After losing to the Philadelphia 76ers 137-133 last Nov. 8, the New Jersey Nets protested to NBA Commissioner Larry O'Brien that Bernard King and Coach Kevin Loughery had each been called for three technical fouls in violation of league rules, which specify that no more than two technicals be assessed against any one person in a game. Upholding the protest, O'Brien ordered the game replayed from the point at which King's third technical was called. Thus, on March 23 the game will be resumed with 17:50 to go and Philadelphia leading 84-81.
Two weeks ago an odd element was injected into the forthcoming replay when the Nets traded Eric Money and Al Skinner to the 76ers for Ralph Simpson and Harvey Catchings. Skinner didn't play on Nov. 8 but the other three did. Having changed sides, those three now stand to become the first NBA players ever to appear for both teams in the same game.
Some snow-clogged side streets remained all but impassable in Chicago last week, a full month after the big blizzards of '79. In view of that, Chicagoans might wish that the event scheduled for this weekend in tiny (pop. 1,800) Clayton, N.Y. could somehow be transplanted to their city. But Clayton wants to keep the International Snow Plowing Contest right where it is, thank you.
Co-sponsored by the Clayton Chamber of Commerce and Frink Sno-Plows, Inc., the town's biggest employer, the plowing competition is open to two-man teams that test their speed and accuracy in clearing a 1,600-foot stretch of a local street. Before each run, graders and snowblowers pack the course with massive drifts, and pylons are strategically placed to simulate mailboxes, telephone poles and the like. Then off the contestants go, plowing through the slalomlike course. Last year's contest attracted 37 two-man entries. This year's is expected to draw 100 teams from as far away as Tennessee and Wisconsin.
There are no entries from Chicago.
GERTRUDE EDERLE WITH WINGS
Eighteen months ago a curious contraption called the Gossamer Condor became the first successful man-powered aircraft (SI, Aug. 1, 1977, et seq.). With a young man named Bryan Allen furiously pedaling to turn the prop, the craft completed a figure-eight one-mile course at Shafter, Calif. while maintaining an altitude of at least 10 feet at the start and finish, thus fulfilling conditions for a $95,000 prize offered by London's Royal Aeronautical Society. The money went to the plane's designer, a Pasadena, Calif. aeronautical engineer named Paul MacCready.
Now MacCready, 53, is going after the Royal Aeronautical Society's latest prize offer of �100,000—currently about $200,000—for the first manpowered aircraft to cross the English Channel. The Gossamer Condor is on permanent exhibit in the Smithsonian (cheek by fuselage with the Spirit of St. Louis), and MacCready has designed and built a new plane, the Gossamer Albatross, for the prospective 21-mile two-hour Channel crossing from Dover to Calais. He says the attempt will take place as early as mid-May and no later than August.