HORSE RACING—SAFE PLAY ($7.20), Don Brumfield up, beat Rainbow Connection by a half-length to win the $168,300 La Canada Stakes for 4-year-old fillies at Santa Anita. The winner covered the 1[1/8] miles in 1:47[3/5], tying the Stakes record.
MOTOR SPORTS—The team of John Paul, John Paul Jr. and Rolf Stommelen combined to drive its Porsche Turbo 935 to a record-breaking victory in the 24-hour endurance race at Daytona Beach, Fla. They averaged 114.794 mph around the 3.84-mile course to complete a total of 2,760.96 miles.
INDOOR SOCCER—MISL: Baltimore kept pace with New York and Pittsburgh in the Eastern Division by beating New Jersey 9-2, Joe Fink scoring seven goals, and Phoenix 6-5. In the Western Division, first-place St. Louis was on a streak. The Steamers—16 of whom are St. Louis natives—beat Memphis 7-4 before a home crowd of 18,086. It was their third Checkerdome sellout in a row.
NASL: Chicago remained atop the Central Division with an 8-6 win over Tulsa, while Montreal, the leader in the East, got hat tricks from Gordon Hill, Thompson Usiyan and Andy Parkinson in its 11-6 victory over the Cosmos. In the Northwest Division. Vancouver took over the top spot with a 9-2 defeat of San Jose, while San Diego beat Portland 7-5 to keep the lead in the West.
SPEED SKATING—TOMAS GUSTAFSON established a world record of 14:23.59 in the 10,000 meters in Oslo, 3.12 under the mark set by Dmitri Ogloblin in 1980.
TENNIS—MARTINA NAVRATILOVA beat Andrea Jaeger 6-2, 6-0 to win a $150,000 tournament in Seattle, and then defeated Wendy Turnbull 6-4, 6-1 to win a $150,000 tournament in Chicago.
John McEnroe won the $300,000 U.S. Pro Indoor Championships in Philadelphia with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 defeat of Jimmy Connors.
Ivan Lendl extended his streak of consecutive tournament victories to eight with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 victory over Peter McNamara in the $300,000 WCT Gold Coast Cup Classic in Delray Beach, Fla.
TRACK & FIELD—On Friday evening in Toronto, RENALDO NEHEMIAH lowered his own year-old world indoor record of 5.98 by .06 in the 50-yard hurdles. The next night, in Dallas, he ran the 60-yard hurdles in 6.82, reducing by .07 the world indoor mark he set in 1979. Also in Toronto, BILL OLSON pole-vaulted 18'8�" to surpass by�" the world indoor record set by Thierry Vigneron and Constantin Volkov last year. In Dallas, JEANETTE BOLDEN broke the women's world indoor 60-yard-dash mark of 6.62 set by Alice Brown in 1981 with a clocking of 6.60 (page 90).
MILEPOSTS—ELECTED: To the Pro Football Hall of Fame, GEORGE MUSSO, 71, former tackle and guard with the Chicago Bears (1933-44); DOUG ATKINS, 51, former defensive end with the Cleveland Browns (1953-54), Bears (1955-66) and New Orleans Saints (1967-69); SAM HUFF, 47, former linebacker with the New York Giants (1956-63) and Washington Redskins (1964-67, '69): and MERLIN OLSEN, 41, former defensive tackle with the Los Angeles Rams (1962-76).