Wonder who'll get the game footballs after Kentucky's invasion of Maryland tomorrow?
Caroline Treviranus, the Berryville, Va., rider unconscious since her mount fell and she struck her head Sept. 16 in stadium jumping at the World Championship Three-Day Equestrian Event, got a gift in University of Kentucky Medical Center on Sunday. Actor Lee Majors dropped in and left her an inscribed football from Kentucky's 25-21 conquest of Baylor.
"She tried to concentrate very hard," Majors said. "When I talked to her, she looked at me and a tear came out of her eye." According to members of her family, Treviranus, 24, has opened her eyes and shed tears occasionally in recent days - progress.
Lexington horseman Tom Gentry bid $7,700 for the game ball at a charity auction, then presented it to Majors "because he has had some sorrow in the past few days" - death of stuntman A. J. Bakunas in a 323-foot fall for the movie "Steel," starring Majors. The actor, passing it on, inscribed, "Caroline, let it be God's will that your bright eyes sparkle. Love, Lee Majors."
Late report: She is out of intensive care, though still described, technically at least, as unconscious. Warrior Is Dead
Neil Johnston, three-time NBA scoring champion during his 1951-59 tenure with the Philadelphia Warriors, is dead at 49: heart attack playing basketball at a recreation center in Bedford, Tex. Many say the 6-8 lanter-jawed native of Chillicothe, Ohio, was the greatest hookshot artist the game ever saw.
Johnston seemed ungainly and clumsy, but in the neighborhood of the basket he was coordinated enough to win scoring titles in 1953, '54 and '55, averaging 22.3, 24.4 and 22.7.
The coach at North Lake Community College, Irving, Tex., since August 1977, Johnston leaves a wife and five children.
His first head-coaching job: Warriors, 1959-61. He broke in Wilt Chamberlain.
Charles Town race track is pumping its "photo finish" contest tomorrow night as the greatest things since instant cameras - and will give good ones away to lucky customers. NASL Presses NFL
The North American Soccer League says its dramatic rise in popularity (Dip apathy here notwithstanding) has the National Football League running scared - so scared of competition for the sports buck. NASL alleges, NFL is violating the antitrust act. The soccer people sued in federal court, New York, yesterday to block NFL's avowed intention to ban cross-ownership of Pete Rozelle League franchises and those of teams in other major sports. Phil Woosnam, NASL commissioner, said such a rule would force the sale of four of his league's clubs and "would foreclose the NASL from a previously readily available pool of capital investors and sports management talent."
Timmy . . . Timmy . . . come back!
Is nothing sacred? The symbol of Washington's Touchdown Club, the little ball-carrier with leather helmet askew and the marble plaque on which he was engraved, disappeared the other night after 10 years, from the railing leading down to the club at 20th and L NW. TD Club prexy John Gourley has a hunch the theft has something to do with Monday night football. If Timmy surfaces let's hope it's to show the Redskins the way.