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 Jos� Luis Ram�rez 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 12�-11�, 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 1� 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 Tam�s 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.