GOLF—SCOTT SIMPSON shot a seven-under-par 281 to beat Andy Bean by five strokes and win the $300,000 Western Open in Oak Brook, Ill.
Amy Alcott shot a 13-under-par 275 in winning a $150,000 LPGA tournament in Noblesville, Ind. Sally Little and JoAnne Carner were second at 278.
HARNESS RACING—TRENTON TIME, driven by Bill Haughton, beat Justin Passing by one length and undefeated Niatross, who was trying for his 20th consecutive victory, to win the $100,000 Battle of Saratoga. The 3-year-old colt completed the mile course in 1:59[3/5]. Niatross, who trailed by half a length at the top of the stretch, fell over the inside rail after Driver Clint Galbraith went to the whip. Neither Galbraith nor Niatross was seriously injured.
HORSE RACING—BOLD TROPIC ($4.60), ridden by Bill Shoemaker, won the $110,700 American Handicap at Hollywood Park by a length over Inkerman. The 5-year-old horse covered the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ-mile course in 1:46[2/5].
Winter's Tale ($7.40), ridden by Jeffrey Fell, won the $163,200 Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park by a head over State Dinner. The 4-year-old gelding ran the 1¼ miles in 2:00[3/5].
Amber Pass ($10), Don MacBeth up, won the $112,400 Dwyer Stakes at Belmont by a length over Temperence Hill. The 3-year-old colt ran the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:49.
MOTOR SPORTS—BOBBY ALLISON, driving a Mercury, averaged 173.473 miles per hour, a record for the event, to win the Firecracker 400 at Daytona Beach, Fla. David Pearson, in an Oldsmobile, finished second, one car length behind Allison (page 65).
SOCCER—NASL: Thirteen of 24 games, including three of seven shutouts, were decided by one goal. One exception among the shutouts occurred when Vancouver (10-11), which just 24 hours earlier had released all-star Midfielder Alan Ball and Scottish World Cup player Willie Johnston, exploded for five goals in blanking Atlanta (5-14). In closer games, New England (11-10) beat Houston 2-1 and San Jose 3-1 for its fifth and sixth straight wins, moving the Tea Men into second place in the ASC East ahead of Tampa Bay (12-9). But it was only temporary as the Rowdies, 8-2 in often-sweltering Tampa Stadium, were upset 3-1 at home by ASC West-leading California, but beat Chicago 2-1. The Surf earlier lost to Memphis 3-2 as Rogues Forward Paul Child got the deciding goal at 69:05 to break Memphis' four-game losing streak. However, the Rogues promptly began a new slide by falling 2-1 to ASC Central-leading Fort Lauderdale in a game that included six cautions for rough play and one Rogue ejection. The Strikers maintained their slim lead over the Tea Men despite losing 2-0 in Philadelphia. The Cosmos (15-5) held their grip on the top spot in the NSC East by beating Toronto 3-1 and Portland 4-1. Giorgio Chinaglia had a hat trick against the Timbers and now has 21 goals after 20 games. But the Blizzard (10-9), with a 2-0 victory over Philadelphia, displaced Washington (8-11) in second place as the Dips lost twice—2-1 to Portland on two Rob Rensenbrink goals and 2-1 to Los Angeles with Winger Leo van Veen kicking the winner at 92:30. Detroit (9-11) took advantage of its opportunity to move ahead, beating Houston 2-0 and edging past Memphis into second in the ASC Central. The Express, winner of four of its last six games, now trails only Chicago (15-5), which lost 3-2 to San Diego (9-10) in overtime. That broke the Sting's five-game winning streak and the Sockers' four-game losing streak. San Diego also beat NSC Central leader Tulsa (10-9) in a 2-1 shootout. Dallas, warming up after a slow start this season, defeated San Jose 2-1 and Rochester 1-0 with Forward Njego Pesa scoring both game winners. As for Tulsa, the Roughnecks are cooling off of late. They lost 1-0 to Seattle (page 69).
ASL: After losing to California 2-1, National Conference leader Columbus (9-5) narrowly remained in first place, ahead of Pennsylvania (8-3), which won one game and tied another. The victory over Columbus gave the Sunshine a split for the week. Miami Forward Jean Baptiste had produced the deciding goal on a penalty kick as the Americans beat California 2-1. The Stoners began the week by beating American Conference leader Sacramento 2-1, George Gorleku scoring the game winner at 56:09. Pennsylvania also tied Golden Gate 2-2. Forward Joe Fink, who played for New York United until two weeks ago, scored the only goal as the Cobras defeated his former team 1-0, with Goalie Marine Cano getting his third shutout of the season.
TENNIS—BJORN BORG won his fifth consecutive men's title at Wimbledon, defeating John McEnroe 1-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-7, 8-6. EVONNE GOOLAGONG CAWLEY, who last won the women's title in 1971, beat Chris Evert Lloyd 6-1, 7-6 for that crown. PETER McNAMARA and PAUL McNAMEE defeated Bob Lutz and Stan Smith 7-6, 6-3, 6-7, 6-4 to win the men's doubles title; KATHY JORDAN and ANNE SMITH triumphed 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 over Rosie Casals and Wendy Turnbull in the women's doubles final; and the sibling combination of JOHN and TRACY AUSTIN beat Mark Edmondson and Dianne Fromholtz 4-6, 7-6, 6-3 to win the mixed-doubles championship (page 18).
TRACK & FIELD—SEBASTIAN COE of England ran the 1,000 meters in 2:13.4 in Oslo to break by half a second the world record set in 1974 by Rick Wohlhuter of the U.S. Later in the same meet, STEVE OVETT, also of England, surpassed Coe's one-year-old world record for the mile with a 3:48.8 clocking, .2 faster than the previous mark (page 24).
Edwin Moses set a world record of 47.13 in the 400-meter hurdles in Milan. In winning in his 40th consecutive final in the event, Moses lowered the mark he set in 1977 by .32.
Konstantin Volkov of the U.S.S.R. broke the world indoor pole vault record by clearing 18'8¼" at a meet in Moscow. That surpasssed by 2¼" the mark he set earlier this year.
Tatyana Kazankina of the U.S.S.R. broke her own 4-year-old world record in the women's 1,500 meters by a full second when she ran a 3:55 in Moscow.
MILEPOSTS—DIED: After lapsing into a coma following a June 20 bout with Canadian lightweight champion Gaeten Hart, boxer CLEVELAND DENNY, 24; of brain damage; in Montreal. Twelve days after suffering injuries incurred while being knocked out in the 10th round, Denny was pronounced clinically dead. Placed on a life-support system the night of the fight, he never regained consciousness.
Connie Lenz, 61, a member of two U.S. Olympic gymnastics teams; of a heart attack; in Boston. A member of the Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame, Lenz was on the U.S. bronze-medal team at the '48 Games in London, 12 years after having made her first Olympic team. She won eight U.S. women's gymnastics titles, including two all-around crowns.