TENNIS—BILLIE JEAN KING beat Margaret Smith Court of Australia 6-2, 6-4 to win the Western Australian women's singles championships in Perth in their first meeting since Mrs. Court returned to competition after a year's retirement.
TRACK & FIELD—BILL GAINES, a high school senior from San Jose, Calif., defeated an elite group of sprinters in the 60-yard dash (page 46), and BOB BEAMON of El Paso upset Ralph Boston in the broad jump with a 26' 9�" leap in the Examiner Ail-American Games in San Francisco. Boston was also a loser in the 60-yard hurdles, coming in second to EARL McCULLOUCH, the pass-catching end on USC's Rose Bowl team. Both were timed in 7.2. BOB SEAGREN of USC won the pole vault with a leap of 17'�", while San Jose speedsters TOMMIE SMITH and LEE EVANS won the 300-and 440-yard events, respectively, with times of 31.9 and 48.5.
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: As head football coaches: at New Hampshire, JIM ROOT, 36, backfield coach at Yale for three years; at Bowling Green, DON NEHLEN, 32, an assistant there for three seasons; and at Washington State, JIM SWEENEY, 38, who in five years at Montana State was 31-20.
SIGNED: Aussies JOHN NEWCOMBE, 23, and TONY ROCHE, 22, the Nos. 1-and 4-ranked amateurs in world tennis, to three-year professional contracts by New Orleans Promoter Dave Dixon.