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A Roundup of the Week Aug. 17-23

BOXING—MARLON STARLING scored an 11th-round TKO over Mark Breland to win the WBA welterweight championship in Columbia, S.C. The fight was Breland's first title defense and marked the Olympic gold medalist's first professional defeat (page 13).

CANOEING—GREG BARTON of Homer, Mich., seized two golds in single kayak races and became the lone U.S. medalist at the world championships in Duisburg, West Germany. In the 1,000 meters his 3:53.46 edged Ferenc Csipes of Hungary by 3.36; in the 10,000 his 41:59.69 bettered by 53.53 the time of Attila Szabo of Czechoslovakia.

GOLF—D.A. WEIBRING edged Larry Nelson and Greg Norman by one stroke in a PGA event in Oak Brook, Ill. Weibring, whose 54-hole total of 207 was nine under par, pocketed $144,000.

Betsy King won $33,750 and her fourth LPGA tournament this year by firing a six-under-par 207 in Galloway Township, N.J. King beat Nancy Lopez by three shots.

Kay Cockerill became the second player in 47 years to successfully defend the U.S. Women's Amateur title when she beat Tracy Kerdyk 3 and 2 at the Rhode Island Country Club in Barrington.

HARNESS RACING—Charging through a 16-mph head wind down the stretch, MACK LOBELL established a world record for trotters in the Review Stakes at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. The 3-year-old colt finished the mile in 1:52⅕ lopping 1[2/5] seconds off the standard set by Prakas in 1985.

HORSE RACING—JAVA GOLD ($8.40), ridden by Pat Day, won the Travers Stakes and $673,800, defeating Cryptoclearance by two lengths on a sloppy track at Saratoga. The 3-year-old colt covered the 1¼ miles in 2:02 (page 14).

Bordeaux Bob ($18), Chris Antley up, rallied for a one-length win over Silver Comet in the Iselin Handicap at Monmouth Park. The 4-year-old colt ran the 1‚Öõ miles in 1:48[1/5] to earn $165,120.

MOTOR SPORTS—DALE EARNHARDT, driving a Chevrolet Monte Carlo, held off Rusty Wallace, in a Pontiac, by 5.50 seconds to win the Busch 500. Earnhardt, averaging 90.373 mph on the .533-mile oval, picked up his ninth NASCAR victory in 20 starts this year and earned $47,175.

PAN AMERICAN GAMES—In Indianapolis, the U.S. men's basketball team had its string of 34 straight victories, dating back to 1971, snapped in the championship game by BRAZIL, 120-115. Oscar Schmidt paced the visitors with 46 points. CUBA, too, played the disrespectful guest, winning a record 10 of 12 golds in boxing and beating the U.S. 13-9 in the baseball final. The U.S. did thump Brazil in women's hoops, 111-87, behind Katrina McClain's 30 points and 11 rebounds. And SABRINA MAR of the U.S. won the women's all-around gymnastics title. The most successful of all Pan Am athletes was Argentinian roller skater JOSE LUIS LOZANO, who triumphed in five of the seven racing events (page 15).

SWIMMING—At the European Championships in Strasbourg, France, six world records fell—two to TAMAS DARNYI of Hungary. Darnyi clocked a 4:15.42 in the 400 individual medley to shave .70 of a second off the standard set by Dave Wharton of the United States earlier this year, then reeled off a 2:00.56 in the 200 IM, breaking by .86 the record set in 1984 by Canada's Alex Baumann. ANKE M‚Äö√†√∂‚àö¬±HRING paced the East German women, who won 14 of 16 events, by covering the 800 freestyle in 8:19.53. She slashed 2.91 seconds off the mark set in July by Janet Evans of the U.S. With a 1:07.91 in the 100 breaststroke, East Germany's SILKE HOERNER bettered by .20 the year-old record of teammate Sylvia Gerasch. Both 800 freestyle-relay marks were lowered: The GDR women cut 3.86 off their own 1986 record with a 7:55.47, while the West German men beat the 1984 U.S. team's time by 2.59 with a 7:13.10.

TENNIS—STEFAN EDBERG whipped Boris Becker 6-4, 6-1 to win $48,000 and the ATP Championship, in Mason, Ohio.

At a tournament in Toronto, PAM SHRIVER beat Zina Garrison 6-4, 6-1 to take the $50,000 first prize and top $3 million in career earnings.

MILEPOSTS—ANNOUNCED: By the NFL, a supplemental draft on Aug. 28 for Ohio State wide receiver CRIS CARTER, 21, and Pittsburgh running back CHARLES GLADMAN, 20. Both players were declared ineligible for the coming season (page 19).

DISQUALIFIED: From the Pan Am Games, U.S. hammer thrower BILL GREEN, 27, along with two athletes from Venezuela and Nicaragua, all for failing drug tests. Green, of Torrance, Calif., tested positive for testosterone and will be stripped of the silver medal he won on Aug. 10.

DROPPED: By state prosecutors in Miami, charges of sexual battery and kidnapping against former junior welterweight champ AARON PRYOR, 31, after the woman he allegedly assaulted could not be found to testify. Pryor pleaded no contest to two counts of aggravated assault and was fined $5,000.

FINED: $5,000 by CART, veteran driver A.J. FOYT, 52, for a run-in with a race official after the Pocono 500 on Aug. 16. Foyt was also put on probation for one year.

NAMED: As head basketball coach at Providence College, GORDON CHIESA, 37, a top assistant with the Friars the past two years. Chiesa replaces Rick Pitino, who resigned to become head coach of the New York Knicks of the NBA.

SIGNED: By the Los Angeles Raiders, an agreement to build in Irwindale, Calif. (pop. 1,040), a 65,000-seat stadium by 1990. The city's residents will vote on Nov. 3 on a bond issue to help underwrite a $115 million loan to the NFL team.

TRADED: By the New York Giants, BOBBY JOHNSON, 25, who led the Super Bowl champs' wide receivers in catches last season, to the San Diego Chargers for a 1988 draft choice.

By the Pittsburgh Pirates, pitcher RICK REUSCHEL, 38, to the San Francisco Giants for reliever JEFF ROBINSON, 26, and minor league pitcher Scott Medvin, 25.

VOIDED: By the NBA, the trade of forward KEITH LEE, 24, of the Cleveland Cavaliers to Portland for guard JIM PAXSON, 30, because Lee flunked the Trail Blazers' physical exam.

DIED: DIDIER PIRONI, 35, a former F/1 car driver who won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1978; and two other Frenchmen, in an accident during a powerboat race; off the Isle of Wight, England.

Retired Brooklyn judge JULIUS HELFAND, 84, who served as New York State Athletic Commission chairman from 1955 to 1958 and whose investigations into boxing disclosed match-fixing, the monopolistic control of managers and the influence of organized crime; of complications after brain surgery; in West Palm Beach, Fla.