TENNIS—EVONNE GOOLAGONG defeated Chris Evert 7-6, 4-6, 6-0 to win her first Australian Open championship after reaching the final for the fourth straight year. JIMMY CONNORS became the fourth American to win the men's title since 1946, beating Australia's Phil Dent 7-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
In the first tournament devoted solely to mixed doubles, the $60,000 International Mixed Doubles Championship in Dallas, BILLIE JEAN KING and OWEN DAVIDSON defeated Rosie Casals and Marty Riessen 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. King and Davidson each received a record $10,000 first prize, whereas for winning the Wimbledon and U.S. Open mixed titles last year King and Davidson shared a total of only $3,250.
MILEPOSTS—SIGNED: As manager of the New York Yankees, BILL VIRDON, former Pittsburgh Pirate skipper, to a one-year contract after the Yankee contract with Dick Williams was invalidated by American League President Joe Cronin. Virdon led the Pirates to the National League East title in 1972, but was fired last September with the Pirates only two games out of first place.
DIED: ARTHUR DALEY, 69, sports columnist for The New York Times, in New York; of an apparent heart attack. A graduate of Fordham, Daley joined the Times in 1926 and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for excellence in reporting in 1956.