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MOTOR SPORTS—Argentina's CARLOS REUTEMANN, at the wheel of a Brabham BT44B-1, took the German Grand Prix, averaging 118 mph over the 14-lap 198.6-mile Eifel Mountain course; in Adenau, West Germany. By finishing third, Austrian Niki Lauda virtually clinched the world driving championship for 1975.
SOCCER—NASL: Hartford's first home win since May could not have come at a worse time for the New York Cosmos, as the Bicentennials beat them 3-1, squashing any remaining hope for a playoff spot. The Bicentennials have won only five of 19, and New York was the only club they beat twice this season. Thus, postseason competition will be without audience-magnet Pel�. Tampa Bay clinched the Eastern Division with a 1-0 overtime win against Philadelphia. Second-place Miami was assured of a wildcard berth by winning overtime games with San Antonio and Dallas. St. Louis, with seven native sons in the starting lineup, took the Central title after holding off Chicago 3-2. In the Western, Portland bowed to Seattle 3-2 in overtime before 17,925, but still held on to first place (page 46). Boston clung to the top spot in the Northern, as the Minutemen defeated the Cosmos 5-0.
ASL: In the tight Midwestern race, Cleveland remained a scant two points ahead of Cincinnati by romping over Pittsburgh 4-1. The Cobras' Danny Budimir tallied two goals and assisted on another. The second-place Comets beat Connecticut 1-0 to keep pace. New York is protesting its 2-1 loss to Chicago, but the Apollos still had a comfortable nine-point advantage over the New Jersey Brewers in the Eastern Division. Boston kicked its way to within four points of the Northern-leading Rhode Island Oceaneers by beating the Brewers 3-2.
SWIMMING—CINDY NICHOLAS, 17, of Toronto, Canada, trimmed 13 minutes off the women's record for crossing the English Channel from France to England. Her time of 9 hours, 46 minutes broke the mark set by Linda McGill of Australia in 1967.
TRACK & FIELD—New Zealand's JOHN WALKER ran the 1,500 in 3:32.4 and DWIGHT STONES high-jumped 7'5�", both 1975 bests, at an international meet in Oslo. Other notable performances were registered by JIM BOLDING of the U.S., who won the 400-meter hurdles in 49.0, defeating world record holder John Akii-Bua of Uganda by .1; by Kenya's MIKE BOIT, who took the 800 in 1:44.3; and by GRETE ANDERSEN WAITZ of Norway, who beat Francie Larrieu of the U.S. by two seconds in the women's 1,500 (4:07.5).
VOLLEYBALL—IVA: All told, it was a disappointing week for El Paso-Juarez. After walking out of a team practice, Mary Jo Peppler was suspended and offered, without success, to other clubs in a trade. The Sol also lost two matches to first-place San Diego. The Breakers couldn't break their first-place tie with Los Angeles. Both teams won three contests, the Stars running their streak to eight straight. Led by the spiking heroics of Peter Stefaniuk, the Stars beat third-place Santa Barbara 6-12, 9-12, 12-9, 12-8, 12-10. Southern California dropped two and hoped for help from their new owner-player. Wilt Chamberlain.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: BILLY MARTIN, 47, as manager of the New York Yankees, replacing BILL VIRDON, who was fired after the club lost 18 of 30 in July and trailed Boston by 10 games in the AL East. Martin, a former Yankee infielder (1950-57), was dismissed as manager of the Texas Rangers two weeks ago.
NAMED: WILLIE WOOD, 41, as head coach of the WFL Philadelphia Bell, replacing Ron Waller, who resigned two weeks ago. Wood, a former All-Pro safety with the Green Bay Packers, is the first black head coach in modern professional football.
SIGNED: BILL MUSSELMAN, 34, basketball coach at Minnesota, whose athletic program is under investigation by the NCAA, to a three-year contract as coach of the ABA San Diego Sails, formerly the Conquistadors.