DIED: BOB BIRON, 67, manager of heavyweight KEN NORTON; of a brain tumor, in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. Upon hearing the news of Biron's death, Norton, 34, the WBC champion from February, 1978 until June, 1978, announced his retirement. Norton had won 41 of 48 bouts, with one draw.
Steve Brooks, 58, the fourth-leading jockey in victories (4,451) and the 1949 Kentucky Derby winner aboard Ponder; of complications following throat surgery; in Louisville. During his career (1938-1975) Brooks had 30,330 mounts which earned $18,239,817.