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Pass the tab ($8), Antonio Graell up, beat Paristo by seven lengths to win the $150,000 Ohio Derby at Thistledown. The 3-year-old colt's time for the 1? miles was 1:49[1/5].
MOTOR SPORTS—A.J. FOYT drove his March Cosworth at an average speed of 137.196 mph on the 2.5-mile Pocono International Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. to win a USAC event, scheduled for 500 miles, that was called because of rain after 122 laps. He finished one second ahead of Geoff Brabham, who drove a Penske Cosworth.
Gary beck won his ninth unlimited Top Fuel-dragster title at the National Hot Rod Association Spring-nationals in Kirkersville, Ohio with a run of 6.05 seconds, attaining a speed of 224.99 mph. He beat Butch Osmon by 1.51 seconds.
ROWING—At the women's nationals on San Diego's Mission Bay, a combined team from the University of Washington and Lake Washington Rowing Club won the elite eights title. The team of CAROL BROWN, CARIE GRAVES, LIZ HILLS and PEGGY McCARTHY was first in the fours, and JEANNE FLANAGAN and PAT SPRATLIN triumphed in the pairs. CARLIE GEER was the champion in the single sculls and with her older sister, JUDY, won the doubles. The two of them, along with MARGIE CATE and KRISTI NORELIUS, also won the quad competition.
SOCCER—NASL: The Cosmos were leading the Diplomats 1-0 at halftime of their game in Washington, but the hometown fans in the crowd of 36,875 at RFK Memorial Stadium were cheering. The management had just announced that 34-year-old Dutch superstar Johan Cruyff had agreed to join the Dips on July 1. After playing in Washington in 1980, Cruyff announced that he would want to play for the Diplomats if they stayed in Washington. But the franchise folded and was replaced by the former Detroit Express. Recently, Cruyff came to terms with the new club, which was good news for the new Dips, who can certainly use him. They lost 2-1 that evening, on Giorgio Chinaglia's 18th goal of the season, and 3-0 at Montreal on Saturday, while the Cosmos went on to beat Los Angeles 3-0 to extend their lead in the Eastern Division to 56 points. Fort Lauderdale was surging behind the performance of another Dutchman, Goalkeeper Jan Van Beveren. He got his second and third straight shutouts, over Portland (3-0) and San Diego (1-0), respectively, to bring the Strikers' point total to 83, one behind No. 1 Atlanta in the South. Vancouver continued to lead the Northwest, winning 2-0 at Minnesota and 3-1 at Tampa Bay on goals by Gerry Gray, Carl Valentine and Ray Hankin. Seattle, five points behind the Whitecaps in the standings, beat Central Division-leading Chicago 1-0 on a header by Roger Davies at 64:30 and then beat San Jose by the same score. In Calgary's 4-2 upset of Los Angeles, leader in the West, Franz Gerber scored twice. In the Boomers' next outing, a 1-0 win at Dallas, Holger Brueck, a West German playing in his first NASL game, had the only score. The loss, the Tornado's 14th in a row, tied the league record for futility set by Edmonton in 1979.
ASL: Cleveland, which beat the New York Eagles 7-4 in its first game of the season, hasn't won a game since. With losses last week to Pennsylvania (2-1) and Rochester (6-0), the Cobras have dropped 10 straight. The Stoners, who lead the Liberty Conference, went on to win a showdown with Carolina, the leader in the Freedom Conference, by a score of 2-1.
Mark Edmondson won a $75,000 grass-court tournament in Bristol, England with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 victory over Roscoe Tanner.