MOTOR SPORTS—Despite starting from the 22nd spot in a 26-car grid, JOHN WATSON drove a McLaren to victory in the Toyota Grand Prix in Long Beach. Watson averaged 80.6 mph over the 153-mile course to beat teammate Niki Lauda by 27.993 seconds.
INDOOR SOCCER—MISL: The theory is, shutouts are so rare in this league that they compare with throwing a no-hitter in baseball. If so, Wichita's Mike Dowler twirled two one-hitters and a two-hitter as the Wings flew past Kansas City (9-1), Baltimore (7-1) and New York (4-2). Now 22-17 overall and winner of nine of its last 11 outings, Wichita has soared into second place in the West, 3� games behind front-running San Diego. In the Eastern Division, Cleveland missed a golden opportunity at home against Golden Bay. The Force trails Baltimore by only 1� games, mainly because the Blast has lost six of its last eight games. Cleveland could have cut the lead to one, but lost 7-6 to Golden Bay on a goal by Billy McNicol 2:02 into overtime.
SWIMMING—In the final event of the NCAA championships in Indianapolis, the 400-yard freestyle relay, FLORIDA, which didn't win an individual event, beat SMU by .48 seconds to give the Gators their first team title, 238-227 over the Mustangs.
TENNIS—MARTINA NAVRATILOVA beat Chris Evert Lloyd 6-2, 6-0 to win the $350,000 Virginia Slims Championships of New York (page 34).
Ivan Lendl won a $350,000 event in Milan, Italy with a 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 victory over South Africa's Kevin Curren.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: As Kansas basketball coach, TED OWENS, 53, after a 19-year record of 348-182, including a 13-16 mark this season.
HIRED: As basketball coach: at Oregon, DON MONSON, 49, who had a five-year 100-41 record at the University of Idaho; at Massachusetts, RON GERLUFSEN, 36, replacing his former boss, Tom McLaughlin, 31, who resigned after a 9-20 season.
DIED: BOB WATERFIELD, 62, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback who, as a rookie, led the Cleveland Rams in 1945 to a league championship while becoming the NFL's first unanimous selection as MVP; of respiratory failure; in Burbank, Calif. Waterfield was a star quarterback at UCLA (1941, '42 and '44), where he set school single-game and career passing records in almost every major category. In eight years with the Rams in Cleveland and Los Angeles, Waterfield starred as a passer, runner, punter, kick-returner and placekicker. He still holds the Rams' records for longest punt (88 yards), most career conversions (315) and single-game field goals (5). He completed 814 of 1,618 career passes for 11,893 yards and 99 touchdowns. He had a spectacular career as a player but was 9-24-1 as L.A.'s coach in 1960-62.
Blanton Collier, 76, a highly successful football coach at the University of Kentucky (1954-61 record: 41-36-3) and then with the Cleveland Browns; of cancer; in Houston. During his eight years in Cleveland the Browns went 76-34-2 and reached the NFL title game four times, including a 27-0 victory over Baltimore in 1964.
Mannie Seamon, 85, trainer of former world boxing champions Benny Leonard (1917-25) and Joe Louis (1942-51); of cancer; in New York City.