BOWLING—GARY DICKINSON of Fort Worth defeated Mike Aulby of Indianapolis 246-216 in the final match to win the $70,000 PBA Amarillo Open.
BOXING—YOKO GUSHIKEN of Japan successfully defended his WBA junior flyweight title for the ninth time, winning a unanimous decision from Rafael Pedroza of Panama at Kitakyushu, Japan.
GOLF—LOU GRAHAM made a three-foot putt for a birdie on the first hole of sudden death to defeat Bobby Wadkins and win the $250,000 Philadelphia Classic. Both men completed the tournament at 11-under-par 272. Wadkins shot a final-round one-under-par 70, while Graham shot 64, equaling the course record.
Amy Alcott sank a 40-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole, and followed it with a 45-foot eagle putt on the 18th, to win the $150,000 LPGA tournament in Ste. Julie, Quebec by three strokes over Nancy Lopez.
August 5, 1979
HARNESS RACING—CHIOLA HANOVER ($3.20), driven by James Allen, won the $175,225 Dexter Cup Trot at Roosevelt Raceway by a half length over Crowns Christy. The 3-year-old's time was 2:02[2/5].
Sonsam ($2.40), driven by George Sholty, won the $120,000 Gaines Pace at Vernon Downs by three-quarters of a length over Hot Hitter. The 3-year-old paced the mile in a track-record 1:54.
HORSE RACING—SIRLAD ($5.60), Darrel McHargue up, won the $169,000 Sunset Handicap at Hollywood Park by a neck over Ardiente. The 5-year-old was timed in a turf track-record 2:24 for the mile and a half.
Terpsichorist ($14.20), ridden by Eddie Maple, won the $112,000 Sheepshead Bay Handicap at Belmont by a nose over Late Bloomer. The 4-year-old filly was timed in 2:01[2/5] for the mile and a quarter.
Love Street ($41.80), Jorge Tejeira up, won the $126,505 Sorority Stakes at Monmouth Park by three-quarters of a length over Daisy Miller. The 2-year-old filly covered the six furlongs in 1:11[2/5].
MOTOR SPORTS—ALAN JONES of Australia, driving a Williams-Ford, won the German Grand Prix by 2.90 seconds over teammate Clay Regazzoni of Switzerland. Jones completed 45 laps of the 4.2-mile Hockenheim Race Circuit in 1 hour, 24 minutes, 48.83 seconds.
SOCCER—NASL: The Minnesota Kicks won an unprecedented fourth straight Divisional championship, despite splitting two games. The Kicks lost to the Cosmos 4-1, with Giorgio Chinaglia scoring two goals, Ricky Davis getting a goal and an assist and Johan Neeskens three assists. But Minnesota recovered to beat Houston 2-1 in overtime. Alan Willey, one of the league's leading scorers, who had gone without a goal for five games, scored the game-winner at 99:18. Houston also dropped a 2-1 decision to Atlanta, but qualified nonetheless for the playoffs. Chicago was another team that got a berth despite losing two in a row. The Sting was defeated 4-3 by Dallas as Karl-Heinz Granitza scored two goals for the Tornado, and 3-2 by San Jose. Fort Lauderdale won twice and earned a spot in the playoffs. The Strikers blasted California 6-3 as Gerd Mueller scored four goals, and then beat San Diego 4-3 in overtime. The Strikers' Teofilo Cubillas sent the game into overtime with a goal with three seconds left, and Ray Hudson's goal won it at 95:34. Fort Lauderdale suspended Forward George Best without pay for an indefinite period after his disappearance July 25. Washington clinched second place in the National Conference East with a 2-1 overtime defeat of Seattle. Vancouver retained its lead in the National Conference West, beating Tulsa 1-0 and Portland 3-2. California maintained its two-point advantage in the American Conference West, bouncing back from its rout by Fort Lauderdale to beat Seattle 3-1.
ASL: With Andy Chapman getting two goals and Joe Fink, contributing a pair of assists, the California Sunshine defeated the Los Angeles Skyhawks 4-1 to clinch the Western Division championship. The Sacramento Gold, in second place in the West but a whopping 59 points behind California, played the Sunshine to a 1-1 tie in Sacramento. The Gold, which has won 7 of its last 8 games, also defeated Eastern Division leader Columbus 2-0, on goals by Bobby Arber and Anselmo Vicioso. The Magic saw its lead over the New York Eagles cut to 11 points. The Eagles got a goal from Jose Cristaldo at 86:30 to defeat Pennsylvania 3-2, then beat New Jersey 2-0 as Bill Bolevic scored a goal and an assist. The defending champion New York Apollo, in the midst of a dismal season, lost two, to Las Vegas 3-2 and New Jersey 1-0, and tied the Americans 1-1.
SPARTAKIADE—MARINA MAKEYEVA of the Soviet Union established a women's world record of 54.78 in the 400-meter hurdles at the Spartakiade in Moscow, cutting .11 of a second from the mark held by compatriot Tatyana Zelentsova. In weightlifting, VALENTINE TODOROV of Bulgaria set a world record in the clean and jerk in the 149-pound class with a lift of 410 pounds, one pound better than the record established by countryman Yanko Rusev. In the 115-pound division, HAN GEN SI of North Korea broke the world record in the snatch lift, hoisting 245 pounds, 1.1 more than the record set by Aleksandr Voronin of the Soviet Union (page 18).
SWIMMING—KIM LINEHAN of Sarasota, Fla. established an American women's record of 4:07.12 in the 400-meter freestyle at the Southwest Circuit Championships in Austin, Texas, shaving .03 of a second off the mark set by Cynthia Woodhead last year.
TENNIS—VITAS GERULAITIS defeated Pavel Slozil of Czechoslovakia 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 to win the $75,000 Austrian Grand Prix at Kitzbuhl.
TRACK & FIELD—MARITA KOCH of East Germany established a world record of 48.89 in the women's 400-meter dash in Potsdam, surpassing her own record of 48.94, set in 1978.
VOLLEYBALL—It was a bittersweet week for the Denver Comets. In the midst of legal problems that could result in IVA executive action against their owners, the Comets defeated Seattle in five games to extend their winning streak to 12 matches, tying a league record, and won their second Continental Division championship in three years. The streak came to an end when the Tucson Sky took a five-game match from Denver. Off the court, the four Comet executives who were arrested July 14 on drug-related charges were released on bail. Tucson and Salt Lake City continued their battle for the league's final playoff berth. Along with their victory over Denver, the Sky also beat Albuquerque in four games, but lost to Seattle in five. Salt Lake fell a game and a half behind when it dropped matches to Albuquerque and Seattle. In the West, Santa Barbara defeated Albuquerque in three games and San Jose in four to maintain its 3½-game lead over Seattle.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: JEFF TORBORG, 37, as manager of the Cleveland Indians. Torborg, who has a record of 157-201 in two seasons with Cleveland, signed with the Yankees as a bullpen coach. Third Base Coach Dave Garcia was named as the Indians' interim manager.
NAMED: STAN ALBECK, 48, as coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Albeck was an assistant coach of the Los Angeles Lakers under Jerry West for three seasons. He replaces Bill Fitch, who had been the only coach in the Cavaliers' history and who now coaches the Boston Celtics.
Jack McKinney, 44, as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, replacing Jerry West, who resigned. McKinney was an assistant coach for the Portland Trailblazers (1976-79) and the Milwaukee Bucks (1974-76).
DIED: DON MILLER, 77, a member of Notre Dame's legendary "Four Horsemen" backfield of the 1920's; of complications following a heart attack; in Cleveland. Miller, the starting right halfback for the Fighting Irish from 1922-24, still holds the Notre Dame record for average yards per carry (6.8). He rushed for 1,933 yards, sixth best on the school's alltime list, and scored 17 touchdowns. A first-team All-America in 1923 and a second-team selection in 1924, he was part of a backfield—the others were Jim Crowley, Elmer Layden and Harry Stuhldreher—that Grantland Rice compared to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Of the four, only Crowley is still alive. Miller went on to serve as U.S. Attorney for Northern Ohio and as a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge.