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SWIMMING—CYNTHIA WOODHEAD of Riverside, Calif. established a world record in the 200-meter freestyle, covering the distance in 1:58.23 at the World Cup Championships in Tokyo. Her time was .2 of a second faster than the mark she set last July.
TENNIS—JOHN McENROE defeated Vitas Gerulaitis 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 to win the men's singles championship at the U.S. Open tournament in Flushing, N.Y. TRACY AUSTIN defeated Chris Evert Lloyd 6-4, 6-3 to win the women's title (page 18).
TRACK & FIELD—STEVE OVETT of Great Britain ran the second-fastest 1,500-meter race ever, covering the distance in 3:32.2 at the Ivo Van Damme Memorial meet in Brussels. The time is .1 of a second off the record set by Sebastian Coe in Zurich last month.
MILEPOSTS—ANNOUNCED: By the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees, the decision to replace basketball Coach Frank McGuire, 65, at the end of the 1979-80 season. In 15 years McGuire has guided the Gamecocks to a 267-131 record and, before the school became an independent in 1971, one Atlantic Coast Conference title. McGuire was 103-35 in five years at St. John's and also coached the University of North Carolina to a 164-58 record and one NCAA championship in nine years, and the NBA Philadelphia Warriors to a 49-31 mark in the 1961-62 season.
DISPATCHED: By the NBA Boston Celtics, 6'9" Forward-Center BOB McADOO, 27, to the Detroit Pistons, in exchange for two 1980 first-round draft choices and in compensation for 6'6" Forward M. L. Carr, 28, whom the Celtics signed as a free agent in July. McAdoo averaged 24.8 points per game last season with the Celtics and the Knicks.
FIRED: JOE ALTOBELLI, 47, as manager of the San Francisco Giants. Altobelli, who took over the Giants in 1977, was named Manager of the Year last season after leading the team to a surprising third-place finish in the National League West. This season, however, the Giants (63-80) are in fourth place, 18 games out of first. DAVE BRISTOL, 46, was named interim manager.
HIRED: BERNIE (Boom-Boom) GEOFFRION, 48, as coach of the Montreal Canadiens, replacing Scotty Bowman, who resigned in June to become general manager and coach of the Buffalo Sabres. Geoffrion scored 393 goals in a 16-year playing career with Montreal and the New York Rangers and had a 99-110-42 record as a coach with Atlanta (1972-75) and the Rangers (1968-69).
RESIGNED: MARKO VALOK, 52, as coach of the NASL Philadelphia Fury. In one season Valok guided the Fury to the American Conference semifinals and a 10-20-1 record.
SIGNED: ANN MEYERS, 24, a four-time All-America forward at UCLA and a member of the 1976 U.S. Olympic women's basketball team, to a one-year, $50,000 contract by the Indiana Pacers. She is the first woman ever signed to try out for an NBA club.
DIED: MICHAEL PEPPE, 81, swimming and diving coach at Ohio State from 1931 to 1963; of cancer; in Columbus, Ohio. A member of the Swimming Hall of Fame, Peppe guided the Buckeyes to 11 NCAA and 12 Big Ten titles in 33 years. His 1938 squad also was the first collegiate team to win the AAU championship. Before Big Ten squads were barred from AAU team competition in 1953, Peppe led Ohio State to six indoor and four outdoor AAU titles.