BOWLING—JEFF MATTINGLY of Tacoma, Wash, set a PBA record for winning margin, taking the $60,000 Tucson Open by 663 pins, 152 pins better than the mark established in 1967. Mattingly averaged 231 for 42 games in beating Jay Robinson of Van Nuys, Calif.
GOLF—HOLLIS STACY fired a final-round 72 for a 5-over-par 289 and won her second straight U.S. Women's Open, at Indianapolis, by a stroke over Sally Little and JoAnne Carner (page 61).
Jack Nicklaus shot a final-round 3-under-par 68 for a 72-hole total of 270, 14 under par, to win his second straight tournament, the $250,000 Philadelphia Classic, by a stroke over Gil Morgan.
HARNESS RACING—SUNDANCE SKIPPER ($12.60), driven by Mike Allen, established a world record for the mile on a half-mile track. The 3-year-old, competing in the Battle of Saratoga Pace in Saratoga, N.Y., was timed in 1:56, one-fifth of a second faster than the record set last year by Governor Skipper.
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Happy Lady ($5), Jim Rankin driving, won the $333,-238 Monticello N.Y.C.-OTB Classic at Monticello, N.Y. by three lengths over Happy Blue Chip. The 3-year-old filly was timed in 1:59 for the mile.
HORSE RACING—TERLINGUA ($4), the only filly in the field, won the $134,500 Hollywood Juvenile Championship at Hollywood Park by 2¼ lengths over Flying Paster. The 2-year-old daughter of Secretariat, ridden by Darrel McHargue, was timed in 1:08[4/5] for six furlongs, equaling the track record.
Alydar ($2.10), Jeffrey Fell up, won the $105,000 Arlington Classic in Chicago by 13 lengths over Chief of Dixieland. The 3-year-old colt covered the mile and a quarter in 2:00[2/5].
MOTOR SPORTS—TERRY RYAN, driving a Chevrolet, averaged 121.534 mph to win the US AC 150-mile stock-car race in Atlanta.
SOCCER—NASL: The Cosmos and San Diego joined Detroit in wrapping up divisional races. The Cosmos, before 36,610 at the Kingdome, defeated Seattle 2-1 to win the National Conference Eastern Division title. Earlier, Giorgio Chinaglia scored two goals and Dennis Tueart scored one and had three assists as the Cosmos beat Oakland 5-1. Detroit defeated California 2-1, helping San Diego clinch the championship of the American Conference West. The Sockers defeated Los Angeles 4-3, with Jean Willrich getting three assists. Vancouver beat Portland 2-0 behind Kevin Hector's two goals and Oakland 2-1, to clinch a playoff spot in the National Conference West. Vancouver's Alan Hinton had two assists against Oakland, increasing his league-record total to 22. The old record of 18 was held by George Best and Pelè. San Jose set a record as well—for consecutive losses. Detroit beat the Earthquakes 4-3 on Eddie Colquhoun's overtime goal, sending San Jose to its 13th straight defeat. The Earthquakes rebounded to beat Los Angeles 2-0. New England lost to American Conference East rivals Tampa Bay 3-1 and Fort Lauderdale 2-0, but remained in first place over the Rowdies. Chicago, the hottest team in the league, upset Tampa 3-2 on Arno Steffenhagen's goal. Tulsa clung to an eight-point lead over Minnesota in the National Conference Central by beating Memphis 2-0. An expansion team, the Rogues may have played their first and last season in Memphis. Gulf + Western Industries, Inc., which, among many other things, owns New York's Knicks and Rangers, has reportedly purchased the franchise and will attempt to move it to the Big Apple next season.
ASL: Although the New York Apollo has the league's best record (12-4-1), leads the league in scoring (41 goals) and is running away with the Eastern Division, it has had its problems with Western Division teams. The Apollo has just one win in its last five games and on its West Coast road trip scored only two goals in three games. Both of those came in a 5-2 loss to Los Angeles. Newly acquired Mai Roche, last season's Rookie of the Year for Sacramento, scored a hat trick for Los Angeles and had an assist. Earlier, Sacramento held the Apollo to a scoreless tie. The Eastern Division leaders have yet to beat a Western Division team on the road. The Indy Daredevils moved into second place in the East, playing a scoreless tie with Cleveland as Peter Mannos got his fourth shutout of the year for the Daredevils and then defeating Cleveland 2-0 on goals by Dante Espejo and Gene Geimer. New Jersey showcased its newest acquisition, 36-year-old Eusebio of Portugal, the second-highest scorer in soccer history, in its match with Connecticut. The Yankees defeated the Americans 2-1, with Mario Oliva getting a goal and an assist and Eusebio not figuring in the scoring.
TENNIS—JIMMY CONNORS defeated Eddie Dibbs 7-5, 7-5 to win the $175,000 Washington Star International tournament in Washington, D.C.
Bjorn Borg defeated Corrado Barazzutti 6-1, 6-2 to win the $88,000 Swedish Open at Bastad.
WTT: Boston won two of three matches and maintained its 8½-game lead over New York in the Eastern Division. The Lobsters defeated Phoenix 29-20 with Martina Navratilova beating Sue Barker 6-2. In Seattle, Boston defeated the Cascades 28-26 in overtime as Roy Emerson and Tony Roche beat Tom Gorman and Chris Kachel in overtime. But third-place Anaheim upset the Lobsters 26-25 in overtime when Anand Amritraj and Frangoise Durr defeated Emerson and Terry Holladay to force a super tie-breaker. After losing a 30-12 match to Seattle, streaking New Orleans won three in a row to move past Anaheim into third place in the East. Included in the streak was a 32-18 win over the Golden Caters, which gave the Nets a sweep of the season series 4-0. San Diego, which increased its lead in the Western Division to five games over the Gaters, won two of three matches, including a 26-19 overtime match against the Indiana Loves.
VOLLEYBALL—Seattle and El Paso-Juarez, both off to slow starts, are beginning to improve. The Smashers, the league's only expansion team, lost seven of its first eight matches, but with the return to form of Spiker Ed Skorek, last year's male MVP, Seattle has won five of its last 12, including victories over El Paso-Juarez and defending champion Orange County. El Paso-Juarez, which also staggered to a 1-7 start, has won seven of its last 12 and is in second place in the Continental Division behind Tucson. Western Division leader Santa Barbara won two of three matches, splitting a home-and-home series with Orange County and defeating San Diego in four games.
MILEPOSTS—DIED: Featherweight boxer JESSE TRUJILLO, 26; of Denver; of head injuries suffered during a bout with Cookie Valencia; in Salt Lake City. Former European middleweight champion ANGELO JACOPUCCI, 29; of head injuries suffered in a title match with current European champion Alan Minter; in Bologna, Italy.
DIED: Jockey GEORGE GOMEZ, 28, of injuries suffered two months ago at Calder Race Course in Miami. Last year, when he was the leading rider at Calder, Gomez set a track record by winning six races in one program.