The Rev. Jesse Jackson took his fight to keep Kallie Knoetze, the heavyweight white ex-policemann from South Africa, from boxing on these shores to the State Department here yesterday -- got no immediate results little encouragement -- and said he and his entourage would go on to New York today to press CBS-TV and Madison Square Garden about it. In Miami Reach, meanwhile, city commissioners voted, 6-1, to approve use of their Convention Center for the Jan. 13 Knoetze-Bill Sharkey bout. Jackson plans to have his Operation PUSH there in force if the fight goes on.

Navy, the only Eastern football team to win a bowl game this season, has been selected Division I-A team of the year in the ECAC... Envious Army has been told by Emory Bellard, the Texas A&M coach who quit the Aggies at midseason, that West Point is a nice place but he wouldn't want to work there, scratch him from consideration to replace ousted Homer Smith.

More pro football honors: Sporting News pegs New Orleans QB Archie Mannning NFC's MVP and Al Baker NFC rookie of year; Houston RB Earl Campbell player of year and rookie of year in AFC -- first such double award since Jim Brown in 1957.