ROWING—NAVY won the Intercollegiate Rowing Association's Varsity Challenge Cup for eight-oared shells, coming from behind to defeat Northeastern in the finals at Syracuse, N.Y. Navy stroked the 2,000-meter Onondaga Lake course in 6:46.0, 1.5 seconds faster than Northeastern.
SOCCER—NASL: Two years ago, Don Megson earned strong support for the Coach of the Year award after guiding the Portland Timbers to the National Conference finals against the Cosmos. But this season, despite a $2 million infusion of talent, the Timbers have a 4-7 record and are last in the NSC Western Division. Last week, after the Timbers fell to California 3-1, the ax fell on Megson. When General Manager Peter Warner took over the coaching on an interim basis, one of his first moves was to replace Englishman Mick Poole, who had been Portland's regular in goal for three seasons, with little-used American journeyman Jim Gorsek. The strategy scarcely helped as Fort Lauderdale rode two goals apiece from Ray Hudson and Gerd M�ller to a 4-2 victory over the Timbers. The first-place Strikers maintained their eight-point lead over Tampa Bay in the American Conference East, despite losing 3-1 to Chicago, the leader in the ASC Central. Arno Steffenhagen scored a pair of goals for the Sting, while Karl-Heinz Granitza had one. Granitza then scored the game-winner at 97:55 of the second overtime as the Sting beat Los Angeles 2-1. Memphis lost 1-0 to Edmonton when Ron Klinkenberg scored on the fifth attempt in a shootout, but bounced back to beat Atlanta 3-0. It was the Rogues' sixth win of the season, matching their victory total for all of last year. Tampa Bay defeated Tulsa 3-1 with Oscar Fabbiani getting a pair of goals and an assist, but the Roughnecks maintained their 11-point lead over Dallas in the NSC Central. Minnesota improved its record in shootout games to 2-3 with a 2-1 victory over Houston in the Astrodome. NSC West leader Seattle defeated Rochester 5-1, with Roger Davies scoring four goals and an assist. Davies, with 26 points in his last six games, maintained a seven-point scoring lead over the Strikers' Hudson. The Cosmos won the Trans-Atlantic Challenge Cup when they tied Vancouver 1-1 at the Meadowlands, but the Whitecaps got back on the winning track when league action resumed by beating Detroit 1-0.
ASL: After three postponements, the New York United finally made its debut in its new home, 50,000-seat Shea Stadium. Before just 1,109 fans (676 paid), the United defeated Golden Gate 3-0. American Conference leader Sacramento tied Pennsylvania 1-1 and lost at Miami 1-0, before beating United 1-0. Columbus defeated Cleveland 4-0 to maintain its 27-point margin in the National Conference.
SWIMMING—PETRA SCHNEIDER of East Germany surpassed her own world record in the 400-meter individual medley at the East German national championships in Magdeburg with a time of 4:38.44, 1.52 seconds faster than the mark she established last March.
TRACK & FIELD—LOUISE RITTER established an American women's record of 6'4�" in the high jump in Wichita, Kans. She surpassed the old mark, which she set at the Pan American Games last July, by three-fourths of an inch.
Thierry Vigneron of France established a world record of 18'10�" in the pole vault in Colombes, France. Vigneron exceeded by one inch the mark set by Wladyslaw Kozakiewicz of Poland three weeks ago.
MILEPOSTS—REHIRED: GENE SHUE, 48, as coach of the Washington Bullets, replacing Dick Motta, who resigned last week. Shue, who recently quit as coach of the San Diego Clippers, guided the Bullets, then based in Baltimore, to four divisional titles and five playoff appearances from 1966 to 1973. He is the fourth-winningest coach in NBA history, having compiled a 526-520 record with the Bullets, 76ers and Clippers.
TRADED: By the Detroit Tigers, First Baseman JASON THOMPSON, 25, to the California Angels for Outfielder AL COWENS, 28.
DIED: RICHARD WILLIAM (Rube) MARQUARD, 90; a Hall of Fame lefthander who from 1908 to 1925 pitched for the Giants, Dodgers, Reds and Braves; in Baltimore. In 18 seasons, Marquard appeared in 536 games, and had a 205-177 record and a 3.08 ERA. His 19 consecutive victories in 1912 tied a major league single-season record that still stands.