INDOOR SOCCER—The San Diego Sockers gained their sixth MISL Western Division championship in seven years by winning three games, including a title-clinching 8-3 rout of visiting Baltimore. Paul Dougherty and Branko Segota had two goals and two assists apiece for the Sockers, who lead the Western Division by a whopping 12 games over Los Angeles. Minnesota, the Eastern Division leader, won both of its outings to maintain its three-game lead over Dallas.
MOTOR SPORTS—DALE EARNHARDT drove a Chevrolet to victory in the Motorcraft 500, averaging 137.588 mph on the 1.522-mile Atlanta International Raceway oval to beat Rusty Wallace, in a Pontiac, by 1.05 seconds. Earnhardt's triumph was worth $67,950.
SWIMMING—Texas won a record fifth straight NCAA women's team title, with 661 points, 118.5 points better than second-place Florida, in Austin, Texas (page 60).
WRESTLING—Arizona State won the NCAA championship, with 93 points to runner-up Iowa's 85.5, in Ames, Iowa (page 58).
MILEPOSTS—APPROVED: By NFL owners, the relocation of the Cardinals franchise from St. Louis to Phoenix (page 40).
FIRED: As basketball coach at Texas, BOB WELTLICH, 43, who in six seasons had a 77-98 record; at Rutgers, CRAIG LITTLEPAGE, 36, who in three years had a 23-63 record.
NAMED: RUDY KEELING, 39, as basketball coach at Maine, replacing Thomas (Skip) Chappelle, who retired after 17 years.
SENTENCED: By Middlesex ( N.J.) County Superior Court Judge Joseph F. Deegan Jr., former heavyweight boxer CHUCK WEPNER, 49, who lost a title bout to Muhammad Ali in 1975, to 10 years in prison after he was convicted of possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, in New Brunswick.
SLAIN: Champion race car driver MICKEY THOMPSON, 59, who in 1960 became the first American to exceed 400 miles per hour on land. Thompson, along with his wife, TRUDY, 41, was found—by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies—shot to death in the driveway of their hillside estate; in Bradbury, Calif. (page 38).