Sewickley ($15), ridden by Randy Romero, passed the favorite, Once Wild, with less than a furlong to go, to win the Fall Highweight Handicap by a length, at Belmont Park. The 4-year-old colt covered the six furlongs in 1:09[3/5] and earned $68,880.
MOTOR SPORTS—DALE EARNHARDT, driving a Chevrolet, won a 500-mile NASCAR race in Dover, Del., beating Mark Martin, in a Ford, by .1 of a second to take home $59,950. Earnhardt averaged 122.942 mph around the one-mile Dover Downs International Speedway oval.
SOCCER—In a qualifying game for the 1990 World Cup, the U.S. beat El Salvador 1-0 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on a goal by Hugo Perez (page 22).
TENNIS—Top-seeded CONCHITA MARTINEZ defeated Elise Burgin 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 to win a women's tour event and $17,000 in Chandler, Ariz.
Marc Rosset upset fourth-seeded Guillermo Perez-Roldan 6-4, 7-5 to win the Geneva Open and $38,000.
VOLLEYBALL—KARCH KIRALY, captain of the U.S. Olympic volleyball team, which won the gold medal in 1988, and his partner, BRENT FROHOFF, defeated Mike Dodd and Tim Hovland 11-5 to win the last in a series of three championship events in the pro beach volleyball season, in San Diego. The victory, worth $50,000 to Kiraly and Frohoff, prevented Dodd and Hovland from winning the sport's Triple Crown.
WEIGHTLIFTING—At the World Weightlifting Championships, in Athens, IVAN IVANOV, 18, of Bulgaria, set two world records in the flyweight division. He lifted 341.5 pounds on his third try in the clean and jerk, four pounds more than the mark set by He Zhuoqiang of China in 1987, and his total of 600.75 pounds for two lifts (the snatch and the clean and jerk) surpassed the record of 595 established by countryman Sevdalin Marinov last year.
MILEPOSTS—ELECTED: As commissioner of baseball by the major leagues' 26 owners, FAY VINCENT, 51, replacing the late Bart Giamatti. Vincent, who served as deputy commissioner under Giamatti, takes over for the 4� years remaining in Giamatti's term.
FIRED: As manager of the Cleveland Indians, DOC EDWARDS, 52, who led the Tribe to a 173-207 record after replacing Pat Corrales on July 16, 1987. JOHN HART, 41, who had been a scout for the Indians, replaced Edwards on an interim basis.
TRADED: By the NBA Charlotte Hornets, center TIM KEMPTON, 25, to the Denver Nuggets for a 1991 second-round draft pick.