SWIMMING—Four American women's records were set at the Southern California Invitational Championships in Los Angeles. JENNIFER HOOKER of Mission Viejo, Calif. was timed in 4:46.27 in the 500-yard freestyle. 16:16.90 in the 1650 freestyle. LINDA JEZEK won the 100-yard backstroke in 57.29 and 200-yard backstroke in 2.01.63.
TENNIS—JIMMY CONNORS beat John Alexander 7-6, 6-2 to take the $100,000 WCT Classic in St. Louis.
Chris Evert won her fifth Virginia Slims title of the year and $20,000, beating Martina Navratilova 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in Philadelphia.
WRESTLING—Although it had only one individual champion, IOWA STATE won its seventh NCAA title in Norman, Okla. (page 56).
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: "Terrible" TED LINDSAY, 51. as general manager of the Detroit Red Wings, replacing Alex Delvecchio, who was fired. A member of the Hall of Fame, Lindsay played 14 seasons for the Red Wings, mostly at left wing on a line with Gordie Howe at right wing and either Sid Abel or Delvecchio at center, and three years for the Chicago Black Hawks; he scored 379 goals during his career and amassed 1,808 penalty minutes.
UPHELD: Baseball Commissioner BOWIE KUHN's decision to void Oakland owner Charles O. Finley's sale of Vida Blue, Joe Rudi and Rollie Fingers last season; by U.S. District Court Judge Frank McGarr; in Chicago.
DIED: CARLOS PACE, 33, Brazilian Formula I driver; in a plane crash; in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Pace, who was under contract to the Brabham racing team, was tied for fifth in the 1977 world driving competition.
DIED: ANTONINO ROCCA, 49, professional wrestler; in New York. Rocca was one of several recognized "heavyweight champions of the world" during his highly successful 25-year career.
DIED: LAWRENCE TIMOTHY (BUCK) SHAW, 77, college and professional football coach for more than 30 years; of cancer; in Menlo Park, Calif. A 178-pound tackle for Knute Rockne at Notre Dame, Shaw subsequently coached five college teams, the San Francisco 49ers (1946-54) and the Philadelphia Eagles (1958-60). Shaw retired after his biggest win, a 17-13 victory over the Green Bay Packers in the 1960 NFL championship game.