TRACK & FIELD—BEN PLUCKNETT of the U.S. broke the world discus record, set by Wolfgang Schmidt of East Germany in 1978, by two inches with a throw of 233'7" at the California Relays in Modesto. At the same meet, BRIAN OLDFIELD put the shot 72'3" to surpass the U.S. record of 71'8�" set by Terry Albritton in 1976.
MILEPOSTS—CONVICTED: Of first-degree murder and two illegal gun-possession charges by a San Juan, Puerto Rico superior court, former WBC lightweight champion (1974-76) ESTEBAN DeJESUS, 29, who was sentenced to life in prison. DeJesus was found guilty of fatally shooting 18-year-old Roberto Cintron Gonzalez last Nov. 27 after a traffic dispute.
HIRED: As coach of the Winnipeg Jets, former Vancouver assistant TOM WATT, 45, who replaces associate coaches Mike Smith and Bill Sutherland.
As head coach of the Minnesota Kicks, former assistant GEOFF BARNETT, 34. Club President Freddie Goodwin had been serving as coach.
Gary Garner, 37, formerly an assistant at Missouri, to coach the Drake University basketball team.
DIED: HAMILTON P.B. (Tex) MAULE, 66, longtime SI writer (1956-75) who was noted for his coverage of pro football and was the author of 31 books; of a heart attack; in New York City.