BASEBALL—CUBA defeated Nicaragua two games to none to win its fourth straight world baseball championship, in Edmonton. The Cubans were led by designated hitter Orestes Kindelan, who had three home runs and six RBIs in the two games. The United States finished seventh.
BASKETBALL—YUGOSLAVIA defeated the Soviet Union 92-75 to win the gold medal at the world basketball championships, in Buenos Aires. Yugoslavia was led by Drazen Petrovic, who scored 20 points in the title game. The United States beat Puerto Rico 107-105 for the bronze.
BOWLING—PETE WEBER defeated Ron Williams 257-251 to win a PBA tournament and $20,000 in Green Bay.
BOXING—ORLANDO CANIZALES retained his IBF bantamweight title with a fifth-round knockout of Eddie Rangel, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
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Maurice Blocker won the WBC welterweight title by a 12-round majority decision over Marlon Starling, in Reno.
EQUESTRIAN—ANNE KURSINSKI, riding Top Seed, had two penalty-free rounds and a jump-off time of 31.21 to win $15,000 and a Grandprix event in Bartlett, N.H.
GOLF—DAVIS LOVE III accumulated 14 points to defeat Steve Pate, Peter Senior and Eduardo Romero by three points and win the International, in Castle Rock, Colo. The tournament employs the Stableford scoring system, adding points to a golfer's score for eagles and birdies and subtracting points for bogeys. Love's victory was worth $180,000.
Betsy King eagled the last hole as she shot a final-round four-under-par 68 to win an LPGA tour event in New Rochelle, N.Y. King, who had a 15-under-par 273 for the tournament, collected $60,000 (page 32).
Mark James birdied the first hole of sudden death to defeat Sam Torrance and win the English Open, in Sutton Coldfield. James shot a four-under-par 284 and earned $121,524.
Rives McBee shot a final-round four-under-par 68 to beat Lee Trevino and Don Bies by a stroke and win a Senior PGA Tour event in Jeremy Ranch, Utah. McBee, who shot a 14-under-par 202 for the tournament, took home $52,500.
HARNESS RACING—DIE LAUGHING ($8.20), driven by Richie Silverman, came from ninth place to defeat Silver Almahurst by a nose and win the Woodrow Wilson Pace, at the Meadowlands. The 2-year-old colt covered the mile in 1:52[1/5] and earned $521,750.
Fortune Leader ($3.20), with Joe Marsh Jr. in the sulky, led from wire to wire to beat No Caveats by 12 lengths and win the New Jersey Sire Stakes, at Freehold Raceway. The 3-year-old colt went the mile in 1:54[2/5] and earned $18,050.
Miss Easy ($2.20), driven by John Campbell, raced to a three-length victory over Laugh Line in the Sweetheart Pace, at the Meadowlands. Miss Easy, who set a track record for 2-year-old fillies with a mile time of 1:52⅗ collected $542,192.
HORSE RACING—RHYTHM ($15), ridden by Craig Per-ret, broke last but rallied to defeat Shot Gun Scott by 3½ lengths and win the Travers Stakes, at Saratoga, and a purse of $707,100. The 3-year-old colt covered the 1¼ miles in 2:02[3/5] (page 34).
Double Wedge ($17.80), Robbie Davis up, came from behind to beat Reluctant Guest by three quarters of a length and win the Ramona Handicap, at Del Mar. The 5-year-old mare ran the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:49 and earned $158,000.
Bearly Cooking ($18.20), with Don Simington in the saddle, took the lead down the homestretch to defeat Island Jamboree by a neck and win the Sangue Handicap, at Louisiana Downs, and a prize of $30,000. The 7-year-old mare covered the 1[1/16]-mile turf course in 1:42.
Personal Business ($7), ridden by Chris Antley, beat Buy The Firm by a nose to win the John A. Morris Handicap, at Saratoga. Personal Business, a 4-year-old filly, ran the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:51[1/5] to earn $70,200.
MOTOR SPORTS—MARK MARTIN, driving a Ford Thunderbird, added to his Winston Cup point lead by defeating Greg Sacks, in a Chevrolet Lumina, by 1.7 seconds to win a NASCAR event in Brooklyn, Mich. Martin averaged 138.821 mph over the 200 laps of the two-mile high-banked oval and earned $71,200.
Geoff Brabham, driving a Nissan GTP ZX-Turbo, beat Davy Jones, in a Jaguar XJR-10, by 22.93 seconds to win an IMSA event and $40,500 in Elkhart Lake, Wis. Brabham averaged 113.111 mph for 39 laps of the four-mile road course.
SHOOTING—HARALD STENVAAG of Norway shot a 600 (out of a possible 600) to beat Norbert Sturny of Switzerland by one point and win the 300-meter free rifle prone title at the World Shooting Championships, in Moscow. Stenvaag's score established a world record, breaking the 1986 mark of Malcolm Cooper of Great Britain by one point.
TENNIS—BORIS BECKER defeated Peter Lundgren 6-3, 6-4 to win the U.S. Hardcourt Championships and $137,500, in Indianapolis.
Derrick Rostagno beat Todd Woodbridge 6-3, 6-3 to win a hardcourt tournament in New Haven, Conn. The victory was worth $137,500.
Monica Seles outlasted Martina Navratilova 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 to win a U.S. Open prep tournament and $70,000 in Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Joel Finnigan of Scottsdale, Ariz., beat Warren Fulgenzi of Las Vegas, N.Mex., 6-4, 6-3 to win the men's singles title at the U.S. National Amateur championships, in Kiamesha Lake, N.Y.; it was Norcross, Ga.'s RACHELE JENSEN over Lynn Staley of Seabrook, Texas, 6-2, 6-4 in the women's final.
MILEPOSTS—ARRAIGNED: Before a county magistrate in San Antonio, Milwaukee Bucks guard ALVIN ROBERTSON, 28, on a charge of misdemeanor assault with bodily injury. Robertson was arrested on Aug. 13 and accused of beating his wife, Jacquelin.
NAMED: As managing general partner of the New York Yankees, ROBERT NEDERLANDER, 57, pending the approval of the major league owners. Nederlander would replace George Steinbrenner, who was to be removed from the position as of Aug. 20 by commissioner Fay Vincent.
RETIRED: Cincinnati Reds outfielder-first baseman KEN GRIFFEY, 40, the last active member of the Big Red Machine. In 18 seasons with three different teams, Griffey batted .296, played in three All-Star games and earned two World Series rings.
WAIVED: By the Los Angeles Lakers, guard MICHAEL COOPER, 34, who in 12 seasons with the Lakers won five NBA championship rings and was selected for the All-Defensive team eight times. He signed with Italy's Il Messaggero Roma.
DIED: DALLAS BIXLER, 80, who won a gymnastics gold medal on the horizontal bar in the 1932 Olympics; of natural causes; in Buena Park, Calif.