MOSCOW (AP) _ Lev Yashin, one of the world's best goalkeepers whose spectacular dives earned him the name ''The Octopus,'' died Wednesday of stomach cancer.

Yashin, a goaltender for 20 years, was a star for Moscow Dynamo before becoming a top administrator with the club. He was 60.

In a playing career that ended in 1972, Yashin participated in the Soviet Olympic victory in 1956 and the European Champions Cup final in 1960.

''He was the backbone of Soviet defense,'' the Soviet national news agency Tass said in reporting his death.

Yashin was the only goalie to become European footballer of the year, and was awarded the ''Ballon d'Or'' in 1963.

Yashin began his sports career as an ice hockey goaltender. He was called in as a soccer goalie replacement when a Dynamo regular became ill. He played in 78 games for the Soviet national team.

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GENEVA, Switzerland (AP) - Two members of the Soviet Union national hockey team that won world championships and an Olympic gold medal signed with a Swiss league team.

Vyacheslav Bykov, 30, and Andrey Khomutov, 29, agreed to two-year contracts with an option for a third year, the Zurich newspaper Sport reported.

Bykov had six goals and six assists in the last World Championships in Stockholm. Khomutov scored three goals and had six assists in that tournament.

Khomutov has been on five world championship teams since 1980, and Bykov was on two of them. They will continue to be available for the Soviet national team.

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NEW YORK (AP) - Mark Wellman, who continued to climb mountains after being paralyzed in a fall, and his climbing partner, Mike Corbett, were named winners of the Tanqueray Achievement Award for highest standards of excellence in amateur sports on Wednesday.

Wellman, 29, has been paralyzed below the waist since a fall while climbing in 1982, and says he continues to climb ''because it is the only way I can get out of my wheelchair.''

Both he and Corbett are on the staff at Yosemite National Park, and it was there they made the climb that won them the award - a 3,500-foot ascent of El Capitan, an almost solid wall granite, last July in 100-degree plus temperatures and high winds.

Other winners during the previous 22 years of the award include Bo Jackson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Jim Abbott and Darryl Strawberry.

The winner last year was Susan Butcher, who this month won the Iditarod dog sled race for the fourth time.

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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - American Chuck Moran fired a 3-under-par 67 Wednesday to take the first-round lead in the Indonesian Open.

Brian Watts, another American, and Australian Tony Maloney were tied for second, one stroke back.

Bracketed at 69 were Americans Gland Day and Steve, Frankie Minoza of the Philippines and Australians Paul Archbold and Stewart Ginn.

The field is made up of 160 golfers, including 12 amateurs, from 24 countries.

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OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - The Oxford Board of Aldermen voted to donate land for a home to be built for paralyzed Mississippi football player Chucky Mullins.

Mullins, who is undergoing therapy at a Birmingham, Ala., hospital, has said he would like to return to Oxford to complete his degree. City Planner Ben Smith approached the city board about donating the land to Mullins, who should be released from the hospital this spring or summer.

The aldermen unanimously approved an order that calls for city-owned land, if it is needed, to be donated to the Ole Miss Foundation. The foundation is administering a trust fund to pay for Mullins' long-term care.

Mullins was a redshirt freshman on the Ole Miss football team when he was severely injured in an October game against Vanderbilt.