INDOOR SOCCER—Baltimore's drive to clinch the regular-season title hasn't been a blast. In a 6-3 loss to Kansas City, the Comets' Barry Wallace burned the Blast for three goals, while in Wichita's 6-3 defeat of Baltimore, the Wings' Chico Moriera scored twice. The Blast also played a doubleheader of sorts with the Comets, losing 6-5 in overtime in the resumption of a game suspended on Dec. 27 and then winning 6-4 in the regularly scheduled match.
MOTOR SPORTS—HARRY GANT drove an Olds-mobile to victory in a 500-mile NASCAR event in Darlington, S.C. He beat Davey Allison, in a Ford, by 1.31 seconds to win $65,035.
SWIMMING & DIVING—TEXAS won its second straight NCAA men's title with 475 points, 79 better than Stanford, in Indianapolis (page 82).
TENNIS—IVAN LENDL was declared the men's champion and awarded the $111,750 first prize at the International Players Championship in Key Biscayne, Fla., after Thomas Muster, who was to have met Lendl in the finals, injured both knees in a car crash and had to withdraw. GABRIELA SABATINI won the women's title and $100,000 with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 triumph over Chris Evert.
MILEPOSTS—AWARDED: To New Zealand, the America's Cup, by a New York State Supreme Court judge who ruled that the San Diego Yacht Club, the U.S. defender, violated the Cup's Deed of Gift when it chose to sail a catamaran against New Zealand's monohull in September's Cup challenge, which the U.S. entry won (page 11).
DISMISSED: As football coach at Western Carolina, BOB WATERS, 50, after leading the Catamounts to a 116-94-6 record over 20 seasons, the last of which he spent in a wheelchair while battling Lou Gehrig's disease (page 11).
NAMED: As basketball coach at Indiana State, TATES LOCKE, 51, who had been an assistant at Indiana, replacing RON GREENE, 50, who resigned after leading the Sycamores to a 4-24 record in 1988-89; at Auburn. TOMMY JOE EAGLES, 40, who guided Louisiana Tech to an 87-40 record in four seasons; at Vanderbilt, EDDIE FOGLER, 40, who had a 61-32 record in three years at Wichita State; at Cincinnati, BOB HUGGINS, 35, who had a 97-46 mark in five years at Akron. He replaces TONY YATES. 51, who was fired after guiding the Bearcats to a 70-100 record over six years.
RESIGNED—As basketball coach at Wake Forest, BOB STAAK, 41; he had a 45-69 record in his four seasons with the Demon Deacons.
TRADED: By the Seattle Mariners, first baseman-designated hitter STEVE BALBONI, 32, to the New York Yankees for a minor league pitcher.
DIED: NICK BREMIGAN, 43, an American League umpire since 1974; of a heart attack; in Garland, Texas.