TENNIS—The USLTA, its revenue cut when the U.S. Davis Cup squad failed to make the Challenge Round, turned to Jack Kramer and his professionals for financial help. Kramer tentatively agreed to assist by turning over 5% of the gross gate at every one of his American appearances, provided the local promoter agreed to the cut.
MILEPOSTS—RETIRED: BILL NIEDER, 26-year-old Olympic shotput champion and world record holder (65 feet 7 inches, with a pending record of 65 feet 10), on his doctor's orders following a new aggravation of an old knee injury, at San Francisco. Nieder's Olympic victory was a personal triumph; labeled by archrival Parry O'Brien as a "cow-pasture performer" who choked in big meets, he barely made the Olympic squad as an alternate, but he came through in the Games to set an Olympic record of 64 feet 6� inches, and outheave O'Brien, the defending champion, by nearly two feet.
DISMISSED: MIKE NIXON, head coach of the Washington Redskins, after his team won only one NFL game this season.
RETIRED: WARREN GIESE, after five years as head football coach at the University of South Carolina (his record: 28-21-1). Giese will remain as athletic director. In his first act he hired Marvin Bass, assistant coach at Georgia Tech, as new head coach.
DIED: ROBERT CONNELL, member of the Ohio State swimming team, and DARNESS MALLORY, freshman football and basketball player at the University of Omaha, in the two-plane air crash over New York City.