BOWLING—SAM FLANAGAN of Parkersburg, W. Va. defeated top-seeded Earl Anthony 269-258 to win the $70,000 Fresno Open.
BOXING—ALEXIS ARGUELLO of Nicaragua scored a technical knockout over Rafael (Bazooka) Limon of Mexico in the 11th round in New York City to retain his WBC super-featherweight championship.
Betulio Gonzales of Venezuela scored a 12th-round knockout over Shoji Oguma of Japan to retain his WBA flyweight title in Utsunomiya, Japan.
GOLF—LARRY NELSON birdied the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to defeat Ben Crenshaw and win the $300,000 Western Open in Oak Brook, Ill. Both players ended regulation play in two-under-par 286.
Hollis Stacy parred the second hole of a three-way sudden-death playoff to win the $100,000 Mayflower Classic in Noblesville, Ind. Stacy finished regulation play tied with Laura Baugh and Judy Rankin at three-under-par 273.
HORSE RACING—STATE DINNER ($9.60), ridden by Jorge Velasquez, won the $131,875 Suburban Handicap at Belmont for his third straight stakes victory, finishing half a length ahead of Mr. Brea. Favored Alydar was third. The 4-year-old colt covered the 1¼ miles in 2:01[3/5].
Coastal ($3.20), ridden by Ruben Hernandez, scored a four-length victory over Private Account to win the $106,400 Dwyer Stakes at Belmont Park. The 3-year-old colt set a stakes record of 1:47 for the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles.
MOTOR SPORTS—NEIL BONNETT, driving a Mercury, won the $208,000 Firecracker 400 at Daytona, in a race-record 172.890 mph, finishing two car lengths ahead of Benny Parsons in an Oldsmobile (page 57).
ROWING—Competing as the THAMES TRADESMEN, the British National eight defeated Yale in the Grand Challenge Cup for heavweight crews at Henley-on-Thames. The Tradesmen covered the one-mile, 550-yard course in 6:35. Yale's junior varsity heavyweight eights won the Ladies Challenge Plate for the only American victory this year.
SOCCER—NASL: League-leading scorer Giorgio Chinaglia has long grown used to boos from the crowds, but the taunts of a Meadowlands maintenance man during a practice session on Friday proved too much. Three maintenance men were sent to the hospital in a brawl between Chinaglia and three other Cosmos and the maintenance men. None of the Cosmos was injured. Back on the field the next night, Chinaglia scored his 21st goal as the Cosmos defeated New England 2-1. Paul Hammond got his fifth shutout of the season as Houston beat San Jose 4-0. In a foul-ridden game between Rochester and Tampa Bay—the Lancers were charged with 27, the Rowdies with 17—Tampa Bay defeated Rochester 4-0 before 45,888 spectators in Tampa Stadium. In Los Angeles the Aztecs beat Atlanta 1-0 in front of 42,496 in the Rose Bowl. Both crowds were team records. With the season two-thirds over the only race for first place is in the West. California defeated Memphis 3-2 to move within nine points of San Diego in the American Conference West. Los Angeles lost ground when Peter Nover scored with one second remaining to give San Diego a 2-1 victory over the Aztecs. Vancouver moved back into first in the National Conference West after L.A.'s loss and a 3-1 defeat of Seattle by the Whitecaps. Houston remained undefeated at home with a 4-2 win over Philadelphia, increasing its Astrodome record to 11-0. The Cosmos are the only other team undefeated at home.
ASL: The New Jersey Americans, who went all the way to the Eastern finals last year, have been battling to climb out of the cellar all season, which they finally did with a 2-0 victory over Columbus. The defending-champion New York Apollo lost 2-1 to the New York Eagles for its sixth consecutive defeat. The Apollo added number seven to their record with a 1-0 loss to Cleveland. Los Angeles maintained a firm hold on second place by means of a 1-1 tie with California and a 3-0 victory over Indianapolis.
SWIMMING—Three world records were set at the Pan-American Games in San Juan, Puerto Rico. JESSE VASSALLO of Mission Viejo, Calif. broke Graham Smith's mark in the 200-meter individual medley by .33 of a second with a clocking of 2:03.29; MARY MEAGHER of Louisville was timed in 2:09.77 in the 200 butterfly, trimming .1 of a second off the record held jointly by Tracy Caulkins of Nashville and Andrea Pollack of East Germany; and CYNTHIA WOODHEAD of Riverside, Calif. lowered her own mark for the 200 freestyle by .1 of a second with her 1:58.43 clocking (page 22).
TENNIS—BJORN BORG defeated Roscoe Tanner 6-7, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to win the Wimbledon men's singles title for the fourth year in a row. MARTINA NAVRATILOVA retained her women's singles championship by beating Chris Evert Lloyd 6-4, 6-4. BILLIE JEAN KING won a record 20th title, teaming with Navratilova for a 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 doubles victory over Wendy Turnbull and Betty Stove. JOHN McENROE and PETER FLEMING defeated Brian Gottfried and Raul Ramirez 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 for the men's doubles crown (page 14).
TRACK & FIELD—MIKE CARTER of Dallas set a world junior shotput record of 67'9" at the U.S.-Soviet dual meet in Boston. The 18-year-old Carter broke the mark of 66'10½" set by Terry Albritton of the U.S. in 1974.
Sebastian Coe of Great Britain established a world record of 1:42.4 in the 800-meter run in Oslo. Coe broke the mark set by Alberto Juantorena of Cuba in 1977.
VOLLEYBALL—IVA: The Denver Comets, who finished last in the Continental Division in 1978, gained a 3½-game lead over defending division-title holder Tucson. With the season ending in a month, Denver could be in contention for the league championship, which has been won by a California team every year since the league's inception in 1975. Santa Barbara won three of four to take a five-game lead in the Western Division, while Albuquerque dropped two matches for a 4-18 record, the worst in the league. San Jose, at the bottom of the Western Division, lost six straight, including two 3-0 sweeps to Tucson and Denver.
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: FRED CREIGHTON, 46, as coach of the Boston Bruins. Creighton was fired by the Atlanta Flames in May after 4½ seasons, four playoff appearances and a 156-136-56 record.
DIED: NBA referee MARVIN (MENDY) RUDOLPH, 53; of a heart attack; in New York City. During his 22-year career, Rudolph officiated a professional-record 2,112 games.
Elizabeth (Bunny) Ryan, 88, during the women's championship match at Wimbledon. Ryan won 19 Wimbledon titles between 1914 and 1934—12 women's doubles and seven mixed-doubles championships—a record that Billie Jean King eclipsed by winning the women's doubles with Martina Navratilova last week.