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A roundup of the week June 18-24

July 02, 1979
July 02, 1979

Table of Contents
July 2, 1979

Billy Martin
The Fights
Mike Marshall
Baseball
Horse Racing
Track & Field
Harness Racing
Washington, D.C.
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

A roundup of the week June 18-24

Compiled by Steve Wulf

BOWLING—MARK ROTH won his fourth tournament of the year, the $70,000 Rose City Open in Portland, Ore., by beating Dennis Lane 257-195 in the final.

This is an article from the July 2, 1979 issue Original Layout

BOXING—Unbeaten LARRY HOLMES retained his WBC heavyweight championship with a 12th-round knockout of Mike Weaver at Madison Square Garden. On the same card, former lightweight champion ROBERTO DURAN scored a unanimous decision over Carlos Palomino to earn a shot at WBA welterweight champ Pipino Cuevas (page 20).

Gerrie Coetzee knocked down former heavyweight champ Leon Spinks three times in the first round to win their fight in Monte Carlo (page 23).

GOLF—LEE TREVINO shot a final-round 71 for a three-under-par 281 to win the $350,000 Canadian Open in Oakville, Ontario by three strokes over Ben Crenshaw. Tom Watson, who finished third, earned $23,800 to bring his 1979 winnings to a record $377,674.

Nancy Lopez fired a 72 for a four-under-par 212 and a two-stroke victory over Kathy Whitworth and Sally Little in the $100,000 Lady Keystone Open in Hershey, Pa. The win, on her home course, was Lopez' sixth in 11 tournaments this year.

HARNESS RACING—HAPPY MOTORING ($22.20), driven by Bill Popfinger, beat Hot Hitter by a nose to win the $134,568 final heat of the Cane Pace, the first leg of pacing's Triple Crown, at Yonkers Raceway. Favored Sonsam finished third and then was disqualified. The winning time was 1:57[3/5] (page 62).

HORSE RACING—AFFIRMED ($2.60), ridden by Laffit Pincay, won the $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup at Hollywood Park by three-quarters of a length over Sirlad to become the first thoroughbred to win $2 million. His time for the 1¼ miles was 1:58[2/5] (page 53).

MOTOR SPORTS—A. J. FOYT, averaging 134.995 mph in a Parnelli-Cosworth, won the $375,000 Music 500 at Pocono Raceway by more than two laps over Jim McElreath, in an Eagle-Offenhauser.

SOCCER—NASL: Fort Lauderdale's two international stars, Gerd Mueller and George Best, were overtime heroes in the Strikers' two victories. Mueller scored in the second overtime to beat Tampa Bay 2-1. For the Rowdies, it was their first loss at home in 10 games, and it came before 41,000 fans. Earlier in the week, Best scored on a controversial goal—he touched the ball with his hand—19 seconds into overtime to defeat Tulsa 3-2. The Rowdies, leaders in the American Conference East, recovered to beat Houston 4-0 as Oscar Fabbiani had three goals and an assist. The Hurricane, atop the American Central, bounced back to beat Atlanta 2-1. Vancouver took over first place in the National West from two-time loser Los Angeles with a 2-1 win over California. National Central leader Minnesota handed the Cosmos their second straight loss, 3-2, and then defeated Dallas 2-0. Ricky Davis' first NASL goal gave the National East-leading Cosmos a 1-0 victory over New England. San Diego clung to first place in the American West, despite losing 3-2 to Detroit.

ASL: During a week in which only four league games were played, Columbus took sole possession of first place in the Eastern Division with a 3-1 victory over Indianapolis. Despite the win, Columbus dismissed Alaina Jones-Fearnley, the only female general manager in major league sport. Cleveland dismissed Coach Jim Melia, replacing him with its former coach, Herb Haller. Pennsylvania won twice, 4-3 over the New York Eagles on Christian Nwokocha's hat trick and 1-0 over Cleveland. In the ASL All-Star game, played in Hempstead, N.Y., the East and West tied 0-0.

TENNIS—CHRIS EVERT LLOYD saved three match points to defeat Martina Navratilova 7-5, 5-7, 13-11 in the final of the $100,000 Eastbourne (England) grass-court tournament.

Vic Amaya beat Mark Edmondson 6-4, 7-5 to win the $50,000 Debenhams grass-court championships in Surbiton, England.

VOLLEYBALL—IVA: Defending champion Santa Barbara won its seventh and eighth games in a row to move three games ahead of Seattle in the Western Division. The Spikers beat Continental Division-leading Denver in three straight games as Roseanne Wegrich, the IVA's most valuable female player last year, scored four service aces in the match. Three nights later Santa Barbara handed Seattle its fourth loss in a row. Albuquerque, which lost 14 of its first 15 games, won twice on the road, in Seattle and Tucson.

MILEPOSTS—ARRESTED: For possession of cocaine, Jockey RON FRANKLIN, 19, at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. Franklin, the rider of 1979 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Spectacular Bid, was released on $1,500 bail. Five days later, it was announced that Franklin would be replaced by Willie Shoemaker as Bid's regular rider.

HIRED: As coach of the ASL New Jersey Americans, EDDIE FIRMANI, 45, who was fired two weeks earlier as coach of the NASL champion Cosmos. Firmani signed a three-year contract for a reported $100,000 a year.

By the Buffalo Sabres, ROGER NEILSON, 45, as one of three coaches for the 1979-80 season. Neilson will share the duties with newly appointed General Manager Scotty Bowman and another associate coach, as yet unnamed, and then become the sole coach for the 1980-81 season. Neilson had a 75-62-23 record during the last two seasons, during which he coached the Toronto Maple Leafs.

As coach of the Utah Jazz, TOM NISSALKE, 44, who directed the Houston Rockets to a 124-122 record over the last three seasons. In 1975 Nissalke coached in Salt Lake City for the now-defunct ABA Utah Stars.

PLEADED GUILTY: In U.S. District Court in Boston, ROBERT OWEN, 40, to charges of sports bribery in connection with a horse-race-fixing scheme organized by Anthony Ciulla (SI, Nov. 6, 1978). Owen is the seventh defendant in the case to plead guilty.

REHIRED: As manager of the New York Yankees, BILLY MARTIN, 51, to replace BOB LEMON, 58, who was fired as the Yankees fell 8½ games behind Baltimore in the AL East (page 14).

DIED: TROY ARCHER, 24, defensive tackle for the New York Giants; of injuries received in a truck accident; in North Bergen, N.J. The Giants' first draft choice in 1976, Archer was considered one of the best young defensive linemen in football.

Hal Trosky, 66, a first baseman with the Cleveland Indians (1933-41) and Chicago White Sox (1944-46); of a heart ailment; in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In 1936 Trosky, who had a career batting average of .302, hit .343, with 42 home runs and a league-leading 162 RBIs. One of his sons, Hal Trosky Jr., played briefly as a pitcher with the White Sox.