Norwood Hospital, named with the New England Patriots by Greg Taylor, the former Virginia ball carrier, in his $30 million suit for either failing to detect or finding but not informing him of a hairline leg fracture, responds: "It is obvious that Mr. Taylor is confused . . . Taylor has never been a patient of or at the Norwood Hospital and has never been X-rayed at or by Norwood Hospital or any one of its employes." The attorney for Taylor, cut by the Patriots after the Baltimore opener in which he said he was hurt to an extent he learned only upon trying out with the Montreal Concordes, says if that is correct, the suit "absolutely" would be dropped. Patriots: no comment.
Soccer: Count Canada in as a bidder for the 1986 World Cup tournament, assuming Colombia gives up the host role . . . Four NASL teams have yet to provide required letters of credit for 1983 operation -- Jacksonville (now Milwaukee), Portland, Edmonton and Tulsa -- whose Roughnecks look to an Oct. 15 meeting with Argentine businessmen exploring purchase of franchise. "Nothing has been done locally; we can't get people interested here," said a Roughnecks official. Argentines interested in stocking the club with Argentine players--a club now predominantly British . . . New director of public relations for 14-team Major Indoor Soccer League: Mike Menchel, once the NFL's youngest p.r. director but not at liberty to provide a whole lot of information when he worked for George Allen's Redskins.