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TENNIS—Top-seeded CHARLES PASARELL defeated Pancho Gonzales 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 to win the men's singles title in the $75,000 Clean Air Classic in New York. VIRGINIA WADE, also top-ranked, won the women's championship over Rosemary Casals 6-3, 6-3.
MILEPOSTS—AWARDED: The Heisman Trophy, to JOHNNY RODGERS of Nebraska, as the top collegiate football player in the nation; by the Downtown Athletic Club of New York. Rodgers received 1,310 points from the electors and Oklahoma's Greg Pruitt had 966.
FIRED: As general manager of the New England Patriots, UPTON BELL, after 18 months of a three-year contract. Patriot President Billy Sullivan decided that the team would benefit more from having the new head coach, as yet unnamed, also serve as general manager.
HIRED: As head football coach at Clemson University, JIM (Red) PARKER, to replace Cecil (Hootie) Ingram, who resigned with four years remaining on a five-year contract. Parker was the head coach at The Citadel for seven seasons.
RESIGNED: After three years as head football coach at Purdue, BOB DeMOSS, to become assistant athletic director.
WITHDRAWN: From U.S. Olympic Committee membership, the BIG TEN and BIG EIGHT CONFERENCES, following the NCAA's break with the Olympic group in October. The Southern Conference endorsed the NCAA's move, but retained its membership in the USOC.
DIED: Designer of classic racing and cruising yachts L. FRANCIS HERRESHOFF, 83; in Boston.