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A roundup of the week June 25-July 1
Compiled by STEVE WULF
July 09, 1979
BOWLING—MARSHALL HOLMAN beat Jeff Mattingly 205-195 in the final of the $70,000 Seattle Open for his third victory of the year.
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TABLE TENNIS—MILAN ORLOWSKI of Czechoslovakia defeated countryman Josef Dvoracek 21-7, 16-21, 21-16, 9-21, 21-9 in the men's final of the U.S. Open in Uniondale, L.I. Lee Ki Won of South Korea won the women's title, beating Kayo Kawaghigashi of Japan 21-15, 21-9, 21-8.

TRACK & FIELD—MARY DECKER set an American record in the women's mile at the Brooks Meet of Champions in Philadelphia. Her time of 4:23.5 bettered by 4.7 seconds the mark established by Francie Larrieu in 1977 (page 12).

VOLLEYBALL—IVA: In a match between Continental Division-leading Denver and Santa Barbara, the best in the Western Division, the Comets broke the Spikers' 10-match winning streak in a five-game marathon that lasted three hours. Denver's Garth Pischke had 45 kills, surpassing Santa Barbara's Luis Eymard, who had 43. The victory was Denver's 14th, matching the team's total for all last season. Salt Lake City beat Albuquerque for its fifth victory in its last six matches.

MILEPOSTS—RESIGNED: As coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, JERRY WEST, 41, after three seasons during which he had a record of 145-101. New Lakers owner Jerry Buss made the announcement, saying the 12-time former NBA all-star had become "tired of coaching."

RETIRED: Three-time heavyweight champion MUHAMMAD ALI, 37, who first won the title in 1964 from Sonny Liston. Ali, who has "retired" twice before, this time sent an official letter of resignation to the World Boxing Association.

Willie Brown, 38, defensive back for the Denver Broncos (1963-67) and Oakland Raiders (1967-78). Brown, who ranks 10th in career interceptions with 54, is the only player to make at least one interception in 16 consecutive seasons.

TRADED: By the San Francisco Giants, Second Baseman BILL MADLOCK, 30, a lifetime .325 hitter who was batting .266 this season, Pitcher DAVE ROBERTS, 34, and Infielder LENNY RANDLE, 30, to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Pitcher ED WHITSON, 24, who was 2-3 with a 4.34 ERA in 1979, and two minor league pitchers, Al Holland and Fred Breining.

By the Chicago Cubs, Outfielder BOBBY MURCER, 33, who was batting .258 this season, to the New York Yankees for minor league Pitcher Paul Semall and an undisclosed amount of cash. Murcer spent eight seasons with the Yankees before being traded in 1974 to the San Francisco Giants.

DIED: CONN McCREARY, 58, rider of two Kentucky Derby winners and a member of horse racing's Hall of Fame; of a heart attack; in Ocala, Fla. McCreary, who won more than 1,500 races in 21 years before becoming a trainer, came from 13th place to win the 1944 Derby aboard Pensive and brought Count Fleet up from 18th place to win the race in 1951.

Chris Taylor, 29, former NCAA heavyweight wrestling champion (1972-73) and a bronze medalist in the 1972 Olympics; of natural causes; in Story City, Iowa. Taylor, who wrestled at more than 400 pounds, lost a controversial one-point decision to three-time gold medalist Aleksandr Medved of the Soviet Union in the Munich games. He quit professional wrestling two years ago because of poor health and had been running a wrestling camp in Iowa Falls.

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