SOCCER—NASL: Going into the final week of the season, only five teams have no chance for a playoff berth, and three teams are in contention for first place in the ASC East and West. Fort Lauderdale (17-13) won its only game of the week, beating Los Angeles 3-2 on an overtime goal by Teofilo Cubillas. Despite two losses, the other a 5-2 whipping by San Diego, the Aztecs (19-11) have clinched a playoff spot as the runner-up in the NSC West. Tampa Bay (18-12) defeated Toronto (13-17) 4-1 and moved into first in the ASC East. Yet New England (17-13), which drubbed ASC West leader California (15-16) 4-1, and the Strikers can still catch the Rowdies. The Surf's slim lead diminished when the second-place Sockers (16-15) shut out Houston (14-17) 3-0. It was the 10th shutout for Socker Goalie Volkmar Gross, who has the conference's best goals-against average, allowing a mere 1.32 a game. Earlier in the week, Hurricane Goalie Paul Hammond blanked ASC Central leader Chicago 1-0, the only score being a shootout goal by Carlos Peruci. The Sting also lost to NSC West leader Seattle 3-1 at home when Mark Peterson got a hat trick for the Sounders (25-6). NSC East leader New York (22-8) edged Atlanta 3-2 and lost to Washington 2-1. In the NSC Central, Dallas (17-13) and Minnesota (15-15) have both overhauled Tulsa, which led the division for eight weeks earlier in the season but has lost 12 of its last 17 games. Last week the Roughnecks (14-17) dropped another—3-1 to the Tornadoes—but beat Rochester 3-2 at home. The Kicks defeated Memphis 4-3 on two Ace Ntosoelengoe goals, yet couldn't catch Dallas, which beat Atlanta, one of the few teams eliminated from playoff contention.
ASL: With three weeks left before the playoffs, Pennsylvania is making a break from the field. The Stoners (17-4) won twice, defeating Cleveland (9-14) 2-0 and New York (13-10) 1-0, thereby widening their National Conference lead to 33 points over the United. American Conference leader Sacramento (11-14) beat California (10-11) 1-0 on a goal by Malcolm Filby at 80:43 while Miami (9-13) was losing to Golden Gate 3-1. Forward Mal Roche, the league's leading scorer, had a goal and two assists for the Gaters (7-12).
SWIMMING—JOE BOTTOM of Walnut Creek, Calif. set a world record of 22.71 in the 50-meter freestyle at a meet in Honolulu. He broke by .12 the mark set by Bruce Stahl in April.
TENNIS—IVAN LENDL of Czechoslovakia won the $325,000 Canadian Open in Toronto when Bjorn Borg, who won the first set 6-4 but trailed 5-4 in the second, defaulted because of a knee injury. CHRIS EVERT LLOYD beat Virginia Ruzici 6-3, 6-1 for the women's title.
TRACK & FIELD—TATYANA KAZANKINA of the Soviet Union set a women's world record of 3:52.5 in the 1,500-meter run in Zurich, slicing 2.5 off her own mark set in July. In the same race, MARY DECKER established an American women's record of 3:59.5, .6 seconds off the mark she set the day before in Budapest.