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A roundup of the week June 4-10
Compiled by STEVE WULF
June 18, 1979
BASEBALL—Cal State Fullerton defeated Arkansas 2-1 in the final game to win the 33rd College World Series in Omaha (page 47).
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June 18, 1979

A Roundup Of The Week June 4-10

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ASL: California continued to dominate the league with its 10th and 11th victories in a row. The Sunshine, 13-0-1 and leading the Western Division by 46 points, beat Cleveland 2-1 in overtime and Indianapolis 3-1. Paul Renkert scored the winner in the 10th extra minute against the Cobras, and he also got the final goal against the Daredevils. Cleveland lost another tough game, 1-0 to the Eastern Division-leading New York Eagles, who got their goal from Clyde Watson. New Jersey won its second game of the season, 2-1 over Pennsylvania in overtime. The Stoners turned the tables two nights later and beat the Americans 3-2.

TENNIS—BJORN BORG won his fourth French Open in six years, beating Victor Pecci 6-3, 6-1, 6-7, 6-4 in Paris. In the women's final, CHRIS EVERT LLOYD defeated Wendy Turnbull 6-2, 6-0. SANDY and GENE MAYER beat Phil Dent and Ross Case 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to become the first brothers to win a doubles title in a major championship since 1924.

TRACK & FIELD—MARITA KOCH broke her world record for the women's 200 meters with a clocking of 21.71, .32 of a second better than the mark she set the week before. KOCH, ROMY SCHNEIDER, INGRID AUERSWALD and MARLIES GOEHR of East Germany also set a world record in the women's 400-meter relay in a meet with Canada. Their time of 42.09 seconds broke the mark of 42.27 established by a different East German team in 1978.

VOLLEYBALL—IVA: Santa Barbara won three times to move to within one match of Western Division-leading Seattle, but the big news happened off the court. Bebeto DeFreitas of the Spikers, the league's male MVP last year, was fined $1,000 for attacking official Steve Arnett after Santa Barbara's win over Denver. The fine was the largest in the league's five-year history. Another record was set when Albuquerque lost three more matches. The Lasers are now 0-11, the worst start ever in the IVA. Tucson won twice on the road to overtake Denver, which lost twice, for first place in the Continental Division.

MILEPOSTS—APPROVED: By the NBA's Board of Governors, the transfer of the New Orleans Jazz to Salt Lake City. The still-to-be-named team will be placed in the league's Midwest Division, with the Indiana Pacers moving to the Central Division.

HIRED: As coach of the Houston Rockets, DEL HARRIS, 41, a Rockets assistant coach for three seasons. Harris replaces TOM NISSALKE, 44, who reportedly turned down an offer to become the Houston general manager. Nissalke won 124 games and lost 122 in three years with the Rockets and had an eight-year record of 259-271 with five teams in the NBA and ABA.

As coach of the Chicago Black Hawks, EDDIE JOHNSTON, 43, former NHL goalie (1962-78) and a minor league coach in the Black Hawks' system. Johnston succeeds Bob Pulford, who resigned after a two-season record of 61-65-34 but will remain as general manager.

As coach of the Atlanta Flames, AL MacNEIL, 43, former director of player personnel (1977-79) and coach (1970-71) of the Montreal Canadiens. MacNeil, who guided the Canadiens to the Stanley Cup championship in 1971, replaces Fred Creighton, who was fired after 4� seasons with the Flames.

RETIRED: From auto racing, British driver JAMES HUNT, 31, the 1976 Formula I champion. Since 1977, when he last won a Grand Prix race, Hunt has been involved in five crashes.

SIGNED: By the Boston Celtics, 6'9" LARRY BIRD, the 22-year-old All-America forward from Indiana State, to a five-year contract worth an estimated $3.25 million, which will make him the highest-paid rookie in sports history.

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