BOWLING—STEVE MARTIN of Kingsport, Tenn. defeated Ken Fernandez of Rogue River, Ore. 231-181 in the final game to win the $60,000 Sarasota (Fla.) Open.
BOXING—MASASHI KUDO of Japan won the WBA junior middleweight title from Eddy Gazo of Nicaragua on a 15-round split decision in Akita, Japan.
Betulio Gonzalez of Venezuela won the WBA flyweight title, defeating champion Guty Espadas of Mexico on a 15-round decision in Caracas.
CHESS—Viktor Korchnoi defeated champion Anatoly Karpov in the 11th game for his first win in the world championship match at Baguio City, the Philippines. Both men have now won one game apiece, with nine of the games ending in a draw.
August 20, 1978
GOLF—JOHN MAHAFFEY shot a final-round four-under-par 67 for a tournament-record, 14-under-par 270 to win his second straight tournament, the $225,000 Pleasant Valley Classic in Massachusetts by two strokes over Gil Morgan and Ray Floyd.
Judy Rankin shot a final-round 73 for a 283 total, nine under par. to win the $100,000 LPGA tournament at Manhasset, N.Y. by two strokes.
HARNESS RACING—COLD COMFORT ($7.80), driven by Peter Haughton, won the $200,000 Roosevelt International Trot at Westbury, N.Y. by 3½ lengths over Petite Evander. The 4-year-old colt covered the mile and a quarter in 2:31[3/5] to equal the stakes record.
HORSE RACING—AFFIRMED ($2.10), ridden by Steve Cauthen, won the $36,925 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga by half a length over Sensitive Prince. The 3-year-old, who came from nine lengths behind, covered the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in a stakes record 1:47[4/5].
White star line ($7.20), ridden by Mike Venezia, won the $108,200 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga, a race that was marred when Caesar's Wish, the prerace favorite, collapsed at the mile pole and died of an apparent heart attack. The winner was timed in 2:04 for the mile and a quarter. Earlier that afternoon, Seattle Slew ($2.20), Jean Cruguet up, won the $25,000 Fred Capossella allowance race by six lengths over Proud Birdie. The 1977 Triple Crown winner was timed in 1:21[3/5] for seven furlongs (page 24).
INTERNATIONAL GAMES—CANADA won 109 medals—45 of them gold—to top the 47 nations that competed in the Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, Alberta, achieving the feat for the first time. Canadian swimmer Graham Smith won six gold medals (page 26).
MOTOR SPORTS—RONNIE PETERSON of Sweden, driving a JPS Lotus 79, averaged 118 mph on the 3.7-mile Zeltweg circuit to win the rain-delayed Austrian Grand Prix.
SOCCER—NASL: Five of six division winners advanced to the conference semifinal series of the playoffs. The sixth, American Conference Eastern Division winner New England, was upset by Fort Lauderdale, 3-1 in Foxboro. David Erving and Bill Ronson scored second-half goals for the Strikers, but the winning goal came when New England's Pete Simpson kicked the ball into his own goal at 68.02. The Strikers then won the first game of their home-and-home series with Detroit, 4-3, at Fort Lauderdale. Playing before the second-largest crowd in their history (22,456), the Express had advanced to the ASC semifinals by defeating Philadelphia 1-0. Trevor Francis scored the only goal and Steve Hardwick got his 10th shutout of the season. American Conference West champion San Diego, which will meet Tampa Bay in the ASC semifinals, defeated California 2-1 before just 6,238 in San Diego. Walker McCall scored both goals for the Sockers. Thirty-five fouls were called in the game and San Diego Goalkeeper Alan Mayer, who suffered a concussion, had to leave at half-time. Rodney Marsh scored two goals to lead Tampa Bay past Chicago 3-1 and advance to the ASC semifinals. The defending champion Cosmos got two goals from Vladislav Bogicevic in a 5-2 defeat of Seattle, their opponent in last season's Soccer Bowl. The Cosmos will face Minnesota, the National Conference Central winner, which beat division rival Tulsa 3-1 in a game in which two Tulsa players were ejected. Alan Willey scored a pair of second-half goals for the Kicks. Vancouver won its 14th straight, defeating Toronto 4-0 but lost the first game of the NSC semifinals, 1-0, to the Portland Timbers.
ASL: The New York Apollo clinched the Eastern Division championship by beating New Jersey 3-2 in overtime. Charlie McCarthy scored the game-winner 18 minutes into the overtime, and Mike Mancini scored a pair of goals. The New York Eagles remained in third despite dropping two games. Sacramento defeated the Eagles 4-2 on Lincoln Peddie's two goals; Jim Rolland, the league's leading scorer, also had a goal as Los Angeles beat the Eagles 2-0. California snapped Southern California's six-game winning streak, scoring three second-half goals, two of them by Tony Douglas, to defeat the Lazers 3-0. Southern California rebounded the next night and beat California 2-1.
TENNIS—JIMMY CONNORS defeated Jose Higueras 7-5, 6-1 to win the $210,000 U.S. Clay Court Championship at Indianapolis.
WTT: Anaheim won two matches, clinched third place in the East and avoided, at least for the first round, a confrontation with Eastern Division champion Boston. For New Orleans, however, a 25-22 loss to the Lobsters in the final game of the season relegated the Nets to a fourth-place finish and assured them of at least two more dates with Boston in the opening round of the playoffs. Earlier, the Nets defeated the Lobsters 31-25, at New Haven, Conn., to keep their third-place hopes alive. Anaheim, which will face second-place New York in the other Eastern playoff preliminary, defeated New Orleans 24-19 in Cleveland as Francoise Durr combined with Nancy Richey in women's doubles to beat Wendy Turn-bull and Trish Bostrom, 6-3. The Apples split four matches, defeating Phoenix 27-22 and Los Angeles 26-23, but then lost to Seattle 24-23 in a super tie-breaker, and to the Golden Gaters 25-19. Western Division champion San Diego, which will host fourth-place Seattle in the first round, beat Indiana 30-20 in overtime but lost 27-20 to runner-up Los Angeles. The Strings also defeated Indiana 28-17 and Phoenix 26-22 in Los Angeles. They have won 11 of their last 13 matches and will have the home-court advantage over third-place Golden Gate, which has staggered to just three wins in its last 16 matches.
TRACK AND FIELD—WOLFGANG SCHMIDT of East Germany broke the world record in the discus in East Berlin with a throw of 233'5", 11" better than the mark set by Mac Wilkins in 1976.
VOLLEYBALL—IVA: El Paso-Juarez won two matches and was closing in to clinch second place in the Continental Division. The Sol defeated both San Diego, which was in last place in the West, and Denver, which has made a late-season run at qualifying for the playoffs for the second straight year. Denver rebounded to defeat the Sol at home to stay alive in the race with five matches left. For Santa Barbara, the magic number in the West is three. Any combination of three Spiker victories or three losses by second-place Orange County will give Santa Barbara the Western Division title. Seattle, which lost seven of its first eight this season, has won nine of its last 11, including victories over Tucson and Santa Barbara.
MILEPOSTS—AGREED: By BILL WALTON and the GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS, to work out a multi-year contract. Walton. 25. the NBA's MVP in 1977-78 when at Portland, had demanded to be traded (page 18).
FIRED: As coach of the Los Angeles Rams, GEORGE ALLEN, 56, after two exhibition-game losses. Allen, who had a 116-47-5 record in 12 seasons with the Rams and the Redskins, was replaced by offensive coordinator Ray Malavasi, former coach of the Denver Broncos in the old AFL (see page 16 Scorecard).
PLACED ON PROBATION: For one year by the NCAA, GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY, for violations in its basketball and football programs.
RETIRED: Running Back CALVIN HILL, 31, who in nine seasons with Dallas, Hawaii (WFL) and Washington gained 5,785 yards. A graduate of Yale, Hill was the NFL Rookie of the Year in 1969 while playing with the Cowboys, and had two 1,000-yard seasons.
SIGNED: By the Detroit Red Wings. Goaltender ROGIE VACHON, 32, to a reported multiyear contract. Vachon had a 2.77 goals-against average in six seasons with Los Angeles.