SOCCER—Steve David scored two goals, raising his league-leading total to 20, as Los Angeles topped the Cosmos 4-1. The Aztecs now have the most points (112) and the best record (12-5) in the NASL. Five points back in the Southern Division is Dallas, which beat Seattle 1-0 in a shoot-out, then edged Chicago 2-1. The Tornado's Kenny Cooper is the league's leading goalkeeper, with an 0.88 goals-against average. Alan Mayer of third-place Las Vegas stopped Washington 2-0 and leads the NASL in shutouts with seven. The Diplomats' coach, Dennis Viollet, resigned for "personal reasons" after the loss to the Quicksilvers. His replacement, Assistant Coach Alan Spavin, fared little better, dropping a 2-1 decision to Toronto in his debut. In the East, the division-leading Cosmos also lost to Vancouver and Los Angeles, while surprising Fort Lauderdale (page 59) moved into second with a 3-2 win over Tampa Bay. Last-place Connecticut had something to cheer about, a 5-4 shoot-out victory over Las Vegas in which Striker John Hasenbegovic scored three goals in 25 minutes. Minnesota remained on top in the Western Division with a 2-1 defeat of Portland.
TENNIS—BJORN BORG outlasted Jimmy Connors 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 to win his second straight Wimbledon title (page 12). After trying for 16 years, VIRGINIA WADE finally won the women's title, beating Betty Stove 4-6, 6-3, 6-1. ROSS CASE and GEOFF MASTERS, last year's runners-up, took the men's doubles as they defeated John Alexander and Phil Dent 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 8-9, 6-4. In the women's doubles, HELEN GOURLAY CAWLEY and JOANNE RUSSELL from Naples, Fla. topped Martina Navratilova and Stove 6-3, 6-3. Stove lost her third 1977 final in the mixed doubles when, teamed with Frew McMillan, she fell to BOB HEWITT and GREER STEVENS 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.
TRACK & FIELD—VLADIMIR YASHCHENKO, an 18-year-old Ukranian, broke Dwight Stones' high jump world record by half an inch with a leap of 7'7�" in the USA- USSR junior meet in Richmond.
At the World Games in Helsinki, SAMSON KIMOMBWA of Kenya and Washington State set a world record of 27:30.5 in the 10,000-meter run, breaking Dave Bedford's 4-year-old mark by .3 seconds.
At a meet in Mainz, West Germany, FRANCIE LARRIEU LUTZ set an American record of 4:28.2 in the mile.
In Milan, PIETRO MENNEA of Italy beat Olympic champion Don Quarrie in the 200-meter dash. Mennea's time of 20.11 was the fastest in the world this year.
At the East German championships in Dresden, 19-year-old MARLIES OELSNER set a world record of 10.88 in the 100-meter dash. The former record of 11.01 was set by Annegret Richter of West Germany at the Montreal Olympics.
VOLLEYBALL—In a battle of division leaders, Denver stunned Wilt Chamberlain and his Orange County Stars 8-12, 13-11, 13-11, 4-12, 6-4 before the IVA's biggest crowd (5,067) of the year. The Stars went 1-3 on a road trip in which three SRO crowds turned out to see Chamberlain. Tucson stayed within half a game of Denver in the East by beating the Stars 12-0, 9-12, 12-10, 2-12, 6-5. World-class Polish Setter Stan Gosciniak made his 1977 debut for Phoenix and contributed 66 assists in the Heat's win over Orange County.
MILEPOSTS—ABANDONED: Dr. BOB MAGOON's attempt to break the transatlantic speed record in a 36-foot outboard-powered boat (SI, June 27). After covering 750 miles from a U.S. naval base in southern Spain, Magoon and his three-man crew were stopped by high seas and a loss of fuel.
HIRED: BILLY HUNTER, 49, as manager of the Texas Rangers, replacing interim Manager Connie Ryan. Hunter, the Rangers' third skipper of the week, had been the Baltimore Orioles' third-base coach since 1964.