TENNIS—Arthur Ashe defeated Kjell Johansson, 6-2, 6-0, 7-5 to give the U.S. the clinching victory in a 3-2 win over Sweden in the Davis Cup interzone semifinals in G�teborg, Sweden, and a berth against Great Britain in the finals (page 79).
John McEnroe defeated Dick Stockton 2-6, 7-6, 6-2 to win a $175,000 Grand Prix tournament in San Francisco.
Martina Navratilova defeated Tracy Austin 6-4, 6-2 to win the $75,000 Phoenix Classic.
WEIGHT LIFTING—At the world championships in Gettysburg, Pa., the SOVIET UNION won the team title with 281 points; YURI VARDANYAN of the U.S.S.R. established world records in the snatch (377 pounds), clean and jerk (464 pounds) and total (832 pounds); his teammate DAVID RIGERT won the title in the 220-pound division; J�RGEN HEUSER of East Germany was first in the superheavyweight class (page 90).
MILEPOSTS—ACQUIRED: By the Houston Hurricane, Forward KYLE ROTE JR., 27, from the Dallas Tornado for a reported $500,000 over three years. Rote is the leading scorer in Tornado history (118 points) and was Rookie of the Year in 1973.
EXPELLED: From the International Amateur Athletic Federation, the ruling body of track and field, the REPUBLIC OF CHINA ( Taiwan). The People's Republic of China will replace Taiwan as a member of the IAAF General Assembly.
RETIRED: MEADOWLARK LEMON, 46, who combined brilliant basketball skills with inspired craziness as player-coach for the Harlem Globetrotters.
TRADED: To the Cleveland Indians, Texas Outfielder BOBBY BONDS and Relief Pitcher LEN BARKER for Reliever JIM KERN and Infielder LARVELL BLANKS.
DIED: ALEXANDER BELOV, 26, who scored the controversial final basket in the U.S.S.R. basketball team's victory over the U.S. in the 1972 Olympics; of cardiac insufficiency; in Leningrad.