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BICYCLING—BERNARD THEVENET of France won his second Tour de France, pedaling down the Champs Elys�es in pouring rain to reach the finish of the 4,100-kilometer race just 48 seconds ahead of Holland's Hennie Kuiper. It was the second-closest finish in the event's 64-year history. Belgian Eddy Merckx, the aging five-time champion, placed sixth.
BOATING—The way the Observation Trials for the America's Cup defense were going, any of the three competitors could ultimately wind up as the defender. At week's end Ted Turner's Courageous, which dominated the June Preliminary Trials, was 6-6 for July. Lowell North's Enterprise (7-3) suddenly was very much alive and so was Ted Hood's Independence (4-6), which took a pair of races from Enterprise one day and beat Courageous for the first time on another.
CANOEING—Britain's ALBERT KERR won the singles kayaking title at the world championship in Klagenfurt, Austria, but West Germany dominated the competition, taking five gold, five silver and two bronze medals.
GOLF—Twenty-three-year-old HOLLIS STACY shot a fourth-round 74 to finish with a four-over-par 292 and win the women's U.S. Open by two strokes over Nancy Lopez at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn. First place was worth $11,000 (page 45).
Lee Trevino won his first tournament in 14 months, a comfortable four-stroke victory in the $225,000 Canadian Open at the Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario. Trevino shot 67-68-71-74—280 and won $45,000. Peter Oosterhuis was second.
HARNESS RACING—A 6-year-old stallion, DELFO ($22.60), became the first Italian-bred horse to win the International Trot at Roosevelt Raceway. Delfo led from start to finish, beating Bellino II by 1� lengths and winning $100,000.
HORSE RACING—GREAT CONTRACTOR ($19), carrying 112 pounds, beat three-time Horse of the Year Forego, carrying 137, by 11� lengths in the $111,100 Brooklyn Handicap at Belmont Park. Angel Cordero Jr. rode Great Contractor, a 4-year-old son of Selari, who was clocked at 2:26[1/5] for the 1� miles.
Affirmed ($2.80), Laffit Pincay in the saddle, finished seven lengths ahead of He's Dewan to easily win the $104,100 first division of the Hollywood Juvenile Championship at Hollywood Park. NOBLE BRONZE ($9.40), Sandy Hawley up, beat Little Reb by 2� lengths to take the $105,350 second division of the test for 2-year-olds.
The minstrel, winner of this year's English and Irish Derbies, added Britain's richest horse race, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot, to his growing list of victories. Lester Piggott guided Europe's top 3-year-old to a photo-finish triumph over Orange Bay.