ARENA FOOTBALL—In the league championship, Detroit beat Chicago 24-13, which tied the record for the fewest total points in a game. The Drive's defense bottled up the Bruisers' league-MVP quarterback, Ben Bennett, who completed only nine of 24 attempts for 77 yards and one touchdown. His Detroit counterpart, Rich Ingold, completed 13 of 24 passes and ran for one TD. Drive coach Tim Marcum has now led two different teams to league titles, the first having come last year with the now defunct Denver Dynamite. The Drive's Steve Griffin, who was named the game's MVP, had six receptions and two interceptions.
BOWLING—DAVID OZIO defeated Del Warren 236-235 in the title game to win a PBA tournament and earn $27,000 in Edmond, Okla.
BOXING—MICHAEL NUNN scored a ninth-round TKO over Frank Tate to win the IBF middleweight title, in Las Vegas.
Two welterweight title fights on the same card in Atlantic City ended in controversy. TOMAS MOLINARES won the WBA championship when he knocked out Marlon Starling in the sixth round with a punch that appeared to come after the bell. In the other bout, LLOYD HONEYGHAN successfully defended his WBC crown against Chung Young Kil when the challenger could not continue after Honeyghan struck him with a low blow in the fifth round.
August 7, 1988
GOLF—SCOTT VERPLANK shot a final-round 66 and finished at 268, 20 under par, to beat Doug Tewell by two strokes and win a PGA tournament in Grand Blanc. Mich. He earned $126,000.
Ayako Okamoto beat Connie Chillemi and Beth Daniel by one stroke to win the Greater Washington Open and $33,750 in Bethesda, Md. Okamoto shot a seven-under-par 206 for the tournament's 54 holes.
Seventeen-year-old JASON WIDENER of Greensboro. N.C., defeated Brandon Knight, also 17, of Denton, Texas, one up to win the U.S. Junior Amateur championship at the Yale University course in New Haven, Conn. (page 34).
HARNESS RACING—KASSA BRANCA ($3.20), with John Campbell in the sulky, beat Nukes Image by a head to win the Woodrow Wilson Pace at the Meadowlands. The 2-year-old covered the mile in 1:52[3/5] and earned $520,500.
HORSE RACING—FORTY NINER ($3.60), ridden by Laffit Pincay Jr., held off Seeking the Gold to win the Haskell Invitational Handicap by a nose at Monmouth Park. The 3-year-old colt ran the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:47[3/5] and won $300,000.
Anka Germania ($9.40), Craig Perret up, beat Sunshine Forever by 1½ lengths to win the Sword Dancer Handicap and $141,120 at Belmont. The 6-year-old mare ran the 1½ miles over a turf course in 2:32[1/5].
MOTOR SPORTS—KEN SCHRADER, driving a Chevrolet Monte Carlo, moved from fourth to first on the final lap to finish one car-length ahead of Geoff Bodine, also in a Monte Carlo, and win the Talladega 500 at the Alabama International Motor Speedway. Schrader averaged 154.505 mph for 188 laps of the 2.66-mile oval and earned $67,920.
RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS—In Olympic trials in Salt Lake City, MICHELLE BERUBE of Rochester, Mich., and DIANE SIMPSON of Evanston, Ill., tied in the all-around standings to earn the two berths on the U.S. team.
TENNIS—JIMMY CONNORS won his first Grand Prix tournament in 3½ years, beating Andres Gomez 6-1, 6-4 in the finals in Washington, DC. Connors collected $50,575.
Andre Agassi defeated Paul Annacone 6-2, 6-4 in the finals of a tournament in Stratton Mountain, Vt., and earned $114,000.
Steffi Graf beat Katerina Maleeva 6-4, 6-2 to win a women's tour event and $40,000 in Hamburg. West Germany.
WRESTLING—In Olympic trials for the 180½-pound berth, in Fort Lauderdale, JOHN MORGAN of Minneapolis qualified for the U.S. team by beating Jeff Stuebing of San Luis Obispo, Calif.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: As basketball coach at Northwestern State, DON BEASLEY, 45, after an investigation into alleged violations of NCAA and Southland Conference rules, including payments to players and recruits.
INDUCTED: Into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, JACK HAM, a linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1971 to '82, who played on four Steeler NFL championship teams; FRED BILETNIKOFF, who played 14 years (1965-78) as a wide receiver with the Oakland Raiders and caught 589 passes for 76 touchdowns during his career: MIKE DITKA, now coach of the Chicago Bears, who was a tight end with Chicago, Philadelphia and Dallas during his 12-year (1961-72) career, in which he caught 427 passes and scored 43 TDs; and ALAN PAGE, a defensive tackle and 15-year veteran (1967-81), who played for the Minnesota Vikings' Purple People Eaters front four and the Chicago Bears.
Into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., WILLIE STARGELL, who played 21 years (1962-82) with the Pittsburgh Pirates, during which he hit 475 home runs, batted in 1,540 runs, had a .282 career batting average and helped the Pirates win the World Series in 1971 and 1979.
PLACED UNDER INVESTIGATION: By the NCAA, the University of Kentucky basketball program, because of an allegation that assistant coach Dwane Casey sent a package containing $1,000 to the father of a recruiting prospect, Chris Mills, and approximately 10 other allegations.
SUSPENDED: For 30 days by NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle, Washington Redskins defensive end DEXTER MANLEY, 29, because he violated the league's substance abuse policy during the off-season (page 9).
TRADED: By the NFL Chicago Bears, wide receiver WILLIE GAULT, 27, to the Los Angeles Raiders for a first-round draft choice in 1989 and an unspecified 1990 pick.
By the NHL Philadelphia Flyers, defenseman GREG SMYTH, 22, and a third-round 1989 draft pick to the Quebec Nordiques for defenseman TERRY CARKNER, 22.
By the Baltimore Orioles, righthanded pitcher MIKE BODDICKER, 30, to the Boston Red Sox for two minor league players.
VOTED: By the owners of teams in the Major Indoor Soccer League, to play the 1988-89 season despite the folding of four franchises. The remaining seven MISL clubs will play a 48-game schedule.
DIED: FRANK ZAMBONI, 87, inventor of the ice-resurfacing machine that bears his name and which reduced the time for smoothing ice rinks from 1½ hours to 15 minutes; of a heart attack; in Long Beach, Calif.