Kevin Keelan, the English star who is goaltender for the New England Tea Men, said it is "utter rubbish" that he tried to fix a vital game in the North American Soccer League.

The Rochester Lancers defeated the Tea Men, 2-0, in the game in question on Aug. 10. If the final has been 3-1, both teams would have had a shot at making the NASL playoffs, Rochester's Mike Stojanovic said that four minutes before the end, Keelan suggested the two teams allow each other a goal.

But Keelan, voted the league's best goalkeeper in his first season with the Tea Men, said, "I had one of my best performances in this particular match and if I had not been on the top of my form, we could have lost 7-0."

In New York, a NASL spokesman said, "We will investigate every conceivable circumstance, including the comments of Keelan."

Keelan rejoined his Norwich City team for the start of the English League soccer season over the weekend.

Oakland A's owner Charlie Finley said yesterday that he is trying to sell his last-place team to a Los Angeles based group willing to meet his price of $10 million.

Finley told a county circuit court in Valparaiso, Ind., hearing his divorce case that he wants "to sell the ball club very badly." Finley did not reveal the members of the Los Angeles group.

Finley said he has lost money only one year since moving the team from Kansas City in 1968 and that he should gross between $2.5 and $3 million this season despite attendance that may not reach 300,000.

Five men convicted of racketeering and sports bribery in connection with race-fixing at several East Coast horse tracks were given prison sentences and $10,000 fines yesterday.

U.S. District Court Judge A. David Mazzone sentenced Howard Winter, 51, of Somerville, Mass., to a 10-year term and lesser terms to four other men convicted last month.

During the trial, one prosecution witness testified that some of the defendants used bribes, threats and physical beatings of jockeys to fix races in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Rhode Island and New Hampshire.

Walt Masterson, a former Washington Senator pitcher, has been named head baseball coach at George Mason University, replacing retiring Raymond (Hap) Spuhler.

Masterson, who also played for the Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants during a 19-year major league career, joined George Mason's staff last spring as pitching coach.

"This is something I've wanted to do all my life," said Masterson, a minor league pitching instructor for the Texas Rangers in 1972. "Hap has developed an outstanding program at George Mason. I only hope I can do as well."

Former Maryland stars Tom McMillen and John Lucas will captain opposing teams in a charity all-star basketball game Sept. 8 in Cole Field House to raise funds for the chancellor's scholarship fund.

Other former Maryland players who will participate include Len Elmore, Mo Howard, Rich Porac, Bob Bodell and Jim O'Brien. Pro stars Moses Malone and Adrian Dantley also will play. Tickets are available through Maryland's ticket office.