Belgian EMIEL PUTTEMANS ran the second-fastest two miles in history with an 8:16.4 in Stockholm, beating Kenya's Ben Jipcho by .07 second. Puttemans' time was 2.4 seconds slower than the world record set last year by Lasse Viren, Finland's double Olympic champion.
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: As player-coach of the WHA Chicago Cougars, three-time NHL All-Star PAT STAPLETON, for a reported $1 million, five-year contract.
INJURED: Minnesota Viking Safety KARL KASSULKE, in a motorcycle accident in Minnetonka, Minn. He is listed in critical condition.
NAMED: As coach of the ABA Utah Stars, JOE MULLANEY, 46, head coach of the Kentucky Colonels for the past two seasons. He replaces LA DELL ANDERSEN, 42, who becomes athletic director at Utah State.
NAMED: As recipient of the Maurice Stokes memorial award for courage and determination, WILLIS REED, of the New York Knicks.
NAMED: As general manager of the Kentucky Colonels, GENE RHODES, 45, who was fired as head coach of the same ABA franchise in 1970.
RETIRED: Three-time All-Pro Tight End JOHN MACKEY, 31, from professional football and the San Diego Chargers. Voted in 1971 the NFL's best tight end of all time, Mackey played for the Baltimore Colts from 1963 until last season, when he was traded to San Diego.
RETIRED: Former world steeplechase record-holder KERRY O'BRIEN, 27, of Australia, from competitive racing, because of a strained heart.
SUSPENDED: For "conduct detrimental to the NFL," Lance Rentzel, 29, wide receiver for the Los Angeles Rams. The indefinite penalty, subject to review after one year, was imposed by Commissioner Pete Rozelle and resulted from a league investigation into Rentzel's arrest and guilty plea for possession of marijuana in May.
DIED: The No. 1 rider for Suzuki's motorcycle team, GEOFF PERRY, 23, holder of several Southeast Asian Grand Prix championships, in a commercial airline crash off Papeete, Tahiti. He was en route to the Champion Sparkplug Classic at Ontario Speedway in California.