Jimmy Connors, nice guy. The tennis terror "is the first pro athlete to remember where he came from, the amateur ranks," and do something about it, says Barron Pittenger, U.S. Olympic Committee director of special events. "Jimmy approached us" and -- voila -- "Jimmy Connors Olympathons."

USOC announced plans for a series of thus-titled club tournaments around the country to raise funds and publicize a drive to include tennis by 1984 in the Olympics, which dropped the sport after 1924. Connors said he might consider coaching a U.S. Olympic team, remarking at a Boston news conference, "I want to give young American athletes a chance to win gold medals.... When you're young, all you can see is dollar signs. Some guys turn pro too young."...

Looking for a fight? Sugar Ray Leonard's workouts today, Monday, Tuesday for his March 24 Tucson bout with Danny Gonzalez are open to public at Oakcrest Rec Center, District Heights, noon to 2 p.m.... Dale Staley, P.G. slugger still aiming to catch Leonard in Cap Centre one day (and unbeaten save for the Armory bout in which he was disqualified for biting), similarly is on display noon-2 Sunday at Hillcrest Heights Boys Club; Staley is prepping for his biggest shot, 10 rounds against ranked middleweight Alvin Anderson in Baltimore Civic Center on March 28... Saturday, 7 p.m., 25 bouts are scheduled to decide regional Golden Gloves titles at Suitland High School -- preceded by the boxing debut of Ray Leonard Jr., age 5...

UPI toted 218 media ballots and didn't have to light any fires under anybody to echo AP: college hoopster of the year is Indiana State's Larry Bird, 193 votes...

Jean Fugett, Redskin tight end/Post reporter, felt a premonitory jolt when Philadelphia acquired defensive end Claude Humphrey from Atlanta. A real boost for the Eagles, he reckoned -- "should be good for about 20 sacks." Humphrey's knee is 100 percent now, Mr. F. ? "Yeah." And your knee, Mr. F. ? "Right now, about 80 percent"...