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A roundup of the week Sept. 14-20
September 28, 1981
BOXING—SUGAR RAY LEONARD won the undisputed world welterweight championship with a 14th-round TKO of Thomas Hearns in Las Vegas (page 18).
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September 28, 1981

A Roundup Of The Week Sept. 14-20

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ASL: Hugh O'Neill scored with five minutes left in the second overtime to give the Carolina Lightnin' a 2-1 victory over New York United in the league championship game in Charlotte.

TENNIS—ANN KIYOMURA beat Bettina Bunge 6-4, 7-5 to win a $175,000 tournament in Tokyo.

WEIGHTLIFTING—Seven world records were set at the world championships in Lille, France. In the 132-pound class, Bulgaria's Beloslav Manolov cleaned and jerked 375 pounds, surpassing by five pounds the mark set earlier this year by Yuri Sarkisian of the U.S.S.R., and lifted a combined 667 pounds in the snatch and the clean and jerk, tying the record set moments before by Cuba's Daniel Nunez. Nunez broke his own four-month-old snatch mark by 1� pounds with a lift of 298 pounds. Yanko Rusev of Bulgaria had a 454-pound clean and jerk in the 165-pound division, breaking countryman Asen Zlatev's standard of 453, set in 1980. Yuri Vardanyan of the U.S.S.R. improved on his own 182-pound marks in the clean and jerk and the snatch, lifting 492 pounds and 392 pounds, respectively, to break records he set in the 1980 Olympics. And Blagoi Blagoev of Bulgaria snatched 408 pounds to break by five pounds Russian Yuri Zakharevich's 198-pound division record set in June.

WRESTLING—At the world freestyle championships in Skoplje, Yugoslavia, CHRIS CAMPBELL of Ames, Iowa, was the lone gold medalist for the U.S., which placed behind the SOVIET UNION and Bulgaria in the team competition. Campbell won the 180.5-pound class.

MILEPOSTS—ANNOUNCED: By the North American Soccer League, the folding of the California Surf, the Calgary Boomers and the Dallas Tornado, as well as the possible folding of the Washington Diplomats, for failure to post $150,000 bonds requested by the league. The loss of those franchises would reduce the NASL's membership to 16 teams.

DROPPED: By the Baltimore Colts, at the request of NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle, former Quarterback JOHNNY UNITAS, 48, who had been a "special consultant" to the team. The league objected to Unitas' connection with The Huddle, a football gambling publication to which he contributes betting tips.

RULED: By a San Antonio jury, that Boston Celtic Forward LARRY BIRD, 24, acted in self-defense when he struck fan JOHN MERLA, 27, with a gym bag after a game in January 1980. The jury denied Merla any of the $825,000 in damages he had sought and cleared former Celtic Center and Coach DAVE COWENS, 32, of assault charges.

TRADED: By the San Diego Chargers, All-Pro Wide Receiver JOHN JEFFERSON, 25, a contract holdout, to the Green Bay Packers for undisclosed draft choices and other future considerations. The deal is contingent on Jefferson's reporting to the Packers and passing a physical.

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