TENNIS—KEN ROSEWALL, 43, and BILLIE JEAN KING, 34, each defeated a younger opponent to win the singles titles in the $125,000 Gunze tournament in Tokyo. Rosewall beat Ilie Nastase 4-6, 7-6, 6-4 and King downed Martina Navratilova 7-5, 5-7, 6-1.
WATER POLO—The University of California at Berkeley defeated UC-Irvine 8-6 at Brown University to win its fourth NCAA championship.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: BOBBY COX, 36, as the seventh manager of the Atlanta Braves in 11 years, replacing Dave Bristol, who was fired last month.
NAMED: By the Baseball Writers Association as 1977 Rookies of the Year, Montreal Centerfielder ANDRE DAWSON and Baltimore DH EDDIE MURRAY. Dawson hit .282 and had 19 home runs, 65 RBIs and 21 stolen bases; Murray batted .283 with 27 home runs and 88 RBIs.
SIGNED: By California, Outfielder LYMAN BOSTOCK, 27, who hit .336 for Minnesota last season, to a $2.2 million, five-year contract; by San Diego, Outfielder-DH OSCAR GAMBLE, 27, who had 31 homers in 408 at bats for the White Sox, to a $2.8 million, six-year contract; by the Yankees, Relief Pitcher RICH GOSSAGE, 26, who had an 11-9 record with 26 saves and a 1.62 ERA for Pittsburgh, to a $2.7 million, six-year contract; by Boston, Pitcher MIKE TORREZ, 31, who had a 17-13 record for the Yankees and won two World Series games, to a $2.5 million, seven-year contract.
DIED: ROBERT ELMORE, 23, former Wichita State basketball player and brother of Indiana Pacer Center Len; apparently of a drug overdose; in Rome. After being cut by the Nets before the start of the 1977 season, the 6'10" center signed with the Lazio-Eldorado team in the Italian A2 League.
DIED: EDWARD MAYO SMITH. 62, who managed the Phillies (1955-58), the Reds (1959) and the Detroit Tigers (1967-70) with whom he won the 1968 World Series; of a stroke; in Detroit.