TENNIS—ROD LAVER beat Arthur Ashe 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in the finals of the Italian International Open in Bologna and finished the 1971 World Professional Championship qualifying round in first place.
MILEPOSTS—GRANTED: NHL franchises to LONG ISLAND and ATLANTA to start play next season. The NHL may go to a four-division format for the 1972-73 season and will admit two additional teams for 1974-75.
NAMED: KEN ASPROMONTE, 40, as manager of the Cleveland Indians. A minor league manager for the past four seasons, Aspromonte played seven years for six major league teams as a utility infielder.
NAMED: As the National League's Most Valuable Player, JOE TORRE, 31, of the St. Louis Cardinals. Torre led the majors with a .363 batting average, 137 RBIs, 352 total bases and 230 hits.
TRADED: Guard EARL (The Pearl) MONROE, 26, of the Baltimore Bullets, to the New York Knicks for reserves MIKE RIORDAN, 26, a guard, and DAVE STALLWORTH, 29, a forward, and cash.