BOATING—Great Britain's VICTORY, a 33-foot sloop skippered by Phil Crebbin, was first to finish the 605-mile Fastnet ocean race. By winning, Great Britain clinched the Admiral's Cup with 814 points, 98 more than the U.S.
BOWLING—DAVE SOUTAR beat Marshall Holman 222-181 to win a $110,000 PBA event in Austin, Texas.
DIVING—At the U.S. Outdoor Championships in Mission Viejo, Calif., KELLY McCORMICK was the women's one-meter champion, MEGAN NEYER won the three-meter title and DEBBIE RUSH was victorious in the 10-meter competition. BRUCE KIMBALL prevented GREG LOUGANIS from sweeping all three men's events by winning the 10-meter title.
PRO FOOTBALL—The NFL's field-goal kickers put their best feet—or insteps—forward in preseason play. Philadelphia's Tony Franklin, erratic last season, struck from 44, 47 and 49 yards in the Eagles' 36-20 defeat of Pittsburgh, and Kansas City's Nick Lowery hit two in a 13-0 shutout of Chicago. St. Louis' Neil O'Donoghue had three field goals in a 30-21 win over Seattle, the Sea-hawks' 10th straight defeat at home. Cleveland beat Buffalo 13-10 on Dave Jacobs' 32-yard FG, and Joe Danelo's three-pointer—from 29 yards with three seconds remaining—gave the Giants a 20-17 win over Baltimore. With Tampa Bay trailing New England 17-16 and 12 seconds left, the Buccaneers' Garo Yepremian tried valiantly from 49 yards, but the ball bounced off the crossbar. Another old pro, Jan Stenerud, was more successful, connecting on a club-record 53-yarder in Green Bay's 34-14 defeat of Oakland. The Pack, win-less in the 1980 preseason but 2-0 this year, got a 5-for-5 performance and one TD from Quarterback Lynn Dickey in his only full quarter of play. Other signal-callers also made their mark in brief appearances. Jack Thompson threw 20 yards for one score, then set up another with a fourth-quarter, 60-yard bomb in Cincinnati's 30-20 defeat of the Lions, and second-string QB Don Strock threw—and connected on—all six of his passes in a decisive 78-yard TD drive during Miami's 24-14 defeat of Denver. A surprise passer, Redskins Back Joe Washington, threw for one score, and then ran for another as the Skins thumped Minnesota 27-13. Nine of Pat Haden's 11 passes in a 34-21 Los Angeles loss to New England on Monday night were caught—four by Patriot defenders. But Haden bounced back on Saturday in a 33-21 victory over Dallas, completing 17 of 25 passes with only one interception (page 20). In other games, Atlanta survived a late Jets' charge to win 21-20; Dwight Scales grabbed a tipped Ed Luther pass to complete a 73-yard scoring play in San Diego's 31-28 defeat of San Francisco; and Bum Phillips' New Orleans Saints drubbed Houston, his former team, 27-7 as rookie George Rogers scored two TDs.
August 23, 1981
GOLF—HUBERT GREEN's tournament-record-tying 20-under-par 264 gave him a one-stroke victory over Roger Maltbie, Bobby Clampett and Fred Couples in the Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open, a $300,000 tournament in Wethersfield, Conn.
Juli Inkster of Los Altos, Calif., won her second straight U.S. Women's Amateur Championship, defeating Australia's Lindy Goggin one-up in Portland, Ore.
Jan Stephenson shot an LPGA-record 18-under-par 198 to defeat Sandra Haynie by 11 strokes in a $150,000 event in Dallas.
HARNESS RACING—ICARUS LOBELL ($3.20), Herve Filion in the sulky, overtook Rabbit Road at the wire in the $463,000 Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace at Yonkers Raceway. The 2-year-old colt covered the mile in 1:59.
HORSE RACING—WILLOW HOUR ($50.20), Eddie Maple aboard, beat Pleasant Colony by a head in the $226,000 Travers Stakes at Saratoga. The 3-year-old ran the sloppy 1¼ miles in 2:03[4/5] (page 86).
Cash Asmussen rode AMBER PASS ($8.40) to a two-length victory over Joanie's Chief in the $284,300 Monmouth Handicap at Monmouth Park. The 4-year-old covered the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:47[2/5].
MOTOR SPORTS—RICHARD PETTY won a 400-mile Grand National event in Brooklyn, Mich., driving his Buick at 123.457 mph around the two-mile Michigan International Speedway oval. He finished a car length ahead of Darrell Waltrip, also in a Buick.
Jacques Laffite, averaging 133.949 mph in a Talbot-Ligier, won the Austrian Grand Prix in Zeltweg by 5.17 seconds over Rene Arnoux, who drove a Renault. The winner took 1:27:36.47 to cover 54 laps of the 3.7-mile circuit.
SOCCER—NASL: Several streaks ended last week as most of the league's 15 playoff positions were spoken for. The Cosmos, 23-8 and the first club to qualify for post-season play, and Toronto, 6-25 and one of the first to be disqualified, both broke losing streaks on the same night. The Blizzard ended a nine-game skid as Alex Cropley's two goals helped down Montreal 4-3 in OT, and the Cosmos snapped a three-game skein, their longest since 1974, by thumping Washington 4-2. The top two playoff-bound clubs in the West met, and San Diego's bid to win 10 in a row was foiled by Los Angeles, which beat the Sockers 3-1 and crept within five points of them with one game left. Although Socker Striker Mike Stojanovic kept a personal run alive in that game, scoring in his league-record-tying 10th straight game, his streak ended three nights later in a 3-2 Socker defeat of San Jose. Tulsa dealt Minnesota its first loss in six games, 2-0, and clinched a playoff berth. Others surely in the playoffs, which begin on Aug. 20, include Calgary, Atlanta, Northwest Division-leading Vancouver and Central leader Chicago, which got three goals from Arno Steffenhagen in a 7-2 drubbing of Minnesota, another playoff-bound club.
ASL: Pennsylvania and Carolina, leaders in their conferences virtually all season, began feeling heat from New York United and Detroit respectively. United picked up three wins, 4-1 over Cleveland on three goals by Forward Redmond Lane, a 1-0 forfeit over the defunct New England Sharks and 2-1 over Pennsylvania, which was just three points ahead of United in the Liberty Conference at week's end. Meanwhile, Freedom Conference leader Carolina lost to the New York Eagles 2-0 as Bill Bolevic scored twice, and Detroit pulled to within three points of the Lightnin' by tying Rochester 2-2 in OT before losing to Pennsylvania 1-0.
SWIMMING—MARY F. MEAGHER lowered her own women's 200-meter and 100-meter world butterfly records at the U.S. Long Course Championships in Brown Deer, Wis., swimming the 200 in 2:05.96, .41 faster than her old mark and the 100 in 57.93, 1.33 better than her previous record (page 24).
Jon Erikson, a 26-year-old phys-ed teacher from Chicago, became the first swimmer to cross the English Channel three ways nonstop. He began at Dover, England and finished 38 hours and 27 minutes later at Wissant, France. Canadian law student Cindy Nicholas (SI, Aug. 10) gave up her three-way crossing attempt three days earlier after two legs.
TENNIS—MARY LOU PIATEK defeated Sue Barker 6-4, 6-1 in a $100,000 event in Richmond, Va.
In three $75,000 Grand Prix tournaments, BRIAN TEACHER defeated John Austin 6-3, 6-2 in Grove City, Ohio; BRIAN GOTTFRIED beat Tony Graham 6-3, 6-3 in Stowe, Vt.; and GENE MAYER downed Dave Siegler 6-1, 6-1 in Cleveland.
TRACK & FIELD—ANTOANETA TODOROVA of Bulgaria set a women's world javelin record of 235'10" in Zagreb, Yugoslavia. The previous mark of 229'11" was held by Tatyana Biryulina of the U.S.S.R.
MILEPOSTS—DECLARED: After 68 days, a mistrial in the federal case between Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission, and the NFL, over Davis' attempt to move the Raiders to Los Angeles (page 16).
PLEADED GUILTY: In a federal district courtroom in Los Angeles, as part of a plea agreement, former Wells Fargo Bank official LLOYD BENJAMIN LEWIS, 47, to two counts of embezzlement and one count of conspiring with former boxing promoter Harold R. Smith, 39, and Sammie Marshall, 36, to defraud Wells Fargo of some $21.3 million. Lewis is expected to testify as a government witness at the trial of Smith and Marshall, who were indicted last month on similar charges and pleaded not guilty. The trial is scheduled for Oct. 13.