ARENA FOOTBALL—Chicago, which ran its record to 10-0, hardly needed its high-powered offense as its special teams and defense scored three touchdowns each to lead the Bruisers to a 68-25 win over New England. Reggie Smith returned a kickoff and a field goal attempt for scores, and Carl Aikens brought back a kickoff 50 yards for a touchdown. On defense, Bruisers defensive back Steve Thonn scored on a 16-yard runback of a fumble and an 18-yard interception return, and Daryl Hart carried a recovered fumble four yards for a TD (page 26). With the loss, New England (2-8) dropped into a last-place tie with New York, which beat Los Angeles 40-30 behind Mark Casale's 16-of-31 passing, for 161 yards. Detroit (7-3) clinched second place with a 28-9 win over No. 3 Pittsburgh (5-5) as Drive running back Walter Holman scored two touchdowns, one on a four-yard reception and another on a one-yard run.
BOWLING—TOM CRITES defeated George Bran-ham 276-202 in the title game to win the PBA Seattle Open and $16,000.
GOLF—SALLY LITTLE sank a 35-foot birdie putt on the final hole to beat Laura Davies by one stroke and win the du Maurier Classic in Coquitlam, B.C. Little shot a nine-under-par 279 for the 72 holes to collect $75,000.
Jim Benepe shot a final-round 70 for a 72-hole total of 278,10 under par, to beat Peter Jacobsen by one shot and win the Western Open in Oak Brook. Ill. Benepe earned $162,000 for the victory.
HORSE RACING—SEEKING THE GOLD ($2.60), with Pat Day in the saddle, won the Dwyer Stakes at Belmont by 1¾ lengths over Evening Kris. The 3-year-old colt ran the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:48 to earn $137,040. Also at Belmont, GOODBYE HALO ($3.40), Jorge Velasquez up, beat Aptostar by 1¾ lengths to win the Coaching Club American Oaks, the third leg of the Triple Tiara for Fillies. The 3-year-old covered the 1½ miles in 2:32[4/5] and collected $170,400.
Iz A Saros ($24.40), ridden by Aaron Gryder, won the Silver Screen Handicap at Hollywood Park by 2½ lengths over Stalwars. The 3-year-old ran the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:49 to earn the $95,900 winner's purse.
HYDROPLANE RACING—SCOTT PIERCE, driving Mr. Pringle's, won the Madison (Ind.) Regatta for unlimited hydroplanes by 5.3 seconds over George Woods Jr., in Oh Boy! Oberto. Pierce averaged 118.593 mph in the final heat over five laps of the 2½-mile Ohio River course.
MOTOR SPORTS—BILL ELLIOTT, driving a Ford, beat Rick Wilson, in an Oldsmobile, by 18 inches to win the NASCAR Firecracker 400 and $63,500, in Daytona. Elliott averaged 163.302 mph for the 160 laps around the 2.5-Mile Daytona International Speedway tri-Oval.
Alain Prost, driving a McLaren-Honda, finished 31.752 seconds ahead of Ayrton Senna, also in a McLaren-Honda, to win the French Grand Prix in Le Castellet. Prost averaged 116.496 mph for 80 laps around the 2.369-mile circuit to complete the 189.52-mile race in 1:37:37.328.
Mario Andretti, in a Lola-Chevrolet, won the Cleveland Grand Prix Indy Car race by .910 of a second over Bobby Rahal, in a Lola-Judd. Andretti earned $45,660 in completing 80 laps over the 2.48-mile, 12-turn road course in 1:35:46.316 for an average speed of 124.295 mph.
ROWING—At the Henley Royal Regatta on the Thames, the British team from the Leander Club and the University of London upset the Australian Institute for Sport to win the Grand Challenge Cup for elite eights. In another surprise, HAMISH McGLASHAN of Australia defeated Andy Sudduth of the U.S. to win the Diamond Challenge Sculls. England's Leander Club won the Stewards' Challenge Cup for fours without coxswain by defeating the U.S. four from the Philadelphia-based Penn Athletic Rowing Association. TED SWIN-FORD and JOHN RILEY of the Penn club won the Silver Goblets and Nickalls' Challenge Cup for pairs without coxswain.
SAILING—KOOKABURRA III, the Australian yacht that last year lost the America's Cup, sailed to victory in both the fleet and the match-race segments of the Midnight Sun 12-meter World Championship, in Lulea, Sweden. Kookaburra III, skippered by Peter Gilmour, beat Bengal III of Japan, with Skip Lissiman at the helm, by 2.5 points to win the eight-race fleet program. Gilmour again defeated Bengal III for the match-race title.
TENNIS—STEFFI GRAF defeated Martina Navratilova 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 to win the women's singles championship at Wimbledon. In the rain-delayed men's singles final, STEFAN EDBERG beat Boris Becker 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-2 (page 18).
MILEPOSTS—APPROVED: By the Illinois General Assembly in a last minute vote, a plan that, among a number of concessions to the Chicago White Sox, would finance a new stadium to replace 78-year-old Comiskey Park as the Sox' home. The vote means that the White Sox, whose owners had threatened to move them to St. Petersburg, Fla., will probably remain in Chicago.
NAMED: As coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, GENE UBRIACO, 50, a former Penguins player who has spent 12 seasons coaching in the minor leagues, most recently with the Baltimore Skipjacks of the AHL.
As football coach at Division I-AA Northern Iowa, EARLE BRUCE, 57, who succeeded Woody Hayes at Ohio State in 1979 and led the Buckeyes to an 81-26-1 record in nine years before he was fired on Nov. 17.
As basketball coach at Southern Methodist, JOHN SHUMATE, 37, an assistant coach at Notre Dame for the past two seasons and a former head coach at Grand Canyon College.
SOLD: The NHL HARTFORD WHALERS, by its 16-member partnership of owners, to Hartford businessmen Donald G. Conrad and Richard H. Gordon, for $31 million.
SUSPENDED: From international soccer competition for two years, by FIFA, world soccer's governing body, MEXICO; for using players over the age limit of 20 on its national junior team. The ban will prevent Mexico from competing in the 1988 Olympics, for which it had already qualified, and the 1990 World Cup.
TRADED: By the Chicago Bulls, forward CHARLES OAKLEY, 24, to the New York Knicks for center BILL CARTWRIGHT, 30. The Knicks and Bulls also exchanged first-and third-round choices in the NBA draft (page 56).
By the Sacramento Kings, guard REGGIE THEUS, 30, to the Atlanta Hawks for guard RANDY WITTMAN, 29, and the Hawks' 1988 first-round draft choice.
DIED: ROBERT O. (Bob) FISHEL, 74, a major league baseball publicist and executive for more than 40 years who worked for the St. Louis Browns, the New York Yankees and the American League; of a heart attack; in New York City.