Longshot LIFE'S HOPE ($24.40), Chris McCarron up, won the $122,550 New Orleans Handicap at Fair Grounds, covering the 1� miles in 2:02[1/5], two and [2/5] seconds better than the track record set in 1960. Silver Series was second, 1� lengths back.
SKIING—FRANZ KLAMMER took the final race of the season in Laaz, Switzerland and won his fourth consecutive World Cup downhill title.
Annemarie Proell Moser of Austria won her 50th World Cup race in eight years at Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria, to take her 29th downhill event and clinch the women's downhill title.
TENNIS—The United States defeated Australia 6-1, for the Aetna World Cup in New Haven, Conn. (page 63).
Evonne Goolagong defeated 15-year-old Tracy Austin 4-6, 6-0, 6-2 to win a $100,000 Virginia Slims tournament in Dallas. Tracy, who had beaten Martina Navratilova in the quarter-finals, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (5-4), breaking her 37-match streak, is the youngest ever to attain the finals of a Slims tournament.
TRACK & FIELD—VLADIMIR YASHCHENKO set a world indoor high-jump record of 7'8�" at the European championships in Milan, Italy. The previous mark of 7'7�" was held by Franklin Jacobs. Yashchenko also holds the outdoor record of 7'7�". MARLIES OELSNER of East Germany established a world record in the women's 60-meter dash (7.12).
Mike Tully set a world indoor record of 18'5�" in the pole vault at the NCAA indoor championships in Detroit, breaking his old mark by 1� inches (page 54).
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: JOHN GUTHRIE, 37, as Georgia's basketball coach. His five-year record was 46-86.
FIRED: By Duquesne, JOHN CINICOLA, 48, as basketball coach. In four years Cinicola had a 52-56 record. He was replaced by his assistant, Mike Rice, 38.
RETIRED: Tennessee basketball Coach RAY MEARS, 51, because of ill health. Mears, who had missed all of last season and part of the previous year because of emotional disorders, was ranked second among active major-college coaches, with a 21-year record of 399-135. He also won three Southeastern Conference titles (1967, '72, '77) and the NCAA Division II championship (1961) at Wittenberg College.