ARENA FOOTBALL—The DETROIT DRIVE won its second straight league championship, beating the Pittsburgh Gladiators 39-26 in Detroit. Despite throwing five interceptions, Drive quarterback Tony Burris completed 12 of 26 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns. Detroit wide receiver Gary Mullen caught six passes for 71 yards and one touchdown, and running back Lynn Bradford led the Drive in rushing with 12 carries, 46 yards and two touchdowns.
BOXING—IBF lightweight champion PERNELL WHITAKER claimed the WBC lightweight championship and avenged his only professional loss, beating Josè Luis Ramírez by decision in a 12-round bout, in Norfolk, Va. (page 66).
Michael Nunn retained his IBF middleweight title and extended his streak to 34-0 (23 KOs) by winning a majority decision over Iran Barkley in Reno (page 11).
GOLF—GREG NORMAN won his first tournament in the U.S. in more than a year, beating Clarence Rose by two points under a modified Stableford scoring system in the International, in Castle Rock, Colo. Norman earned $180,000.
Great Britain and Ireland overcame the U.S. to win the Walker Cup 12½-11½, at Peachtree Golf Club in Atlanta (page 64).
HORSE RACING—EASY GOER ($2.40), ridden by Pat Day, surged ahead of Clever Trevor with an eighth of a mile left to win the Travers Stakes by three lengths, at Saratoga. The 3-year-old colt ran the 1¼ miles in 2:00[4/5] and earned $653,100. It was Easy Goer's third straight victory, following wins in the Belmont and the Whitney.
MOTOR SPORTS—Driving a Pontiac Grand Prix, RUSTY WALLACE won a 400-mile NASCAR event at the Michigan International Speedway, finishing in 2:32:11 for an average speed of 157.704. Wallace—who beat Morgan Shepherd, also in a Pontiac, by 15.6 seconds—earned $67,900.
Danny Sullivan, in a Penske PC18-Chevrolet, held off Rick Mears, who was driving the same type of car, by 4.226 seconds to win a 500-mile CART race at Pocono International Raceway, in Long Pond, Pa. Sullivan earned $98,618. His average speed of 170.720 broke the 15-year-old record for 500 miles at Pocono—156.701 mph, set by Johnny Rutherford.
SWIMMING—U.S. athletes set four world records in one day and won 25 of a possible 36 gold medals at the Pan Pacific Championships, in Tokyo. JANET EVANS, who stretched her winning streak to 22 races, broke her own 1988 world record in the 800 freestyle by .90 of a second with a time of 8:16.22. MIKE BARROWMAN set a world record of 2:12.89 during a qualifying heat for the men's 200 breaststroke, beating the world mark of 2:12.90 that he set on Aug. 3 and which Britain's Nick Gillingham tied in the European Championships. TOM JAGER's 22.12 in the 50 freestyle broke the world record of 22.14, set by Matt Biondi last year; and DAVE WHARTON won the 200 IM in 2:00.11, beating the record of 2:00.17, set in 1988 by Tamàs Darnyi of Hungary.
At the European Championships, in Bonn, GIORGIO LAMBERTI of Italy swam the men's 200 freestyle in a world-record 1:46.69, surpassing the 1:47.25 by Australia's Duncan Armstrong in the 1988 Olympics. ADRIAN MOORHOUSE of Great Britain broke the world record in the 100 breaststroke, clocking 1:01.49 in a qualifying heat to beat Steve Lundquist's 1:01.65 for the U.S. in the 1984 Games.
TENNIS—Top-seeded IVAN LENDL beat John McEnroe 6-1, 6-3 to win his third straight Players' International Canadian Open, in Montreal. Lendl earned $143,500.
Brad Gilbert won the ATP Championship, in Mason, Ohio, beating Stefan Edberg 6-4, 2-6, 7-6. Gilbert, who has won 17 straight matches and 22 of his last 23, earned $77,600.
Steffi Graf defeated Andrea Temesvari 7-5, 6-2 to win a tournament in Mahwah, N.J. She earned $40,000.
TRACK & FIELD—SAID AOUITA of Morocco broke the 11-year-old record for the 3,000 meters, with a lime of 7:29.45, in Cologne. Henry Rono of Kenya set the previous mark of 7:32.1 (page 16).
Roger Kingdom of the U.S. ran the 110-meter hurdles in 12.92 seconds to set a world record, in Zurich. Kingdom's performance exceeded Renaldo Nehemiah's mark of 12.93, which was set in 1981 (page 16).
Arturo Barrios of Mexico shattered the men's 10,000-meter world record by 5.58 seconds, finishing in 27:08.23, in West Berlin. The previous record, 27:13.81, was set by Fernando Mamede of Portugal in 1984 (page 16).
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: In his first season as manager of the New York Yankees, DALLAS GREEN, 55, by owner George Steinbrenner. BUCKY DENT, manager of the Yankees' Triple A farm club in Columbus, Ohio, replaces Green. Dent, 37, played shortstop for the Yankees when they won the World Series in 1977 and '78.
As coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, GEORGE ARMSTRONG, 59, whose record after taking over on Dec. 19, 1988, was 17-26-4. DOUG CARPENTER, 46, who led the New Jersey Devils to a 100-166-24 record in 3½ years, replaces Armstrong.
HIRED: As coach of the New York Rangers, ROGER NEILSON, 55, the team's 15th head coach in 16 seasons. Neilson had a 211-190-74 record as head coach of NHL teams in Toronto, Buffalo, Vancouver and Los Angeles from 1977 to '84. He replaces Michel Bergeron, who was fired April 1.
As coach of the New Jersey Nets, BILL FITCH, 55, who has an 816-762 record in 18 seasons of NBA coaching. Fitch replaces Willis Reed, who resigned Aug. 11 to become a Nets vice-president.
RESIGNED: As vice-president of basketball operations for the Boston Celtics, K.C. JONES, 57, whose 20-year career with the team included playing on eight NBA championship teams and coaching two. Jones becomes assistant coach and consultant for the Seattle SuperSonics.
TRADED: By the Chicago Bears, quarterback JIM McMAHON, 30, who led the Bears to victory in Super Bowl XX, to the San Diego Chargers, for a conditional 1990 draft choice (page 20).
By the Pittsburgh Pirates, outfielder GLENN WILSON, 30, to the Houston Astros for outfielder BILLY HATCHER, 28.
DIED: TIM RICHMOND, 34, a former Indy 500 rookie-of-the-year driver who won 13 NASCAR races from 1980 to '87, including seven in 1986; of undisclosed causes; in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Wayne Moore, 44, a starting offensive tackle for the Miami Dolphins during the 1972 and '73 seasons, in which they won consecutive Super Bowls; of a heart attack; in Miami.