ARENA FOOTBALL—On the final weekend of the regular season, Denver (3-1) came from behind in the closing minute to edge Chicago 41-40 at the Omni, in Atlanta. With 25 seconds remaining and the Dynamite down 40-34, quarterback Harold Smith dived in from the one to tie the score with his third rushing touchdown of the game. Gary Gussman added the point after, and the Bruisers, who had battled back from a 34-19 third-quarter deficit, fell to 1-3. Pittsburgh (3-1), led by backup quarterback Larry Barretta—who completed eight of 11 passes for 161 yards and three touchdowns—rolled over Maryland 50-30. The Commandos, playing on their own turf at the Capital Centre in Landover, Md., finished the season at 0-4. The playoffs begin this week with Chicago playing Detroit and Denver meeting Pittsburgh.
BOWLING—AMLETO MONACELLI beat Tony Westlake 204-196 in the final game to win a PBA tour event and $27,000 in Wichita, Kans.
BOXING—JORGE PAEZ survived a second-round knockdown and successfully defended his IBF featherweight title with a 12-round unanimous decision over Steve Cruz, in El Paso.
GOLF—JOHN MAHAFFEY fired a six-under-par 65 in the final round to win a PGA Tour event by three strokes over Bob Gilder, Bernhard Langer, Hubert Green and Bob Tway in Germantown, Tenn. Mahaffey finished at 12-under-par 272 and earned $180,000.
Beth Daniel shot 18 straight pars in the final round and won an LPGA tour event and $45,000 in Bethesda, Md. Daniel, who finished with an eight-under-par 205 for 54 holes, beat runner-up Sherri Turner by four strokes.
Vicki Goetze of Athens, Ga., rallied to beat Brandie Burton 4 and 3 and win the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship, in Pinehurst, N.C.
HARNESS RACING—PARK AVENUE JOE ($2.10), with Ron Waples in the sulky, finished in a dead heat with Probe ($2.10), driven by Bill Fahy, in a race-off, but was declared the winner of the 64th Hambletonian, at the Meadowlands, based on his overall record for the event's three heats. He was the runner-up to Probe in the first race and won the second, in which Probe finished ninth. Park Avenue Joe earned $565,500. The first heat was trotted in 1:54⅗ the second in 1:55[3/5] and the race-off in 2:00[2/5] (page 15).
HORSE RACING—EASY GOER ($2.60), Pat Day up, came from off the pace to beat Forever Silver, ridden by Jacinto Vasquez, by 4½ lengths and win the Whitney Handicap, at Saratoga. The 3-year-old finished the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:47[3/5] and earned $172,500.
MODERN PENTATHLON—LORI NORWOOD of Bryan, Texas, won the women's world championship, in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. Norwood, who finished the four-day, five-event competition with 5,315 points—93 more than runner-up Iren Kovacs of Hungary—is the first U.S. woman to win the title. In the team competition, POLAND beat the runner-up U.S. 15,260 to 15,128.
MOTOR SPORTS—MICHAEL ANDRETTI, driving a Lola-Chevrolet, beat Teo Fabi, in a March-Porsche, by one lap plus 26.927 seconds to win a CART event and $129,357 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich. Andretti averaged 160.210 mph for 500 miles on the two-mile banked oval.
SWIMMING—At the long-course national championships in Los Angeles, MIKE BARROWMAN set a world record of 2:12.90 in the 200-meter breast-stroke, cutting .44 of a second from the mark set by Victor Davis of Canada in the same pool at the 1984 Olympics (page 40).
TENNIS—BRAD GILBERT defeated Jim Pugh 7-5, 6-0 to win a tour event and $114,000 at Stratton Mountain, Vt.
Steffi Graf won a tournament in San Diego and the $40,000 winner's check by beating Zina Garrison 6-4, 7-5.
TRIATHLON—MARK ALLEN of Cardiff, Calif., came from behind to win the sport's first world championship, in Avignon, France. Allen covered the 1,500-meter swim, 40-km cycling leg and 10-km run in 1:58:46, to beat Glenn Cook of Great Britain by 1:18. ERIN BAKER of New Zealand won the women's competition in 2:10:02, 28 seconds ahead of Jan Ripple of Baton Rouge.
MILEPOSTS—INDUCTED: Into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, in Canton, Ohio, WILLIE WOOD, a safety for the Green Bay Packers from 1960 to '71, who had 48 career interceptions and played on two Super Bowl championship teams; ART SHELL, who played 15 years (1968-82) as an offensive tackle for the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, appearing in two Super Bowls and eight Pro Bowls; MEL BLOUNT, a cornerback who played from 1970 to '83 for the Pittsburgh Steelers and retired with 57 career interceptions and four Super Bowl rings; and TERRY BRADSHAW, Steeler quarterback over the same span, who passed for 27,989 yards and 212 touchdowns in his career and also played on the Steelers' four championship teams, earning Super Bowl MVP awards in 1978 and '79.
PLACED ON PROBATION: For three years by the NCAA, the MEMPHIS STATE football program, after an investigation determined that a player was overpaid by a booster for a summer job. The Tigers are barred from bowl visits for the upcoming season and from television appearances in 1990, and will lose four scholarships for '90-91.
SIGNED: To a one-year, $1 million-plus contract by II Messaggero Roma of the Italian basketball league, DANNY FERRY, 22. Ferry, a 6'10" forward from Duke, was the Los Angeles Clippers' No. 1 draft pick in June (page 15).
TRADED: By the Chicago White Sox, lefthander JERRY REUSS, 40, to the Milwaukee Brewers for a minor league pitcher; by the New York Mets, outfielder MOOKIE WILSON, 33, to the Toronto Blue Jays for lefthanded pitcher JEFF MUSSELMAN, 26, and a minor league player; and pitchers RICK AGUILERA, 27, TIM DRUMMOND, 24, KEVIN TAPANI, 25, and DAVE WEST, 24, plus a minor league player to be named later, to the Minnesota Twins for lefthanded pitcher FRANK VIOLA, 29.
By the Denver Broncos, offensive guard WINFORD HOOD, 27, to the Phoenix Cardinals for a conditional, undisclosed draft choice; by the Dallas Cowboys, quarterback SCOTT SECULES, 24, to the Miami Dolphins for a conditional 1990 mid-round draft choice.
DIED: Los Angeles Raider strong safety STACEY TORAN, 27, of injuries suffered in an automobile accident; in Los Angeles. Toran was the Raiders' sixth-round draft pick out of Notre Dame in 1984.
Former major league second baseman and onetime manager of the Cincinnati Reds DON HEFFNER, 78, of complications from pneumonia; in Pasadena. Heffner, who played for the Yankees, Browns, Athletics and Tigers during his 11-year career (1934-44), managed the Reds for 83 games in 1966.