BASEBALL—TAIWAN defeated Tampa, Fla. 4-2 in the final game of the 35th Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.
This is an article from the Sept. 7, 1981 issue
BOXING—SAOUL MAMBY retained his WBC super lightweight title on a 15-round majority decision over Thomas Americo in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Rolando Navarrete knocked out Cornelius Boza-Edwards in the fifth round in Viareggio, Italy to win the WBC super featherweight title.
Antonio Avelar successfully defended his WBC flyweight title with a second-round knockout of Taeshik Kim in Seoul, Korea.
CYCLING—FREDDY MAERTENS of Belgium won the world professional road championship in Prague, edging Italy's Giuseppe Saronni and France's Bernard Hinault. Maertens covered the 281.4 km in 7:21:59. In the amateur races, ANDREI VEDERNIKOV of the U.S.S.R. won the men's title and West Germany's UTE ENZENHAUER was the women's champion.
PRO FOOTBALL—Ken Stabler ended his five-week retirement to find the workaday world a very high-profile one indeed. The Houston quarterback, who looked sharp in the Oilers' 28-20 loss to Dallas on the preseason's final weekend, was named on the West Coast in a warrant citing failure to pay child support, and was named in an East Coast newspaper report as associating with a known gambler. Regular quarterbacks who showed regular-season form without off-the-field troubles included Seattle's Jim Zorn, who threw for two touchdowns as the Seahawks broke their 12-game home losing streak with a 31-17 defeat of Baltimore, and Terry Bradshaw, who had two scoring passes as Pittsburgh humbled the Giants 31-6. Lynn Dickey passed for 250 yards in Green Bay's 35-18 rout of Cleveland, including scoring strikes of 15 yards to Eddie Lee I very and 29 yards to Aundra Thompson, both of whom scored overland, too: I very on a 41-yard scamper and Thompson on a 29-yard flanker reverse. Chicago's Vince Evans had two touchdown passes in a 31-27 defeat of St. Louis, as did both Jim Plunkett (page 96) in a 21-7 shellacking of cross-bay rival San Francisco, and Dallas' Danny White in the Governor's Cup game with Houston. Reserves showed their stuff, too. QB Mike Moroski threw two TD passes in Atlanta's 27-7 win over Tampa Bay. Don Strock, Jeff Rutledge, David Humm and Mark Herrmann all came off the bench, leading Miami (31-7 over Kansas City for the Dolphins' fourth preseason win without a loss), L.A. (34-31 over Minnesota), Buffalo (30-24 over San Diego) and Denver (24-20 over Cincinnati), respectively. In other games, Benny Ricardo's 33-yard field goal in sudden death ensured that Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers' 111 yards rushing would be in a winning effort as New Orleans downed Detroit 20-17; the Jets' defense turned back Philadelphia 14-3; and. in a battle of unbeatens, New England shaded Washington 19-10.
GOLF—BILL ROGERS won the $400,000 World Series of Golf in Akron, Ohio with a five-under-par 275. He finished one stroke ahead of Tom Kite.
JoAnne Carner shot a 10-under-par 278 to beat three other players by two strokes in a $150,000 LPGA tournament in Denver.
The U.S. won the 28th Walker Cup, beating a team from Britain and Ireland 15-9 in Pebble Beach, Calif.
GYMNASTICS—In Albuquerque, LUCI COLLINS won the all-around title at a national elite women's meet, scoring 75.20 points, 1.05 more than Amy Koopman, who was second.
HARNESS RACING—TEMUJIN, Clarence Martin driving, won the $161,000 Fox Stake for 2-year-olds in Indianapolis with 1-4 finishes in two heats. Icarus Lobell, who set a track-record 1:54.2 in winning the second heat, placed second with 11-1 finishes.
HORSE RACING—Bill Shoemaker rode JOHN HENRY ($4.20) to victory by a nose over The Bart in the Arlington Million at Arlington Park. He covered the 1¼ miles on the turf course in 2:07[3/5] (page 91).
Higheasterjet ($2.80), W.R. Hunt up, won the $854,000 All-American Derby for quarter horses at Ruidoso Downs, nosing out Queen For Cash. The 3-year-old gelding covered the 440 yards in 21.93.
Lets dont fight ($13.80), John Lively up, beat Tropic Ruler by half a length in the $508,975 Arlington-Washington Futurity at Arlington Park. The 2-year-old colt covered the seven furlongs in 1:29[1/5].
Noble Nashua ($8.20), Cash Asmussen aboard, won the $115,000 Jerome Handicap at Belmont Park. The 3-year-old colt covered the mile in a track-record 1:33⅕ finishing 3½ lengths ahead of Maudlin.
MOTOR SPORTS—ALAIN PROST, averaging 113.709 mph around the 2.642-mile circuit in a Renault RE 30, won the Dutch Grand Prix in Zandvoort by 8.24 seconds over Nelson Piquet, in a Brabham BT 49. Prost covered the 72 laps in 1:40:22.43.
SOCCER—NASL: As the first playoff round wound up, there were noises from the four Southern Division teams—but the loudest ones came from unexpected quarters. Regular-season champion Atlanta was not only eliminated in two straight games by the third-place Jacksonville Tea Men, but the Chiefs also went out with a whimper. They announced they would close the franchise because of three years of woeful attendance and almost a $7 million deficit. Meanwhile, the league's two other Florida franchises, Southern cellar dweller Tampa Bay and Southern runner-up Fort Lauderdale, achieved upsets in their best-of-three series. Tampa Bay sent Vancouver, the Northwest champs, packing with 4-1 and 1-0 victories, and the Strikers eliminated Calgary with a 2-0 win in which Branko Segota scored twice, giving the Yugoslavian-born forward all five goals in Fort Lauderdale's two-game sweep. Other playoff survivors were Minnesota, which took two straight from Tulsa; Montreal, which was extended to three games by Los Angeles; Chicago, which used Charlie Fajkus' goal to subdue Seattle; and San Diego, which dropped the first game but rallied to take two from Portland.
ASL: While New York United closed in on the point title with a 2-1 win over Cleveland, the New York Eagles beat Detroit 4-0 as Forward Bill Bolevic scored twice, giving him 25 goals on the year and breaking the ASL single-season scoring record of 23, set by Boston's Jose Neto in 1975.
TENNIS—HANA MANDLIKOVA defeated Pam Casale 6-2, 6-2 to win a $100,000 event in Mahwah, N.J.
TRACK & FIELD—SEBASTIAN COE set a world record of 3:47.33 in the mile in Brussels (page 24). Two days earlier STEVE OVETT had lowered Coe's week-old mile mark of 3:48.53, running the distance in 3:48.40 in Koblenz, West Germany. Also in Brussels, PAM SPENCER improved her American women's high-jump mark by a quarter inch, clearing 6'5½", and at the Koblenz meet, STEVE SCOTT ran the 1.500 in 3:31.96, surpassing Jim Ryun's U.S. record of 3:33.1 set in 1967.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: By the American League-champion Kansas City Royals, Manager JIM FREY, 50, who had a 30-40 record this year. Former NY. Yankee Manager DICK HOWSER, 44, was named to replace him.
ORDERED: By a Federal District Court judge in Camden, N.J., that SEAN O'GRADY, 22, be stripped of the WBA lightweight title he won in April, for failing to sign to meet contender Claude Noel.
SIGNED: By the Washington Capitals, reportedly to a three-year contract worth $600,000, high school hockey star BOBBY CARPENTER, 18 (SI, Feb. 23). He was chosen third in this year's NHL entry draft, the highest an American-born player has ever been picked.
SUSPENDED: By the National League for five games, Philadelphia Phillies Manager DALLAS GREEN, 47, for his misconduct during an argument with Umpire Steve Fields in a game against Atlanta on Aug. 24; and by the St. Louis Cardinals, indefinitely. Shortstop GARRY TEMPLETON, 24, for making obscene gestures to fans during a game with San Francisco on Aug. 26. He was also fined $5,000 (page 28).
DIED: VALERY KHARLAMOV, 33, a forward on the U.S.S.R.'s national ice hockey team for 12 years who was instrumental in the team's Olympic championships in 1972 and 1976 and its silver-medal showing in 1980; of injuries suffered in an auto accident; near Moscow.