CYCLING—LAURENT FIGNON won the 23-day, 2,411-mile Tour de France for the second consecutive year with an aggregate time of 112:03:40. He finished 10:32 ahead of runner-up Bernard Hinault. Greg Lemond placed third for the best finish ever by an American. In the inaugural women's Tour de France, MARIANNE MARTIN of the U.S. finished the 24-day, 616-mile race in 29:39:02 to win by 3:17 over Helene Hage.
GOLF—SEVERIANO BALLESTEROS won his second British Open by shooting a 12-under-par 276 to beat Tom Watson and Bernhard Langer by two strokes in St. Andrews, Scotland (page 12).
Kathy Whitworth parred the first hole in sudden death to win by a stroke the LPGA's $200,000 Rochester International, her 85th career victory. She and Rosie Jones both finished regulation at seven-under-par 281.
HARNESS RACING—BALTIC SPEED ($2.60), with Jan Nordin in the sulky, won the $431,780 Yonkers Trot by 3½ lengths over Sandy Bowl. The 3-year-old colt went the mile in 2:02[2/5] to win the first jewel of trotting's Triple Crown.
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On The Road Again ($7.20), with Buddy Gilmour driving, covered the mile in 1:53[3/5] to win the $1,293,000 Meadowlands Pace in East Rutherford, N.J. The 3-year-old colt held off Guts to win by a neck at the Meadowlands.
HORSE RACING—FIT TO FIGHT ($3.40), with Jerry Bailey up, romped to a 12½-length victory over Vision in the $341,000 Brooklyn Handicap at Belmont. The 5-year-old covered the 1½ miles in 2:27[2/5] to become the first horse since Kelso in 1961 to sweep New York's Handicap Triple Crown (page 48).
MOTOR SPORTS—MARIO ANDRETTI, driving a Lola T-800, edged Tom Sneva in a March 84C by .022 of a second to win the Michigan 500 in Brooklyn, Mich. Andretti averaged only 133.501 over the two-mile oval as 12 caution flags slowed the pace at the Michigan International Speedway.
Harry Gant, driving a Chevy, beat Cale Yarborough, also in a Chevy, by .34 of a second to win a $348,000 NASCAR Grand National race at the Pocono International Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. Gant averaged 121.351 mph for the 200 laps around the 2.5-mile tri-oval course.
Niki Lauda, driving a McLaren TAG-Porsche, averaged 124.406 mph over 71 laps of the 2.614-mile circuit in Brands Hatch, England to win the accident-shortened British Grand Prix. Derek Warwick, in a Renault, finished 42 seconds behind Lauda.
SOCCER—NASL: With two come-from-behind victories, Chicago vaulted past the idle Cosmos and recaptured first place in the Eastern Division. Elvis Comrie of the Sting came off the bench to assist on the game-tying goal and then scored the winner in a 2-1 triumph over San Diego. Then Chicago scored three second-half goals to beat Golden Bay 4-2. In the Western Division, second-place Minnesota lost 3-0 to Tampa Bay before knocking off first-place Vancouver with a 3-2 shootout win. The Strikers' Alan Willey and John Bain each scored a goal in regulation against the 'Caps, and each had a shootout goal to keep Minnesota within 12 points of first.
SWIMMING—ISAMA AHMED MOMTAZA of Egypt set a world record for a nonstop, round-trip crossing of the English. Channel with a time of 21 hours and 27 minutes. He surpassed by 1:57 the mark set by Jon Erikson of the U.S. in 1981.
TENNIS—CZECHOSLOVAKIA defeated Australia 2-1 to win the $250,000 Federation Cup for the second year in a row, in S√£o Paulo, Brazil. The U.S. was upset by Australia in the semifinals.
Henri Leconte defeated Gene Mayer 7-6, 6-0, 1-6, 6-1 to win a $100,000 Grand Prix tournament in Stuttgart, West Germany.
TRACK & FIELD—UWE HOHN of East Germany demolished the world record for the men's javelin with a throw of 343'10" in East Berlin. He surpassed by 16'8" the mark set by Tom Petranoff 14 months ago. At the same meet, Bulgaria's LUDMILA ANDONOVA broke by three-quarters of an inch the month-old women's high-jump world record of Tamara Bykova with a leap of 6'9½". Also in East Berlin, JANE FREDERICK regained the American heptathlon record with a 6,611-point performance that was only good for fourth in this meet. She surpassed by 91 points the U.S. mark set by Jackie Joyner in L.A. in June.
Mike Tully broke his own U.S. record in the pole vault with a 19'1¼ in Eugene, Ore. He surpassed by a half inch the mark he set in June.
MILEPOSTS—ANNOUNCED: By the MISL, a one-year leave of absence for both the Phoenix Pride and Buffalo Stallions, who will suspend operations for the 1984-85 season. Also, the New York Arrows filed for bankruptcy, hoping to reorganize for 1985-86, and will not compete in 1984-85.
NAMED: As coach of the USFL Denver Gold, DARREL (Mouse) DAVIS, 51, the former offensive coordinator of the Houston Gamblers.
TRADED: By the New York Yankees, infielder ROY SMALLEY, 31, to the Chicago White Sox for two unnamed minor league players.
By the Green Bay Packers, three-time Pro Bowl kicker and NFL record holder for most career field goals, JAN STENERUD, 40, to the Minnesota Vikings for an undisclosed draft choice.
DIED: JIM FIXX, 52, author of the best selling The Complete Book of Running and Jim Fixx's Second Book of Running; of a heart attack while jogging; in Hardwick, Vt.
John Davis, 63, winner of weightlifting gold medals in the super heavyweight class at the '48 and '52 Olympics; of cancer; in Albuquerque, N.M.
Walter Laufer, 78, winner of a gold medal as a member of the U.S. 4 X 200 freestyle relay team and a silver in the 100-meter backstroke at the 1928 Olympics; of a heart attack; in Cincinnati. Laufer retired in 1930 with four world records.