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Rick Mears won a 500-km CART race for Indy-type cars in Riverside, Calif., finishing 66 seconds in front of the March-Cosworth of Tom Sneva. Mears drove his Penske-Ford at an average speed of 115.944 mph around the 3.3-mile, nine-turn Riverside International Raceway.
Keke Rosberg drove his Williams to victory in the Swiss Grand Prix, a race run in Dijon, France because of Swiss legislation prohibiting auto racing, beating Alain Prost, in a Renault turbo, by 60.03 seconds. Rosberg averaged 122.286 mph for 80 laps of the 2.36-mile Dijon-Prenois circuit.
ROWING—At the world championships in Lucerne, Switzerland, NEW ZEALAND scored an upset victory in the men's heavyweight eight finals, while REICHE RUDIGER won the single sculls to lead a strong East German showing. IRINA FETISOVA won the women's sculls, and her teammates triumphed in the eight as the U.S.S.R. dominated women's competition, winning five of six gold medals. Americans won six medals, including silvers in the women's four and eight and the lightweight singles (Scott Roop) and doubles (Paul Fuchs and William Belden).
SOCCER—Distribution problems plagued New York as the NASL's best-of-three playoffs got under way. After a scoreless first half against Tulsa, the Cosmos struck upon an embarrassment of riches: five unanswered goals. Giorgio Chinaglia, the league's alltime scoring leader, headed home the gamer at 47:27 and added another goal and an assist. In Tulsa three days later, however, the Cosmos' coffers were bare, and the Roughnecks handed them only their second shutout of the season, 1-0 on Njego Pesa's first-half goal. The thrifty 'Necks managed to hang on for the final 36 minutes with just 10 men on the field, Defender Billy Caskey having been ejected for tripping. At week's end, the results of the other three quarterfinal series were similarly ambiguous. After a relatively easy 4-2 win at home, behind Peter Ward's two goals and an assist, the Sounders dropped a 2-1 overtime decision to the Blizzard when a shot glanced off Sounder Defender Ray Evans and rolled into his own net for an own-goal. Montreal and Ft. Lauderdale split a pair of games in overtime, the Manic prevailing in the first, 3-2, and the Strikers taking the second in Montreal, 1-0. San Diego scored on a Cosmic scale to defeat Vancouver 5-1 in their first matchup, but then recalled the 'Mos' less impressive second-game output with a 1-0 loss of their own.
TENNIS—Unseeded LEIGH ANN THOMPSON defeated Bettina Bunge 7-6, 6-3 to win her first tournament, a $100,000 event in Mahwah, N.J.
MILEPOSTS—FORFEITED: By order of the Big Eight Conference, three Kansas victories and a tie during the 1980 football season because of the ineligibility of Running Back Kerwin Bell, who according to the NCAA didn't meet the 2.0 high school grade-point requirement before making up work during the summer. Kansas' 1980 victories over Iowa State, Kansas State and Colorado and a tie with Oklahoma State were declared forfeits.
RESIGNED: PAUL BERGEN, 41, women's swimming coach at Texas, who guided the Longhorns to AIAW championships in 1981 and '82. Bergen, who in four seasons at Texas had 61 All-Americas and 16 national champions, will return to club coaching.