SHOOTING—MARGARET MURDOCK of Topeka, Kans. led the U.S. women's team to victory in the prone rifle event at the world championship in Thun, Switzerland. Murdock scored 598 out of a possible 600, which tied the world record, to take the individual gold medal. Otherwise, the Russians dominated competition, setting world team marks in women's air rifle and men's free pistol.
TENNIS—MARTINA NAVRATILOVA, a 17-year-old from Czechoslovakia, upset Julie Heldman 7-6, 6-4 in the final of the $50,000 Barnett Bank Classic in Orlando, Fla. In the doubles final, BETTY STOVE and FRANCOISE DURR defeated Billie Jean King and Rosie Casals 6-3, 6-7, 6-4.
TRACK & FIELD—Czechoslovakia's HELENA FIBINGEROVA set a new world shotput record for women with a 70'8�" effort at a meet in Gottwaldov, Czechoslovakia.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As assistant coach of the new NBA New Orleans Jazz, SAM JONES, 41, former Boston Celtic guard (1957-69) who recently resigned as head basketball coach at North Carolina Central College.
RESIGNED: After nine years and a 38-48-1 record as head football coach at the University of South Carolina, PAUL DIETZEL, 50, effective at the end of the season. Dietzel, who will stay on as athletic director, was named college Coach of the Year in 1958, when Louisiana State won the national championship. He coached LSU from 1955 to 1961 and Army from 1962 to 1965 before going to South Carolina in 1966.
RETIRED: BOB FOSTER, 32, world light heavyweight boxing champion whose 14 successful title defenses surpassed Archie Moore's old record of 11. Foster will reside in Albuquerque, where he is a county sheriff.
RETIRED: New York Knicks Center WILLIS REED, 32, because of the debilitated condition of his right knee, which has been operated on twice. Reed joined the Knicks in 1964 and was pivotal in their transformation into a team that won two world championships (1970, 1973). He was voted the NBA's Most Valuable Player in 1970 and named to five All-Star teams in his 10-year career. Reed averaged 18.7 points and 12.9 rebounds in 650 regular-season games and 17.4 points in 78 playoff games.
DIED: JAMES WREN (Zack) TAYLOR, 76, who spent 52 years as a major league baseball player, manager and scout; of a heart attack; in Orlando, Fla. Taylor compiled a .261 batting average in 16 years as a catcher but was best known as the manager of the St. Louis Browns (1946, 1948-51). In 1951, under Owner Bill Veeck, Taylor was directing the team when the late Eddie Gaedel, a midget, was signed to the club and made an appearance as a pinch hitter.
DIED: DR. FORREST C. (Phog) ALLEN, 88, osteopath turned college basketball coach,; in Lawrence, Kans. Allen coached the University of Kansas in 1908 and 1909 and from 1920 to 1956. His teams compiled a 591-219 record and won or shared 24 Missouri Valley, Big Six and Big Seven conferences titles. Allen was instrumental in adding basketball to Olympic competition and in starting the NCAA tournament, which his 1952 Jayhawk team won. In 1950 he was named college Coach of the Year, and in 1959 he was elected to the Naismith Hall of Fame.