BASKETBALL—The MIAMI TROPICS, led by 30 points from former NBA guard World B. Free, squeaked past the Rhode Island Gulls 103-99 in the first United States Basketball League championship game, in Miami. Free's three-point shot with 2:30 to play cut a four-point Gulls lead to one and ignited the Tropics' comeback.
BOXING—RENE ARREDONDO of Mexico regained his WBC junior welterweight title with a sixth-round TKO of Japan's Tsuyoshi Hamada in Tokyo, one year after Hamada had taken the title from Arredondo.
Joe Bugner of Australia defeated Greg Page of the U.S. by a unanimous decision in a 10-round heavyweight bout in Sydney. It was the 37-year-old's third fight in 10 months, following a 2½-year layoff.
Miguel Lora of Colombia retained his WBC bantamweight title by stopping Mexico's Antonio Avelar in the fourth round of their scheduled 12-round bout in Miami.
August 2, 1987
CYCLING—STEPHEN ROCHE of Ireland won the Tour de France by completing the 25-day, 2,485-mile race in 115 hours, 27 minutes and 42 seconds. Roche finished 40 seconds ahead of Spain's Pedro Delgado (page 22). JEANNIE LONGO of France won the 616-mile women's Tour de France with a time of 27 hours, 33 minutes, 36 seconds, 2:52 ahead of Italy's Maria Canins.
EQUESTRIAN—JOE FARGIS of Southampton, N.Y., the 1984 individual jumping Olympic gold medalist, rode Abdullah to two penalty-free rides and a jump-off time of 37.09 seconds to win $18,000 and a grand prix show jumping event outside Bartlett, N.H.
GOLF—ROBERT WRENN shot a 72-hole, 26-under-par 262 to defeat Dan Pohl by seven strokes and win a PGA event at the Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club in Grand Blanc, Mich. Wrenn's victory was worth $108,000 and the use of a new car for one year. The victory was Wrenn's first as a pro since 1983.
HARNESS RACING—Driven by Michel LaChance, RIGHTEOUS BUCKS ($17.60) won the $232,616 Cane Pace, the first leg of pacing's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds, at Yonkers Raceway. Righteous Bucks covered the mile in 1:56 and finished half a length ahead of Golden Greek.
HORSE RACING—TEMPERATE SIL ($4.60), with Bill Shoemaker aboard, won the Swaps Stakes for 3-year-olds at Hollywood Park by one length over Candi's Gold. Temperate Sil covered the 1¼ miles in 2:02[1/5] to earn $124,400.
MOTOR SPORTS—BILL ELLIOTT, in a Ford Thunderbird, won the Talladega 500 in Talladega, Ala., at an average speed of 171.292 mph. Elliott beat Davey Allison, also in a Ford Thunderbird, by .15 of a second and earned $70,920.
Nelson Piquet of Brazil, driving a Williams-Honda, won the West German Grand Prix in Hockenheim for the second straight year, by one minute, 39.5 seconds over Stefan Johansson of Sweden, who drove a McLaren-TAG.
TENNIS—WEST GERMANY defeated the United States 3-2 in the "relegation playoff" of Davis Cup competition in Hartford, a losers' bracket for teams that were eliminated in the first round of this year's Cup play. In men's singles, Boris Becker beat John McEnroe 4-6, 15-13, 8-10, 6-2, 6-2 in a marathon 6-hour, 38-minute match. Tim Mayotte, also of the U.S., was upset by Eric Jelen of West Germany 6-8, 6-2, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2. The loss sends the United States team to "zone" competition in 1988 (page 20).
TRACK & FIELD—At a meet in Rome, SAID AOUITA, 26, of Morocco improved his world record in the 5,000 meters by 2.01 seconds, to 12:58.39.
U.S. OLYMPIC FESTIVAL—In the closing week of competition in North Carolina, TERRY MILLS, a sophomore at Michigan who did not play as a freshman because of deficient SAT scores, scored 15 points to lead the North past the South in basketball, 88-73. In 100° heat the South's 4 X 100-meter relay team of JAMES BUTLER, LEE McNEILL, DENNIS MITCHELL and HARVEY McSWAIN won in 38.37, the world's fastest time in 1987. VALERIE BRISCO won the women's 200 meters (22.28), the 400 (50.0) and ran a leg on the West team that won the 1,600-meter relay. Gymnast JOYCE WILBURN, 16, won three golds, scoring two consecutive perfect 10's in the vault, the first ever at an Olympic Festival, plus another on her floor exercise. Wilburn's third gold came in the balance beam.
MILESTONES—ARRESTED: Minnesota Vikings quarterback Tommy Kramer, for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol in Bloomington, Minn. After refusing an alcohol test, Kramer, the NFL's top-rated passer last season, agreed to enter a rehabilitation program. Kramer was treated for alcohol problems at a California hospital after the 1981 NFL season.
DISMISSED: By the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court, a defamation suit by former American League umpire Dallas Parks against the New York Yankees and their owner, George Steinbrenner, who had publicly criticized Parks in 1982 after the umpire ejected two Yankees in two days.
NAMED: As commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference, EUGENE F. CORRIGAN, 59, athletic director at Notre Dame from 1981 to '87. Corrigan, a former ACC assistant commissioner, replaces Bob James, who died in May.
Ned Fowler, 43, as an assistant basketball coach at Auburn. Fowler resigned as Tulane's coach in 1985 in the wake of a point-shaving scandal.
RELEASED: By the Boston Red Sox, first baseman BILL BUCKNER, 37, a career .292 hitter who had 2 homers and 42 RBIs in 75 games this year, to make room for Sam Horn, who had been batting .322 with 30 homers for the Pawtucket Red Sox.
DIED: JOSEPH BURNS, 98, who had been one of the oldest former professional baseball players. Burns, an outfielder, played one season each for the Cincinnati Reds (1910) and the Detroit Tigers (1913); of natural causes; in Beverly, Mass.
George O'Day, 64, a 1960 Olympic gold medalist in yachting, designer of sailboats, magazine and book author, and America's Cup sailor; of cancer; in Dover, Mass.
Don McMahon, 57, Los Angeles Dodgers pitching coach and scout; of a heart attack; after pitching batting practice before Wednesday night's game at Dodger Stadium. In 18 seasons with seven different teams from 1957 to '74, the righthander had a career record of 90-68.
Robert Gawboy, Jr., 55, former champion swimmer, in New Hope, Minn. Gawboy set a world record in the 220-yard breaststroke with a 2:38 at the National AAU Indoor Swimming Championships in 1955.