Two, four, six, eight - litigate, litigate. Four, six , eight, 10 - time to litigate again.

This time, it is Leon Spinks suing for return of the heavyweight championship the World Boxing Council stripped from him March 17, a month after he won it - and if he wins his injuction, that's a 10 count for Friday night's Ken Norton-Larry Holmes fight. So declare WBC and ABC-TV: no title at stake, no prime-time telecast, no fight. That's millions of dollars hanging fire.

Spinks' attorney, Judge Ed Bell, told federal court in Las Vegas yesterday that WBC violated its own constitution in stripping Spinks of the juciest fruit of his labors against Muhammad Ali. WBC counters, still, that both Ali and Spinks signed affidavits guaranteeing the winner and would defend next against Norton, and Spinks reneged by arranging for an Ali rematch first.

Bertram Fields, attorney for WBC and its president, Jose Sulaiman, pleaded that ABC won't sit still for a nontitle bout, cancellation would cost a bundle of revenue and Norton a $2.3 million purse. Besides, Fields argued, Norton at 32 "has a very short time to be the world champion."

That wasn't necessarily a plug for unbeaten Holmes, but at any rate, Judge Roger Foley took the matter under submission, leaving a whole lot of nonathletic sweatin' going on...

Coming to town tonight, a champion no matter how you slice it: Stanley Dancer, who had sulkied through $19 million worth of winning rides. Trainer-driver Dancer, in his only local appearance of the season, brings his Yankee Bandit to compete tonight in the $20,200 Maryland Standardbred Fund stake for 3-year-olds at Rose-croft...If you're counting on welcoming the Bullets home as NBA champions - or runners-up - patience, no word yet on ETA home from Seattle, nor on any parades or receptions. Oh, and if you were in the mood for togetherness Hednesday night, like joining your fellow fans in Cap Centre to seegame seven on Telscreen, sorry - they're not showing it...

One more word of inspiration to the home team on the road: don't forget, there's a brunch Monday at New York's Plaza Hotel at which the MVP of the NBA finals receives the 1978 automobile and plaque...

Jimmy Connors has quit lying in wait for the tennis gang to reach Wimbledon -he's standing up, in England, and playing for the first time in nearly six weeks. America's No. 1 player suffered a spell of exhaustion that puts him in a Los Angeles hospital for a week -- doctors feared at first he had hepatitis, which might put him out for the year - and he didn't lift a racket until a few days ago. Yesterday at Beckenham in the Kentish Times grass-court tournament, Connors back in competition, versus Peter Pearson, a Californian ranked No. 140 in the world. Connors won, 6-2, 6-1, offered that he expects to be in peak shape for the All-England, and, "If I don't feel absolutely fit, I'll go home."

For $5,000, a drop in the bucket, the New York Rangers and President Sonny Werblin of Nadison Square Garden installed an ice surface in MSG and trotted out their new Swedish superstars, Anders Hedberg and Ulf Nilsson.

It's a regular Winnipeg-Swedish invasion of the NHL, with winger Dan Labraaten of the Jets signing a long-term Red Wing contract yesterday and the Vancouver Canucks rounding up two members of the Swedish national team -- defensemen Lars Lindgren and Lars Zetterstroem . . . But today is really fresh faces day: baseball's June draft of amateur talent. Atlanta's Braves have first choice and have narrowed the field to four collegians: infielder Bob Horner, Arizona State (NCAA career-record 56 HR), and Sun Devil shortstop Huble Brooks; rightly pitcher Rod Boxberger. USC, and Kirk Gibson, Michigan State. "Gibson stands out. The rest are a box entry," said a Brave official -- only trouble is, Gibson, 6-2, 220 is not only a can't-miss big hitter on the diamond but is the Spartans' standout pass receiver -- and has a year of college football left, which he says he wouldn't miss for the world...

Deadline has passed for applications for the Maryland athletic director's post, and frontrunner, we're told, is Bill Campbell, who retired two years ago as Terp swim coach to devote full time to business interests. Would you believe another candidate is Roy Lester, the predecessor of Jerry Claiborne as football coach, currently coaching at Magruder High One more: Dave Sigler, former U of M golf coach who didn't leave Jim Kehoe on such hot terms in shifting to LSU.