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March 11, 1985

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ The United States Football League plans to hold this season’s championship game at Giants Stadium.

Calling it one of the least kept secrets, USFL Commissioner Harry Usher on Sunday formally announced that the northern New Jersey facility would host the July 14 game.

″First and foremost, there has not been a championship played in the New York area in more than 20 years, and this is an opportunity to showcase a league that by the time we come around to the championship game will be seen as one that is growing,″ said Usher.

The USFL had scheduled the title game for the Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich., but the league decided to move it when the Michigan Panthers merged with the Oakland Invaders after last season and moved their operations to the West Coast.

The last title game in the area was in 1968 when the New York Jets met the Oakland Raiders for the American Football League title at Shea Stadium in New York.

Once the USFL switches to fall football in 1986, it is unlikely another championship game would be played in the region because of the cold weather at the end of the season.


WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) - Commissioner Peter Ueberroth says major league baseball will survey some of its fans on baseball issues looking for suggestions to improve the game.

Ueberroth said Sunday at a news conference at the Minnesota Twins-Boston Red Sox exhibition game that people would be chosen at random and interviewed for at least 30 minutes each on all baseball issues.

Ueberroth said the survey would begin, possibly by late this month, as soon as a pollster is hired. He said he did not know how long it would take to complete.

He said decisive results, such as a 70-30 per cent ratio on issues, would be submitted to major league club owners and the Players’ Association.

--- INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Kathy Horvath of Largo, Fla., who was eliminated in the first round two years ago, came back to defeat Elise Burgin of Baltimore to win the Virginia Slims of Indianapolis tennis tournament and $15,500 in top prize money.

Horvath defeated Burgin 6-2, 6-4 Sunday, and the two went on to beat Jennifer Mundel of South Africa and Molly Van Nostrand 6-4, 6-1 to split the doubles prize of $5,000.

Horvath, 19, who was seeded third in the tournament, won $13,000 along with the singles title earlier Sunday. Runner-up Burgin, seeded fifth won $6,500.

Ranked 39th in the world before this year’s Virginia Slims, Horvath won her five matches in the week-long tourney at the Indianapolis Racquet Club without dropping a set.

It was her first tournament victory since 1983.

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