BOWLING—MARSHALL HOLMAN beat Jeff Mattingly 205-195 in the final of the $70,000 Seattle Open for his third victory of the year.
BOXING—VITO ANTUOFERMO of Brooklyn, N.Y. upset champion Hugo Corro of Argentina on a split decision to win the world middleweight title, in Monte Carlo (page 16).
GOLF—GIL MORGAN sank a 40-foot birdie putt to beat Larry Nelson on the second hole of sudden death and win the $300,000 Memphis Classic. The pair finished the regulation 72 holes tied at 10-under-par 278.
Vicki Fergon fired a final-round 69 for a four-under-par 284 to win a $150,000 LPGA tournament in Dearborn, Mich. It was her first victory on the tour. Four other golfers finished two strokes back.
July 8, 1979
HORSE RACING—DAVONA DALE ($2.20), ridden by Jorge Velasquez, clinched the Triple Crown for fillies by gaining an eight-length victory over Plankton in the $132,625 Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont Park. Her time for the 1½ miles was 2:30 (page 42).
Willie Carson rode 4-to-9 favorite TROY to a four-length victory over Dickens Hill in the $313,405 Irish Sweeps Derby in Dublin. Troy, whose time for the 1½ miles was 2:30⅕ became only the sixth horse to win both the Epsom Derby and the Irish Sweeps.
Smarten ($2.10), Sam Maple up, won his fourth straight stakes race, the $100,000 American Derby at Arlington Park, by 1½ lengths over Super Hit. The 3-year-old's time for the 1¼ miles was 2:05[1/5].
MOTOR SPORTS—JEAN-PIERRE JABOUILLE of France, averaging 118.8 mph in a Renault, won the French Grand Prix in Dijon by 14.59 seconds over Gilles Villeneuve, driving a Ferrari. The victory was the first in Grand Prix racing for Renault and also the first by a turbocharged car.
SOCCER—NASL: Of the six division leaders, only Minnesota and the Cosmos won both of their games, and even then the Kicks needed a little help. After shutting out Memphis 2-0 early in the week, Minnesota, leader in the National Conference Central, beat Chicago 4-2 when the Sting accidentally scored twice on its own goalies. The National East-leading Cosmos won their 14th and 15th straight at home with a 3-1 victory over Portland and a 5-2 win over Rochester. Vancouver, first in the National West, split its two games, beating Atlanta 3-1 and losing to Fort Lauderdale 3-2 in a shoot-out. Earlier in the week Fort Lauderdale's four-game winning streak was stopped by an 8-2 loss to Detroit, which got three goals and two assists apiece from Ted MacDougall and Keith Furphy, the son of Coach Ken Furphy. Tampa Bay lost 2-1 in overtime to California and beat Edmonton 4-2 on Oscar Fabbiani's four goals to stay on top in the American East. San Diego, the only division leader with a sub-.500 record, defeated Chicago 2-1, but lost 2-1 to Toronto, which is now 10-10 after a 1-7 start. Houston, leader in the American Central, was upset by Philadelphia 3-2, but beat California 2-1 (page 18).
ASL: California has lost only two of its 18 games, but both defeats have been to Las Vegas, which trails the first-place Sunshine by 69 points in the Western Division. The latest loss came 1-0 on a goal by the Seagulls' John McDermott. Three nights later California beat Los Angeles 2-1. Sacramento won twice as Ian Filby had a hot week: he got two goals and an assist in a 3-2 win over Pennsylvania and had all three goals in a 3-1 defeat of Cleveland. The New Jersey Americans, with Coach Eddie Firmani making his debut, tied Pennsylvania 1-1. Eastern Division-leading Columbus defeated Indianapolis 2-1.
TABLE TENNIS—MILAN ORLOWSKI of Czechoslovakia defeated countryman Josef Dvoracek 21-7, 16-21, 21-16, 9-21, 21-9 in the men's final of the U.S. Open in Uniondale, L.I. Lee Ki Won of South Korea won the women's title, beating Kayo Kawaghigashi of Japan 21-15, 21-9, 21-8.
TRACK & FIELD—MARY DECKER set an American record in the women's mile at the Brooks Meet of Champions in Philadelphia. Her time of 4:23.5 bettered by 4.7 seconds the mark established by Francie Larrieu in 1977 (page 12).
VOLLEYBALL—IVA: In a match between Continental Division-leading Denver and Santa Barbara, the best in the Western Division, the Comets broke the Spikers' 10-match winning streak in a five-game marathon that lasted three hours. Denver's Garth Pischke had 45 kills, surpassing Santa Barbara's Luis Eymard, who had 43. The victory was Denver's 14th, matching the team's total for all last season. Salt Lake City beat Albuquerque for its fifth victory in its last six matches.
MILEPOSTS—RESIGNED: As coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, JERRY WEST, 41, after three seasons during which he had a record of 145-101. New Lakers owner Jerry Buss made the announcement, saying the 12-time former NBA all-star had become "tired of coaching."
RETIRED: Three-time heavyweight champion MUHAMMAD ALI, 37, who first won the title in 1964 from Sonny Liston. Ali, who has "retired" twice before, this time sent an official letter of resignation to the World Boxing Association.
Willie Brown, 38, defensive back for the Denver Broncos (1963-67) and Oakland Raiders (1967-78). Brown, who ranks 10th in career interceptions with 54, is the only player to make at least one interception in 16 consecutive seasons.
TRADED: By the San Francisco Giants, Second Baseman BILL MADLOCK, 30, a lifetime .325 hitter who was batting .266 this season, Pitcher DAVE ROBERTS, 34, and Infielder LENNY RANDLE, 30, to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Pitcher ED WHITSON, 24, who was 2-3 with a 4.34 ERA in 1979, and two minor league pitchers, Al Holland and Fred Breining.
By the Chicago Cubs, Outfielder BOBBY MURCER, 33, who was batting .258 this season, to the New York Yankees for minor league Pitcher Paul Semall and an undisclosed amount of cash. Murcer spent eight seasons with the Yankees before being traded in 1974 to the San Francisco Giants.
DIED: CONN McCREARY, 58, rider of two Kentucky Derby winners and a member of horse racing's Hall of Fame; of a heart attack; in Ocala, Fla. McCreary, who won more than 1,500 races in 21 years before becoming a trainer, came from 13th place to win the 1944 Derby aboard Pensive and brought Count Fleet up from 18th place to win the race in 1951.
Chris Taylor, 29, former NCAA heavyweight wrestling champion (1972-73) and a bronze medalist in the 1972 Olympics; of natural causes; in Story City, Iowa. Taylor, who wrestled at more than 400 pounds, lost a controversial one-point decision to three-time gold medalist Aleksandr Medved of the Soviet Union in the Munich games. He quit professional wrestling two years ago because of poor health and had been running a wrestling camp in Iowa Falls.