SOCCER—The NASL opened its eighth season with four games and an average attendance of 10,000. Los Angeles began the defense of its title by defeating the Earthquakes 2-1 in overtime before 18,347 in San Jose. (The league has instituted a 15-minute overtime period in an attempt to settle ties.) In San Antonio the expansion Thunder slipped past Dallas 2-1 in overtime as James Doherty scored the winning goal with two minutes left. The Miami Toros knocked off St. Louis 1-0, while Vancouver edged the Chicago Sting 1-0.
TENNIS—CHRIS EVERT dropped the first set to Billie Jean King 4-6, then came back to register a 6-3, 7-6 victory and win $50,000, the largest winner's purse in women's tennis, in the L'eggs World Series tournament in Austin, Texas.
Before Evert registered her triumph, boyfriend JIMMY CONNORS scored a 6-3, 6-4 win over Brian Gottfried in a WCT tournament in Denver (page 58). Connors won $12,000 in the tune-up for his $250,000 challenge match with archrival John Newcombe.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: DAVE BLISS, 31, as head basketball coach at Oklahoma, replacing Joe Ramsey, who resigned four weeks ago. A 1965 graduate of Cornell, Bliss was an assistant to Bobby Knight at West Point (1968-70) and Indiana (1972-75).
NAMED: LEE CALHOUN, 42, 120-yard high hurdles gold medalist in the 1956 and 1960 Olympics, as head track and field coach at Yale. Calhoun, an Eli assistant for the past five years, succeeds Bob Giegengack, who is retiring July 1.
NAMED: EDDIE DONOVAN, as general manager of the New York Knicks, a position he held in 1965-70 before taking the same job with the Buffalo Braves. Donovan will replace Red Holzman, who remains as head coach.
NAMED: GARY WALTERS, 29, an assistant coach at Princeton, as head basketball coach at Dartmouth, succeeding resigned Coach Marcus Jackson. Walters started on the 1964-65 Princeton team captained by Bill Bradley, which finished third in the NCAAs.
RETIRED: JUAN MARICHAL, 36, pitcher for the San Francisco Giants (1960-73) and Boston Red Sox (1974); after a weak showing with the Los Angeles Dodgers this season. A nine-time All-Star, Marichal's lifetime record is 243-142 with an ERA of 2.89.
SIGNED: MARGARET COURT, 32, to a one-year contract with the Hawaii Leis of World Team Tennis. The rights to Court were obtained by the club in a trade with the San Francisco Golden Gaters, who received the rights to sign Chris Evert, who has not indicated whether she will sign with the league.
SUBMITTED: By the All-China Sports Federation of the People's Republic of China, an application for recognition from the International Olympic Committee. The application will be put to a vote at next month's IOC Session in Lausanne, Switzerland; approval would enable the country to compete in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal and Innsbruck.