TENNIS—West Germany and defending champion Sweden advanced to the Davis Cup finals. In Frankfurt the West Germans upset Czechoslovakia 5-0. In Malm�, Sweden the host country eliminated Australia 5-0. The finalists will meet in either Munich or Dortmund, West Germany in mid-December.
TRACK & FIELD—At the World Cup meet in Canberra, Australia, MARITA KOCH of East Germany established a 400-meter world record of 47.60 seconds, breaking the mark of 47.99 of Jarmila Kratochvilova of Czechoslovakia, and the G.D.R. women's 400-meter relay team set a world record of 41.37 seconds. The clocking by Silke Gladisch, Sabine Rieger, Ingrid Auerswald and Marlies G�hr bettered the 1983 record of another East German team by .16. In the team competition, the United States topped the Soviet Union 123-115 to win the men's title and East Germany defeated the Soviets by 15.5 points for the women's title.
MILEPOSTS—ACQUIRED: By NBC, the television rights to the 1988 Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea for a guaranteed minimum payment of $300 million (page 96).
FIRED: As coach of the Buffalo Bills, KAY STEPHENSON, 40, who had an 0-4 record this season and was 10-26 since taking the job in 1983. Defensive coordinator Hank Bullough, 41, replaced Stephenson.
INDUCTED: To the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, HAL TRUMBLE, 59, long the driving force of the Amateur Hockey Association of the United States; BOB BLAKE, 69, a pioneering American player who was on seven championship pro teams from 1933 to 1951; and DICK RONDEAU, 63, who led the nation in scoring for Dartmouth's unofficial collegiate champions in 1941-42.
NAMED: As athletic director at Fordham, Harvard basketball coach FRANK McLAUGHLIN, 38. PETER ROBY, 28, an assistant to McLaughlin, was named the new Crimson coach.
SENTENCED: To 12 years in prison after he pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh on seven drug distribution counts, SHELBY GREER, 29. Greer is one of seven Pennsylvania men indicted last May for selling cocaine to major league baseball players from 1979 to 1985.
To 85 years in prison following conviction on kidnapping, aggravated assault and murder charges, DON NICHOLS, 54, in Virginia City, Mont, on Sept. 27. Nichols and his son, self-proclaimed mountain-men, abducted U.S. Olympic biathlete Kari Swensen in July 1984 and subsequently killed Alan Goldstein, when he attempted her rescue (SI, March 18).
SIGNED: By the San Diego Chargers, running back GARY ANDERSON, 24, to a reported four-year, $2 million contract. Anderson was drafted by the Chargers in 1983 but opted for the USFL Tampa Bay Bandits, for whom he had two 1,000-yard seasons.
By the New York Knicks, free agent center BILL CARTWRIGHT, 28, to a reported six-year, $7.2 million contract.