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A roundup of the week July 2-8


BOXING—106 pounds: Paul Gonzales, Los Angeles; 112: Steve McCrory, Detroit; 119: Robert Shannon, Edmonds, Wash.; 125: Meldrick Taylor, Philadelphia; 132: Pernell Whitaker, Norfolk, Va.; 139: Jerry Page, Columbus, Ohio; 147: Mark Breland, Brooklyn; 156: Frank Tate, Detroit; 165: Virgil Hill, Williston, N. Dak.; 178: Evander Holyfield, Atlanta; 201: Henry Tillman, Los Angeles; Super Heavyweight: Tyrell Biggs, Philadelphia (page 18).

DIVING—MEN'S PLATFORM: Greg Louganis, Mission Viejo, Calif.; Bruce Kimball, Ann Arbor, Mich. MEN'S SPRINGBOARD: Louganis; Ron Merriott, Columbus, Ohio. WOMEN'S PLATFORM: Michele Mitchell, Mission Viejo; Wendy Wyland, Mission Viejo. WOMEN'S SPRINGBOARD: Kelly McCormick, Columbus, Ohio; Chris Seufert, Ann Arbor (page 42).

EQUESTRIAN—DRESSAGE: Robert Dover, Alexandria, Va.; Hilda Gurney, Moorpark, Calif.; Sandy Pflueger-Clarke, Honolulu. THREE-DAY EVENT: Bruce Davidson, Unionville, Pa.; Torrance Watkins Fleischmann, The Plains, Va.; J. Michael Plumb, Dover, Mass.; Karen Stives, Dover. SHOW JUMPING: Leslie Burr, Westport, Conn.; Joe Fargis, Petersburg, Va.; Conrad Homfeld, Petersburg; Anne Kursinski, Pasadena, Calif.; Melanie Smith, Litchfield, Conn.

BOXING—WBA junior bantamweight champion JIRO WATANABE won the undisputed world title with a 12-round split decision over Payao Pooltarat, the WBC champion, in Osaka, Japan. The WBA later stripped Watanabe of its version of the title, citing warnings it had given him not to fight in a title bout conducted under WBC rules.

PRO FOOTBALL—ARIZONA advanced to the USFL championship game in Tampa with a 35-23 victory over Los Angeles in the Western Conference title game (page 44). The Wranglers' opponent will be Philadelphia, which knocked off Birmingham 20-10 in the Eastern Conference final.

GOLF—TOM WATSON sank a 25-foot putt for a birdie on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff with Greg Norman to win the $400,000 Western Open in Oak Brook, Ill. Watson and Norman finished regulation play with eight-under-par 280s.

Lauri Peterson, shooting a one-over-par 73, beat Nancy Lopez by two strokes to win the LPGA's $175,000 Jamie Farr Toledo tournament.

HORSE RACING—FIT TO FIGHT ($3.80), Jerry Bailey up, won the $340,500 Suburban Handicap at Belmont by 3¾ lengths over Canadian Factor. The 5-year-old colt's time for 1¼ miles was 2:00[3/5]

Track Barron ($2.80), with Jean Cruguet in the irons, won the $168,500 Dwyer Stakes for 3-year-olds at Belmont by 13½ lengths over Darn That Alarm. The winning colt breezed through the 1‚⅛-mile race in l:47[4/5].

Class play ($11.80), also ridden by Cruguet, won the $229,200 Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont, the third jewel of the Triple Crown for 3-year-old fillies, by 1½ lengths over Life's Magic. Class Play's time for the 1 ½ miles was 2:29[4/5].

Moment to buy ($8.60), with Thomas Chapman in the saddle, won the $164,900 Hollywood Oaks by a neck over Mitterand. The 3-year-old filly's time for the 1‚⅛ miles was 1:49[1/5].

MOTOR SPORTS—RICHARD PETTY drove a Pontiac Grand Prix to victory in the Firecracker 400 in Daytona Beach, Fla. He averaged 171.204 mph on the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway oval to beat Harry Gant, in a Chevrolet Monte Carlo.

Keke Rosberg, surviving track temperatures that surpassed 140°, wheeled his Williams Honda racer to victory at the inaugural Dallas Grand Prix for Formula One cars. By averaging 80.283 mph around a 2.424-mile Texas State Fair Park circuit pocked by crumbling asphalt and concrete, he defeated René Arnoux, in a Ferrari, by 22.464 seconds. Only eight of the 25 starters were running at the finish.

Danny Sullivan averaged 118.734 mph in his Lola T-800C around the 2.48-mile downtown course to win the $355,250 Cleveland Grand Prix for Indy Cars by more than two laps over Chip Ganassi, in a March 84C.

ROAD RACING—FILBERT BAYI won the Peachtree 10-km race in Atlanta in 28:35, beating runner-up Ashley Johnson by seven seconds. In the women's division, BETTY SPRINGS won in 32:55, .51 second better than Carol Urish-McLatchey.

SOCCER—NASL: Playing before a Fourth of July crowd of 34,372 in Tampa Stadium, the Rowdies avenged an earlier 9-0 rout by Golden Bay with a 2-1 win over the Earthquakes. Tiny (5'7") Tatu scored the winning goal for Tampa Bay on a header at 56:41, while Steve Zungul, the league's top scorer, got the Quakes' only goal. He then added one goal and two assists in Golden Bay's 4-1 win over Tulsa. Zungul now has 30 points (12 goals and six assists) for the season. Toronto knocked off Eastern Division-leading Chicago 2-0, then returned home to beat Tampa Bay 9-1. Western Division-leading Vancouver got goals from Fran O'Brien and Frans Thijssen in a 2-1 win over the Cosmos.

TENNIS—At Wimbledon, JOHN McENROE walloped Jimmy Connors 6-1, 6-1, 6-2, to win the men's singles championship; MARTINA NAVRATILOVA won her fifth women's singles title and third in a row with a 7-6, 6-2 victory over Chris Evert Lloyd; McENROE and PETER FLEMING defeated Pat Cash and Paul McNamee 6-2, 5-7, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to win the men's doubles championship; NAVRATILOVA and PAM SHRIVER beat Anne Smith and Kathy Jordan 6-3, 6-4 in the women's doubles; and JOHN LLOYD and WENDY TURNBULL beat Steve Denton and Jordan 6-3, 6-3 to win the mixed doubles (page 10).

TRACK & FIELD—FERNANDO MAMEDE of Portugal established a world record of 27:13.81 in the 10,000-meter run in Stockholm. The old mark (27:22.4) was set by Henry Rono in 1978.

Yuri Sedykh of the Soviet Union established a world record in the hammer throw with a toss of 283'3" in Cork, Ireland, surpassing by 7'3¼" the mark set by countryman Sergei Litvinov in 1983.

MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As USFL Player of the Year, Houston Gamblers rookie quarterback JIM KELLY, 24. Kelly led the Gamblers to a 13-5 record and a playoff berth by passing for 5,219 yards and throwing 44 touchdown passes, a pro record.

As USFL Coach of the Year, Philadelphia's JIM MORA, 49, who guided the Stars to a 16—2 record, the league's best regular-season mark.

RELINQUISHED: By HECTOR CAMACHO, 22, the WBC junior lightweight championship. Camacho, who has a 24-0 record with 14 knockouts, has had increasing trouble making the 130-pound weight limit and will now fight as a lightweight.

DIED: ZYGMONT (ZIGGY) CZAROBSKI, 61, an All-America tackle at Notre Dame in 1947 who was also renowned for his quick wit; of cancer, in Aurora, Ill. One day when coach Frank Leahy was lecturing the Fighting Irish, he announced, "We'll start from here. I hold in my hand a football. Now, who can tell me what this is?" With that, Czarobski said, "Hey, Coach, not so fast."