STEEPLECHASE—LITTIE POLVEIR, a 28-1 long shot ridden by Jimmy Frost, defeated West Tip by seven lengths to win the 150th Grand National, at Aintree, England, The 12-year-old horse was one of 14 in the field of 40 to finish the sodden, 4�-mile, 30-barrier course.
TENNIS—In Davis Cup quarterfinals, defending champion West Germany defeated Czechoslovakia 3-2, Sweden beat Austria 3-2. Yugoslavia nailed Spain 4�-and the U.S. overwhelmed France 5-0 (page 76).
Steffi Graf beat Natalya Zvereva 6-1, 6-1 to win a women's lour event and $60,000, in Hilton Head Island. S.C.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As basketball coach: at Tennessee. WADE HOUSTON, 44, who had been an assistant coach at Louisville the past 13 years; at Washington, LYNN NANCE, 42, who had a 61-27 mark in three years at St. Mary's in Moraga, Calif.: at Louisiana Tech, JERRY LOYD, 34, a Bulldog assistant for the past three years; at Butler, BARRY COLLIER, 34, who had been an assistant coach al Stanford since 1986; at Wichita State, MIKE COHEN, 45, an assistant coach with the Shockers for the past three years: at Akron, COLEMAN CRAWFORD, 35, an assistant at Tennessee the past two seasons; al San Jose Stale, STAN MORRISON, 49, the athletic director at UC Santa Barbara since 1986; at Wake Forest, DAVE ODOM, 46, who had been an assistant coach at Virginia since 1982; at Marquette, KEVIN O'NEILL, 32, an assistant coach at Arizona for the past three years; al Ball State, DICK HUNSAKER. 35, who had been an assistant with the Cardinals for the past two seasons (Hunsaker replaces RICK MAJERUS, 41. who left Ball State after a two-year record of 43-17 to become the coach at Utah); and at Michigan, STEVE FISHER, 44, who, as interim coach, led the Wolverines to the national title (page 58).
RESIGNED: As basketball coach al Marshall, RICK HUCKABAY, 43, who had a 129-59 record in his six seasons with the Thundering Herd.