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A roundup of the week July 24-30

BOWLING—STEVE WESTBERG of Cottage Grove, Ore., rolled a 299 in the 38th game and won the $60,000 Amarillo Open. Westberg defeated Mike Durbin of Chagrin Falls, Ohio by 325 pins.

BOXING—VILOMAR FERNANDEZ of the Dominican Republic upset WBC junior lightweight champion Alexis Arguello in a nontitle bout, taking a 10-round majority decision at Madison Square Garden (page 46).

Netronoi Vorasingh of Thailand retained his WBC flyweight title with a fifth-round technical knockout of Luis Estaba of Venezuela, in Caracas.

GOLF—ROD FUNSETH shot a final-round seven-under-par 64 for a record-tying total of 264, 20 under par, to win the $210,000 Hartford Open by four strokes.

Pat Bradley shot a final-round four-under-par 68 for a total of 206, 10 under, to win the $60,000 Hoosier Classic at Plymouth, Ind. by three strokes.

HARNESS RACING—SCARLET SKIPPER ($10.20), driven by Bill Herman, won the $481,250 Woodrow Wilson Pace at the Meadowlands. The 2-year-old, which was timed in 1:57⅗ earned $240,625.

HORSE RACING—EASY TREASURE ($2.60), Robert Adair up, won the $400,000 Kindergarten Stakes for quarter horses at Los Alamitos by half a length over Some Romance. The 2-year-old was timed in a stakes-record 19.88 seconds for 400 yards.

MOTOR SPORTS—MARIO ANDRETTI, driving a JPS Lotus 79, averaged 129.88 mph on the 4.2-mile Hockenheimring track to win the German Grand Prix. The win put Andretti in a commanding lead for the drivers' championship.

Darrell Waltrip, driving a Chevrolet, averaged a track-record 142.540 mph on the 2½-mile Pocono International Raceway tri-oval to win the $154,175 Coca-Cola 500 at Long Pond, Pa. He beat David Pearson by half a second.

SOCCER—NASL: 19 games ago, Chicago had a 0-10 record and was in last place in the American Conference Central Division. But on June 19 the Sting acquired Forward Arno Steffenhagen from Hamburg of West Germany's First Division league and has been stinging opponents ever since. Steffenhagen has scored 12 goals in his last 11 games, including two in a 3-1 win over Memphis. Although Philadelphia got an overtime goal from Pat Fidelia to beat the Sting 3-2, Chicago is in second place in the division, 12 points ahead of fading Houston. The Hurricane lost a pair of 4-0 games, to National Conference Central leader Tulsa—with Colin Boulton picking up a league-high 10th shutout—and to Dallas. The Tornado, deadlocked with Rochester in the race for the final National Conference playoff spot, was defeated by Portland 2-1. Minnesota, which trails Tulsa by 1 point, did it again in its match against Memphis. The Rogues won 2-1 when Steve Litt kicked the ball into his own goal—a feat previously performed by teammates Alan Merrick and Ace Ntsoelengoe. Giorgio Chinaglia set a league record for points scored in a season in the Cosmos' 3-1 win over Toronto. Chinaglia had a goal to give him 71 points, breaking the mark established by John Kowalik of Chicago in 1968. New England's Mike Flanagan, who is chasing Chinaglia for the scoring title, tied the record for most goals in a season, getting his 30th in a 2-1 win over Washington. The Diplomats also lost to Rochester, 1-0, with Joszef Horvath scoring the only goal. Oakland, fighting for a wild-card berth, defeated California 2-1, and San Jose won its second straight, 2-1 over San Diego.

ASL: New Jersey won two games and regained second place in the East. The Americans broke a three-game losing streak by defeating Connecticut 3-0, then beat Indy 2-1 on goals by Juan Cano and Jose Neto. The New York Eagles, who dropped to third, lost to Connecticut 3-2 when Fortunado Campomello scored the winning goal for the Yankees. Sacramento also won twice, beating Cleveland 3-1 on Emilio John's two goals, then upsetting California 1-0. Southern California moved to within six points of Western Division leader Los Angeles with a 1-0 victory over Cleveland. Southern California Goalkeeper John Granville improved his league-leading goals-against average to 0.75 and got his sixth shutout, also a league high. The New York Apollo defeated Indy 6-1 behind Kevin Mahon's two goals and Edner Breton's goal and three assists.

SWIMMING—PENNY DEAN of Santa Clara, Calif. broke the record for men and women for swimming the English Channel by crossing from England to France in 7 hours, 42 minutes—more than an hour faster than the record set last year by Nasser El Shazli of Egypt.

TENNIS—HAROLD SOLOMON beat John Alexander 6-2, 6-2 to win the $175,000 Louisville International.

WTT: Los Angeles won four straight and moved past slumping Golden Gate into second place in the Western Division. The Strings beat the Gaters 26-23 in overtime, with Ilie Nastase winning in both singles and mixed doubles; New York 26-21 as Chris Evert defeated JoAnne Russell 6-0; Indiana 27-19 with Evert beating Dianne Fromholtz 6-3; and New Orleans 28-25. The Gaters have lost nine of 10 and dropped 214 games behind Los Angeles and 6½ in back of division leader San Diego. The Friars swept a home-and-home series from the Gaters, triumphing 32-28 at Oakland with Mona Guerrant defeating Virginia Wade 7-6, then winning 23-22 in a super tie-breaker in San Diego. In the East, Boston split four matches and maintained its 9-game lead over New York. One of those two victories was a 30-20 defeat of San Diego in what could have been a preview of the league-championship final. The Lobsters did it without Martina Navratilova, who was home in Dallas with a reported shoulder injury.

VOLLEYBALL—Denver defeated Orange County, Tucson and Seattle, and moved into playoff contention in the Continental Division, three games behind second-place El Paso-Juarez. Faltering Tucson lost three straight. Santa Barbara stretched its winning streak to five with victories over Denver and Tucson. Orange County solidified its lock on second place in the Western Division, sweeping a home-and-home series from San Diego.

MILEPOSTS—ANNOUNCED: By owner Carroll Rosen-bloom, the shift of the Los Angeles Rams to suburban Anaheim, 35 miles to the south, beginning with the 1980 season. The Rams will move from the 90,000-seat Los Angeles Coliseum to the 43,204-seat Anaheim Stadium, which will be enlarged to seat 70,000.

NAMED: To coach the 1980 U.S. Olympic basketball team, DAVE GAVITT, 40, who has a 199-68 record in nine seasons at Providence.

REHIRED: By the New York Yankees, BILLY MARTIN, 50, who resigned under pressure last week, as manager for the 1980 season, replacing Bob Lemon, who will manage the club through 1979, then become general manager (page 13).

SUSPENDED: For at least 40 games by the NHL, New York Ranger Right Wing DON MURDOCH, for his conviction on charges of possession of cocaine in Toronto last April.