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Namath chucks his knees...Tsongas loses more races...Reno gets bowled over

By NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath, 48, the arthritic knees that drove him out of football in 1978 and into the hands of an internationally renowned joint-replacement specialist last week. The pain in the deteriorating joints was "tolerable with medication," Broadway Joe said from his hospital bed on New York's Upper East Side, but the loss of stability and the fact that he was favoring his right—and formerly more troublesome—knee sent him to Dr. Chitranjan Ranawat for a bilateral substitution.

For sale, elegant NW Indianapolis house (12 rms, 4½ baths; lvng rm w/ 40' ceiling; vu of woods; big bkyrd; fin bsmnt; 3-car gar; $370,000), by running back Eric Dickerson, who no longer needs the place because the Colts traded him to the L.A. Raiders on April 26. Leon Burnett, Dickerson's neophyte real estate agent and ertswhile coach, whom the Colts fired last fall, said, "This is easily the highest-priced home I've been asked to sell since I got my license about a month ago. The house reflects Eric like few people knew him." Clearly, Burnett has mastered Realtors' rap.

Two national 50-54 age group swimming races, by Democratic presidential quasicandidate Paul Tsongas, 51, who came in sixth out of eight in the 50-yard butterfly and last in the 50 breaststroke at the YMCA masters championships in Fort Lauderdale. "I told two of the swimmers that if they let me beat them, I'd put them in my Cabinet," Tsongas said after faltering in the fly.

As home of the National Bowling Stadium, beautiful downtown Reno. By promising to hold their annual championships there every three years for the next 15, the American Bowling Congress and the Women's International Bowling Congress cleared the way for construction of the $35 million facility, to be funded by the local hotel tax. It will have 80 lanes, a climate-controlled storage room for 4,000 pins, a bowling-ball valet service, a health club and a cinema. Said Reno tourism promoter Jay Milligan, "It is one of the most significant things ever done for bowling." Oh, spare us.

From the job of athletic director at Auburn, where he is also football coach, Pat Dye. The Tiger men's basketball and tennis teams are on NCAA probation for recruiting-and benefits-rules violations, and the NCAA is investigating allegations that Auburn football boosters and coaches made illegal payments to former Tiger defensive back Eric Ramsey. Dye, who says he didn't know about the alleged payoffs, claims that his decision "takes a tremendous amount of responsibility off my shoulders." It might.

Indianapolis Colt reserve defensive end Shane Curry, 24, after he was shot in the head during an argument over the fact that his car was blocked by another outside a bar in his hometown of Cincinnati. Police would not name the 15-year-old boy charged with the murder.



Joe has known knee surgery since '65.