TENNIS—GUILLERMO VILAS defeated Yannick Noah 6-0, 6-4, 6-4 to win the $200,000 Italian Open in Rome.
Stanford defeated California five matches to three in Athens, Ga. to win the NCAA team title.
TRACK & FIELD—CAL STATE-NORTHRIDGE won the AIAW outdoor championships for the third year in a row, beating runner-up North Carolina State 58-55 in Eugene, Ore.
Sergei Litvinov of the Soviet Union established a world record of 267'11" in the hammer throw in Sochi, U.S.S.R. He bettered by 3'4" the mark set by countryman Yuri Sedykh the previous week.
Jacek Wszola of Poland set a world record in the high jump, clearing 7'8�" in Eberstadt, West Germany. He bettered the mark set by Vladimir Yashchenko of the Soviet Union in 1978.
MILEPOSTS—BOUGHT: By Nelson Skalbania, a Vancouver real-estate millionaire, the ATLANTA FLAMES, for a reported $16 million. The team will be moved to Calgary, Alberta, where it will play in the 6,500-seat Calgary Stampede Corral until a larger arena is constructed.
CONVICTED: By a federal district-court jury in Brooklyn, former Jockey CON ERRICO, 58, on a racketeering charge connected with bribing jockeys to fix nine horse races at Aqueduct and Saratoga in 1974 and 1975 (page 54).
FIRED: As coach of the Colorado Rockies, DON CHERRY, 46, after having a 19-48-13 record in his one season with the team.
REACHED: A new basic agreement between baseball's owners and players to replace the one that had expired on Dec. 31. Thus, a players' strike scheduled for May 23 was averted. Under the new four-year deal, major-leaguers will be paid a minimum of $30,000 per year ($35,000 in 1983), and the 26 teams annually will contribute $15.5 million—an increase from $8.3 million—to the players' pension fund. A decision on compensation for players lost to free agentry was put off until next year; in the meantime a four-member panel, two representatives from each side, will study this issue (page 48).
REHIRED: As coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, PAUL WESTHEAD, 41, who took over the team in November after Jack McKinney was injured. Under Westhead, the Lakers had a 51-18 record and won the NBA championship.