SKIING—JACQUELINE ROUVIER of France won the women's downhill race in the Criterium of the First Snow in Val-d'Is�re, France by .37 over Anne-Marie Proell of Austria with a time of 1:26.89 over the 2,150-meter course. KARL SCHRANZ of Austria beat countryman Heini Messner by almost three-tenths of a second for the men's title with a 2:06.58 over 3,298 meters. ERIK HAKER of Norway and ROSI MITTERMAIER of Germany took the special slaloms.
SWIMMING—SHANE GOULD, the 15-year-old Australian who already held or shared four women's world marks, bettered the 1,500-meter record by 18.6 seconds with a time of 17:00.6 in Sydney.
TENNIS—ILIE NASTASE of Rumania beat Stan Smith 5-7, 7-6, 6-3 to win the Masters Tournament in Paris.
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: As manager of the California Angels, DEL RICE, 49, replacing Lefty Phillips, who was fired two months ago. A catcher for five major league teams in 17 seasons, Rice was the first player to sign with the Angels when they were founded in 1960.
HIRED: JERRY CLAIBORNE, 43, as head football coach at Maryland, succeeding the dismissed Roy Lester. Claiborne had a 61-39-2 record in 10 seasons at Virginia Tech before becoming a Colorado assistant last year.
TRADED: Outfielder TED UHLAENDER, 32, by the Cleveland Indians to the Cincinnati Reds for Pitcher MILT WILCOX, 21.
TRADED: To the New York Mets, Shortstop JIM FREGOSI, 29, by the California Angels for Pitcher NOLAN RYAN, 24, and three from the Mets' Tidewater, Va. farm club: Pitcher Don Rose, 24, Catcher Francisco Estrada, 23, and Outfielder Leroy Stanton, 25.
DIED: GEORGE D. WIDENER, 82, one of the most honored figures in thoroughbred racing; at his Erdenheim Farm near Philadelphia. A breeder, owner and official, Widener also was chairman of the Jockey Club from 1950 to 1964. His horses raced from 1915 to 1970, and in 1962 Widener's Jaipur won both the Travers and Belmont Stakes.