TENNIS—ARTHUR ASHE defeated Andrew Patti-son of Rhodesia 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 in Columbus, Ohio to win the opening tournament on the 1976 World Championship tour.
Chris Evert beat Evonne Goolagong 6-3, 7-6 at Austin, Texas to win $50,000 and her second consecutive L'eggs title.
The top-seeded team of DICK STOCKTON and ROSIE CASALS defeated Mark Cox and Virginia Wade of Britain 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to win the $80,000 Spalding World Mixed Doubles in Dallas.
TRACK & FIELD—DAN RIPLEY of the Pacific Coast Club vaulted 18'1�" to set a world amateur indoor record at the National Invitation meet in College Park, Md. (page 56).
Eugen Ray, an 18-year-old East German, ran the 100-meter dash in 10.21 seconds for a world indoor record at a meet in East Berlin.
Emile Puttemans of Belgium bettered his own world indoor three-mile and 5,000-meter records in Paris, recording a 12:54.6 in the former race to lower the previous mark by 4.4 seconds, and a 13:20.8 in the latter to cut 3.8 seconds off his old record.
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: LEO DUROCHER, 71, to manage the Taiheiyo Lions in Fukuoka, Japan, at a reported six-figure salary that would make him "the highest-paid baseball manager anywhere."
PURCHASED: The ATLANTA BRAVES, by Ted Turner, 37, yachtsman and communications executive, for a reported $10 to $12 million.
SOLD: The SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS, for $13.25 million, to a Toronto group headed by Labatt Breweries, Ltd., pending approval by the National League.
DIED: ANCIL HOFFMAN, 91, manager of Heavyweight Champion Max Baer and his brother Buddy, a heavyweight contender; in Sacramento.