TENNIS—BORIS BECKER defeated Stefan Edberg 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 to win $59,500 and a tour event, in Indian Wells, Calif. (page 50).
Steffi Graf beat Helena Sukova 6-2, 6-3 to win a tour event and $50,000, in Boca Raton, Fla.
TRACK & FIELD—EAMONN COGHLAN established a world indoor best of 4:54.07 for the 2,000 meters, in Los Angeles, surpassing by 4.53 seconds Steve Scott's six-year-old mark.
Bruno Marie-Rose of France ran a world indoor record of 20.36 in the 200 meters, in Li�vin, France, bettering by .16 the mark set in 1985 by Stefano Tilli of Italy.
In San Diego, GREG FOSTER ran the 60-meter hurdles in 7.47 to equal the world indoor record set last year by Mark McKoy.
MILEPOSTS—AWARDED: To New York Yankee first baseman DON MATTINGLY, 25, a one-year contract worth $1.975 million, the largest in the history of baseball salary arbitration, by arbitrator Arvid Anderson. The Yankees had offered Mat-tingly $1.7 million, a $325,000 raise over last year.
FOLDED: The Major Indoor Soccer League's New York Express, who had gone 3-23 since joining the league in June.
RESIGNED: After an attempted comeback as manager of Kansas City, DICK HOWSER, 50, who missed the latter half of the 1986 season after he underwent surgery for a malignant brain tumor. Howser had a 507-425 career record in eight seasons with the Royals and Yankees, and led K.C. to a world championship in 1985. Succeeding him will be former Minnesota manager Billy Gardner, the Royals third base coach.
RETIRED: Less than a month after signing a one-year contract with the A's, pitcher VIDA BLUE, 37, who helped them to world titles in 1972. '73 and '74, and had a 209-161 career mark.
DIED: FRANK KURTIS, 79, who built the cars of five Indianapolis 500 winners from 1950 to '55; of complications following a heart attack; in Glendale, Calif.