Guillermo Vilas won his sixth straight clay-court tournament and 39th consecutive match, crushing Ilie Nastase 6-2, 6-0 in the Lionel Tennis Week round robin at Harrison, N.Y. Vilas' victory was worth $10,000.
TRACK & FIELD—The U.S. lost 127-120 to EAST GERMANY in the first World Cup in D�sseldorf, West Germany, when Maxie Parks collapsed while leading on the final leg of the final event, the 1,600-meter relay (page 16). The U.S. team of BILL COLLINS, STEVE RIDDICK, CLIFF WILEY and STEVE WILLIAMS lowered the world record in the 400-meter relay—set by a U.S. foursome in the Munich Olympics—from 38.19 to 38.03. Second-place finisher MARTY LIQUORI broke his own American record in the 5,000 with a time of 13:15.1, and JAN MERRILL'S 8:46.6 in the women's 3,000 lowered Francie Larrieu Lutz' American record by 8.3 seconds.
VOLLEYBALL—In the final week's scramble for IVA playoff spots, Santa Barbara clinched second place and the right to meet Orange County in the Western Division semifinal by winning three straight against Phoenix. That knocked defending champion San Diego out of the playoffs. In the Continental Division, El Paso-Juarez won its final eight matches on the frontline play of Ed Skorek and the backcourt passing of Sharon Peterson and Malia Ane to finish one victory back of its semifinal opponent, Denver.
MILESPOSTS—TRADED: Forward ADRIAN DANTLEY, last season's NBA Rookie of the Year with a 20.3 scoring average, and Forward MIKE BANTOM, by the Buffalo Braves to the Indiana Pacers for Forward/Guard BILLY KNIGHT, the league's second-leading scorer with a 26.6 average. The Braves also obtained former All-Star Guard NATE (Tiny) ARCHIBALD from the Nets for Center GEORGE JOHNSON. Archibald, acquired by the Nets last year, averaged 20.5 points in 34 games before suffering a broken leg. Buffalo also sent Center JOHN GIANELLI to the Milwaukee Bucks for cash and a first-round draft choice.
DIED: ERNY PINCKERT, 70, a two-time football All-America at USC (1930-31) and a star halfback for the NFL Redskins from 1933 to '40, of pneumonia; in Los Angeles. Though principally a blocker, Pinckert ran for two touchdowns in USC's 21-12 win over Tulane in the 1932 Rose Bowl.
DIED: RALPH SAMUELSON, 74, the inventor of water skiing, of cancer; in Pine Island, Minn. When Samuelson introduced the sport in 1922 on Lake Pepin, a wide portion of the Mississippi River, he said, "If you can ski on snow, why not on water?"