Kevin Loughery, the fiery old Bullet at the helm of the New Jersey Nets, stepped off Commissioner Larry O'Brien's NBA headquarters carpet yesterday a man chastised and sternly warned to mind his manners.

Only a couple of weeks since his three-game suspecsion and $1,000 fine for bumping two referees, Loughery had to apologize for his intemperate statements in the aftermath of the Nets' 117-116 loss Friday night to Los Angeles.

He charged that NBA refs were "out to get" him (but later denied a "conspiracy" quote).

O'Brien gathered Loughery and the Nets' owners and drew from the coach that he had no evidence to support the "out to get me" allegation. So Loughery apologized, his management was told they would be held responsible for any failure to comply with accepted league behavior hereafter -- and all were reminded O'Brien has power to levy a fine of up to $25,000 and indefinite suspension....

The post-Wooden college basketball world may have caught up with once invincible UCLA, but intown rival Southern California lost its 18th straight to the Bruins on the weekend and yesterday Trojan Coach Bob Boyd decided enough's enough: beat 'em to the punch and resigned as of the end of this season, his 13th at SC. His squads have gone 205-126, this year's is 9-4 and in UPI's Top 20, but with UCLA in the same conference, he never made the NCAA tournament...

"I grew up in Missouri," said Darold Knowles, "I've always wanted to be a St. Louis Cardinal" -- as the onetime anchor of the Senators' bullpen became a Cardinal yesterday. St. Louis' first dip into the reentry pool fetched the 37-year-old lefty last with Montreal, now joining his seventh club in a career highlighted by his record-setting seven appearances in Oakland's seven-game 1973 World Series conquest of the Mets...

The foot blister that took Jimmy Connors out of the Grand Prix Masters in New York at midmatch against eventual champ John McEnroe has been excised and is healing so he is "definite" to defend his title in the $250,000 Pro Indoor in Philadelphia next week, tourney officials report. The Indoor is seeded so that Connors could get another shot at Young Mac in the seemis...

Art Schlichter, the talented Ohio State quarterback whose freshman campaign ended with his errant for Woody Hayes, denies the transfer rumor -- "I don't know how those things get started. I'm an Ohio boy... looking forward to seeing how Duke sophomore basketball forward, also profeses not to know how these things get started -- Philadelphia media tales he will turn pro next year. Banks says, "Right how, I plan on staying at Duke four years.... I still hope to fulfill certain dreams I have of playing in the 1980 Olympics and also of being the first black player in the Duke hall of fame."...

Bill Gold and his generous legions can't do it all, so the Redskin Foundation Inc. has come through with a $65,000 grant to Children's Hospital -- specifically earmarked, says J. Paull Marshall, the foundation president, for development of a sports medicine program. Very interesting; Al Lawson, Children's Hospital director of development, said the program, unique in this area, "will research the effects of sports and physical activities on the 'normal' child."