BOWLING—GARY SKIDMORE beat top qualifier Mike Aulby 218-204 to win his first PBA title, a $110,000 event in Austin, Texas.
BOXING—WILFREDO GOMEZ retained his WBC super bantamweight title in San Juan, Puerto Rico with a seventh-round TKO of Roberto Rubaldino.
GOLF—LANNY WADKINS fired a final-round 65 for a 15-under-par 273, one shot ahead of Tom Kite, to win a $350,000 PGA event in Grand Blanc, Mich.
JoAnne Carner won a $150,000 LPGA tournament in Shaker Heights, Ohio by shooting a four-under-par 284, five strokes better than Ayako Okamoto. The victory, her 35th on the tour, makes Carner eligible to become the 10th inductee of the LPGA Hall of Fame.
August 29, 1982
Juli Inkster won her third consecutive U.S. Women's Amateur Championship, beating Cathy Hanlon 4 and 3 in Colorado Springs (page 56).
HARNESS RACING—TRENTON, driven by Tom Haughton, broke Genghis Khan's 2-week-old world race record in the mile pace by one-fifth of a second, clocking a 1:51[3/5] in winning the first heat of the Review Futurity at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.
HORSE RACING—RUNAWAY GROOM ($27.80), ridden by Jeff Fell, covered the mile and a quarter in 2:02[3/5] to beat Aloma's Ruler by three-quarters of a length and win the $221,500 Travers Stakes at Saratoga (page 18).
Higheasterjet ($6.60), W.R. Hunt up, beat Rule the Deck by a length to win the $966,120 All-American Gold Cup for 4-year-old quarterhorses at Ruidoso Downs, N.M. The gelding covered the 440 yards in 21.56.
MOTOR SPORTS—BOBBY ALLISON, driving a Buick, took over the lead in the NASCAR Grand National points race with a¾-length victory over Richard Petty, in a Pontiac, in a 400-mile event in Brooklyn, Mich. Allison averaged 136.454 mph on the two-mile Michigan International Speedway.
SOCCER—For 9,731 Canadian fans, it was like watching U.S. TV: not much drama, but plenty of action. Going into the season finale against Tampa Bay, the Toronto Blizzard trailed Tulsa by nine points in the race to avoid the eighth of eight playoff berths—and the modified rapture of meeting Eastern Division and league point champion New York in the first round of postseason play. Under the NASL's not uncomplicated scoring system, Toronto needed nine points, the maximum possible, to bump the Roughnecks from the seventh spot. But the Blizzard, not satisfied with mere points, produced a flurry of nine goals, the most scored in a game by any NASL team all season, to the Rowdies' paltry pair. Neill Roberts, a former Rowdy, and Ace Ntsoelengoe, who played up to at least one of his names, each scored three goals and two assists. So the Roughnecks will put their good name on the block at New York, where the Cosmos went 15-1 this season, while the Blizzard piles into Seattle, which muscled into first in the Western Division and second in the league point standings on the strength of a 1-0 defeat of Portland. Fort Lauderdale, which clinched the South in a 2-1 victory over the shorthanded, aptly named Rowdies (Defender Refik Kozic was ejected), meets No. 6 qualifier Montreal, 3-1 winners over listless New York. The fourth playoff match unites San Diego and Vancouver, Pacific Coasters but potential champions all the same.
SWIMMING—At the U.S. long course nationals in Indianapolis, STEVE LUNDQUIST broke his own 33-day-old world record in the 100-meter breast-stroke by .09 of a second with a 1:02.53. American records fell to TONY CORBISIERO, whose 7:58.50 in the 800 free lowered Brian Goodell's 1980 mark by 1.16, and SUE WALSH, who lowered Linda Jezek's 1978 mark of 1:02.55 in the women's 100 backstroke by .07.
TENNIS—IVAN LENDL defeated Steve Denton 6-2, 7-6 to win the $300,000 ATP championship in Mason, Ohio.
Martina Navratilova won the $200,000 Canadian Open in Montreal with a 6-3, 7-5 defeat of Andrea Jaeger.
Unseeded JAY LAPIDUS won the first Grand Prix tournament of his career, beating Eric Fromm in the finals of the $75,000 event in Stowe, Vt.
Tim Pawsat of Santa Ana, Calif. defeated Stevenson Clarke 6-4, 6-1 to win the U.S. National Amateur in Kiamesha Lake, N.Y. Fourteen-year-old MARIANNE WERDEL of Bakersfield, Calif. won the women's crown, beating Cheryl Jones 6-4, 6-2.
MILEPOSTS—ARRESTED: On charges of cocaine trafficking, possession, selling and delivery, EUGENE (Mercury) MORRIS, 35, former Miami Dolphin and San Diego Charger running back, after allegedly selling more than a pound of cocaine to undercover Miami policemen.
AWARDED: By a jury in a U.S. District Court in Detroit, to former Detroit Red Wing DENNIS POLONICH, 28, $850,000 in damages sought in a lawsuit charging former Colorado Rockies Forward Wilf Paiement with excessive force in a scuffle during a 1978 NHL game.
NAMED: As basketball coach at Temple, JOHN CHANEY, 50, whose 10-year record at nearby Cheyney (Pa.) State was 228-59.
TRADED: By the Detroit Tigers, Infielder RICHIE HEBNER, 34, to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named later; by the Montreal Expos, Pitcher TOM GORMAN, 24, to the New York Mets to complete a deal for Outfielder Joel Youngblood, 30.
By the Pittsburgh Steelers, Safety J.T. THOMAS, 31, to the Denver Broncos for an undisclosed draft choice; by the Cincinnati Bengals, Wide Receiver DON BASS, 26, to the New Orleans Saints for an unspecified 1983 draft choice; by the Minnesota Vikings, former All-Pro Tackle RON YARY, 36, to the Los Angeles Rams for an undisclosed 1983 draft pick; by the Cleveland Browns, Offensive Lineman GERRY SULLIVAN, 30, to the Chicago Bears for unspecified future draft choices.
By the Philadelphia Flyers, Center KEN LINSEMAN, 24, Left Wing GREG ADAMS, 22, and a first-round draft pick in 1983 to the Hartford Whalers for Defenseman MARK HOWE, 27; immediately after obtaining Linseman, the Whalers sent him to the Edmonton Oilers for Defenseman RISTO SILATNEN, 23, and Left Wing BRENT LONEY, 18.
DIED: BRUNO NOCKLER, 28, Italian giant slalom specialist who took fifth at the 1982 World Alpine Championships, and a trainer and coach of the Italian national ski team; in a two-vehicle collision near New Zealand's Mt. Ruapehu ski area.
Jack (Cactus Jack) Curtice, 75, football coach who emphasized passing at Utah (1950-57), Stanford (1958-62) and U.C. Santa Barbara (1963-69); of an apparent heart attack; in Santa Barbara, Calif. Curtice began his coaching career at West Texas State in 1940.
Herbert Orin (Fritz) Crisler, 83, football coach (1938-47) and athletic director (1941-68) at Michigan, credited with introducing, in a 1945 game against Army, separate offensive and defensive platoons and, as two-time chairman and member-for-life of the NCAA Football Rules Committee, wider goalposts and the two-point conversion; in Ann Arbor, Mich. Crisler coached at Minnesota and had two undefeated seasons at Princeton before taking the Michigan job. In ten years under him, the Wolverines had a 71-16-3 record and on Jan. 1, 1948 won the national championship, capping a 14-game winning streak with a 49-0 defeat of USC in the Rose Bowl. After the game an aging Michigan alumnus, unaware of Crisler's identity, reportedly told him "We've got to get rid of the coach. We played out here in 1902 and the score was 49-0. We haven't improved a bit." Crisler never did coach another game, although he cited as the reason for his departure the legalization of recruiting. Coaching became, he said, a matter of "brokers and agents get[ting] parents to sell their most precious things."