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Nancy O'Connell, pert 17-year-old Chicagoan, defeated Bonnie Mencher 6-8, 6-3, 6-1 for national women's indoor tennis title at Brookline, Mass. Nancy also teamed with Carol Hanks, 14, for doubles crown.

Marty (Slats) Marion, printing company contact man, who was paid about $35,000 last year for not managing the Chicago White Sox, agreed to coach the Concordia Seminary (St. Louis) ball team—for nothing.

Northrup Knox, 29-year-old Yale graduate from Buffalo, made sound use of youth, racket control to retain U.S. amateur court tennis title, beating Alastair B. Martin, 43, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, 6-3, at Philadelphia.

Eva Koczian of Hungary won the women's singles title in the 18-nation European table tennis championships at Budapest, besting Britain's blond and dashing 19-year-old Ann Haydon in finals, three games to two.

Tex Winter, imaginative 36-year-old Kansas State coach, was voted College Basketball Coach of Year by United Press. Blessed with three agile big men, Winter led Wildcats to 20-3 season record, Big Eight title.

Jimmie Dankiels, a 5-foot 11-inch South Dakota senior from Brooklyn, poured in 40 points to spark Coyotes to 75-53 victory over St. Michaels (Vermont) in NCAA small college tournament at Evansville, Ind.

Frank Parisi, a senior from Guttenberg, N.J., captained Columbia to three-weapon title in Intercollegiate Fencing tournament at New York, despite loss of injured NCAA épée champion, Jim Margolis.