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TENNIS—Australians JOHN NEWCOMBE and MARGARET COURT were the singles winners at the U.S. Open (page 34).
TRACK & FIELD—World records in the discus and javelin throw were shattered by their holders at the Women's Europa Cup meet in Edinburgh. FAINA MYELNIK of the Soviet Union bettered her own discus mark by more than six feet with a throw of 227'11". East Germany's RUTH FUCHS increased her javelin record to 216'10", more than three feet over her previous mark.
WRESTLING—Halfway through the world freestyle championship in Tehran, Iran, the Soviet Union led 41 participating countries with a total of 55 points. The host country was second with 28 and the U.S., in fifth place, had 16 points. To that point in the 12-day event Marine Lieut. LLOYD KEASER had won the only American gold medal, in the 150-pound class.
MILEPOSTS—BANNED: By the International Sports Commission, auto racing at four European tracks next season on the grounds that they are unsafe. They are Jarma, Spain; Spa, Belgium; Croix en Ternois and Monthl�ry, France. Spa was banned only for Formula I and II events.
HIRED: BILLY MARTIN, as manager of the Texas Rangers five days after being fired as manager of the Detroit Tigers. He replaces WHITEY HERZOG, 42, who got the ax the day before, as Owner Bob Short put it, "on the basis of the Rangers' 47-91 record"—the worst end-of-season mark in the major leagues.
NAMED: As Intercollegiate Tennis Coach of the Year, UCLA's GLENN BASSETT, who in seven years has taken the Bruins to two national championships and coached Arthur Ashe, Charlie Pasarell, Roy Barth and Jimmy Connors.
NAMED: As coach of the ABA Kentucky Colonels, JAMES (Babe) McCARTHY, 49, who resigned as a basketball coach at the University of Georgia after five months in the post, having never coached a game for the Bulldogs.
REPLACED: Pirates Manager BILL VIRDON, 42, by DANNY MURTAUGH, 55. Murtaugh thus became Pittsburgh's manager for the third time in the last seven years, having retired from the position twice before, partly because of a heart condition. Virdon's firing came after losing three of four games to the St. Louis Cardinals.
DIED: Oklahoma basketball Coach LESTER LANE, 41, of an apparent heart attack, in Norman, Okla. A Sooner All-Big Eight selection in 1955, he was a member of the U.S. Olympic basketball team that took first place at Rome in 1960.