BILLIARDS—RAY MARTIN of Fairlawn, N.J. defeated defending champion Allen Hopkins of Cranford, N.J. 200-154 to win the World Open Pocket Billiards championship in New York City (page 84).
BOWLING—MARK ROTH of Staten Island, N.Y. tied the PBA record for most victories in a season when he won his seventh tournament, the $60,000 New England Open at Cranston, R.I. Roth defeated Palmer Fallgren
of Sacramento by 174 pins.
CHESS—World champion Anatoly Karpov assumed a 3-1 lead over Viktor Korchnoi in the World Championships in Baguio City, Philippines, taking less than three hours to win the previously adjourned 13th and 14th games.
GOLF—LEE ELDER shot a final-round 67, four under par, for a 10-under-par 274 total to win the $300,000 Westchester Classic at Harrison, N.Y.
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Sandra Post defeated Kathy Whitworth and Pat Meyers on the second hole of sudden death to win the $150,000 LPGA tournament at Dearborn, Mich.
Cathy Sherk of Port Colborne, Ontario defeated Judith Oliver of Sewickley, Pa. 4 and 3 to win her second national amateur tournament in two weeks, the U.S. Women's Amateur at Plymouth Meeting, Pa. Earlier, she had won her second straight Canadian Women's Amateur at Mactaquac Park, New Brunswick.
HARNESS RACING—COUNT'S PRIDE ($7.20), driven by Bill Haughton, won the $120,000 H. M. Zweig Memorial at the Syracuse State Fairgrounds by a head over Florida Pro. The 3-year-old trotted the mile in a track-record 1:56, the fastest time of the year.
HORSE RACING—ALYDAR ($4.00), ridden by Jorge Velasquez, was declared the winner of the $104,800 Travers Stakes at Saratoga when Affirmed, the first-place finisher with Laffit Pincay Jr. up, was placed second following an interference claim (page 20).
MOTOR SPORTS—DAVID PEARSON, driving a Mercury, averaged 129.566 mph at the Michigan International Speedway to win the $142,500 Champion 400 by 10 feet over Cale Yarborough in an Oldsmobile.
SOCCER—NASL: Fort Lauderdale and the defending champion Cosmos each won the first game of their conference final playoffs. The Strikers defeated Tampa Bay 3-2 to take a one-game lead in the American Conference series, while in Portland, Dennis Tueart scored the game's only goal as the Cosmos defeated the Timbers in the first game of the National Conference final. Fort Lauderdale had advanced by beating the Express in sudden death before a record crowd of 32,319 in Detroit. George Nanchoff scored the series-winner at 20:36 to give the Strikers the victory, after the Express had won the regulation game 1-0 on a goal by Alan Brazil, thus forcing the overtime. Franz Beckenbauer had scored in the sixth round of a shootout to give the Cosmos a 1-0 win over Minnesota and a berth in the conference finals, after Tueart and Giorgio Chinaglia each scored a pair of goals to help the Cosmos tie the series with a 4-0 victory in the regulation game. Minnesota had won the first game, rolling to a 9-2 victory before 45,863 at Bloomington. The Kicks' Alan Willey scored a playoff-record five goals; the 11 goals scored by both teams tied a record. Portland had advanced by snapping Vancouver's record 14-game winning streak 1-0, then upsetting the Whitecaps again, 2-1, before a record crowd of 32,266 in Vancouver. Tampa got a goal from Rodney Marsh at 3:41 into sudden death to give the Rowdies a 1-0 win over San Diego, which had tied their series with a 2-1 victory in the second game.
ASL: Los Angeles won twice, stretched its winning streak to six and all but clinched first place in the Western Division. The Skyhawks defeated Sacramento 2-0 on goals by Jeff Davies and Bill McNicol, then routed Southern California 5-1 as Mai Roche got a hat trick and Jim Rolland scored his 16th goal, tying him for the league lead. Southern California, in third place, 15 points behind the Skyhawks, beat the New York Eagles 2-1 on Frank Towers' goal 18 minutes into overtime. Second-place California also defeated the Eagles 3-0 with Malcolm Darling getting a goal and an assist. In the East, the New York Apollo beat Cleveland 3-2 and Connecticut 1-0. Mike Mancini got his 16th goal, tying him with Rolland for the league lead. Indy defeated New Jersey, 3-2 behind Steve Newman's two goals and one by Chris Cacciatore, who scored the game-winner with six minutes remaining. Eusebio, the former Portuguese star recently acquired by New Jersey, scored the 1,000th goal of his career in the first half.
SWIMMING—Former Olympian JOHN KINSELLA won a $50,000 marathon race across Lake Ontario, covering the 31.55 miles in a record 13 hours, 49 minutes (page 24).
Tracy Caulkins of Nashville broke her world record in the women's 200-meter individual medley in the World Aquatic Championships in West Berlin. Her time of 2:14.07 was more than a second below the mark she set earlier this month.
TENNIS—JIMMY CONNORS defeated Tim Gullikson 6-2, 6-3 to win the $75,000 Grand Prix tournament in Stowe, Vt.
WTT:Los Angeles will face defending champion New York in one semifinal playoff series, and Boston will meet Seattle in the other. The Lobsters advanced to the semifinal round by defeating New Orleans 25-23 for a sweep of their best-of-three first-round series. The Lobsters won the first 31-24 in overtime, with Martina Navratilova victorious in both the women's singles and doubles. The Apples opened defense of their title with a first-round sweep of Anaheim, winning the first match 29-16 in New York and the clincher 27-20 in Anaheim. Los Angeles won two straight from Golden Gate, 29-17 in Match 1 at Los Angeles and 30-29 in a super tie-breaker match thriller in Oakland. Ilie Nastase beat Tom Leonard 6-1 in the men's singles, then combined with Ann Kiyomura for a 6-2 defeat of Frew McMillan and liana Kloss in the first match, but in the second match, the Amritraj brothers, Vijay and Ashok, won a super tie-breaker from McMillan and Leonard to lead the Strings past the Gaters. Seattle, the only team that didn't sweep it's series, defeated San Diego 2-1 in round one, losing the first match 30-22 but rebounding to win two straight, 28-20 and 31-20.
TRACK & FIELD—At an international meet in West Berlin, KRYSTINA KACPERCZYK of Poland established a world record in the women's 400-meter hurdles, running the event in 55.44, .19 of a second faster than the record set last year by Karin Rossley of East Germany. At the same meet, ULRIKE BRUNS of East Germany broke her world record in the women's 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:32.0, six-tenths of a second faster than the mark she set in June.
Vilma Bardauskiene of the Soviet Union set a world record in the women's long jump in Kishinev, with a leap of 23'2½", 3¼" better than the record set by Sigrun Siegl of East Germany in 1976.
Marita Koch of East Germany broke the world record in the women's 400-meter run at Potsdam, Germany with a time of 49.02, .17 faster than the mark she had set last month. East Germany also broke its world record in the women's 400-meter relay with a time of 42.27, .23 faster than the mark it established in 1976.
VOLLEYBALL—Santa Barbara and Tucson clinched first place in their respective divisions. The Spikers won the Western Division championship, defeating the Smashers in four games in Seattle and El Paso-Juarez in four in Santa Barbara. The Sky won its first Continental Division title when the Sol lost to Orange County, to the Spikers and to surging Denver.
MILEPOSTS—DENIED: By Los Angeles Superior Court Judge George N. Dell, a request by high jumper DWIGHT STONES for a temporary injunction that would restore his amateur standing and allow him to resume competition. Stones and three other athletes were indefinitely suspended by the AAU last month for accepting a total of $58,000 in prize money for appearing on The Superstars TV program.
TRADED: By the Philadelphia 76ers, Forward GEORGE McGINNIS, 28, to the Denver Nuggets for Forward BOBBY JONES, 26, and Guard RALPH SIMPSON, 29.
TRADED: By the Boston Celtics, Forward SIDNEY WICKS, 28, to the San Diego Clippers, completing a deal in which Boston sent Forward Kermit Washington, Guard Freeman Williams and Center Kevin Kunnert to the Clippers in exchange for Forwards Billy Knight and Marvin Barnes and Guard Nate Archibald.