Another Heavyweight ex-champ, Leon Spinks, ran into a new problem in Detroit; his manager, Gerald Sawyer, hospitalized for psychiatric help. Police said Sawyer, in a domestic dispute, held his wife and two children hostage more than 10 hours Sunday. Spinks had visited Sawyer on Saturday night, but their attorney said that had nothing to do with the incident in which officers said an "irrational, depressed" Sawyer eventually surrendered peacefully.
Roger Theder has been terminated as U. of California football coach, his Berkeley Bears showing a 5-17 record for the two years since he led them to the 1979 Garden State Bowl. Cal under Theder won 13 of 23 until the retrogression . . . At Salisbury State on Maryland's Eastern Shore, Bill Yeagle says he can't get up for football coaching any more, leaves after a three-year 15-13-1 showing . . .
Cornhusker defensive end Jimmy Williams from Wilson High provides capital representation as Pitt, USC, Nebraska and Michigan land two players each on the 23-member all-America selected for Kodak by the American Football Coaches Association. It features two quarterbacks -- BYU's Jim McMahon, Pitt's Dan Marino -- and three running backs -- USC's Marcus Allen, Stanford's Darrin Nelson and the only sophomore selection, Georgia's Herschel Walker. Flanker: Michigan's Anthony Carter.
A Capital selection, too, from NHL headquarters as hockey player of the week: Dennis Maruk. His four goals, four assists and three Washington victories did the trick . . .
Honors, honors: Danny Thomas to receive the Hubert H. Humphrey Award at Touchdown Club's 47th annual awards dinner Jan. 16 . . . NBC's Bryant Gumbel choice of the Quarterback Club here for its biennial award to a top sportscaster, presentation Dec. 7 . . . Wes Suter, 17, two-time Virginia state high school gymnastics champion for Reston's South Lakes and winner of the AAU Junior Olympic nationals in Winston-Salem, N.C., spotted in the current Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd. Suter right now is on tour in England with U.S. Gymnastics Federation Region 7 team . . .
The Kansas City Royals save face, sweeping a closing three from the Yomiuri Giants to finish 9-7-1 and avoid being first major league club to come out losers on tour of Japan . . . Toronto's Blue Jays promise "big stuff" news today, but hint it has nothing to do with Reggie Jackson, Ron Guidry, Dave Collins or Danny Ainge. ???
Albuquerque Judge Phillip Baiamonte, who let Norm Ellenberger off with a year of unsupervised probation on July conviction of fraud as U. of New Mexico basketball coach, follows up by denying a state motion that Ellenberger be required to repay $6,000. Baiamonte says, referring to profits of the UNM program under Ellenberger: "Let me get back to the business of trying real criminal cases . . . This is akin to someone taking $6,000 in furniture from my house, but on the way out, leaving $1.2 million on the kitchen table. I don't think I'd be too put out about it."
A. Ex-Terps Carter, Kinney, Carr, Hughes, Russell, et al. and a bunch more former collegiate stars man the Wilkens House team, national flag football champions of 1980 and '81. But defending the Maryland state tournament title on the weekend at Baltimore's Utz Twardowicz Field, they were flagged down in the final by The Hut, 14-12 . . . Q. Longest field goal ever made in overtime of a regular-season NFL game?