Claude Humphrey, the 6-5, 265-pound defensive end so dominating for the Atlanta Falcons c. 1971-73, not only was traded to Philadelphia yesterday but ended his "retirement" dating to October and signed two one-year Eagle contracts. The 11-year (all with Atlanta) pro was turned off by the Falcon switch to the 3-4 defense (shades of Coy Bacon before his trade from Cincinnati to the Redskins) and rejoices at rejoining Marion Campbell, former Falcon coach now Eagle defensive coach.
Jimmy Connors and Patti McGuire, the 1977 Playboy Playmate of the Year, have been man and wife for maybe five months and, along about summer, they expect a baby. The couple made themselves scarce from reporters as the rumors surfaced the last few days, but spokespersons including Connors' mother say the marriage is fact. The bride was a political science major at Southern Illinois U., and worked in Christopher (Kit) Bond's successful 1972 campaign for governor of Missouri before appearing in the centerfold of Playboy magazine in the November 1976 issue that carried that notable interview with candidate Jimmy Carter. Remember?
Bjorn Borg, now that he has called off all matches in Sweden this year since that death threat and media carnival about it, won't make John McEnroe follow him to the ends of the earth to play Friday's $60,000 challenge test originally slated for Goteborg. They'll just move on over to Randers, Denmark, and do it.
Football consolation for hoop-heartbroken Wake Forest: Annandale's premier, 6-6 receiver Phil Denfeld, who clutched the 1978 state title for the Atoms. He can catch Deacon passes from Good Counsel's Leo Leitner, fellow 1978 All-Met... or from All-America prep passer Ed Offenbecher, Wake recruit from Massillon, Ohio, no less... All-Met safety Eric Wade of Largo, meanwhile, has signed with Syracuse.