SOCCER—The NASL suspended the Boston franchise after the Minutemen failed to post a performance bond for 1977. The league also approved the sale and transfer of the Philadelphia Atoms to San Antonio. In what may be the NASL's college draft, the Dallas Tornado had first pick and selected Glenn Myernick, a native of Trenton, N.J., who is currently a senior at Hartwick College in New York.
SQUASH—SHARIF KHAN of Toronto won $5,000 and the North American Open men's singles title—his eighth championship in nine years—by defeating Geoffrey Hunt of Australia 15-9, 11-15, 15-10, 15-13 in Philadelphia.
TENNIS—JIMMY CONNORS defeated Bill Scanlon 6-3, 6-3 for the $30,000 first prize in a WCT tournament in Birmingham, Ala.
Chris Evert defeated Margaret Court 6-3, 6-4 to win the $20,000 first prize in the $100,000 Virginia Slims indoor tournament in Hollywood, Fla.
TRACK & FIELD—STEVE RIDDICK of Philadelphia swept the sprints against an impressive field in the Sunkist Invitational at Los Angeles. Riddick won the 50-yard dash in 5.3 and the 60 in 6.1. Paul Cummings won the mile in 3:59.2, and Duncan Macdonald of Hawaii beat Craig Virgin of Illinois in the two-mile in 8:35.4. Mac Wilkins, Olympic gold medalist in the discus, switched to the shot and beat a field including three world-record holders with a personal best of 67'9" (page 14).
Lorna Forde of Barbados set a world indoor record in the women's 440-yard dash, with a 53.8 clocking at the National Invitational Meet in College Park, Md. FRANCIE LARRIEU LUTZ of the Pacific Coast Track Club won the women's mile in a meet-record 4:34.7.
MILEPOSTS—DIED: STUART HOLCOMB, 66, head football coach of Purdue (1947-56), athletic director at Northwestern (1957-66) and general manager of the Chicago White Sox (1971-73); of a heart attack; in Venice, Fla.
DIED: JAMES OTTO (Tex) CARLETON, 70, a right-handed pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals in the Gas House Gang era of the '30s, and later for the Chicago Cubs and the Brooklyn Dodgers; in Fort Worth, Texas. During his eight-year career Carleton had a 100-76 record.