CYCLING—GINTAUTUS UMARAS of the U.S.S.R. lowered the world record in the 5-km individual pursuit by 1.949 seconds, to 5:48.256, at a national tournament in Moscow. The previous record was set a year ago by the Soviets' Alexandr Krasnov.
GOLF—BOB EASTWOOD finished with an eight-under-par 280 to take the $90,000 winner's check in the Memphis Classic by two strokes.
Alice Miller shot a seven-under-par 209 to beat Vicki Singleton and Beverly Klass by two strokes at the $150,000 West Virginia LPGA Classic in Wheeling.
HARNESS RACING—HISTORIC FREIGHT ($4.20) finished first by 1¾ lengths against Gentle Stroke and Delvin G. Hanover in a three-horse raceoff to win the $1,219,000 Hambletonian, the second leg of trotting's Triple Crown. Ben Webster drove the winning mile at the Meadowlands in 1:59[3/5].
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HORSE RACING—SLEW O' GOLD ($2.80), Angel Cordero up, beat Track Barron by 1¾ lengths to win the $228,400 Whitney Handicap at Saratoga. The 4-year-old colt went the nine furlongs in 1:48[3/5].
Carr De Naskra ($7.40), ridden by Eddie Maple, finished 12¾ lengths ahead of Slew The Coup to win the $126,200 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga. The 3-year-old colt raced the 1‚⅛ miles in 1:47[2/5] to shave [2/5] second off Affirmed's stakes record.
Gate dancer ($3.00), with Laffit Pincay Jr. in the irons, ran 1‚⅛ miles in 1:47[4/5] to win the $168,000 Omaha Gold Cup at Ak-Sar-Ben racetrack. The 3-year-old colt beat Imp Society by 5½ lengths.
MOTOR SPORTS—ALAIN PROST, driving a McLaren TAG-Porsche, finished 3.149 seconds ahead of teammate Niki Lauda to win the German Grand Prix. Prost averaged 131.61 mph for the 44 laps around the 4.223-mile course in Hockenheim, West Germany.
Mario Andretti, in a Lola T-800, came in 1:14.84 ahead of Bobby Rahal's March 84C to win a $368,000, 200-mile CART event at Elkhart Lake, Wis. Andretti averaged 116.347 mph on the 4-mile, 11-turn course at Road America.
XXIII OLYMPIC GAMES—SWIMMING: These athletes achieved world records at the Games in Los Angeles: ALEX BAUMANN, Canada, 400 individual medley (4:17.41) and 200 individual medley (2:01.42); VICTOR DAVIS, Canada, 200 breast-stroke (2:13.34); MICHAEL GROSS, West Germany, 100 butterfly (53.08); JON SIEBEN, Australia, 200 butterfly (1:57.04); MICHAEL HEATH, DAVID LARSON, JEFF FLOAT and BRUCE HAYES, U.S., 4 X 200 freestyle relay (7:15.69), cutting 3.18 seconds off the record set by a U.S. team in an earlier heat; CHRIS CAVANAUGH, MICHAEL HEATH, MATTHEW BIONDI and ROWDY GAINES, U.S., 4 X 100 freestyle relay (3:19.03); and RICK CAREY, STEVE LUNDQUIST, PABLO MORALES and ROWDY GAINES, U.S., 4 X 100 medley relay (3:39.30).
TENNIS—ANDRES GOMEZ defeated Aaron Krickstein 6-2, 6-2 to win a $200,000 Grand Prix tournament in Washington, D.C.
Martina Navratilova beat Gigi Fernandez 6-3, 7-6 to win a $150,000 tournament in Newport.
TRACK & FIELD—At a meet in Moscow, TATYANA KAZANKINA of the U.S.S.R. broke Mary Decker's day-old record of 5:32.7 in the women's 2,000 meters with a time of 5:28.72. The Soviet women's 4 X 800-meter relay team of NADEZHDA OLIARENKO, LYUBOV GURINA, LUDMILLA BORISOVA and IRINA PODYALOVSKAYA set a world record of 7:50.17, breaking by 2.13 seconds the eight-year-old mark of another Russian team.
MILEPOSTS—ARRESTED: On charges of aggravated sexual assault and burglary, BOBBY CZYZ, 22, a super middleweight with a 24-1 lifetime record, in Wanaque, N.J. Czyz was released on $100,000 bail after pleading not guilty.
DISQUALIFIED: From the Olympics, after tests for steroid use proved positive, weightlifters MAHMOUD TARHA of Lebanon and AHMED TARBI of Algeria, who were banned from international competition for life by the International Weightlifting Federation. Greco-Roman wrestler THOMAS JOHANSSON of Sweden (unlimited) lost his silver medal when he similarly tested positive.
FIRED: By the San Francisco Giants, FRANK ROBINSON, 48, who had a 264-277 record in his 3½ years with the club. His successor is DANNY OZARK, 60.
NAMED: By the University of Toledo, as women's basketball coach, STEVE MIX, 36, a 13-year NBA veteran and former Toledo star.
SOLD: For a reported $32 million, by CALVIN GRIFFITH and his sister THELMA HAYNES, their 52% controlling interest in the Minnesota Twins to Minneapolis banker CARL POHLAD. Griffith will remain as the Twins' president, but the sale, when it is approved by the league's owners, will end 65 years of ownership by the Griffith family, dating back to the team's origin as the Washington Senators.
For an estimated $40.7 million by GENE KLEIN, his 56% interest in the San Diego Chargers to minority stockholder ALEX SPANOS, a Stockton, Calif. builder. Klein had been majority owner of the team since 1966, when he paid $10 million for his share of the AFL franchise.
TRADED: By the New England Patriots, guard BOB CRYDER, 27, to the Seattle Seahawks for an undisclosed draft choice; by the Pittsburgh Steelers, guard STEVE COURSON, 28, to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for guard RAY SNELL, 26; by the Los Angeles Rams, wide receiver PRESTON DENNARD, 28, to the Buffalo Bills for a draft choice; by the Bills, cornerback CHRIS WILLIAMS, 25, to the Rams for a future pick.
DIED: JOHN E. (BEANS) REARDON, 86, former National League umpire (1926-49), considered one of the most colorful in the game's history; of pneumonia, in Long Beach, Calif. A feisty, voluble man, Reardon once described the difficulties of his profession thusly: "If the Pope was an umpire, he'd still have trouble with the Catholics."
Elmer Smith, 91, a lifetime .276 hitter who played with five big league clubs from 1914 to '25; of emphysema, in Columbia, Ky. As an outfielder for the 1920 Cleveland Indians, he hit the first World Series grand slam ever, off Brooklyn's Burleigh Grimes in the fifth game.