MILEPOSTS—REVERSED: The U.S. Tennis Association decision to withdraw from 1977 Davis Cup play. Britain and France, who withdrew in support of the U.S., have also agreed to consider 1977 "a neutral year capable of saving the existence of the competition."
DIED: BILL SWIACKI, 53, in Sturbridge, Mass., of a gunshot wound. An All-America end at Columbia, Swiacki played three seasons with the New York Giants and two with the Detroit Lions, and was an assistant coach with the Giants and the Rams before retiring to his real estate and insurance agency. A generation of fans will remember his 1947 end-zone catch that enabled Columbia to upset Army and end its streak of 32 victories.
DIED: THOMAS AUSTIN YAWKEY, 73, of leukemia, in Boston. The benevolent owner of the Red Sox for 43 years, Yawkey lavished millions of his inherited dollars to buy such stars as Lefty Grove, Joe Cronin (playing manager), Max Bishop and Jimmy Foxx. When he was rewarded with his second (of three) American League pennants in 1967, Yawkey said, "This is the greatest day of my life." He was vice-president of the American League and an alternate member of the executive council of the major leagues.