CYCLING—LAURENT FIGNON won the 23-day, 2,315-mile Tour de France with an aggregate time of 105:07:52, 4:04 minutes better than that of Angel Arroyo.
GOLF—CALVIN PEETE rallied from six shots back with 18 holes to play to win a $350,000 PGA event in Williamsburg, Va. He fired an eight-under-par 276, one stroke better than Tim Norris.
Lauren Howe shot an eight-under-par 280 to win her first LPGA tournament, a $200,000 event in Indianapolis. She finished one stroke ahead of Donna Caponi.
HARNESS RACING—IDÉAL DU GAZEAU ($9.80), driven by Eugene Lefevre, beat Legolas by 1¾ lengths to win the $250,000 Roosevelt International and become the only horse to win the race three times. The 9-year-old trotted the 1¼ miles in 2:35[2/5].
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Shannon Fancy ($26.40), driven by Ron Waples, beat Hit Parade by a neck to win the $1,062-million Sweetheart Pace at the Meadowlands Raceway. The 2-year-old filly covered the mile in 1:55[4/5].
HORSE RACING—MAJESTY'S PRINCE ($9.80), Eddie Maple aboard, beat Hush Dear by a length to win the $236,000 Sword Dancer Handicap at Belmont. The 4-year-old colt covered the 1½ miles over turf in 2:34[2/5].
Althea ($6.60), ridden by Laffit Pincay Jr., beat Rejected Suitor by 10 lengths to win the $111,200 Hollywood Juvenile Championship at Hollywood Park. The only filly in the field of 2-year-olds, Althea ran the three-quarters of a mile in 1:09[2/5].
MOTOR SPORTS—TIM RICHMOND—driving a Pontiac, won a 500-mile Grand National race at the Pocono (Pa.) International Raceway by 2 seconds over Darrell Waltrip, in a Chevrolet. Richmond averaged 114.818 mph round the 2.5-mile oval.
Jonathan Palmer, in a Honda, beat Pierluigi Martini, in a BMW, to win the Formula II European title. Palmer averaged 108.08 mph over 58 laps of the 2.15-mile Santa Monica, Italy circuit.
SOCCER—It was bad enough to have to play on the road against a team that hadn't lost at home in 10 games, as Vancouver hadn't. It was an even worse prospect for a team that hadn't won an away game in 10 tries as Montreal hadn't. But Manic Goalie Mike Hewitt held the Western Division-leading Whitecaps scoreless and Dragan Vujovic connected on a penalty kick for a 1-0 Montreal win. Vancouver regrouped and beat Team America 2-0 to lead the division by 44 points. In the Eastern Division, Cosmo Midfielder Roberto Cabanas had two goals and an assist to give his team a 3-1 lead over Seattle. Then Cosmo Goalie Hubert Birkenmeier dozed while the Sounders' Chance Fry awoke for two goals in two minutes to tie the game. In the shoot-out, teams performed evenly until Cosmo Julio Romero scored the decisive goal of a 4-3 victory. Three nights later in Tampa, Cabanas boosted his week's goal total to five with a hat trick in a 5-4 Cosmo win. The Cosmos lead the East by 16 points over Toronto. In the Southern Division, Fort Lauderdale lost a 3-2 battle to Tulsa but continued to dominate the division war, with three points more than the Roughnecks have.
TENNIS—JOSE-LUIS CLERC beat Jimmy Arias 6-3, 6-1 to win the $200,000 U.S. Pro Championship in Brookline, Mass.
Tomas Smid defeated Balazs Taroczy 6-4, 6-4 to win the $75,000 Dutch Grand Prix in Hilversum.
Czechoslovakia beat West Germany 2-1 to win the Federation Cup in Zurich. The U.S., which had won every year since 1976, was eliminated by Czechoslovakia in the semifinals.
WEIGHTLIFTING—OKSEN MIRZOYAN set a world record in the under-123.2 pounds category by snatching 280.5 pounds in Moscow to break Wu Shudi's two-year-old mark by 2.2 pounds.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: By the Philadelphia Phillies, Manager PAT CORRALES, 42, when his team (43-42) was in first place in the National League East. General Manager PAUL OWENS, 59, will be the skipper for the remainder of the season.
NAMED: As coach of the unnamed USFL San Antonio team, GIL STEINKE, 64, who coached Texas A&I to a 182-61-4 record from 1954 to 1976.
As basketball coach at Boston University, JOHN KUESTER, 28, an assistant under former Head Coach RICK PITINO, 30, who had been appointed assistant of the New York Knicks.
As coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, LOU ANGOTTI, 45, who coached a Pittsburgh farm club last season.
REINSTATED: By a CART appeals court, TOM SNEVA, 35, as winner of a 150-mile race in West Allis, Wis. on June 12. He had been disqualified for failing a routine technical inspection after the race.
SOLD: For a record $10.2 million, an unnamed dark bay yearling colt by 1964 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Northern Dancer to MOHAMMED BIN RASHID AL MAKTOUM, defense minister of the Persian Gulf state of Dubai (page 26).
TRADED: By the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Offensive Tackle CHARLEY HANNAH, 28, to the Los Angeles Raiders for Defensive End DAVE BROWNING, 26, and an undisclosed future draft choice; and by the St. Louis Cardinals, Defensive Tackle MIKE DAWSON, 29, to the Detroit Lions for Al Baker, 26, and a future draft choice; by the New York Jets, Wide Receiver BOBBY JONES, 28, to the Cleveland Browns for a future draft choice; and by the Los Angeles Rams, Defensive Back PAT THOMAS, 28, to the Los Angeles Raiders for Defensive Back MONTE JACKSON, 30, and a future draft choice.
DIED: ARTHUR M. WIRTZ, 82, sole owner of the Chicago Black Hawks, principal owner of the Bulls and Chicago Stadium; of acute respiratory failure; in Chicago.
Dancer's Crown, 2-year-old Trotter of the Year in 1982 and likely favorite for this month's Hambletonian; during surgery that was required for a displaced colon; in Ithaca, N.Y.