
RETIRED: ERIC NESTERENKO, 38, who scored 574 points over 20 seasons with the Chicago Black Hawks and Toronto Maple Leafs, to take a coaching job in Lausanne, Switzerland.
RULED: By a federal judge in Atlanta, that JANE BLALOCK, 26, be allowed to compete in Ladies Professional Golf Association tournaments—from which she had been barred for a year on the grounds that she had violated the organization's code of ethics—pending settlement of her $5 million antitrust suit against the LPGA.
TRADED: By the Atlanta Braves, First Baseman ORLANDO CEPEDA, 34, to the Oakland Athletics for a cash sum and the right to purchase the contract of Pitcher DENNY McLAIN, 28, from Birmingham of the Southern League. Atlanta immediately bought McLain. Both players are former MVPs, McLain in 1968 when he won 31 games to lead the Detroit Tigers to the American League pennant, and Cepeda in 1967 when his 111 RBIs and .325 average paced the Cardinals to the world championship. Cepeda has seen little action this year following off-season knee surgery and had asked to be traded.