BASKETBALL—The U.S. women's team, led by Cheryl Miller's 24 points, defeated the Soviet Union 108-88 to win the women's world championship in Moscow. The U.S. team jumped to a 20-point lead after 14 minutes and led at the half 56-43. The Soviets closed the margin to 9 at one point in the second half, but could not stop the Americans. The U.S. victory climaxed the 12-team tournament that took place in three Soviet cities.
GOLF—PAT BRADLEY beat Nancy Lopez by two strokes with a 279 for 72 holes, nine under par, and won $78,000, the largest purse in LPGA history, and an LPGA tournament in Buford, Ga. The purse lifted Bradley's season earnings to $482,496, an LPGA single-season record. After 13 years on the tour Bradley has earned $2,276,693, a record for career earnings. Bradley's final-round 63 was one stroke off the LPGA low-round record set by Mickey Wright in 1964 and tied by Vicki Fergon in 1984.
Ken Green outscored Bernhard Langer 12-9, under a modified Stableford scoring system, to win $180,000 and a PGA tournament in Castle Rock, Colo. (page 10).
HARNESS RACING—GRADES SINGING ($4.60), driven by Herve Filion, defeated Piggvar by 1¾ lengths to win $50,000 and the American Trotting Championships at Roosevelt Raceway. The 4-year-old trotted the mile in a track record 1:58[2/5]. The previous record of 1:58[3/5] was established by Kashminbar in 1977.
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HORSE RACING—WISE TIMES ($13.60), ridden by Jerry Bailey, edged Broad Brush by a head to win $203,700 and the Travers Stakes at Saratoga. The 3-year-old colt ran the muddy 1¼ miles in 2:03[2/5] (page 18).
Roo Art ($7.20), Bill Shoemaker up, moved from next to last in the final turn to a 2¼-length victory over Precisionist to win $188,288 and the Philip H. Iselin Handicap. The 4-year-old colt ran the sloppy 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ-mile Monmouth Park course in 1:48[4/5].
Groovy ($6), Jose Santos up, beat Turkoman by three-quarters of a length to win $70,320 and the Forego Handicap at Saratoga. The 3-year-old colt's time of 1:21[1/5] for the seven furlongs equaled a stakes record set by Engine One in 1982 and tied by Ziggy's Boy in 1985.
MOTOR SPORTS—MARIO ANDRETTI drove to victory by a full lap over Kevin Cogan to win $102,843 and the Pocono 500 in Long Pond, Pa. Driving a Cosworth-powered Lola, Andretti averaged 152.106 mph around the 2.5-mile Pocono International Raceway. It was his 47th career victory.
World champion ALAIN PROST of France beat Michele Alboreto of Italy by a lap to win the Austrian Grand Prix in Zeltweg. Prost, driving a McLaren-Porsche, finished the 193.08-mile race in 1:21:22.531. It was the 24th Grand Prix victory of his career and his third on the 3.714-mile Oesterreichring circuit.
Bill Elliot beat Tim Richmond by 1.34 seconds and set a NASCAR record by winning his fourth consecutive race on the two-mile oval at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich. Elliot, driving a Ford Thunderbird, earned $55,950 and averaged 135.46 mph in the 400-mile race. He had shared the record of three consecutive victories at one superspeedway with David Pearson, Bobby Allison, Richard Petty, Buddy Baker and Dan Gurney.
SWIMMING—The East German team of MANUELA STELLMACH, ASTRID STRAUSS, NADJA BERGKNECHT and HEIKE FREIDRICH set a world record for the 800-meter freestyle relay of 7:59.33 at the world championships in Madrid. The East Germans became the first to break the eight-minute mark when they beat the previous record of 8:02.27 set by another G.D.R. team in Rome in 1983. The second-place U.S. team also bettered the old mark with a time of 8:02.12. And SILKE HOERNER of East Germany set a world record for the women's 200-meter breaststroke with a time of 2:27.40.
TENNIS—BORIS BECKER defeated Stefan Edberg 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to win $51,000 and the Canadian Open in Toronto.
Martina Navratilova defeated Chris Evert Lloyd 7-6, 6-3 to win $45,000 and a WTA tournament in Los Angeles. It was Navratilova's 37th victory over Lloyd in their 70 career matches.
TRACK & FIELD—YORDANKA DONKOVA, 24, of Bulgaria twice broke the world record in the women's 100-meter hurdles at a meet in Cologne, West Germany. Her time of 12.34 seconds in a qualifying heat was .02 faster than the previous mark set by Grazyna Rabsztyn of Poland in 1980. In the finals Donkova shattered her hour-old mark with a time of 12.29.
MILEPOSTS—RETIRED: EARL CAMPBELL, 31, who rushed for 9,407 yards during his career with the Houston Oilers ('78-84) and the New Orleans Saints ('84-85). Campbell was the NFL rushing leader and MVP for three consecutive years ('78-80) while with Houston (page 20).
SIGNED: By the Chicago White Sox, pitcher STEVE CARLTON, 41, who played for the St. Louis Cardinals (1965-71), the Philadelphia Phillies ('72-86) and, for the last month, the San Francisco Giants; Carlton has 320 career wins and is second on the alltime strikeout list with 4,008. Also by the White Sox, GEORGE FOSTER, 37, who was released by the New York Mets Aug. 6. In 17½ years Foster hit 347 home runs playing for San Francisco ('69-71), Cincinnati ('71-81) and the Mets ('82-86).
By the Dallas Cowboys, HERSCHEL WALKER, 24, who in three seasons with the New Jersey Generals of the USFL gained a league-leading 5,562 yards. Walker's five-year contract is for $4.5 million. By the Washington Redskins, KELVIN BRYANT, 25, who in three seasons with the Philadelphia and Baltimore Stars gained 4,055 yards. Bryant's contract is for four years and a reported $3 million. Also signed by Washington, quarterback DOUG WILLIAMS, 31, who was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL (1978-83) and the Oklahoma Outlaws of the USFL ('83-85), to a one-year contract for an undisclosed amount of money. Because Williams's rights were still held by Tampa Bay, Washington had to give up its fifth-round pick in the 1987 summer college draft to the Bucs. By the Buffalo Bills, quarterback JIM KELLY, 26, to a five-year contract for a reported $8 million. In two years with the Houston Gamblers of the USFL, Kelly passed for 9,842 yards and 83 touchdowns.
TRADED: By the Chicago Cubs, relief pitchers GEORGE FRAZIER, 31, and RAY FONTENOT, 29, and minor league infielder JULIUS McDOUGAL, 23, to the Minnesota Twins for pitcher RON DAVIS, 31, and minor league pitcher DWAYNE COLEMAN, 22; by the Boston Red Sox, shortstop REY QUINONES, 22, and pitchers MIKE BROWN, 28, and MIKE TRUJILLO, 26, to the Seattle Mariners for outfielder DAVE HENDERSON, 28, and shortstop SPIKE OWEN, 25.
DIED: TOM GORMAN, 67, who was a National League umpire for 25 years; of a heart attack; in Closter, N.J. He umpired in the majors from September 1951 until the end of the 1976 season.