Ilie Nastase, using a double-strung "spaghetti" racket, won a $50,000 Grand Prix tournament in Aix-en-Provence, France when Guillermo Vilas defaulted by walking off the court after losing the first two sets 6-4, 7-5. The distraught Vilas complained, "I am completely disconcerted and discouraged by the trajectory of those balls." Earlier in the week the Committee of Management of the International Tennis Federation temporarily banned double-strung rackets in tournaments as of Oct. 3.
MILEPOSTS—RETIRED: PEL�, after 22 years, 1,363 games and 1,281 goals, following a game between his former team, Santos of Brazil, and the Cosmos, whom he led to the NASL title while heralding a new era in U.S. soccer (page 26). The Cosmos won, 2-1.
SOLD: THE BOSTON RED SOX, to a 13-member syndicate headed by former Sox Catcher Haywood Sullivan and former trainer Buddy LeRoux and including Jean Yawkey, widow of Tom Yawkey, who owned the club for 44 years; for an estimated $15 million. The sale is subject to ratification by the other American League teams.
WON: By JERRY TARKANIAN, a court injunction against the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, preventing his suspension as head basketball coach. The NCAA had recommended his removal as disciplinary action for alleged illegal recruiting procedures that resulted in a two-year probation for UNLV (page 24).
DIED: ERNIE LOMBARDI, 69, the National League MVP in 1938 and a National League catcher for 17 seasons (1931-47); of arthritis and complications; in Santa Cruz, Calif. Lombardi, who played 10 seasons with Cincinnati and five with the New York Giants, twice led the league in hitting (.342 in 1938, .330 in 1942) and had a career batting average of .306.
DIED: CLIFFORD ROBERTS, 84, co-founder and chairman for 42 years of the Masters golf tournament; apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound following a long illness; at the Augusta (Ga.) National Golf Club, home of the Masters.