TENNIS—CHRIS EVERT defeated Martina Navratilova 7-6, 0-6, 6-3.
Arthur Ashe defeated Brian Gottfried 6-2, 6-4 to win a $200,000 Grand Prix tournament in Los Angeles.
MILEPOSTS—AWARDED: By NBA Commissioner Lawrence O'Brien, to the Seattle SuperSonics, Forward LONNIE SHELTON, a 1979 first-round draft choice and $450,000, as compensation for the New York Knicks' signing of free-agent Center Marvin Webster.
NAMED: As manager of the Texas Rangers, Third Base Coach PAT CORRALES, 37, replacing Billy Hunter, 50, who was fired. Corrales, a former major league catcher, became a Ranger coach in 1975. Hunter, who joined the Rangers as manager in June 1977, led them to a 60-33 record the rest of that season. But Texas did not do as well as expected this year, finishing third in the American League West with an 87-75 record.
RETIRED: From the Atlanta Falcons, Defensive End CLAUDE HUMPHREY, 34, after 10 seasons. Drafted in the first round by Atlanta in 1968, Humphrey was an All-Pro three times and played in six Pro Bowls.
DIED: NEIL JOHNSTON, 49, for three consecutive years the NBA scoring leader (1953-55); of a heart attack; in Irving, Texas. Johnston, who played for the Philadelphia Warriors for eight years, became the team's coach in 1959, after a knee injury ended his career. He also coached Pittsburgh of the American Basketball League and was an assistant at Wake Forest and with the Portland Trail Blazers.
DIED: HARRY MEHRE, 77, the starting center for the Notre Dame football team that featured the Four Horsemen and later football coach at Georgia and Mississippi; in Atlanta.