Some senior season for Todd Kirtley, Virginia cocaptain from Robinson High, and it doesn't get better: doctors find he broke a bone in his passing hand when it hit a Rutgers helmet on follow-through. He's out four to six weeks; Gordie Whitehead quarterbacks against Duke . . .
Angel Rodriguez, the Alexandria catcher suspended in August for supposedly tipping Spanish-speaking batters on opposing Carolina League teams what pitches to expect: Johnny Johnson, president of the NAPBC (the minors), says 24 depositions are in hand, "from every player and official who could possibly be involved . . . only one or two to go. When we get them all in order and analyzed, I expect we'll want to talk to Rodriguez again, personally." About exoneration, suspension or life ban . . .
Dan Pastorini a Ram? Never mind. "We made him an offer and he refused it," so Jeff Kemp hangs on as No. 3 quarterback . . . Swept away in the Green Bay overhaul: Steve Atkins, waived; as much an enigma as a third-year NFL running back as he often was at Maryland . . . Next Charger trade, defensive end Fred Dean to make it two Redskin Fred Deans? He cut the last two days of practice (contract blues), but the club denies a published report he and receiver Ron Smith are headed this way.
Now some of the supermilers get off the oval and show us just how fast they might cover the 1,760 yards in a straight line. Saturday, on one of Manhattan's hard streets. Slightly downhill. The Fifth Avenue Mile, put on by the New York Road Runners, approved by newly liberal IAAF; middle-distance stars race from 82nd Street to 62nd. Steve Ovett, scheduled for U.S. debut, sent regrets, citing a viral infection. But Eamonn Coghlan, John Walker, Steve Scott and Sydney Maree are set for the 20-block-buster . . .
Bullets change TV voices anew: replacement pending for John Sterling, off to Atlanta Hawks' WSB radio mike . . .
The Capital Classic: any day now we learn if there will be a ninth annual in March. Promoter Bob Geoghan has made his Midwestern trips, done all the lobbying the NCAA all-star high school games committee would let him, and awaits its decision on restoring sanction of his perennially sold-out (19,500) Capital Centre showcase for basketball seniors.
A. The spikes gone to repose with base-stealing's best belonged to Richie Zisk, thief of six bases in 10 years. Hall of Fame asked Seattle's Julio Cruz to send the pair he wore when he tied the AL record of 32 straight. That game he wore Zisk's . . . Q. Pittsburgh Civic Arena gets Larry Holmes-Renaldo Snipes, Nov. 6. Last heavyweight title bout in Pitt?