ARENA FOOTBALL—Pittsburgh's Brian Gardner caught a touchdown pass from quarterback Willie Totten with 35 seconds left to give the Gladiators a 39-37 playoff victory over Denver and put them into the league championship game with Detroit on Aug. 18. Totten completed 16 of 26 passes for 201 yards and five touchdowns. Wide receivers Thomas Monroe and Alvin Williams each caught two TD passes. Detroit won its championship berth by routing Chicago 43-10, shutting out the Bruisers in the second half while scoring 23 points. Quarterback Tony Burris threw three scoring passes to wide receiver Gary Mullen, and running back Lynn Bradford ran for three touchdowns.
GOLF—PAYNE STEWART scored a one-stroke victory over Mike Reid in the 71st PGA Championship, at Kemper Lakes Golf Club, in Hawthorn Woods, Ill. Stewart shot a 12-under-par 276 to win $200,000 (page 28).
HARNESS RACING—Long shot KIT LOBELL ($35.60), driven by Berndt Lindstedt, won the International Trot at Yonkers. The 4-year-old mare, who qualified only because another horse dropped out, took the lead on the final turn and won by a half length. She covered the 1¼ miles in 2:31[1/5] and earned $175,000.
HORSE RACING—OPEN MIND ($2.40), Angel Cordero Jr. up, won the Alabama Stakes at Saratoga by a neck over Dearly Loved on a muddy track. The 3-year-old filly ran the 1¼ miles in 2:04[1/5] for her 10th consecutive victory, all in stakes races, and earned $139,440.
Unknown quantity ($22), ridden by Jorge Velasquez, won the Arlington Handicap by three lengths over Frosty the Snowman. The 4-year-old gelding covered the 1¼ miles in 2:11[1/5] to win $120,000.
MOTOR SPORTS—RUSTY WALLACE, driving a Pontiac Grand Prix, beat Mark Martin, in a Ford Thunderbird, by 1.06 seconds to win a 90-lap NASCAR race on the 2.428-mile course at Watkins Glen, N.Y., and $56,400. Wallace, driving at an average speed of 89.242 mph, finished in 2:26:55.
Nigel Mansell of Britain, driving a Ferrari, won the 190-mile Hungarian Grand Prix, in Budapest, beating Ayrton Senna of Brazil, in a McLaren-Honda. Mansell completed 77 laps on the Hungaroring course in 1:49:38.65, at an average speed of 103.662 mph.
SKIING—ARMIN BITTNER of West Germany, the defending World Cup slalom champion, won the first slalom event of the 1989-90 season, at the Australian resort of Thredbo. In the giant slalom, Sweden's LARS-B‚Äö√†√∂‚àö¬±RJE ERIKSSON climbed from 11th place to victory with his second run.
At the women's World Cup opener in Las Lenas, Argentina, MICHAELA GERG of West Germany won the downhill and ANITA WACHTER of Austria the Super G slalom.
TENNIS—JOHN McENROE claimed his 75th career Grand Prix title by winning the final 13 points of the U.S. Hardcourt Championships, defeating Jay Berger 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, in Indianapolis. The victory, McEnroe's third of the year, was worth $51,000.
Martina Navratilova defeated Gabriela Sabatini 6-0, 6-2 to win a women's tour event and $60,000 in Manhattan Beach, Calif.
YACHTING—GREAT BRITAIN won its ninth Admiral's Cup, beating Denmark by 17½ points in the two-week series of six races off Plymouth, England. Defending champion New Zealand was third and the United States sixth. U.S. entry GREAT NEWS, skippered by Tom Blackaller, won the prestigious 605-mile Fastnet race.
MILEPOSTS—BLOCKED: By U.S. District Court Judge John D. Holschuh in Columbus, Ohio, a disciplinary hearing by baseball commissioner Bart Giamatti on gambling charges against Cincinnati Reds manager Pete Rose. The hearing was scheduled for Aug. 17. Holschuh stayed all disciplinary proceedings until an appellate court decides whether to hear an appeal by Rose's attorneys, who are asking that his case against Giamatti be tried in state court in Cincinnati. Holschuh ruled last month that the case belonged in federal court.
INDUCTED: Into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, NY., jockey CHRIS McCARRON, 34, who rode Horse of the Year Alysheba to seven victories last year, including the Breeders' Cup Classic; the late trainer JIM W. MALONEY, who saddled 42 stakes winners in 49 years before his death in 1984; and three horses, ALYDAR, AFFECTIONATELY and BLACK GOLD. Alydar won 11 stakes in his three-year career, finished second to Affirmed in all three Triple Crown races in 1978 and sired Alysheba and Easy Goer, the 1989 Belmont Stakes winner. Affectionately won 28 of 52 races, including 18 stakes, during her four-year career. Black Gold won the Kentucky Derby in 1924.
PLACED ON PROBATION: For one year by the NCAA, the GRAMBLING STATE men's basketball program after an investigation found that a player was given free meals, telephone service, lodging and transportation, in 1987. As additional penalties, university president Joseph B. Johnson cut scholarships by two for the next two years and eliminated two coaching positions.
RESIGNED: As head coach of the New Jersey Nets, WILLIS REED, 47, who had a 33-77 record after taking over in February 1988. He becomes the Nets vice-president for basketball and business development.
As athletic director at Grambling State, EDDIE ROBINSON, 70, to become vice-president for athletic relations. The move was unrelated to the NCAA's recent investigation of the men's basketball program, according to university president Joseph B. Johnson. FRED HOBDY, associate AD since 1956, succeeds Robinson.
SENTENCED: By a U.S. District Court judge in Columbia, S.C., three former University of South Carolina football coaches: TOM KURUCZ to six months in a halfway house and three years' probation for one count of dispensing steroids in the athletic department and one count of lying to a grand jury; and JIM WASHBURN and KEITH KEPHART to three-month terms in a halfway house and three years' probation for one count each of buying and importing steroids into the state without prescriptions. A fourth defendant, JOHN L. CARTER, received the same sentence, for two counts of providing steroids to player Tommy Chaikin. All four men pleaded guilty.
TRADED: By the Seattle SuperSonics, 7-foot center ALTON LISTER, 30, to the Golden State Warriors, for a first-round draft pick in 1990.
DIED: RICKY BERRY, 24, the Sacramento Kings' 1988 first-round draft choice and San Jose State's alltime leading scorer; of a self-inflicted gunshot wound; in Fair Oaks, Calif.
Ole Bardahl, 87, whose Miss Bardahl boats won five Gold Cup titles in Unlimited hydroplane racing from 1963 to '68, and numerous national and world championships; in Seattle.