TRACK & FIELD—BILL RODGERS of Melrose, Mass. won the seventh New York City Marathon, completing the 26-mile, 385-yard course in two hours, 10 minutes, 9.6 seconds. Frank Shorter, holder of Olympic gold (1972) and silver (1976) medals, was second in the field of more than 2,000 runners.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: As head coach of the New York Giants, BILL ARNSPARGER, 49, whose team was 0-7 this year and 7-28 during his 2�-year tenure. Assistant Coach John McVay, 45, former head coach of the World Football League Memphis Southmen, was named to replace him.
ON PROBATION: The University of Nevada-Reno, for violating the NCAA's two-point minimum academic rule. The school has been barred from postseason tournaments and TV appearances for one year.
RETIRED: BILLY CUNNINGHAM, 33, after 11 seasons in pro basketball, because of an injured knee that did not respond to treatment. The five-time All-Star averaged 20.8 points and 10.1 rebounds per game during his career with the Philadelphia 76ers and the ABA Cougars.
RETIRED: FOOLISH PLEASURE, winner of the 1975 Kentucky Derby, with earnings of $1,216,705. He was bought for $20,000 as a yearling. Now he will stand at stud at Greentree Farms in Lexington, Ky.