SOCCER—MISL: Six times St. Louis and Kansas City met in the regular season, and six times their games were decided by two goals or less. Why should the Western Division semifinals be any different? The Steamers won the first game 6-4 and the second 7-6 as forward Njego Pesa scored a four-goal hat trick. The division's other series saw Wichita take a 1-0 lead over Los Angeles. In the East, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Baltimore and New York each won one game, with the Arrows' 9-8 victory over the Blast coming: 17 into overtime.
TENNIS—JOHN McENROE defeated Jimmy Connors 6-1, 6-2,6-3 to win the $500,000 WCT Finals in Dallas.
Martina Navratilova crushed Laura Arraya 6-0, 6-1 to win a $200,000 WTA event in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
TRACK & FIELD—The Villanova team of LAUREN SEARBY, PATTY BRADLEY, MARY ELLEN McGOWAN and VERONICA McINTOSH set a U.S. women's distance medley relay record with a clocking of 10:53.27 in Philadelphia, surpassing by 15.43 seconds the 1981 mark of a University of Virginia foursome.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: As coach of the USFL Pittsburgh Maulers, JOE PENDRY, 36, after a 2-8 record this season. Offensive line coach Ellis Rains-berger, 50, was named his interim replacement.
RELEASED: As coach of the Indiana Pacers, JACK McKINNEY, 49, after amassing a 125-203 record over four years. Indiana's mark of 20-56 was worst in the league this year.
RESIGNED: As basketball coach at Miami of Ohio after 14 seasons and a 216-157 record, DARREL HEDRIC, 51; as coach and general manager of the Philadelphia Flyers, BOB McCAMMON, 43, after a 121-66-31 regular-season and 1-9 playoff record spread over four seasons.
TRADED: By the New York Giants, quarterback SCOTT BRUNNER, 27, to the Denver Broncos for a 1984 fourth-round draft selection; and by the Denver Broncos, quarterback STEVE DeBERG, 30, to Tampa Bay for two draft choices.
DIED: ROBERT (RUBY) GOLDSTEIN, 76, boxing official who refereed 39 title fights during a 21-year career; of cancer; in Miami Beach, Fla.