TENNIS—The 1976 Davis Cup team blanked Venezuela 5-0 in second-round action at the Racquet Club Ranch in Tucson, Jimmy Connors defeating Humphrey Hose 6-4, 6-1, 6-3 after Roscoe Tanner beat Jorge Andrew 6-4, 6-3, 6-2. Erik van Dillen and Dick Stockton clinched the match with a 6-2, 6-2, 7-5 doubles victory over Hose and Andrew (page 84).
Stan Smith defeated fellow American Bob Lutz 7-6, 6-2 to win the $100,000 Australian Indoor championships at Sydney. The victory over his longtime doubles partner was Smith's first in a major tournament since he beat Arthur Ashe in the 1973 WCT finals.
Sweden's BJORN BORG rallied to beat Italy's Adriano Panatta 1-6, 7-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the $75,000 Count of Godo tournament at Barcelona.
Chris Evert won the Barnett tournament in Orlando, Florida, when Martina Navratilova was forced to default, complaining of bursitis in her left shoulder.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: Oakland A's Manager ALVIN DARK, by Owner Charles O. Finley. Hired in 1974, Dark managed the club to its third straight world championship. His two-year record, including postseason play, as the 12th A's manager since Finley bought the club in 1961 was 195-141.