ARENA FOOTBALL-The DETROIT DRIVE won its third straight league championship, beating the Dallas Texans 51-27, in Detroit. Drive quarterback Art Schlichter, who completed 14 of 23 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns, was named the Most Valuable Player.
BOXING-PERNELL WHITAKER knocked out Juan Nazario at 2:59 of the first round to win the WBA lightweight crown, in Lake Tahoe, Nev. The victory by Whitaker, who is already the WBC and IBF champion, unified the title for the first time since 1978.
EQUESTRIAN—CHRIS KAPPLER, riding Concorde, had two penalty-free rounds and a jump-off time of 36.80 to defeat Donald Cheska, aboard Dury Lad, who had four faults in the jump-off, and win a Grandprix event in Indianapolis.
GOLF-WAYNE GRADY shot a six-under-par 282 to beat Fred Couples by three strokes and win the PGA Championship, at Shoal Creek Country Club in Birmingham. It was Grady's first major title as a professional and earned him $225,000 (page 20).
Pat Hurst defeated Stephanie Davis in 37 holes to win the U.S. Women's Amateur title, in Summit, N.J. Hurst, who is a senior at San Jose State, was the 1989 women's NCAA champion (page 64).
Chi Chi Rodriguez shot a final-round four-under-par 68 to beat Jim Dent, Jim Ferree and Charles Coody by two strokes and win a Senior PGA Tour event in Albuquerque. Rodriguez, who shot an 11-under-par 205 for the tournament, took home $52,500.
Kathy Gerring birdied the first playoff hole to defeat Caroline Keggi and win an LPGA tour event in Stratton Mountain, Vt. Gerring shot a seven-under-par 281 for the tournament and collected $67,500.
HARNESS RACING-BEACH TOWEL ($3), driven by Ray Remmen, beat In The Pocket by two lengths to win The Adios at the Meadows racetrack in Pennsylvania. The 3-year-old colt covered the mile in 1:51[4/5] and earned $147,953.
Dorunrun Bluegrass ($3), with Hervè Filion in the sulky, won the U.S. Pacing Championships by 2¼ lengths over Conditional, at Yonkers Raceway. Dorunrun Bluegrass, a 4-year-old horse, covered the mile in 1:56 and earned $37,500.
HORSE RACING—PLEASANT VARIETY ($12.20), ridden by Earlie Fires, defeated Double Booked by three lengths to win the Arlington Handicap, a turf race at Arlington International Racecourse. The 6-year-old horse covered the 1¼ miles in 2:04 and earned $180,000.
Go For Wand ($3), Randy Romero up, set a stakes record with a time of 2:00[4/5] in beating Charon by seven lengths in the Alabama Stakes, at Saratoga. The 3-year-old filly bettered Love Sign's 1980 mark for the 1¼ miles by one fifth of a second and won a purse of $130,560.
Dispersal ($3.40), Kerwin Clark in the saddle, led from wire to wire to defeat No Marker by six lengths and win the Canterbury Cup Handicap, at Canterbury Downs. The 4-year-old colt ran the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:48[3/5] and earned $90,000.
Who's To Pay ($10.60), ridden by Jean-Luc Samyn, came from behind to beat Steinlen by two lengths and win the Bernard Baruch Handicap, at Saratoga. The 4-year-old gelding covered the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:48[2/5] and earned $52,920.
Fly Till Dawn ($27), Rafael Meza up, held off a charge by Classic Fame to win the Eddie Read Handicap by a head, at Del Mar. The 4-year-old colt, who took home $157,750, ran the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:48[1/5].
MOTOR SPORTS-THIERRY BOUTSEN, in a Williams-Renault, led from start to finish to defeat Ayrton Senna, in a McLaren-Honda, by .28 of a second and win the Hungarian Grand Prix. Boutsen averaged 104 mph over 77 laps on the 2.47-mile Hungaroring circuit.
Ricky Rudd, driving a Chevrolet Lumina, beat Geoff Bodine, in a Ford Thunderbird, by 6.54 seconds to win a NASCAR event at Watkins Glen. Rudd averaged 92.452 mph over the 90 laps of the 2.42-mile road circuit and earned $55,000 (page 26).
SHOOTING-The SOVIET UNION defeated Czechoslovakia by four points to win the Men's Free Rifle Prone team competition at the World Shooting Championships, in Moscow. The individual title went to Viacheslav Bochkarev of the U.S.S.R., who shot 701.8 (out of a possible 709) to beat Harald Stenvaag of Norway by .6 of a point.
SKIING—PETER ROTH of West Germany won the first slalom event of the World Cup season, defeating Michael Tritscher of Austria by .01 of a second, at Mount Hutt, New Zealand. In the giant slalom, FREDRIK NYBERG of Sweden climbed from third place to victory with his second run.
TENNIS-STEFAN EDBERG crushed Brad Gilbert 6-1, 6-1 to win his second tour event in as many weeks and $170,200, in Mason, Ohio. With his quarterfinal victory over Michael Chang, Edberg overtook Ivan Lendl on the ATP computer as the No. 1 men's player in the world.
Jordi Arrese beat Nicklas Kulti 7-6, 7-6 to win the Czechoslovak Open and $21,370, in Prague.
Steffi Graf defeated Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere 6-3, 6-2 to win a tournament and $45,000 in San Diego. The title was Graf's 50th; she is only the third woman in tennis's Open era to win as many.
MILEPOSTS-PLACED ON PROBATION: For five years by the NCAA, the UPSALA COLLEGE (Division III) men's basketball program, after an investigation revealed that over a four-year period from 1984 to '88, various players were paid as much as $11,000. The penalties will include a three-year ban on appearing in the NCAA tournament.
SIGNED: To nonbinding scholarship agreements to attend UCLA, prep forward ED O'BANNON, 18, and guard SHON TARVER, 17, who both had committed last spring to similar agreements with Nevada-Las Vegas. UNLV was placed on probation in July for recruiting and other violations.
With Maccabi Tel Aviv, University of Connecticut forward NADAV HENEFELD, 22. Henefeld, who was last season's Big East Rookie of the Year, had two years of collegiate eligibility remaining.
SUSPENDED: For 60 days, by major league baseball, San Francisco Giants outfielder RICK LEACH, 33, after failing a drug test. Leach, who had tested positive for marijuana in 1989, is scheduled to enroll in a rehabilitation program.
TRADED: By the Montreal Expos, lefthanded pitcher ZANE SMITH, 29, to the Pittsburgh Pirates for left-handed pitcher SCOTT RUSKIN, 27, and two minor leaguers.
DIED: HARRY (Cookie) LAVAGETTO, 77, former third baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Brooklyn Dodgers; of a heart attack; in Orinda, Calif. In the fourth game of the 1947 World Series between the Dodgers and the New York Yankees, Lavagetto, who batted .269 over his 10-year career, broke up a no-hitter by Yankee pitcher Bill Bevens when he doubled with two out in the ninth inning. The hit drove in two runs and gave the Dodgers a 3-2 win.