In California, 21-year-old PENNY DEAN, who attends Pomona College, swam the Catalina Channel from Rancho Palos Verdes to Santa Catalina Island in seven hours, 15 minutes, 55 seconds to break Lynne Cox' record by 92 minutes.
The following day, 15-year-old JOHN YORK of Manhattan Beach knocked 10 seconds off the men's record for the Catalina Channel swim. John, who stands 5'3" and weighs 107 pounds, swam the 21-mile strait in eight hours, 49 minutes and 50 seconds. The old record had been set by David Cox, Lynne's brother, in 1972.
TENNIS—CANADA upset the U.S. 2-1 in the Stevens Cup senior team tournament in New York. Bob Bedard of Canada beat Vic Seixas 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, and American Hugh Stewart defeated Lorne Maine 7-5, 6-1. Bedard and Maine defeated Seixas and Stewart in the deciding doubles match 7-5, 4-6, 7-6. It was the first time the U.S. has lost the Stevens Cup since its inception in 1964.
Second-seeded BJORN BORG of Sweden won the $125,000 United States Pro Championship for the third year in a row, defeating Harold Solomon 6-7, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2, at the Longwood Cricket Club in Brookline, Mass. Borg won $25,000 to boost his 1976 earnings to $182,000.
MILEPOSTS—CHARGED: Five Olympic weightlifters, by the International Olympic Committee's medical commission, with using illegal drugs at Montreal. The violators are gold medalists VALENTIN CHRISTOV ( Bulgaria) and ZBIGNEW KACZMAREK ( Poland), silver medalist BLAGOI BLAGOEV ( Bulgaria), and PHILLIPE GRIPPALDI ( U.S.) and ARNE NORRBACK ( Sweden). The IOC is considering what action to take against the lifters.
FIRED: By the Montreal Expos, first-year Manager KARL KUEHL, 38. The Expos, headed for their worst record since joining the National League in 1969, lead the majors with 85 losses (they've won 43). Kuehl's replacement for the remainder of the season is former San Francisco Giants Manager Charlie Fox.
HIRED: DARRELL JOHNSON, 49, as manager of the Seattle Mariners, one of the two American League expansion clubs that begin play next season. Johnson was fired by Boston in July, when the Red Sox were playing .477 ball after having come within one game of winning the 1975 World Series.
HIRED: By the WHA Minnesota Fighting Saints, GLEN SONMOR, 47, as head coach. Sonmor will also serve as general manager of the new franchise, which replaces the one of the same name that folded midway through last season.
HIRED: JOHNNY WILSON, 47, as head coach of the ( Denver) Colorado Rockies (formerly the Kansas City Scouts), the newest franchise in the National Hockey League. Wilson, a forward in the NHL for 11 years, was the coach of the WHA Cleveland Crusaders last season.
DIED: DOUG DAVIS JR., 59, one of the leading trainers in Kentucky thoroughbred racing; of a heart attack; in Versailles, Ky. Davis died just two days after his 4-year-old filly, Dancers Countess, won the $125,000 Matchmaker Stakes at Atlantic City. In a 36-year career, Davis saddled 50 stakes winners.