World Team Tennis bounced into its fourth season with exotic new teams like the Soviets playing in exotic new places like Plains, Ga. (page 56). Despite strong individual performances (Olga Morozova beat New York's Billie Jean King and Natasha Chmyreva surprised Phoenix' Chris Evert), the Soviets lost four of five matches, beating only the New York Apples, last year's champions. The Golden Gaters had the league's best record (3-0) and largest crowd (6,113). The Sea-Port Cascades, who as the Hawaii Leis finished in the Western Division cellar last year, roared off to a 3-1 start as Tom Gorman beat Alex Metreveli, Sandy Mayer and Bjorn Borg—all on the road.
Jimmy Connors retained his title in the Alan King Classic at Las Vegas, defeating Raul Ramirez 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 and earning $50,000.
TRACK & FIELD—In an unusual triple, ARIZONA STATE won the 400-, 800- and 1,600-meter relays at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia with Olympian HERMAN FRAZIER anchoring all three teams. The Sun Devils (GARY BURL, TONY DARDEN, GERALD BURL and FRAZIER) set a world record (1:21.4) in the 800. WILSON WAIGWA, a senior at UTEP, won the Ben Franklin Mile in 3:53.8, and five other runners broke four minutes. DWIGHT STONES set a meet record in the open high jump with a leap of 7'4�"
At the Drake Relays in Des Moines, PEG NEPPEL of Iowa State set an American record of 15:52.27 in the rarely contested women's 5,000. Fifteen meet records were set, including FRANCIE LARRIEU LUTZ' 4:15.66 in the 1,500 (page 24).
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: WILT CHAMBERLAIN, 40, as the president of the International Volleyball Association. Chamberlain, who will also play for the IVA's Orange County ( Calif.) Stars, is the three-year-old league's third president.