MOTORSPORTS—RICKY RUDD drove a Ford Thunderbird to victory in the Delaware 500, in Dover. He averaged 114.322 miles per hour on the one-mile Dover Downs International Speedway oval to beat Neil Bonnett, who drove a Chevrolet, by 5.08 seconds. Rudd, who earned a first-place check for $51,500, won despite losing a lap to the leaders on Lap 130 for beating the pace car onto the track during a caution period.
TENNIS—STEFFI GRAF defeated Manuela Maleeva 6-4, 6-2 to win the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo and the $47,000 first prize.
Jimmy Connors beat Aaron Krickstein 4-6, 6-2, 6-0 to take the All-American Championships title and $50,000, on Amelia Island, Fla. ZINA GARRISON won the women's title and $20,000 with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 win over Pam Shriver.
Lori McNeil and DAN GOLDIE upset Hana Mandlikova and Kevin Curren 7-5, 6-4 to win the World Couples tournament on Hilton Head Island, S.C., and take home $15,000 apiece.
VOLLEYBALL—China defeated Cuba 15-6, 15-7, 10-15, 15-9 in the finals to retain the world women's championship in Prague (page 28).
MILEPOSTS—FINED: By NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle, 51 members of the CHICAGO BEARS and the ST. LOUIS CARDINALS, a reported total of $29,300 for their parts in a bench-clearing brawl during the Cardinals' 14-7 preseason victory over the Bears on Aug. 23. Cardinals Ottis Anderson, Lionel Washington and Charlie Baker each received the stiffest penalty—$2,300.
FIRED: RAY MILLER, 41, as manager of the Minnesota Twins. In 1� seasons Miller guided the Twins to a 109-130 record. This year Minnesota was 59-80 under Miller and in last place in the American League West. Twins third base coach Tom Kelly was named interim manager.
NAMED: MARTY FLETCHER, 35, as basketball coach at Southwestern Louisiana, replacing Bobby Paschal, who resigned to become coach at South Florida.
RETIRED: For the second time in four years, EARL WEAVER, 56, as manager of the Baltimore Qrioles, effective at the end of this season. Weaver first retired from baseball following the 1982 season but was lured back by the Orioles midway through 1985, following the dismissal of Joe Altobelli as the club's manager. In 17 years Weaver guided Baltimore to one world championship, four American League pennants and six AL East titles (page 44).
DIED: Florida State University football player PABLO LOPEZ, 21; of a gunshot wound; in Tallahassee. According to police, Lopez, a junior from Miami and a two-year starter at offensive tackle for the Seminoles, was shot at about 1:30 a.m. on Sept. 13, while standing outside Montgomery Gym on the FSU campus. Byron C. Johnson, 20, a Tallahassee resident, was charged with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting.