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A roundup of the week June 20-26

July 04, 1983
July 04, 1983

Table of Contents
July 4, 1983

U.S. Vs. East Germany
Dale Murphy
Clayton Weishuhn
Baseball
Tennis
The Transpac
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

A roundup of the week June 20-26

Compiled by Lisa Twyman

BOXING—JIRO WATANABE retained his WBA junior bantamweight title with a 15-round majority decision over Roberto Ramirez in Japan.

This is an article from the July 4, 1983 issue Original Layout

Juan Laporte retained his WBC featherweight crown with a 12-round split decision over previously undefeated Johnny de la Rosa in San Juan.

PRO FOOTBALL—USFL: Oakland lost to Philadelphia 12-6 on Monday, but a subsequent 17-16 win over Boston finally clinched the Pacific Division title for the Invaders. Before halftime it looked as if the Breakers might win when Kevin Shea's field-goal attempt was blocked and then picked up by Boston's Ben Needham, who ran 75 yards for a touchdown and a 10-7 lead. But the Breakers, battling for the league's wild card playoff spot, fell apart in the second half to give Oakland the win. In the Central Division, Chicago also had a chance to clinch a playoff berth but lost 34-19 to Michigan. The Blitz was bombed by Panther Quarterback Bobby Hebert, who was hotter than the 99° weather, completing 12 of 21 passes for 247 yards and five TDs. Now Chicago and Michigan are deadlocked with 11-6 records. With its playoff slot secure, Philadelphia amused itself by surpassing the pro-record 14-win season first set by the 1972 Miami Dolphins. The Stars finished the week at 15-2 by beating Birmingham 31-10.

GOLF—LARRY MIZE won his first PGA tournament, the $400,000 Danny Thomas-Memphis Classic with a 14-under-par 274. Fuzzy Zoeller, Chip Beck and Sammy Rachels finished one stroke back.

Ayako Okamoto shot a six-under-par 282 to win a $200,000 LPGA event in Pittsford, N.Y. The Japanese pro beat Kathy Whitworth and Donna White by one stroke.

MOTORCYCLING—KENNY ROBERTS beat Takazumi Katayama by .19 seconds to win the Dutch Grand Prix in Assen. In a collision during that race, reigning world champion Franco Uncini suffered severe facial and brain injuries.

ROAD RACING—MICHAEL MUSYOKI ran a 42:27.55 world-record 15 km, breaking Rob deCastella's old mark set in February by almost 20 seconds. In the same race in Portland, Ore., PAUL CUMMINGS surpassed Greg Meyer's previous American best, with a 42:41.15.

SOCCER—NASL: Chicago beat the Cosmos 3-2, ending a streak of six Junes, totaling 25 NASL games in which the Cosmos hadn't had a loss at Giants Stadium. The Cosmos rebounded with a 2-1 win over Montreal, thanks to Angelo DiBernardo's first goal of the season 2:31 into overtime and no thanks to leading scorer Giorgio Chinaglia, who was in Rome tending to his newly purchased Lazio team. The victory put the Cosmos back on top in the Eastern Division after Toronto had pulled ahead by one point following a 3-2 win over Fort Lauderdale. The Blizzard then regained the lead by 4 points with a 5-1 win over Golden Bay. Vancouver drew the largest crowd (60,342) in Canadian soccer history, and the Whitecaps—specifically Peter Beardsley, who had two spectacular goals—rewarded all those onlookers with a 2-1 win over Seattle. Vancouver also beat San Diego 1-0 and Tampa Bay 4-1 to boost its winning streak to eight games and its lead in the Western Division to 41 points. Tulsa was first in the Southern Division after a 2-1 shootout win over Fort Lauderdale.

SWIMMING—MICHAEL GROSS swam the 200-meter freestyle in 1:48.28 in Hanover, West Germany to set a world record, breaking by .65 seconds the mark set by Rowdy Gaines in 1982.

TRACK & FIELD—In Los Angeles, UDO BEYER broke his own 5-year-old world record in the shot-put by 2¾ inches with a throw of 72'10¾"; DAVE McKENZIE set an American record in the hammer throw with a heave of 244'5", surpassing his own record of a year ago by 6 inches; LOUISE RITTER set an American women's mark in the high jump, bettering the old record established by Coleen Sommer in 1982 by ¾ inch with a jump of 6'6¾"; and with a time of 41.63, the 4 X 100-meter relay team of ALICE BROWN, DIANE WILLIAMS, CHANDRA CHEESEBOROUGH and EVELYN ASHFORD broke by .66 seconds the American women's mark set by a U.S. national team a year ago (page 16).

Sergey Litvinov broke his world record in the hammer throw by 5 inches with a toss of 275'11" in Moscow.

MILEPOSTS—FIRED: After 2‚Öì seasons as manager of the Seattle Mariners, RENE LACHEMANN, 38. The Mariners' record at the time of the dismissal was 26-47, worst in the American League West. He was succeeded by DEL CRANDALL, 53, most recently manager of the Albuquerque Dukes of the Pacific Coast League.

INDICTED: ERNIE COBB, 26, former Boston College basketball guard, on federal charges relating to a six-game point-shaving scheme during the 1978-79 season, which also involved Rick Kuhn, a reserve forward convicted on similar charges in November 1981.

PAROLED: Former NFL player DON REESE, 31, from Lawtey (Florida) Correctional Institution after serving six months for violating his 1977 drug probation by admitting in a SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (June 14, 1982) article he used cocaine.

SENTENCED: By a superior court judge, TONY AYALA, 20, the former WBA No. 1-ranked junior middleweight contender, to 35 years for sexually assaulting a woman in West Paterson, N.J. in early January.

TRADED: By the Los Angeles Kings, Left Wing STEVE BOZEK, 22, to the Calgary Flames for left wings KEVIN LAVALLEE, 21, and CARL MOKOSAK, 20; by the Flames, Center MEL BRIDGMAN, 28, and Defenseman PHIL RUSSELL, 30, to the New Jersey Devils for Center STEVE TAMBELLINI, 25, and Defenseman JOEL QUENNEVILLE, 24; and by the Winnipeg Jets, Left Wing NORM DUPONT, 26, to the Hartford Whalers in exchange for future considerations.

By the New Jersey Nets, Center LEN ELMORE, 31, to the New York Knicks for a second-round draft choice in 1984.

DIED: LARRY GORDON, 28, right outside linebacker for the Miami Dolphins; of cardiac arrest while jogging as part of his conditioning for the upcoming NFL season; in Laveen, Ariz. Gordon, a former Arizona State All-America, was the Dolphins' first-round draft choice in 1976 and a starter in all seven of his pro seasons.