TENNIS—WTT: Both best-of-three division championships series—New York vs. Boston and Phoenix vs. San Diego—started with the season's divisional leaders losing at home to runners-up. In the West, Chris Evert drubbed Kerry Reid 6-2 but San Diego beat Phoenix 29-26. In the East, Martina Navratilova of the Lobsters, women's league leader in both singles and doubles, lost her singles match to the Apples' Billie Jean King 6-4 and. with Greer Stevens, was done in by King and Virginia Wade 6-4 in doubles as the Apples topped the Lobsters 29-21. The two Western teams reached the divisional finals by disposing of their opposition in straight matches. Phoenix whipped Sea-Port 30-14 and 27-26, and San Diego overcame Golden Gate 24-22 and 24-21. Both Eastern confrontations took three matches. New York defeated Indiana 33-21, 25-27 and 31-15 while Boston polished off Cleveland 30-26, 20-21 and 28-21.
TRACK & FIELD—ALBERTO JUANTORENA of Cuba ran the 800 in a world-record 1:43.43 at the World University Games in Sofia, Bulgaria, lowering by .07 seconds the mark he set at the Montreal Olympics (page 26). Countryman ALEJANDRO CASANAS trimmed .03 seconds off Rod Milburn's 5-year-old 110-meter-hurdles world record with a 13.21 clocking.
John Walker of New Zealand won the 1,500 in 3:32.7, a half-second above Filbert Bayi's world record, at the Ivo Van Damme Memorial meet in Brussels.
Helena Fibingerova of Czechoslovakia bettered her own world record by 13 inches when she put the shot 73'2?" at an international meet at Nitra, Czechoslovakia.
VOLLEYBALL—With two weeks remaining in the regular season, Phoenix extended its victory string to six, tying Orange County for the season's longest and moving from last place to second in the Continental Division. Tucson is now in the divisional cellar, having lost 16 out of 19 matches, the latest to Santa Barbara, as Jose Garcia, league leader in spiking, had 36 kills in 55 attempts. In the Western Division, Orange County remained unchallenged.