Clair Bee, 87, an innovator in the game, one of its most successful college coaches and coach of the Baltimore Bullets of the NBA from 1952 to 1954, died of cardiac arrest in Cleveland. He was 357-79--a winning percentage of 81.9, best ever in the college ranks--as coach during the 1930s, '40s and '50s, mostly at Long Island U.; came up with the 1-3-1 zone defense and helped develop the three-second lane and NBA's 24-second clock.

Bee's teams had winning streaks of 43, 38, 28 and 26 games, going undefeated at LIU in 1935-36 and 1938-39. He also was a pioneer of sports camps for youths, and the author of 50 books, including a series of boys novels and basketball instruction books . . .

The University of Richmond, stung by publicity when it reneged on a scholarship offer, again has extended Paul Grubb a full grant-in-aid--but, says the 6-foot-7 forward who averaged 24 points, 10 rebounds for Greensburg-Salem (Pa.) High, he doesn't think the situation "can be worked out." Athletic Director Chuck Boone said Coach Dick Tarrant has been reprimanded, and wouldn't deny the coach nearly was dismissed . . .

Chanel Hamilton, UDC's junior star, is first team with the National Association for Women's Sports, chosen for its all-America squad; Claudia Eaton of Howard receives honorable mention.

Golf: An hour and a half after her new sports car had been stolen, Chris Johnson went out and shot five-under-par 68 to share the first-round lead with Donna White in a $125,000 LPGA event in Clifton, N.J.

"I'm glad it was raining so people would think I had rain on my face, not tears," said Johnson, who ended on an upbeat, eagling the par-5 18th with a 64-yard sand wedge from the rough. White birdied 18.

Third, at 70, were Amy Alcott, who sank a 45-foot eagle putt on No. 9, and Lori Huxhold. Some for whom the clouds didn't lift: Nancy Lopez (74), Jan Stephenson (76), Kathy Whitworth (81) . . .

In the Atlanta Classic, where thunderstorms delayed the first round more than three hours, Chip Beck shot seven-under-par 65 as darkness fell, for a three-stroke lead with 26 golfers still on the course. Calvin Peete, who finished nearly five hours earlier than Beck, was second. Among eight at 69 was leading money winner Lanny Wadkins . . .

U. of Maryland Coach Fred Funk birdied all four par-3s, birdied three other holes, shot 67 and won at Chantilly; in his first season of Middle Atlantic PGA pro-ams, Funk has won twice, finished second twice. Glen Miller of Chantilly hit his tee shot on 17 out of bounds and finished double bogey, bogey and tied for second at 70 with Paul Ryan of Lakewood . . .

Rod Funseth shot a six-under 66 for the lead after one round of the $150,000 Hall of Fame Golf Tournament for Seniors at Pinehurst, N.C. Kel Nagle and Art Wall were at 68.