Frank Shorter of the Florida Track Club beat Doug Brown of the University of Tennessee by 2.5 seconds to win his fourth consecutive AAU cross-country title, in Gainesville, Fla. The Olympic marathon champion ran 10,000 meters in 29:52.5.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: Football Coaches BILLY TO-HILL, 34, of Texas Christian, DON LAWRENCE, 36, of Virginia, and FRANK LAUTERBUR, 48, of Iowa. TCU was 3-7, Virginia 4-7 and Iowa 0-11 for the season.
NAMED: FRANK MALONEY, 33, defensive line coach at Michigan, to succeed Ben Schwartzwalder as head coach at Syracuse. Schwartzwalder is retiring after 25 years with a record of 153-91-3 and one national championship.
NAMED: PETE ROSE, 32, of the Cincinnati Reds as Most Valuable Player in the National League. Rose, who won his third batting title with a .338 average, edged runner-up Willie Stargell of Pittsburgh, whose 44 home runs and 119 RBIs led the league, 274-250 in total points in balloting conducted by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
RESIGNED: TED SCHROEDER, 37, as football coach at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Schroeder had a 29-31 record over six seasons.
SOLD: For $7.2 million, the 300-acre Aintree race course outside Liverpool, by Mirabel Topham to millionaire builder William Davies, who promised to continue the Grand National steeplechase held there for at least five years.
DIED: EMIL VON ELLING, 90, who coached New York University to national track titles in 1943 and 1948 and was assistant coach of the 1948 U.S. Olympic team; in Winsted, Conn.