TENNIS—JIMMY CONNORS beat Roscoe Tanner 6-2, 5-6, 3-6, 6-2, 6-5 in the final round of the $320,000 WCT Challenge Cup round-robin in Las Vegas.
MILEPOSTS—AWARDED: By the North American Soccer League, a Philadelphia franchise for 1978 to a 20-man group, including rock stars Mick Jagger, Peter Frampton and Paul Simon.
FIRED: Manager ALEX GRAMMAS, 50, who had a 133-190 record with the Milwaukee Brewers the past two years.
NAMED: By the Baseball Writers Association of America, Minnesota Twin First Baseman ROD CAREW, 32, as 1977 American League MVP. The AL batting champion for the sixth time, Carew hit .3880—highest in the majors since Ted Williams' .3881 in 1957—and had 239 hits, the most since Bill Terry's 254 in 1930.
SIGNED: By the Milwaukee Brewers in the second round of baseball's free-agent reentry draft, Outfielder LARRY HISLE, 30, who led the American League with 119 RBIs while playing for the Minnesota Twins last season, to a $3 million "lifetime" contract.
DIED: SILKY SULLIVAN, 22, in his stall at Green Oaks Stables in Pleasanton, Calif. In 1958 the California colt came from 30 lengths back to win the Santa Anita Derby and was a favorite for the Kentucky Derby but failed to fire and finished 12th.
DIED: DAVEY O'BRIEN, 60, the 5'7", 150-pound Heisman Trophy winner who quarterbacked TCU to an unbeaten season in 1938 and a Sugar Bowl triumph; of cancer; in Fort Worth. O'Brien played two years for the Philadelphia Eagles, in his first season passing for 1,324 yards to break Sammy Baugh's NFL record.
DIED: ROGER PECKINPAUGH, 86, American League shortstop for 17 years and manager of the Cleveland Indians from 1928 to 1933 and in 1941; in Cleveland. At 23, he became the youngest manager in major league history when he assumed the helm of the New York Highlanders for the final two weeks of the 1914 season. In 1925, while playing for the Washington Senators, he was voted MVP, but committed a record eight errors in the World Series.