BOATING—Australia, sailed by DON WOODS, BRETT DRYLAND and ROD WATERHOUSE, defeated Cool Cat by 1:01:30 to win the Worrell 1000 ocean race from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. to Virginia Beach, Va. for 16-foot Hobie Cats (page 70).
BOWLING—MAL ACOSTA defeated Don Bell 226-196 to win a $105,000 PBA tournament in Fremont, Calif.
BOXING—WILFRED BENITEZ won the WBC super welterweight title with a 12th-round knockout of defending champ Maurice Hope in Las Vegas (page28).
GOLF—KEITH FERGUS won his first PGA tournament, the $400,000 Memorial in Dublin, Ohio, shooting a four-under-par 284, one stroke better than Jack Renner.
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Kathy Hite shot a six-under-par 282 to win the $125,000 Corning (N.Y.) Classic by one stroke over JoAnne Carner.
Florida southern, led by individual champion Tom Patri who shot a five-over-par 293, won the NCAA Division II title 1,184 strokes to 1,219 over runner-up U.S. International in Simsbury, Conn.
With a total score of 1,262, CAL STATE-STANISLAUS defeated Roanoke College by three strokes to win its sixth consecutive NCAA Division III championship in Pinehurst, N.C. Ryan Fox of North Carolina-Greensboro was the individual champ with a 17-over-par 305.
HOCKEY—The New York Islanders won their second consecutive Stanley Cup by defeating the Minnesota North Stars four games to one in their best-of-seven series (page 67).
HORSE RACING—EASILY SMASHED ($6), Jackie Martin up, defeated Runnin Bane by a head to win the $187,653 Kansas Derby for quarter horses at Ruidoso (N. Mex.) Downs. The 3-year-old ran the 400 yards in 20.09 seconds.
Heavenly cause ($2.60), Laffit Pincay Jr. up, beat Dame Mysterieuse by 3¾ lengths to win the $84,750 Acorn Stakes at Belmont Park. The 3-year-old filly's time for the mile was 1:35[1/5].
MOTOR SPORTS—BOBBY UNSER seemingly won his third Indianapolis 500 by driving his Penske-Cosworth at an average of 139.084 mph and finishing 5.3 seconds ahead of Mario Andretti, but Andretti was ruled the winner by the stewards (page 22).
Bobby Allison, averaging 129.326 mph in a Buick, won the World 600 NASCAR Grand National on the 1½-mile oval of the Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. He finished eight seconds ahead of Harry Gant, who drove a Chevrolet.
ROWING—The UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON won the women's collegiate championship, covering the 1,000-meter course on Oakland, Calif.'s Lake Merritt in 3:20.8 and beating runner-up Yale by 2.1 seconds.
SOCCER—NASL: Chicago extended its winning streak to five games with a 5-2 victory at Minnesota as West German midfielders Ingo Peter and Arno Steffenhagen scored twice each. The Sting's next game was with Northwest Division co-leader Seattle, which was fresh off a 7-0 triumph over Edmonton in which Goalie Jack Brand had eight saves and Shaun Elliott and Mark Peterson got two goals apiece. Chicago's Steffenhagen, for one, took the challenge lying down. Seven minutes into the second half he fell in front of the Sounder goal as he was preparing to take a shot. From a prone position, he saw an opening and with his left foot kicked the ball past Brand into the upper right-hand corner of the net. Steffenhagen got another goal 20 minutes later—a 17-yarder into the lower right-hand corner—in leading the Sting to a 3-1 victory. Tulsa defeated Montreal 3-2—Duncan McKenzie scoring twice in regulation play and Victor Moreland getting the game-winner in a shootout—to remain nine points in arrears of the Sting in the Central Division. In the Northwest Division, Vancouver beat California 5-1 to stay one point behind Seattle and co-leader Portland, a 2-1 loser to Edmonton on Sunday. The Cosmos remained atop the Eastern Division despite a 3-2 loss to second-place Washington, Diplomat Peter Baralic getting the game-winner on a 20-yarder at 20:58. In that game, which was played before a crowd of 27,676 at RFK Memorial Stadium, the NASL's scoring leader, Giorgio Chinaglia, was held without a point for the first time this season. Fort Lauderdale tied the score 2-2 against Tampa Bay on a goal by Gerd Mueller with less than seven minutes to play and then got a score by rookie Robert Meschbach five minutes into overtime for a 3-2 victory. A subsequent 1-0 loss to Western-Division-leading Los Angeles left the Strikers with a four-point lead over Atlanta in the Southern Division. The Chiefs beat San Jose 2-0 and lost 2-1 to San Diego in a shootout.
ASL: N.Y. United had the league's best week, beating Cleveland 2-1 behind Solomon Hilton's two goals and playing Pennsylvania to a scoreless tie.
TENNIS—JOSE-LUIS CLERC defeated Victor Pecci 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 to win the $200,000 Italian Open in Rome.
Regina Marsikova beat Ivanna Madruga 6-2, 6-1 to win a $100,000 tournament in West Berlin.
Stanford, led by individual champion TIM MAYOTTE, beat UCLA 5-4 in Athens, Ga. to win its fourth NCAA title in five years.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As basketball coach at St. Joseph's, former Assistant Coach JIM BOYLE, 40, replacing JIM LYNAM, who resigned to become an assistant with the Portland Trail Blazers.
As manager of the Minnesota Twins, BILLY GARDNER, 53, who had been the team's third-base coach. He replaces JOHNNY GORYL, who was fired after eight straight losses and an 11-25 start this season.
As coach of the Atlanta Hawks, former 76ers and Nets Coach KEVIN LOUGHERY, 41, whose nine-season pro record is 302-344.
As coach of the Los Angeles Kings, former Assistant Coach PARKER MacDONALD, 47. He takes the place of BOB BERRY, who resigned.
TRADED: By the Cleveland Cavaliers, two-time All-Star Guard RANDY SMITH, 32, to the New York Knicks for a 1981 first-round draft pick.
By the New York Yankees, First Baseman JIM SPENCER, 33, and lefthanded Pitcher TOM UNDERWOOD, 27, to the Oakland A's for First Baseman DAVE REVERING, 28, and two minor-leaguers.
DIED: CLYDE LITTLEFIELD, 88, track coach at Texas for 41 years (1920-61); of natural causes; in Austin.