WTT: The New York Sets beat the Golden Gaters 31-23 in Oakland to take a 1-0 lead in their best-of-five championship series. The Sets gained the finals by rallying to defeat Pittsburgh 29-21 and 28-26 after the Triangles had won the opening match 26-25. Billie Jean King paced New York with a pair of 6-4 victories over Evonne Goolagong. The Gaters qualified for the finals by upsetting Western Division champion Phoenix 32-16 and 24-18.
TRACK & FIELD—MIKE BOIT of Kenya and Eastern New Mexico University, who was unable to compete in the Olympics because of the African boycott, beat Belgian silver medalist Ivo Van Damme and American bronze medalist Rick Wohlhuter in Zurich on Wednesday when he ran the 800 meters in 1:43.9. On Friday in West Berlin, Boit beat Wohlhuter by almost four full seconds with a 1:43.6, the second fastest time in history and only one-tenth of a second off the world record set at Montreal by Alberto Juantorena of Cuba.
The SOVIET UNION'S national team—TATYANA PROVIDOKHINA, VALENTINA GERASIMOVA, SVETLANA STYRKINA and TATYANA KAZANKINA—shaved 1.9 seconds off the women's world record when they ran the 4 x 800-meter relay in 7:52.3, in Podolsk, U.S.S.R. The previous record of 7:54.2 was set by the East German team earlier this month.
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: JERRY WEST, 38, third alltime leading scorer in NBA history, as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. West, who retired as a player in 1974 after 14 seasons with the Lakers, replaces Bill Sharman, who becomes assistant general manager.
REPATRIATED: SERGEI NEMTSANOV, 17-year-old Soviet diver who defected to Canada during the Olympic Games. Nemtsanov said he was willing to go back to the Soviet Union "without conditions."
SUED: THE STATE OF DELAWARE, by the National Football League, which is seeking a temporary order restraining the state from starting a lottery for betting on NFL games.