TENNIS—The U.S. defeated Britain 4-1 in Rancho Mirage, Calif. to win the Davis Cup for the first time since 1972 (page 14).
Ilie Nastase defeated Vitas Gerulaitis 6-7, 6-3, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 to win the $100,000 Frankfurt Cup tournament in Germany.
Tim Gullikson beat defending champion Harold Solomon 2-6, 7-6, 7-6, 6-7, 6-4 to win the $175,720 South African Open in Johannesburg.
VOLLEYBALL—UTAH STATE beat UCLA 15-2, 15-12, 12-15, 15-12 to win the AIAW National Large College Championship in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: By the Buffalo Sabres, who were 8-10-6 and in third place in the Adams Division, GEORGE (Punch) IMLACH, 60, the general manager since Buffalo entered the NHL in 1970, and MARCEL PRONOVOST, 48, coach since the start of the 1977-78 season.
FIRED: by the Oakland A's, Manager JACK McKEON, 43, who, after taking over for Bobby Winkles on May 23, led the A's to a 45-78 record and a sixth-place finish in the American League West. McKeon managed Kansas City in 1973-75 and the A's for the first two months of the 1977 season, when he was replaced by Winkles.
FIRED: By the U.S. Military Academy, football Coach HOMER SMITH, 47, who had a five-year record of 21-33-1 and lost four of five games against Navy.
HIRED: By Iowa, to replace fired football Coach Bob Commings, HAYDEN FRY, 49, who had a six-year record of 31-22-3 at North Texas State.
HIRED: By Florida, to replace fired football Coach Doug Dickey, CHARLEY PELL, 37, who had a two-year record of 18-4-1 at Clemson and this season guided the Tigers to their first ACC title since 1967. DANNY FORD, 30, Pell's top assistant, will succeed him at Clemson.
NAMED: Winners of horse racing's Eclipse Awards: Best 2-Year-Old Colt or Gelding, SPECTACULAR BID; Best 2-Year-Old Filly, IT'S IN THE AIR and CANDY ECLAIR; Best 3-Year-Old Colt or Gelding and Horse of the Year, AFFIRMED; Best 3-Year-Old Filly, TEMPEST QUEEN; Best Jockey, DARREL McHARGUE; Best Trainer, LAZ BARRERA.