Sport: The Brilliant Closer

The weather in Birmingham is almost sure to be unbearably hot. The All-Star game that is big-league baseball's midsummer breather will not yet have taken place. But no matter. Come July 10, the pro-football season is going to start. On that date the new World Football League will make its debut in five cities, beginning a five-month season of midweek games. That odd, extended schedule will not be the league's only novelty. Determined to upstage the N.F.L., the W.F.L. will offer everything from singular team names (among them the Chicago Fire and the Southern California Sun) to sudden death overtime,...

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