HORSE RACING—RUFFIAN ($2.40), ridden by Vince Bracciale, posted her fifth straight win, a 12�-length victory in the six-furlong $55,100 Spinaway Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Saratoga. Her time was a stakes-record 1:08[3/5] (page 49).
The Bagel Prince ($4.20) and FOOLISH PLEASURE ($4.20) won the divisions of the Hopeful Stakes for 2-year-olds at Saratoga. Angel Cordero guided The Bagel Prince to a three-length victory in 1:16[4/5] for the 6% furlongs, while Braulio Baeza rode Foolish Pleasure the same distance in 1:16.
Determined King ($62.00), Daryl Montoya up, scored a come-from-behind victory in the $132,000 American Derby at Arlington Park. He covered the 1 ? miles over grass in 1:47[4/5], finishing three-quarters of a length in front of Orders.
MOTOR SPORTS—DAVID PEARSON, averaging 133.045 mph in a Mercury, finished five seconds ahead of Richard Petty to win the NASCAR Yankee 400 at Michigan International Speedway. The victory, worth $15,265, was Pearson's fifth this year on the Winston Cup Grand National Circuit.
SOCCER—The LOS ANGELES AZTECS won the NASL championship, defeating the Miami Toros 4-3 in overtime at the Orange Bowl (page 14).
SWIMMING—The East German women led an attack on the record books at the European Championships in Vienna. In all, 17 world marks fell in qualifying heats and finals. East Germany's ULRIKE TAUBER lowered the 400-meter individual medley mark to 4:52.42, while teammate KORNELIA ENDER broke her own record in the 100 freestyle with a 56.96 clocking. ULRIKE RICHTER picked up two records while swimming a 1:03.08 100 backstroke leg as the East German women's 400 medley relay team turned in a 4:13.78. She added a third world mark with a 2:17.35 in the 200 backstroke. The 200 breast-stroke record was lowered to 2:34.99 by 14-year-old CARLA LINKE, and ROSEMARIE KOTHER eclipsed the 100-meter butterfly mark with a 1:01.99 performance. Other world records were set by West Germany's CHRISTEL JUSTEN, who swam the 100 breaststroke in 1:12.55; Hungary's ANDRAS HARGITAY, with a 4:28.89 effort in the men's 400 individual medley, and Scotland's DAVID WILKIE, who swam the 200 individual medley in 2:06.32.
World records were also the targets at the AAU national championships in Concord, Calif., where TIM SHAW scored a triple. He lowered Mark Spitz' 200-meter freestyle record to 1:51.66, then broke the 400 freestyle mark with a 3:54.69 performance. Shaw's third record was a 15:31.75 in the 1,500 freestyle. JOHN HENCKEN shattered the 200 breaststroke mark, swimming a 2:18.93, and SHIRLEY BABASHOFF clocked a 2:02.94 in the 200 freestyle and a 4:15.77 in the 400 freestyle, both world records. Australia's JENNY TURRALL again lowered her 1,500 freestyle standard, to 16:33.95, but en route lost her 800 freestyle record to JO HARSHBARGER, who turned in an 8:47.66.
TENNIS—ALEX METREVELI was declared the winner of the $50,000 Medi-Quik Eastern Lawn Tennis Open in South Orange, N.J. after Jimmy Connors withdrew from the final because of illness.
The surprising Denver Racquets took a 1-0 lead over the favored Philadelphia Freedoms in their best-of-three-match WTT championship round. Francoise Durr, who carried the Racquets into the finals with her outstanding singles play, won her ninth match in 10 outings, 6-4, over Mother Freedom Billie Jean King. Philadelphia, which posted the league's best record (39-5), had downed Pittsburgh by a total score of 52-45 in the semis, and Denver outpointed Minnesota 54-44 for the right to meet the Freedoms.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As assistant coach of the NHL champion Philadelphia Flyers, BARRY ASH-BEE, 35, whose playing career was cut short by an injury to his right eye during a playoff game last spring against the New York Rangers.