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BOXING—DANNY LOPEZ knocked out Mike Ayala in the 15th round to retain his WBC featherweight title, in San Antonio.
Wilfredo Gomez of Puerto Rico retained his WBC super bantamweight title with a fifth-round TKO of Julio Hernandez of Nicaragua, in Puerto Rico. On the same card, ERNESTO ESPANA of Venezuela won the vacant WBA lightweight title by scoring a unanimous decision over Claude Noel of Trinidad-Tobago.
GOLF—HALE IRWIN won the 79th U.S. Open, at Inverness in Toledo, by two strokes over Gary Player and Jerry Pate. Irwin shot a final-round 75 for an even-par 284 total and his second Open title (page 20).
Jane Blalock fired a final-round 72 for a 12-under-par total of 280 and a six-stroke victory over Alice Ritzman in a $100,000 LPGA tournament in Rochester, N.Y. The win was Blalock's fourth on the 1979 tour.
HORSE RACING—SMARTEN ($3.80), Sam Maple up, won the $150,000 Ohio Derby at Thistledown by eight lengths over Bold Ruckus. The 3-year-old was timed in a track-record 1:47[2/5] for the 1? miles.
SOCCER—NASL: The division leaders had a rough time during the season's busiest week. The Cosmos, on top in the National Conference East, came from behind to beat Tulsa 3-2, but then fell meekly to Vancouver by a score of 4-1. Minnesota stayed in first place in the National Central despite two losses, 5-2 to Atlanta, which got a hat trick from Jeff Bourne, and 2-0 to Dallas. Los Angeles and Vancouver remained tied for the point lead in the National West after each split two games. The Aztecs lost 4-3 in overtime to San Diego, but recovered to beat Detroit 3-1 and spoil English star Trevor Francis' 1979 NASL debut. Before the Whitecaps beat the Cosmos, they lost 3-2 to California on a shoot-out goal by the Surfs Steve David. David scored two more goals as California defeated Atlanta 5-1. Houston split, losing to Fort Lauderdale 4-0 and defeating Tulsa 3-2, but still kept its lead in the American Central. The only two division leaders not to lose were Tampa Bay in the American East and San Diego in the American West. The Rowdies stayed 25 points ahead of Fort Lauderdale with two triumphs, 3-2 over San Jose and 3-1 over New England. After beating Los Angeles, the Sockers defeated Edmonton 2-1.
ASL: California's unbeaten streak ended at 15 and its winning streak at 13 when Las Vegas surprised the Sunshine 3-1. What made it an even bigger surprise was that the Seagulls had lost 13 in a row going into the game. Mario Liuzzi had two goals and an assist for Las Vegas and was named the league's offensive player of the week. Earlier in the week the Sunshine, which still has a 46-point lead in the Western Division, beat the New York Eagles 1-0 on a goal by Andy Chapman with three minutes left in regulation. The Eagles later defeated New Jersey 2-0 to remain tied for the lead in the Eastern Division with Columbus, which beat Cleveland 4-2 and Indianapolis 1-0. New Jersey fired its coach, Arthur Stewart, after a 2-7 start, and in his first game as interim coach, Defender Tom O'Dea led the Americans to a 2-1 victory over the New York Apollo.
TRACK & FIELD—Four American women's records and one men's mark fell at the AAU national championships in Walnut Creek, Calif. (page 16). EVELYN ASHFORD of Los Angeles broke the 100-meter-dash mark with a time of 10.97 seconds, a 10th of a second faster than the record she set last month. DEBY LaPLANTE of San Diego State surpassed by .24 of a second her own 1979 mark in the 110-meter hurdles with a 12.86 clocking. MARY SHEA, a high school senior from Raleigh, N.C., established a 10,000-meter record of 32:52.5, 22.6 seconds better than the mark set in 1977 by Peg Neppel of Iowa State. MAREN SEIDLER of San Jose, Calif. broke her own 1978 shotput record of 62'3�" with a toss of 62'7�". CRAIG VIRGIN of Lebanon, Ill. set an American record in the 10,000 meters with a 27:39.4, bettering the late Steve Prefontaine's mark of 27:43.6.