TENNIS—JOHN McENROE beat Arthur Ashe 6-7, 6-3, 7-5 to win the $400,000 Masters Grand Prix tournament in New York City (page 52).
Martina Navratilova defeated Chris Evert 7-5, 7-5 to win the $125,000 Avon Championship of California in Oakland.
TRACK & FIELD—RENALDO NEHEMIAH of Maryland broke the world indoor record for the 60-yard high hurdles at the National Invitational Meet in College Park, Md. His time of 7.02 was .05 of a second faster than the record he set last year (page 48).
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: As the San Francisco 49ers' fifth coach in the last 22 months, BILL WALSH, 47, who had a two-year record of 17-7 at Stanford. Walsh replaces Fred O'Connor, who, along with General Manager Joe Thomas, was fired by President Eddie J. DeBartolo Jr. The 49ers were 1-6 under O'Connor and 7-23 during Thomas' two-year tenure. ROD DOWHOWER, 35, Walsh's top assistant, will succeed him at Stanford.
By Ohio State to replace fired football Coach Woody Hayes, EARLE BRUCE, 47, who had a six-year record of 36-32 at Iowa State and 8-3 regular-season records the past three seasons.
NAMED: Winner of the AIAW's Broderick Cup as the nation's outstanding female collegiate athlete for the 1977-78 season, ANN MEYERS, 23, a four-time All-America basketball player at UCLA. The 5'9" forward averaged 17.4 points a game during her career and led the Bruins to the national title last year.
TRADED: By the New Orleans Jazz, Forward LEN (Truck) ROBINSON, 27, to the Phoenix Suns for Guard RON LEE, 26, Forward MARTY BYRNES, 22, the Suns' first-round draft choices in 1979 and '80 and a reported $500,000. Robinson is the NBA's No. 10 scorer at 24.1 points per game and No. 2 rebounder with a 13.3 average. Lee and Byrnes have scored 9.8 and 6.8 points a game, respectively, as substitutes.
DIED: OTHOL (Abe) MARTIN, 70, former TCU football coach (1953-66) and athletic director (1966-75); of an apparent heart attack; in Fort Worth. Martin had a 74-64-7 record and directed the Horned Frogs to three Southwest Conference titles and five bowl games.