MILEPOSTS—DECLARED INELIGIBLE: University of Minnesota basketball players Michael Thompson and Dave Winey, by the school's Assembly Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics. The committee's decision was a reversal of its stand in March 1976, when the NCAA placed the university's athletic program on indefinite probation after the committee refused to declare Thompson, the Big Ten's leading scorer, and Winey ineligible. The NCAA's Committee on Infractions will now meet to reconsider the sanctions against Minnesota's athletic program.
FIRED: DAVE BRISTOL, 44, as manager of the Atlanta Braves, after finishing in the division cellar the past two seasons.
NAMED: By the Baseball Writers Association of America, SPARKY LYLE of the New York Yankees as winner of the American League Cy Young Award, with 56� points, 8� more than runner-up Jim Palmer. Lyle, the first relief pitcher to receive the award, had a 13-5 record, a 2.17 ERA and 26 saves.
DIED: TONY HULMAN, 76, owner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway; of a ruptured artery; in Indianapolis. Hulman bought the Speedway in 1945 for $250,000, when it was in a state of near ruin, and developed the Indianapolis 500—whose purse this year was more than quadruple his purchase price—into one of the premier sporting events in the U.S. It was Hulman's voice that was heard every Memorial Day uttering the storied "Gentlemen, start your engines."