BASEBALL—The National League won the 52nd All-Star Game in Cleveland, using four home runs to defeat the American League 5-4 (page 12).
BOWLING—MIKE DURBIN defeated Marshall Holman 202-196 to win the $90,000 Sarasota Open.
BOXING—ROBERTO DURAN scored a 10-round decision over Nino Gonzalez in a junior middleweight bout in Cleveland (page 16).
CYCLING—At the USCF Championships in Bear Mountain, N.Y., TOM BROZNOWSKI won the senior men's 106-mile race in 4:31:50, and CONNIE CARPENTER was victorious in the senior women's event, covering 47 miles in 2:19:36.
August 16, 1981
PRO FOOTBALL—While the Redskins unveiled familiar old faces John Riggins and Terry Metcalf in their backfield during a 16-10 victory over Kansas City (page 20), other winners during the NFL's first full week of preseason play featured former college stars of more recent vintage. Gifford Nielsen, pressed into duty as the Oilers' quarterback after Ken Stabler's untimely retirement, completed 15 of 25 passes in Houston's 13-10 defeat of the Eagles. Another erstwhile college standout, Running Back Freeman McNeil, led the Jets' ground game in New York's 33-7 drubbing of Denver, in which Pat Leahy kicked four field goals. Major Ogilvie ran 18 yards for a touchdown as San Francisco dealt Seattle yet another loss in the Kingdome, 27-24 in sudden death, the Sea-hawks' ninth straight defeat at home. And Neil Lomax led two late St. Louis drives resulting in field goals in a 12-10 defeat of San Diego. After watching Paul McDonald throw two TD passes in the Browns' preseason opener, a Cleveland coach said, "You could wake up the Cleveland Brown offense on Easter morn and it would score." Sure enough, McDonald threw two more against Pittsburgh, and Brian Sipe added a pair of his own. But Steeler backup Quarterback Cliff Stoudt passed for three and ran for two scores in a pyrrhic 35-31 Pittsburgh victory in which Linebacker Jack Ham broke his left arm in a pileup. Trailing 23-14 with 6:37 remaining, New Orleans recovered its second Baltimore fumbled punt attempt, this time for a TD, and got a late field goal from Benny Ricardo to keep Bum Phillips' Saints debut from being an Aints debut, 24-23. Another fumbled ball, this one by Buffalo just 19 seconds after a Detroit TD, was batted into the Bills' end zone where Lion rookie Tackle Curtis Green pounced on it to give Detroit a 21-14 win. Lynn Dickey's two TD passes led Green Bay to its first preseason victory in two years, 21-17 over Dallas. Phil Simms completed only one pass, but it was good for a score in the Giants' 23-7 defeat of Chicago. In other games, second-string tight end M.L. Harris, a CFL refugee, caught three TD passes to lead Cincinnati to a 24-17 win over Tampa Bay; Oakland's Arthur Whittington had 79 yards on four carries, including a 41-yard scoring romp, in the Super Bowl champs' 17-16 shading of Atlanta; and Miami downed Minnesota 20-6.
GOLF—LARRY NELSON shot a seven-under-par 273 to win the $400,000 PGA Championship in Duluth, Ga., finishing four shots ahead of Fuzzy Zoeller (page 48).
Hollis Stacy won the $125,000 West Virginia Classic in Wheeling in a one-hole playoff. Five golfers finished regulation play at 212, four under par.
HARNESS RACING—Billy Haughton drove McKINZIE ALMAHURST ($4.60) to victory in the $1.76 million Woodrow Wilson Pace at the Meadowlands. The 2-year-old covered the mile in 1:56⅕ finishing a nose ahead of Lon Todd Hanover.
Ray Remmen drove SHIAWAY ST. PAT ($4.40) to victory in the 56th Hambletonian at the Meadowlands. The 3-year-old finished a neck in front of Super Juan in a three-horse trot-off. Olaf was last (page 18).
HORSE RACING—PRISMATICAL ($9), Eddie Maple aboard, won the $110,000 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga. The 3-year-old filly ran the 1¼ miles in 2:02⅖ finishing a neck in front of Banner Gala.
Don Brumfield rode OUT OF HOCK ($3.40) to a seven-length victory over T. Dykes in the $157,985 Sapling Stakes at Monmouth Park. The 2-year-old gelding covered the six furlongs in 1:10[1/5].
POWERBOATING—BETTY COOK, averaging 69.09 mph over 200 miles in Michelob Light, won a $35,000 offshore event on Lake Michigan. She finished 28 minutes ahead of Jerry Kilpatrick, who drove Apache.
SOCCER—NASL: San Diego was the only division leader not to lose during a wild week that ended with all but two teams—Toronto and Dallas—still in the playoff picture just nine days from the end of the regular season. The Sockers ran their winning streak to nine, the NASL's longest this season, with two shutouts by Volkmar Gross—3-0 over San Jose, in which Defender Eric Geyer struck twice, and 1-0 over Northwest pacesetter Vancouver on Mike Stojanovic's goal. Stojanovic, a Yugoslavian forward, has scored in every match during the West leaders' streak and is one game short of the league record for consecutive games with at least one goal. Vancouver was on its way to losing four of its last five, so the meeting between the Northwest's second-and third-place teams, Calgary and Seattle, took on extra importance. Seattle rode two Kevin Bond goals to a 2-0 victory. The Sounders fell out of the winning habit in San Jose, however, being upset by the Earthquakes 3-0 on Slavko Licinar's two goals. Calgary bounced back, knocking off Southern Division leader Atlanta 4-2 on two scores by Willi Reimann. Chicago had a chance to pad its Central Division lead, tie for the league's best won-lost record and make a run for the point title—which carries with it a first-round playoff bye. But Tulsa knocked off the Sting 2-1, while the Cosmos, playing inconsistently and squabbling among themselves despite the league's best record (21-8) and a firm hold on the East lead, suffered their second and third straight losses, 2-1 to Minnesota in overtime and 2-0 to Edmonton. In other games, Robert Meschbach had both Fort Lauderdale scores in the Strikers' 2-1 win over Montreal; Ingo Peter had two goals as Chicago beat Washington 3-2 in a shootout; L.A.'s Bill Faria struck twice in a 4-3 win over California; and Ally Brown also scored two goals as Portland beat Dallas 5-2.
ASL: The week's biggest loser was financially strapped New England, whose management announced that it was folding the franchise. Cleveland and New York United, both scheduled to play the Sharks, were awarded 1-0 victories by forfeit. Much healthier were the two conference leaders, Pennsylvania in the Liberty and Carolina in the Freedom, which met for the final time in the regular season. Carolina won 5-2 on Mal Roche's two goals, evening their season's series at 2-2. Uri Peled, a former first-division player in Holland, scored the winner in his ASL debut, United's 2-1 win over Rochester. Detroit subdued Carolina 3-1 and Rochester's Jim Perriello got his fifth shutout of the year in a 2-0 win over the New York Eagles, who were without suspended league scoring leader Bill Bolevic.
TENNIS—JOSE-LUIS CLERC defeated Guillermo Vilas 6-3, 6-2 in a $200,000 event in North Conway, N.H., and then won the U.S. Open Clay Court title in Indianapolis, beating Ivan Lendl 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 for his fourth straight tournament victory. ANDREA JAEGER won the women's championship in Indianapolis, defeating Virginia Ruzici 6-1, 6-0.
MILEPOSTS—REDUCED: By the Big 10, sanctions brought in April against the University of Illinois for allegedly deceiving the conference about the academic eligibility of former Illini Quarterback David Wilson. The school will be barred from postseason football play and denied conference football revenue for one year. The probation was originally for three years and covered all men's sports.
TRADED: By the New York Yankees, Pitcher MIKE GRIFFIN, 24, to the Chicago Cubs to complete the trade in June that sent Doug Bird and cash to the Cubs for Rick Reuschel.
By the Washington Bullets, Forward MITCH KUPCHAK, 27, to Los Angeles for Forward JIM CHONES, 32, Guard BRAD HOLLAND, 24, a second-round draft choice in 1982 and a first-round pick in 1983.
DIED: HAROLD R. DANCER Sr., 69, harness-racing trainer and driver who won close to $2 million since 1952, and brother of Stanley and Vernon; of a heart attack; in Freehold, N.J.