TENNIS—The UNITED STATES defended the Davis Cup by beating Italy 5-0 in San Francisco (page 75).
Tracy Austin defeated Martina Navratilova 6-2, 6-1 to win a $200,000 tournament in Tokyo.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: 1979 Eclipse Award winners as racing's best thoroughbreds: AFFIRMED, Horse of the Year and top older horse or gelding; ROCKHILL NATIVE, 2-year-old male horse; SMART ANGLE, 2-year-old filly; SPECTACULAR BID, 3-year-old colt; DAVONA DALE, 3-year-old filly; BOWL GAME, male turf horse; TRILLION, female turf horse; WAYA, older filly or mare; STAR DE NASKRA, sprinter; and MARTIE'S ANGER, steeplechase or hurdle horse.
Mike White, 43, as head football coach at Illinois, replacing Gary Moeller, who was fired.
As LPGA Rookie of the Year, BETH DANIEL, 23, who had 15 top ten finishes and $97,027 in earnings.
RESIGNED: First-year coach of the Canadiens, BERNIE (Boom Boom) GEOFFRION, who guided Montreal to a 15-9-6 record. Assistant Coach CLAUDE RUEL, 41, was named to replace him.
SUSPENDED: By the New York State Athletic Commission until new safety procedures are instituted, all pro boxing in that state. The ruling follows an inquiry into the Nov. 28 death of middleweight Willie Classen from head injuries suffered during a bout at Madison Square Garden.
George Halas Jr., 54, president of the Chicago Bears since 1963 and the son of the team's founder and owner; of a heart attack; in Chicago.