ARENA FOOTBALL—Pittsburgh's Brian Gardner caught a touchdown pass from quarterback Willie Totten with 35 seconds left to give the Gladiators a 39-37 playoff victory over Denver and put them into the league championship game with Detroit on Aug. 18. Totten completed 16 of 26 passes for 201 yards and five touchdowns. Wide receivers Thomas Monroe and Alvin Williams each caught two TD passes. Detroit won its championship berth by routing Chicago 43-10, shutting out the Bruisers in the second half while scoring 23 points. Quarterback Tony Burris threw three scoring passes to wide receiver Gary Mullen, and running back Lynn Bradford ran for three touchdowns.
GOLF—PAYNE STEWART scored a one-stroke victory over Mike Reid in the 71st PGA Championship, at Kemper Lakes Golf Club, in Hawthorn Woods, Ill. Stewart shot a 12-under-par 276 to win $200,000 (page 28).
HARNESS RACING—Long shot KIT LOBELL ($35.60), driven by Berndt Lindstedt, won the International Trot at Yonkers. The 4-year-old mare, who qualified only because another horse dropped out, took the lead on the final turn and won by a half length. She covered the 1� miles in 2:31[1/5] and earned $175,000.
HORSE RACING—OPEN MIND ($2.40), Angel Cordero Jr. up, won the Alabama Stakes at Saratoga by a neck over Dearly Loved on a muddy track. The 3-year-old filly ran the 1� miles in 2:04[1/5] for her 10th consecutive victory, all in stakes races, and earned $139,440.
Unknown quantity ($22), ridden by Jorge Velasquez, won the Arlington Handicap by three lengths over Frosty the Snowman. The 4-year-old gelding covered the 1� miles in 2:11[1/5] to win $120,000.
MOTOR SPORTS—RUSTY WALLACE, driving a Pontiac Grand Prix, beat Mark Martin, in a Ford Thunderbird, by 1.06 seconds to win a 90-lap NASCAR race on the 2.428-mile course at Watkins Glen, N.Y., and $56,400. Wallace, driving at an average speed of 89.242 mph, finished in 2:26:55.
Nigel Mansell of Britain, driving a Ferrari, won the 190-mile Hungarian Grand Prix, in Budapest, beating Ayrton Senna of Brazil, in a McLaren- Honda. Mansell completed 77 laps on the Hungaroring course in 1:49:38.65, at an average speed of 103.662 mph.
SKIING—ARMIN BITTNER of West Germany, the defending World Cup slalom champion, won the first slalom event of the 1989-90 season, at the Australian resort of Thredbo. In the giant slalom, Sweden's LARS-B�RJE ERIKSSON climbed from 11th place to victory with his second run.
At the women's World Cup opener in Las Lenas, Argentina, MICHAELA GERG of West Germany won the downhill and ANITA WACHTER of Austria the Super G slalom.
TENNIS—JOHN McENROE claimed his 75th career Grand Prix title by winning the final 13 points of the U.S. Hardcourt Championships, defeating Jay Berger 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, in Indianapolis. The victory, McEnroe's third of the year, was worth $51,000.