UCLA's presumably impending athletic probation, says the Los Angeles Times, is not for just one year but two -- but the NCAA's only sanction against postseason basketball or football for the Bruins will be a bar from its 1982 basketball tournament. Sources told the newspaper the team will be free to enter the National Invitation Tournament and the eager NIT already has contacted UCLA . . .
Times sources said no TV ban will be involved -- NCAA's network contracts prevail. As a member of the Bruin Bench, UCLA booster club, put it: "The NCAA wouldn't go that far". . .
Now hear Digger Phelps -- fearless Digger, his Notre Dame team plays at UCLA Saturday! -- reiterating he favors four-year probations against colleges and players who break recruiting rules. "The penalties have to be stiffer," Phelps said; a one-year probation can be worth it to a school "if a player is high enough caliber" and it can use him for three years beyond the penalty period . . .
Seems the reason Bert Jones called a running play at the end of the 25-0 Colt loss to the Jets really was his throwing shoulder: wrenched on final sacking of the day, by ever enthusiastic Mark Gastineau. Could be David Humm Sunday versus Dallas' Glenn Carano (for aching Danny White) . . .
Pat Riley is officially in as L.A. Laker coach for NBA season's duration, cocoach Jerry West repairing to role of special consultant and Bill Bertka, Lakers' chief scout 1968-74, hired away from his Utah Jazz assistantship to assist Riley . . . Hubie Brown visited with Cleveland Cavalier owner Ted Stepien for eight hours; negotiations promising, Stepien said, as he kept an earlier promise and relieved Don Delaney as coach. Delaney stays as g.m., assistant Bob Kloppenberg takes interim reins -- till after the Cavs visit the Bullets Saturday night, anyway . . .
Ronnie Lott, 49er cornerback: fined $500 by the NFL to go with his game ejection Nov. 8 for punching Falcon receiver Alfred Jackson (a counterpunch, Lott claimed) . . .
Hilmer Kenty, lightweight ex-champ (WBA) whose boxing career was feared over, says surgery for torn retina in his left eye worked, he's rarin' to fight again . . . Heavyweight champ Larry Holmes testified in the Wells Fargo Bank embezzlement trial that ex-promoter Harold Rossfields Smith, a defendant, offered him $2.5 million for two bouts in 1980, and that when he asked where the money was coming from, Smith "said he's got some connection in Las Vegas". . .
Ron Guidry and agent set to decide at next week's Florida baseball meetings for which of 18 interested teams he will pitch the next few years, still saying he'd "like to finish his career with the Yankees, but . . . " But it depends on the generosity of George Steinbrenner.
A. All-time NBA low in 12-minute quarter with 24-second shot clock: Buffalo, four points, Oct. 21, 1972 (Milwaukee, 91-63) . . . Q. Youngest pitcher to start a big-league game? Youngest AL player to get a hit?