SWIMMING—VLADIMIR SALNIKOV swam a 14:54.76 1,500-meter freestyle in Moscow to lower his own world record by 1.59 seconds.
TENNIS—JOS� HIGUERAS beat Eliot Teltscher, 6-4, 6-2, to win a $255,000 Grand Prix tournament in La Quinta, Calif.
TRACK & FIELD—EAMONN COGHLAN knocked .82 off his own world record in the indoor mile with a clocking of 3:49.78, and DIANE DIXON ran the 400 meters in 53.17, .14 under Gwen Gardner's 1980 U.S. women's indoor record, in East Rutherford, N.J. (page 24).
Four world indoor records fell at the national indoor championships in New York: DIXON ran 440 yards in 53.52, surpassing Rosalyn Bryant's 1980 mark; STEPHANIE HIGHTOWER improved the women's 60 high-hurdles record she had shared with Candy Young by .01 to 7.37; RAY SHARP trimmed nearly seven seconds off Jim Herring's year-old standard in the men's two-mile walk with a time of 12:13.33; and BILL COLLINS, MIKE PAUL, FRED TAYLOR and TONY DARDEN established a record of 2:00.25 in the 1,180-yard sprint medley relay, .75 of a second better than the old mark, set in 1980 by another team of Americans. CAROL LEWIS leaped 21'5�" to set an American women's indoor long-jump record, eclipsing Martha Watson's 1973 mark by a half inch.
YACHTING—MONROE WINGATE and CHRIS CORLETT of San Francisco sailed their 42-foot Peterson-designed Scarlett O'Hara to overall fleet victory in the six-race, 88-boat Southern Ocean Racing Conference, coming from behind to beat Locura in the last race in Nassau.
MILEPOSTS—AWARDED: By the AAU, the Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in the U.S. for 1982, MARY DECKER TABB, 24, who set seven world records (four indoor and three outdoor) and 10 American records (four indoor and six outdoor) in distances ranging from one mile to 10,000 meters.
FIRED: DON POPOVIC, 42, the only coach the four-time MISL-champion New York Arrows ever had. He was replaced by JOE MACHNIK, 40, MISL referee-in-chief. Popovic then took over for ROGER THOMPSON, 42, who was fired as coach of the Golden Bay Earthquakes.
SIGNED: By the New Jersey Generals of the USFL, to a three-year, $3.9 million contract, Heisman Trophy winner HERSCHEL WALKER (page 40). By the USFL Michigan Panthers, three-time All-America Wide Receiver ANTHONY CARTER of Michigan to a reported $2.4 million, four-year deal.