Imagine, the National Hockey League players thinking about a voluntary across-the-board 10 percent pay cut!

Well, says Alan Eagleson, executive director of the NHL Players Association, the guys are considering just that -- in exchange for a 10 percent reduction in schedule, from 80 to 72 regularseason games.

"Several players have expressed dissatisfaction with the rigors of the long schedule," says Eagleson, airing in Toronto the NHLPA plan to propose the twin cuts to its membership at its June meetings in Nassau. If approved, the proposition would be placed before the owners.

John Ziegler, league president, tosses cold water by rejecting the suggestion that NHL players are worn down by the long schedule and it reflects in lackluster lateseason play -- and voicing skepticism that the owners would approve any schedule trim.

Eagleson -- who as agent for many helped boom the current average NHL player salary to $92,000 -- hedged that the majority "might say to hell with it, we won't take a 10 percent cut. If so, that's fine."

Walter Byers, the NCAA executive director, continues to have a heck of a time learning to live with the Title 9 law and HEW's guidelines. Listen to W.B. at an NCAA seminar:

"When a man speaks about Title 9, he is presumed to be wrong. But whenever a woman speaks, she is presumed to be right.

"It's a false premise that women have been discriminated against either by men or by institutions. Historically, women have discriminated against women.

"(Title 9) disregards quality and purely recognizes quantity... favors less skilled women over more skilled men... You can't mandate equality by writing a rule and then throwing money at the problem."

"Old age... We found him dead in the snow," the man at Sagamore Farm near Glyndon, Md., said after the greatest money-winner of all Maryland thoroughbreds, Find, passed away Monday at 29. Find won $803,615, lifetime, and with his stablemates Native Dancer (d. 1966) and Social Outcast (d. 1969) teamed in their 3-year-old campaign, 1953, to make Alfred G. Vanderbilt the leading U.S. owner in winnings. Racing till age 11 -- he was gelded -- Find won 22 of 110 starts, capturing 13 stakes.