Vijay Armitraj defeated Brian Teacher 6-3, 7-5 to win a $75,000 indoor tournament in Bangkok.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: RICK VENTURI, 34, who coached the Northwestern University football team to a 0-11 record in 1980 and a 1-31-1 mark over the last three seasons.
After only 18 games as coach of the Edmonton Oilers, BRYAN WATSON, 38, whose team was 4-9-5. General Manager Glen Sather, 37, took over as the team's interim coach.
MOVED: To Jacksonville, Fla., the NASL New England Tea Men, who ranked ninth in the league in attendance last season, with an average of 11,859.
NAMED: The American League's Most Valuable Player, Kansas City Third Baseman GEORGE BRETT, 27, whose .390 batting average was the highest in the majors since 1941. He had 24 home runs and 118 RBIs despite playing only 117 games because of injuries.
RESIGNED: After one season as manager of the Yankees, DICK HOWSER, 43, whose team won the American League East title with a 103-59 record but lost 3-0 in the playoffs to Kansas City. GENE MICHAEL, 42, will relinquish his job as Yankee general manager and replace Howser.
New York Ranger Coach FRED SHERO, 55, whose team got off to a 4-13-3 start this season and who had a three-year record with New York of 82-74-24. Ranger Director of Operations Craig Patrick, 34, was named interim coach.
DIED: CONN SMYTHE, 85, former owner (1927-60) of the Toronto Maple Leafs and a member of the NHL Hall of Fame; of a heart attack at his home in Toronto. A feisty promoter who often feuded with other owners, he built Maple Leaf Gardens in 1931 and saw seven of his teams win the Stanley Cup.