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Vic Amaya beat Mark Edmondson 6-4, 7-5 to win the $50,000 Debenhams grass-court championships in Surbiton, England.
VOLLEYBALL—IVA: Defending champion Santa Barbara won its seventh and eighth games in a row to move three games ahead of Seattle in the Western Division. The Spikers beat Continental Division-leading Denver in three straight games as Roseanne Wegrich, the IVA's most valuable female player last year, scored four service aces in the match. Three nights later Santa Barbara handed Seattle its fourth loss in a row. Albuquerque, which lost 14 of its first 15 games, won twice on the road, in Seattle and Tucson.
MILEPOSTS—ARRESTED: For possession of cocaine, Jockey RON FRANKLIN, 19, at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. Franklin, the rider of 1979 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Spectacular Bid, was released on $1,500 bail. Five days later, it was announced that Franklin would be replaced by Willie Shoemaker as Bid's regular rider.
HIRED: As coach of the ASL New Jersey Americans, EDDIE FIRMANI, 45, who was fired two weeks earlier as coach of the NASL champion Cosmos. Firmani signed a three-year contract for a reported $100,000 a year.
By the Buffalo Sabres, ROGER NEILSON, 45, as one of three coaches for the 1979-80 season. Neilson will share the duties with newly appointed General Manager Scotty Bowman and another associate coach, as yet unnamed, and then become the sole coach for the 1980-81 season. Neilson had a 75-62-23 record during the last two seasons, during which he coached the Toronto Maple Leafs.
As coach of the Utah Jazz, TOM NISSALKE, 44, who directed the Houston Rockets to a 124-122 record over the last three seasons. In 1975 Nissalke coached in Salt Lake City for the now-defunct ABA Utah Stars.
PLEADED GUILTY: In U.S. District Court in Boston, ROBERT OWEN, 40, to charges of sports bribery in connection with a horse-race-fixing scheme organized by Anthony Ciulla (SI, Nov. 6, 1978). Owen is the seventh defendant in the case to plead guilty.
DIED: TROY ARCHER, 24, defensive tackle for the New York Giants; of injuries received in a truck accident; in North Bergen, N.J. The Giants' first draft choice in 1976, Archer was considered one of the best young defensive linemen in football.