Air Force Academy will end its independent status of long standing July 1, 1980; that's the effective date of the Falcons' entry into the Western Athletic Conference, which approved same yesterday . . . Out there in Colorado, the first woman judge of the State Supreme Court, Jean Dubofsky, is daughter-in-law of the onetime Georgetown football star and longtime Hoya assistant coach, the late Mush Dubofsky . . . Sonny Askew of the Dips, the Baltimorean who finished the NASL season in great style, has been named to the U.S. national team for its fall tour of France, Spain, Hungary and Ireland. Training sessions, first, in Bermuda, starting Sept. 27 . . . Another "Lefty" in the coaching picture: Dave (Lefty) Ervin, newly named coach at La Salle, one of American U.'s league rivals. Ervin returns to alma mater, where he was an assistant nine years, following two years at La Salle High in Philadelphia's Catholic League . . .
Old Dominion of Norfolk, one of basketball's recruitin'est schools as its men's program tries to keep up with its national champ women, has picked up Ricky Harmon, 6-4, 225-pound guard who saw considerable service for mighty Syracuse last season; he'll sit out a year as a transfer -- and ODU'S regular center, 6-8 senior Mike Ray from Arlington's Yorktown High, also will sit out 1979-80. Ray will recuperate from a second ligament operation on his right knee and use his final eligibility in 1980-81 . . . Ray Friday, erstwhile football All-Met from Jeb Stuart, is coming off knee surgery to get back in the chase for fullback at Georgia Tech, where he is a senior . . . Ensign Kevin Sinnett, 1979 Naval Academy graduate on duty at Brunswick Naval Air Station in Maine, dropped on down to Boston Celtic rookie camp in Marshfield, Mass., for a few sessions. After all, he was drafted ninth by the NBA team. Said he enjoyed the experience, and "great to see a Larry Bird diving for loose balls" but former St. John's (D.C.) High star Sinnett harked to his five-year service commitment with "no regrets."