Ralph Wilson, Buffalo owner who said the first of the week after bitterly rapping officiating in Bills' 25-24 loss to Miami that he would pay any NFL fine for his behavior only if the NFL publicly admitted the refs' error on the controversial play chiefly at issue. Yesterday, the Bills announced that Wilson has been fined by Pete Rozelle maybe in the neighborhood of $5,000, which similar conduct cost him three years ago) - and, "upon reflection that is more important to maintain the integrity of the commissioner and of the game than to press the issue any further and that accordingly, he would pay the fine."
Jack Nicklaus, reported last week to have sailed on a fishing yacht that ran aground, then found to have missed that boat and taken another, has something to show for it all: he later snared a 1,356-pound marlin - biggest fish caught in Australian waters this year. Or is that a fish story to match his alleged presence on the yacht that beached on Great Barrier Reef?
Did Starplex really bid on Soccer Bowl '79, the NASL championship next September, for RFK Stadium as the league commissioner, Phil Woosnam, said in accouncing that Giant's Stadium will be the place again? "Yes," said the Armory Board's Bob Sigholtz. "Madison Square Garden Corp. made the bid." Dips' new owners, you know . . . One more from Starplex: Grand prize winner of the second monthly sweepstakes drawing for four free tickets to all November events, including Redskin games, plus amentities - Virginia Lynn Noah, 18, a doctor's receptionist from Annandale.
Baseball's 1978 all-rookie team by vote of the players for Topps: 1b, Revering, A's (327-314 over Hurdle, Royals): 2b, Molitor, Brewers (329-298 over Whitaker, Tigers); 3b, Horner, Braves; ss, Smith, Padres; of Bosetti, Blue Jays (top vote-getter, 605); Molinaro, White Sox; Powell, Twins; c, Nahorodny, White Sox; rhp, Gale, Rovals (shading Robinson, Pirates); Ihp, Johnson, A's.