BOWLING—STEVE COOK rolled a 269 to defeat Paul Moser by 89 pins and win a $90,000 PBA tournament in Fresno.
BOXING—LARRY HOLMES successfully defended his WBC heavyweight title by scoring a seventh-round TKO over Scott LeDoux, in Bloomington, Minn. On the same card, SAOUL MAMBY retained his WBC super lightweight title with a 13th-round TKO over Esteban DeJesus.
Matthew Saad Muhammad scored a 14th-round TKO over Alvaro (Yaqui) Lopez to successfully defend his WBC light heavyweight title in McAfee, N.J.
Maurice Hope retained his WBC super welterweight title with an 11th-round TKO over Rocky Mattioli in Wembley, England.
July 20, 1980
GOLF—AMY ALCOTT fired a tournament record four-under-par 280 to beat Hollis Stacy by nine strokes and win the $140,000 U.S. Women's Open in Nashville (page 52).
Bill Kratzert shot a 22-under-par 266 to beat Howard Twitty by four strokes and win the $200,000 Milwaukee Open.
HORSE RACING—TILLER ($8.60), ridden by Ruben Hernandez, defeated John Henry by 1¼ lengths to win the $161,100 Sword Dancer stakes at Belmont. The 6-year-old gelding covered the 1½ miles in 2:25[1/5].
Hold Your Tricks ($11.20), Dave Pettinger up, beat Overskate by a head to win the $161,250 Corn-husker Handicap at Ak-Sar-Ben. The 5-year-old horse was timed at 1:49[1/5] for the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles.
Native Fancy ($9.20), with Laffit Pincay aboard, outran Icy Pop by a neck to win the $103,175 Lassie Stakes at Hollywood Park. The 2-year-old filly completed the six furlongs in 1:10.
MOTOR SPORTS—ALAN JONES, averaging 125.690 mph in a Williams-Ford, won the British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch. He finished 11 seconds ahead of Nelson Piquet, who was driving a Brabham-Ford.
Johnny Rutherford drove a Chaparral-Cosworth at an average speed of 86.601 mph to beat Gordon Johncock in a Phoenix-Cosworth by 23.05 seconds and win the Mid-Ohio 250 at Lexington.
SOCCER—NASL: Tulsa, which has held first place in the NSC Central Division for eight weeks, ran its losing streak to five games and lost the lead. The Roughnecks fell to third-place Minnesota twice, 5-4 as the Kicks snapped their four-game losing streak and 2-1 in Tulsa. Meanwhile, Dallas took the division lead by winning twice; the Tornado beat Chicago 4-2, with Klaus Toppmoller getting two goals, and Memphis by the same score, making it six straight wins following seven consecutive defeats. The ASC Central-leading Sting (16-6) beat Rochester 4-1 to maintain a hefty lead over Detroit. The Express split its games, losing 3-1 to Fort Lauderdale and beating the Cosmos 1-0 in a shoot-out. It was only the second time this season that New York was shut out. Earlier in the week, Cosmos Forward Giorgio Chinaglia wrested the league's scoring lead from Seattle's Roger Davies with two goals—his 22nd and 23rd—as the Cosmos beat struggling Philadelphia (6-15) 2-1. Sounder Goalie Jack Brand extended his NASL shutout record to 14 before a crowd of 34,356—Seattle's largest of the year—as the Sounders whipped Toronto 5-0. New England (12-10) was kinder to faltering Washington (8-13), handing the Dips their fourth straight loss, by a 1-0 score; the Dips earlier lost 2-0 to San Diego. The Tea Men now have won seven straight and trail second-place Tampa Bay by only nine points in the ASC East. The Rowdies (13-10) and Fort Lauderdale (14-9), which was aided by two Lex Schoen-maker goals in beating Detroit 3-1, were tied for the lead until the Strikers beat Edmonton 3-2 in overtime. The Rowdies shattered San Jose 4-1 with two Oscar Fabbiani goals and three Jan van der Veen assists, but then lost to Los Angeles 2-1 when Luis Fernando, who also scored in the Aztecs' 3-2 win over California, booted in the game-winner at 82:29. Despite the loss, the Sunshine still led Edmonton by 10 points in the ASC West.
ASL: Sacramento, suffering from the financial shorts, was forced to forfeit its match with quickly rising Miami because the Gold couldn't afford the trip east. So, to satisfy the fans, the league sent New York, not scheduled to play the Americans until the end of the month, to take Sacramento's place. The United delighted Miamians by losing 2-0, allowing the Americans to tie Sacramento for first place in the American Conference. In other games, California Winger Gerry O'Kane scored with a minute left in overtime to beat Pennsylvania 3-2, and National Conference-leading Columbus defeated Cleveland. Earlier, the Cobras had routed Miami 4-1 behind two Andy Chapman goals and a goal and two assists by Walter Schlothauer.
TENNIS—VIJAY AMRITRAJ defeated Andrew Pattison 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 to win the $100,000 Hall of Fame tournament in Newport, R.I.
TRACK & FIELD—MAC WILKINS threw the discus 232'10" in Helsinki, Finland to break by four inches his own American record, set in 1976.
Mary Decker set an American women's record of 4:01.2 in the 1,500-meter run, in Stuttgart, West Germany. She broke the mark set by Jan Merrill at the 1976 Olympics by 1.4 seconds.
Romy Müller, B‚Äö√†√∂¬¨√ürbel W‚Äö√†√∂‚Äö√†√áckel, Ingrid Auerswald and Marlies G‚Äö√†√∂‚Äö√†√áhr of East Germany established a world record of 41.85 in :the women's 400-meter relay, in Potsdam. Their time was .24 of a second faster than the mark set by another East German team in 1979.
Tatyana Biryulina of the U.S.S.R. threw the javelin 229'11" in Podolsk, U.S.S.R. to break by 5" the women's world record set by Ruth Fuchs of East Germany earlier this year.
Maria Vergova-Petkova of Bulgaria established a women's world record in the discus with a throw of 235'7", in Sofia. Her distance surpassed by a foot the mark set by Evelin Jahl of East Germany in May.
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: As coach of the Boston Bruins, GERRY CHEEVERS, 39, who thus retired as a goaltender; he replaces interim Coach Harry Sinden. In 16 seasons in the NHL and WHA, Cheevers had a 2.89 goals-against average.
RE-SIGNED: By the Dallas Cowboys, Defensive End ED (Too Tall) JONES, 29, who retired in June 1979 to pursue a professional boxing career. Jones was unbeaten in six bouts and had five knockouts.
SIGNED: By the New York Mets, DARRYL STRAWBERRY of Los Angeles, the first pick in June's baseball amateur draft, to a contract that includes a reported $200,000 signing bonus, the largest ever, surpassing the estimated $175,000 the Angels gave Rick Reichardt upon signing him in 1964.