BOATING—CHOCOLATE CHIPS, a 33-foot sloop skippered by Ron Lester and Don Porter of Michigan City, Ind., was declared the winner of the Chicago-to-Mackinac Island (Mich.) race with a corrected time of 34 hours and 35 minutes for the 333-mile distance. Ranger, a 61-foot sloop, was the first to finish.
Arriba, a 48-foot sloop skippered by Dennis Choate of Long Beach, Calif., won the Transpacific Race from Los Angeles to Honolulu with a corrected time of 11 days, 14 hours, 42 minutes, 51 seconds for the 2,225-mile distance.
BOXING—Eusebio Pedroza of Panama retained the WBA featherweight title on a 12th round TKO over Ruben Olivares of Mexico in Houston.
GOLF—SEVERIANO BALLESTEROS shot a final-round, one-under-par 70 for a 72-hole total of 283 to win the British Open at the Royal Lytham and St. Annes Golf Club by three shots over Jack Nicklaus and Ben Crenshaw (page 12).
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Pat Meyers shot a final-round two-under-par 71 for a 210 total to win the $75,000 LPGA Greater Baltimore Classic by 1 stroke over Sally Little and Dot Germain.
HARNESS RACING—SONSAM ($4.40), driven by George Sholty, won the $750,000 Meadowlands Pace by 3¼ lengths over Hot Hitter. The 3-year-old covered the mile in a world-record 1:53[2/5].
HORSE RACING—THE LIBERAL MEMBER ($14.20), ridden by Ramon Encinas, won the $165,000 Brooklyn Handicap at Belmont Park by three-quarters of a length over Bowl Game. The 4-year-old gelding covered the mile and a half in 2:28[4/5].
Valdez ($2.80), Laffit Pincay up, won the $214,250 Swaps Stakes at Hollywood Park by 2¾ lengths over Shamgo. The 3-year-old was timed in 1:59[2/5] for the mile and a quarter.
SOCCER—NASL: The Cosmos won twice on the road to clinch a playoff berth for the fourth straight year. They defeated Philadelphia 1-0, with Johan Neeskens scoring on a pass from Rick Davis at 81:17, and Fort Lauderdale 4-3, with Neeskens getting the game-winner at 87:19 with an assist from Dennis Tueart. Tampa Bay and Houston also clinched playoff spots. The Rowdies beat Chicago 2-1, with Oscar Fabiani getting both goals. Houston ran its record to 19-5, the league's best, and boosted its record in the Astrodome to 13-0, by defeating Detroit 2-1. The Hurricane also beat San Jose 2-1. Despite being shut out twice on the road, 1-0 by Philadelphia and 1-0 by Rochester, Minnesota still holds a 38-point lead over Tulsa in the National Conference Central Division. Vancouver, which leads Los Angeles in the National Conference West by eight points, defeated Toronto 3-0 but lost to Washington 2-1. Los Angeles was upset by Edmonton 4-3. The Drillers snapped their 14-game losing streak, the longest in league history. California won two overtime games, both by the score of 2-1, against Portland and Washington, to move into first place in the American Conference West.
ASL: The California Sunshine played just one match last week, one that could well prefigure the league championship match. The Sunshine defeated Eastern Division-leading Columbus 3-2 in Anaheim, recovering from a 2-1 halftime deficit with two goals in a five-minute stretch. Despite the loss, Columbus stretched its lead in the East to 26 points over the New York Eagles. The Magic beat the New York Apollo 2-0 on goals by Emilio Romero and Mike Barry in the final minute, and also defeated Las Vegas 2-1. The Eagles, who remained in second place, 10 points ahead of Pennsylvania, stopped New Jersey 3-0, with Bill Bolevic getting a hat trick. In the West, Sacramento moved into second place, routing Indy 8-1.
TENNIS—GUILLERMO VILAS won the $175,000 Washington Star international tournament after his opponent in the finals, Victor Pecci, injured his left leg in the tiebreaker of the second set and withdrew.
TRACK & FIELD—Sebastian Coe of England established his second world record in two weeks when he ran the mile in 3:49 in Oslo, Norway. His time broke the record set by John Walker in 1975 by .4 of a second (page 16).
VOLLEYBALL—IVA: The Denver Comets are an apt indication of what a difference a year can make. Last season they were buried in the Continental Division cellar. This year the Comets have the league's best record (21-7), have won eight straight matches (including three last week) and have a 7½-game lead over Salt Lake City. Now it appears their problems are in court rather than on it, in the wake of the arrests of five Comet executives, including president Robert Casey and his brother David, the general manager, on drug-related charges. The IVA dispatched a representative to Denver to ensure that the franchise would survive, but with the Comets sweeping a home-and-away series from Tucson and defeating Albuquerque in three games, they were riding, well, high. In the Western Division, Santa Barbara was upset by second-place Seattle at home, but defeated Salt Lake City and Tucson to retain its lead.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: FLOYD SMITH, 44, as coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Smith, who had a 143-61-36 record (1974-77) as coach of the Buffalo Sabres, replaces Roger Neilson, who was fired.
DIED: BOB DOUGLAS, 96, who had been the oldest member of the Basketball Hall of Fame; in New York City. Douglas, who was enshrined in 1971, was the founder and coach of the New York Renaissance, a legendary barnstorming team of black players that itself was voted into the Hall in 1963. In 25 years Douglas led the Rens to 2,318 victories.
Heavyweight boxer TONY GALENTO, 69, of a heart attack; in Newark. Nicknamed "Two-Ton" because he often carried as much as 235 pounds on a 5'9" frame, Galento fought once for the title, flooring Joe Louis in the second round before being battered into submission in the fourth. Galento, who fought from 1929 to 1944, had an 82-26-6 record.
Eddie Price, 53, an All-Pro fullback with the New York Giants; of a heart attack; in New Orleans. Price, an All-America at Tulane in 1949, rushed for 3,292 yards and scored 24 touchdowns in six seasons. He was selected to the All-Pro team in 1951 and 1952.
J. V. Cain, 28, St. Louis Cardinal tight end; of a heart attack on the practice field at the team's training camp; in St. Charles, Mo. An All-America from Colorado who was the Cardinals first-round draft choice in 1974, Cain caught 76 passes for 1,014 yards and nine touchdowns in four seasons.
Greg Winchell, 18, the 1979 Pan-American Games silver medalist in the 100-meter breaststroke; from injuries suffered in a traffic accident; in Long Beach, Calif.