Jerry Nicodemus rode DENIM N DIAMONDS ($3.40) to victory by a neck over Sgt Pepper Feature in the $200,000 Champion of Champions at Los Alamitos. The 4-year-old quarter-horse mare ran the 440 yards in 21.73.
INDOOR SOCCER—MISL: Steve Zungul had seven goals in two games, including five in a 9-4 defeat of Buffalo, as New York ran its mark to 8-1 and continued to lead the Eastern Division. St. Louis remained atop the West with a 10-2 thumping of Baltimore.
NASL: Edmonton's Jan Goosens drilled home seven goals in a 14-5 win over Portland, tying the NASL record for goals in an indoor game. Goosens, whose Driller teammates trailed Northwest Division-leading Seattle, was leading the league with 14 goals after his big burst. Tulsa, with the league's best record (4-1), stayed in first place in the Central as Laurie Abrahams scored four times and assisted three times in a 10-3 defeat of the East leader, Toronto. George Best returned from a knee injury, getting five goals for Western Division-leading San Jose in a 10-9 win over San Diego.
TENNIS—TRACY AUSTIN won the $250,000 Toyota Championships in East Rutherford, N.J. with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 defeat of Martina Navratilova (page 28).
Tim Wilkison beat Chris Lewis 6-4, 7-6, 6-3 in the finals of the $125,000 New South Wales Open in Sydney.
VOLLEYBALL—USC defeated UCLA 9-15, 15-7, 10-15, 15-13 and 15-7 to win the NCAA Division I women's title in Los Angeles.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As football coach at Kentucky, former Maryland Coach JERRY CLAIBORNE, 53, replacing Fran Curci, who was fired; by Texas-El Paso as its football coach, former West Texas State Coach BILL YUNG, 48, to replace interim Coach Billy Alton; by West Texas State, DON DAVIS, 42, to replace Yung; and as the new coach at Virginia, former Navy Coach GEORGE WELSH, 48.
TRADED: By the Cincinnati Reds, Third Baseman RAY KNIGHT, 29, to the Houston Astros for Outfielder CESAR CEDENO, 30.
DIED: JIM ENRIGHT, 71, a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame and longtime official and sportswriter; of kidney failure; in Chicago.