BOATING—BILL MUNCEY, piloting Atlas Van Lines, averaged 104.168 miles per hour and won the $110,000 unlimited hydroplane Gold Cup at Owensboro, Ky. (page 22).
BOWLING—MARK ROTH became the second bowler in PBA history to win $100,000 two seasons in a row when he defeated Jay Robinson in the $60,000 tournament in San Jose, Calif. The $6,000 first prize boosted Roth's earnings to $101,190. Earl Anthony is the only other bowler to accomplish the feat.
BOXING—EUSEBIO PEDROSA of Panama retained his WBA featherweight title on a 12th-round TKO of Ernesto Herrera in Panama City.
HORSE RACING—LAKEVILLE MISS ($11.20), Ruben Hernandez up, won the $105,900 Coaching Club American Oaks by six lengths over Caesar's Wish.
July 9, 1978
MOTOR SPORTS—MARIO ANDRETTI, averaging 118.24 mph, won the French Grand Prix at Dijon for the second straight year, finishing ahead of his Lotus teammate, Ronnie Peterson. For Andretti, who now leads the drivers' point standings with 45 to Peterson's 36, it was his fourth Grand Prix victory this season.
ROWING—The national eight of BULGARIA defeated the University of Washington to win the Grand Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta (page 71).
SOCCER—Minnesota regained first place in the NASL's National Conference Central Division by defeating Houston 2-0. The Kicks led Dallas by two points. Tulsa moved within four points of Minnesota, beating Colorado 4-1 behind Billy Caskey's two goals. Portland clung to a seven-point lead in the National West, getting two shutouts from Mick Poole and beating both Rochester and Minnesota, 1-0. Vancouver also won twice via shutouts, 2-0 over Los Angeles and 1-0 over San Jose in a shootout. The Cosmos, with Steve Hunt scoring the winning goal, defeated the Aztecs 2-1, their 22nd straight at home. Tampa Bay took over first place in the American Conference East, defeating Toronto 2-1 and Washington 3-2 on two goals by Rodney Marsh. Kevin Welsh scored an overtime goal to give New England a 2-1 victory over Philadelphia. Oakland upset American Conference Central leader Detroit 4-3 in overtime.
ASL: Los Angeles stretched its unbeaten streak to five and opened up an eight-point lead over California in the Western Division. The Skyhawks defeated the Sunshine 4-2, with Jim Rolland getting the hat trick. Rolland, who has eight goals and 18 points in his last five games, grabbed the league scoring lead with 22 points. California also lost to third-place Southern California 1-0. Sacramento, with Otey Cannon scoring both goals, overcame a 2-0 halftime deficit and tied the Indy Daredevils 2-2 in two overtimes. Cleveland defeated Sacramento 1-0, with Billy Leese scoring the goal in his ASL debut. But the Cobras were shut out by the New York Apollo 2-0.
SWIMMING—BARBARA KRAUSE of East Germany broke the women's world record in the 200-meter freestyle at the East German Championships in East Berlin. Her time of 1:59.04 was 0.22 seconds faster than the mark set by Kornelia Ender at the 1976 Olympics.
TENNIS—Guillermo Vilas is one of the best clay-court players in the world, but put him on the grass at Wimbledon and he becomes vulnerable. Vilas, who was beaten in the third round last year, didn't even get that far this time, losing in the second round to Tom Okker of The Netherlands 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. John McEnroe, the New Yorker who caused such a stir last year by reaching the semifinals, didn't have a chance to repeat. The 19-year-old McEnroe, who recently turned pro, dropped a first-round match to Erik Van Dillen 7-5, 1-6, 8-9, 6-4, 6-3. Defending champion and top seed Bjorn Borg and second-seeded Jimmy Connors advanced. Borg relied on a wicked second serve to defeat Vic Amaya 8-9, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3, then reached the final 16 by struggling to a 6-4, 6-2, 6-8, 6-4 win over Jaime Fillol. Connors defeated Kim Warwick 6-3, 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 and Tom Gorman 6-4, 8-6, 8-9, 6-3 in a match that lasted two hours and 45 minutes. By contrast, the favored women players all attained the final of 16 as expected. Top-seeded Chris Evert advanced by defeating Laura DuPont 6-1, 4-6, 6-0, and Martina Navratilova, seeded No. 2, overcame a shaky first set to beat Barbara Jordan, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4. Third-seeded Evonne Goolagong defeated Janet Newberry 6-4, 6-3, and defending champion Virginia Wade outlasted Yvonne Vermaak 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.
TRACK & FIELD—Kicking the final 200 meters in 27.6, HENRY RONO set a world record of 7:32.1 for the 3,000-meter run at the Bislett Games in Oslo. Rono, who earlier this year had set world records in the 5,000, the 10,000 and the 3,000-meter steeplechase, knocked 3.1 seconds off the mark established by Brendan Foster of England in 1974. In the women's 3,000-meter run, JAN MERRILL set an American record of 8:42.6, surpassing her own mark of 8:46.6; GRETE WAITZ of Norway won the event in 8:32.1, the second-best time ever recorded.
James Butts leaped 56'6¾" in the triple jump at the World Games in Helsinki, Finland, breaking the American record of 56'5½".
Marita Koch of East Germany established a women's world record of 49.19 in the 400-meter dash at the East German championships at Leipzig, surpassing by [1/10]th of a second the mark set in 1976 by Irena Szewinska of Poland.
VOLLEYBALL—Santa Barbara maintained its lead in the IVA Western Division and ran its winning streak to seven, beating San Diego in three straight games. Seattle upset Orange County, also in three straight games, with Stan Gosciniak setting up 46 kills in 82 attempts. In the Continental Division, Denver won three of four matches, including a four-game upset of divison-leading Tucson.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: LARRY DOBY, 53, Chicago White Sox batting coach, as the team's manager, replacing Bob Lemon. Doby, who was the first black to play in the American League when he broke in with Cleveland in 1947, becomes the second black manager in major league history.
NAMED: SONNY SMITH, 41, as basketball coach at Auburn. Smith coached East Tennessee State to an 18-9 record last year.
SUSPENDED: By the AAU, for an indefinite period. Olympians DWIGHT STONES, former world-record holder in the high jump; KATE SCHMIDT, world-record holder in the women's javelin; FRANCIE LARRIEU, American record holder in the women's mile; and JANE FREDERICK, American record holder in the pentathlon, for accepting a total of $58,000 in prize money from the ABC-TV The Superstars show.
TRADED: By the Denver Nuggets, Guard RON BOONE, 31, and two second-round draft choices, to the Los Angeles Lakers for Guard CHARLIE SCOTT, 29. Denver had acquired Boone and a 1979 second-round pick from the Kansas City Kings for Forward Darnell Hillman and the rights to one of Denver's two first-round draft choices, Guard Mike Evans.