NASL: Chicago, playing without injured high scorers Karl-Heinz Granitza and Ingo Peter, lost 5-4 to Tulsa as the playoffs started. Granitza played on a sore right ankle in the next outing, in which the Sting rallied from a 6-1 deficit to tie the score at 6-6 at the end of regulation play. Granitza won it in overtime with a header. Tulsa then clinched the series with a 3-1 victory in the 15-minute mini-game. Tampa Bay won the other Atlantic Conference playoff, eliminating Montreal 2-1 in a mini-game after winning 8-7 in overtime and losing 3-2. Edmonton cruised into the Pacific Conference finals by beating Seattle 8-6 and 12-4. San Diego won the other Pacific semi, knocking off Vancouver 4-3 in overtime and 8-4.
SPEED SKATING—HILBERT VAN DER DUIM won the world all-around title at Assen, The Netherlands, with 168.41 points, .36 better than runner-up Dmitri Bochkarev.
TENNIS—YANNICK NOAH defeated Ivan Lendl 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 to win a $200,000 Grand Prix tournament in La Quinta, Calif. and end Lendl's 44-match victory streak.
Bettina Bunge beat Pam Shriver 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 to win a $100,000 event in Houston.
TRACK & FIELD—In San Diego, MARY DECKER TABB surpassed her week-old women's world indoor mile record by .97 with a 4:20.5 clocking; BILLY OLSON pole-vaulted 18'9�", improving his two-week-old world indoor record by a quarter of an inch; and WILLIE BANKS triple-jumped 57'1�", exceeding the world indoor record set by Keith Connor last year by four inches (page 20).
Gesine Walther of East Germany sprinted 200 meters in Budapest in a women's world indoor record of 22.64, lowering Jarmila Kratochvilova's year-old mark by .12.
MILEPOSTS—AWARDED: By the AAU, the Sullivan Award as the outstanding amateur athlete in the U.S. for 1981, CARL LEWIS, 20, who won the long jump and 100-meter dash at the NCAA and TAC meets last year. His leap of 28'3�" on June 20 at Sacramento was the second longest ever.
FIRED: As coach of the Chicago Bulls, JERRY SLOAN, 39, who had a 19-31 record this season. He was replaced on an interim basis by General Manager ROD THORN, 40.
As coach of the Cosmos, HENNES WEISWEILER, 61, who led the team to the 1980 NASL title and a 44-15 record in two seasons.
NAMED: As the head of football operations for the Montreal Alouettes, GEORGE ALLEN, 59, who in 12 years as coach of the Los Angeles Rams and the Washington Redskins had a 116-47-5 record and took his team to postseason play seven times.