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MOTOR SPORTS—DARRELL WALTRIP, driving his Buick at 84.723 mph around the .533-mile Bristol (Tenn.) International Raceway, gained a one-lap victory over Ricky Rudd, in a Chevrolet, in a 500-lap Grand National event.
SOCCER—NASL: Having gained a first-round playoff bye for winning the league point title, the Cosmos should have been sitting at home enjoying themselves while the other 14 playoff qualifiers prepared for their best-of-three series. Instead, the New Yorkers were smarting from a 2-1 shootout loss to divisional doormat Toronto and reading newspaper reports of the likely firing of their coach, Hennes Weisweiler. Meanwhile, Calgary and Fort Lauderdale tuned up for their match-up with wins on the regular season's last day. The Strikers blanked Atlanta 2-0 as Goalie Jan van Beveren got his ninth shutout of the season, and Franz Gerber's second goal of the game—coming in the second overtime—gave the Boomers a 3-2 win over Seattle. Calgary's first playoff loss was to Billy Graham, who had booked McMahon Stadium, forcing the Boomers to give up the home-field advantage they had earned by finishing seven points ahead of the Strikers. Playing in Fort Lauderdale, the Boomers then lost 3-1 in Game 1 as the Strikers' Branko Segota scored the hat trick. San Diego won the Western Division title on the last day of the season, as Kaz Deyna's three scores subdued California 5-2 while second-place L.A. lost 2-1 to Portland. The Timbers gained a playoff spot with that victory, which they followed with another 2-1 upset, this time of the Sockers in the opener of their series. In other first-round playoff games, Minnesota beat Tulsa 3-1 for its first road playoff win ever, Chicago stung Seattle 3-2, Tampa Bay upset Vancouver 4-1 and slumping Atlanta fell to Jacksonville 3-2 in OT.
ASL: New York United moved past Pennsylvania in the Liberty Conference for the first time, defeating the New York Eagles twice, 4-1 on two Solomon Hilton goals, and 3-2. Detroit passed Carolina early in the week in the Freedom Conference, but the Lightnin' rebounded with a 3-1 defeat of Cleveland to reclaim the lead by six points.
Ivan Lendl won the $200,000 Canadian Open in Montreal with a 6-3, 6-2 defeat of Eliot Teltscher, and TRACY AUSTIN won the $200,000 Canadian Open women's title, 6-1, 6-4, over Chris Evert Lloyd the following week in Toronto.
TRACK & FIELD—Two world records fell in Zurich, where SEBASTIAN COE ran a 3:48.53 mile to lower Steve Ovett's record by .27 of a second, and RENAL-DO NEHEMIAH improved his 110-meter hurdles mark by .07 of a second to 12.93 (page 18).
Dwight Stones, 27, broke his own American high-jump record of 7'6�" with a leap of 7'7" in Nice. His old mark was set in 1973.
MILEPOSTS—CONVICTED: By a State District Court jury in Albuquerque, on one count of fraud and another of filing a false public voucher, former University of New Mexico Assistant Basketball Coach MANNY GOLDSTEIN, 33. Goldstein was found not guilty on four other counts. The charges stemmed from an investigation of recruiting violations at New Mexico in 1979.