TENNIS—HENRI LECONTE of France upset defending champion and top-seeded Miroslav Mecir of Czechoslovakia 6-2, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 to win the German Open and the $42,500 first prize, in Hamburg.
John McEnroe defeated Stefan Edberg 6-2, 6-3 in the finals to win a Grand Prix tournament and $50,000, in Los Angeles.
TRACK & FIELD—At the Spartakiad meet in Tashkent, MARINA STEPANOVA of the Soviet Union established a world record in the women's 400-meter intermediate hurdles with a time of 52.94 seconds, surpassing the mark she set in August by .32 of a second.
MILEPOSTS—CONVICTED: By a jury in State Supreme Court in Brooklyn, JOE PEPITONE, 45, former first baseman-outfielder for the Yankees, Astros and Cubs from 1962 through 1973, of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanors that each carry non-mandatory sentences of up to one year in prison. Pepitone, however, was found not guilty of four more-serious charges, including one, possession of cocaine, that carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in jail.
FIRED: DANA KIRK, 51, as basketball coach at Memphis State. Kirk, who in seven seasons guided the Tigers to a 158-58 record, five consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament and a berth in the 1985 Final Four, has been the center of controversy for the last 18 months because of a federal grand jury investigation that, in part, touched on his finances. Assistant coach Larry Finch, 35, was named interim coach at MSU (page 25).
REINSTATED: By the San Diego Padres, reliever RICH (Goose) GOSSAGE, 35, after Gossage publicly apologized to Padre president Ballard Smith and owner Joan Kroc for derogatory statements he made about them last month. On Aug. 29 Gossage was suspended without pay for the remainder of the season under major league Rule 13, which allows teams to discipline players for continued insubordination. In a settlement agreed to by Gossage, the Players Association and the Padres, the pitcher accepted a 20-day suspension and a $25,000 fine, which was donated to charity.
TRADED: By the Houston Oilers, the rights to rookie quarterback JIM EVERETT, 23, of Purdue, the third player taken in the 1986 NFL draft, to the Los Angeles Rams, for offensive guard KENT HILL, 29, a four-time Pro Bowler; defensive end WILLIAM FULLER, 24; the Rams' first-round selections in the 1987 and 1988 drafts; and L.A.'s 1987 fifth-round pick.
DIED: Dragboat racer BILLY TODD, 48, of injuries suffered in a crash after a qualifying run at the Sundance Sports Nationals, in Castaic, Calif. After Todd completed the quarter-mile Castaic Lake course in 5.46 seconds at 205 mph, his boat catapulted an estimated 35 feet in the air, then crashed down on top of him.
Gordon McLendon, 65, who founded the Liberty Broadcasting System in the 1940s and who fashioned a radio empire with his re-creation of sporting events, using sound effects and wire service reports; of cancer; in Lake Dallas, Texas (page 26).
Darold W. Jenkins, 68, an All-America center and linebacker at Missouri in 1941, who was elected to the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame in 1976; of an aneurysm; in Independence, Mo.