ASL: Los Angeles became the first team to clinch a playoff berth when the Skyhawks beat Utah 3-0. It was Brian Parkinson's eighth shutout of the season and the team's 11th. Utah split two with Oakland, losing 3-2 and winning 1-0. Tacoma downed Sacramento 6-0 and then routed Oakland 9-0, with Brooks Cryder and Windsor Del Llano each getting three goals and Dave Chadwick two goals and one assist. Chadwick's season total of nine goals and seven assists leads the league. New York moved into first place in the East by beating Rhode Island 2-1. In New York's game with New Jersey, Apollo Peter Tavares was banned from the club and suspended from playing soccer for two years for attacking a referee who had ejected him from the game.
TENNIS—WTT: Defending champion Pittsburgh started the week in fourth place and climbed to third in a bid for a playoff berth. The Triangles beat Phoenix 29-20, but lost to second-place Cleveland 29-24 as Martina Navratilova handed Evonne Goolagong a surprising 6-0 defeat. They then downed Indiana 25-24 and Golden Gate 28-22 and now trail Cleveland by one game. In the Western Division, Phoenix had its share of problems as flu-stricken Chris Evert missed three matches, and the division leaders lost to Pittsburgh, twice to Hawaii (31-18 and 32-24) and 28-26 to New York. Second-place Golden Gate won its match with New York 29-27.
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: RON ROBERTS, 32, who guided the Georgia Southern team to NCAA tournament qualification four straight years, as golf coach at Wake Forest.
HONORED: JOHN SHUMATE, Buffalo Braves forward who missed the 1974-75 season because of illness, then came back to finish second only to Wes Unseld in NBA field-goal percentage shooting last season, with the Maurice Stokes Award.
RETIRED: MIKE BASS, Washington Redskin starting cornerback who played in 104 consecutive games since 1969, as the result of a neck injury suffered last season.
DIED: GEORGE SOUDERS, 75, who as a rookie won the 1927 Indianapolis 500 after starting 22nd, driving a Duesenberg at an average speed of 97.545 mph: in Lafayette, Ind.