ASL: The New Jersey Americans, who went all the way to the Eastern finals last year, have been battling to climb out of the cellar all season, which they finally did with a 2-0 victory over Columbus. The defending-champion New York Apollo lost 2-1 to the New York Eagles for its sixth consecutive defeat. The Apollo added number seven to their record with a 1-0 loss to Cleveland. Los Angeles maintained a firm hold on second place by means of a 1-1 tie with California and a 3-0 victory over Indianapolis.
SWIMMING—Three world records were set at the Pan-American Games in San Juan, Puerto Rico. JESSE VASSALLO of Mission Viejo, Calif. broke Graham Smith's mark in the 200-meter individual medley by .33 of a second with a clocking of 2:03.29; MARY MEAGHER of Louisville was timed in 2:09.77 in the 200 butterfly, trimming .1 of a second off the record held jointly by Tracy Caulkins of Nashville and Andrea Pollack of East Germany; and CYNTHIA WOODHEAD of Riverside, Calif. lowered her own mark for the 200 freestyle by .1 of a second with her 1:58.43 clocking (page 22).
TENNIS—BJORN BORG defeated Roscoe Tanner 6-7, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to win the Wimbledon men's singles title for the fourth year in a row. MARTINA NAVRATILOVA retained her women's singles championship by beating Chris Evert Lloyd 6-4, 6-4. BILLIE JEAN KING won a record 20th title, teaming with Navratilova for a 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 doubles victory over Wendy Turnbull and Betty Stove. JOHN McENROE and PETER FLEMING defeated Brian Gottfried and Raul Ramirez 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 for the men's doubles crown (page 14).
TRACK & FIELD—MIKE CARTER of Dallas set a world junior shotput record of 67'9" at the U.S.-Soviet dual meet in Boston. The 18-year-old Carter broke the mark of 66'10�" set by Terry Albritton of the U.S. in 1974.
Sebastian Coe of Great Britain established a world record of 1:42.4 in the 800-meter run in Oslo. Coe broke the mark set by Alberto Juantorena of Cuba in 1977.
VOLLEYBALL—IVA: The Denver Comets, who finished last in the Continental Division in 1978, gained a 3�-game lead over defending division-title holder Tucson. With the season ending in a month, Denver could be in contention for the league championship, which has been won by a California team every year since the league's inception in 1975. Santa Barbara won three of four to take a five-game lead in the Western Division, while Albuquerque dropped two matches for a 4-18 record, the worst in the league. San Jose, at the bottom of the Western Division, lost six straight, including two 3-0 sweeps to Tucson and Denver.
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: FRED CREIGHTON, 46, as coach of the Boston Bruins. Creighton was fired by the Atlanta Flames in May after 4� seasons, four playoff appearances and a 156-136-56 record.
DIED: NBA referee MARVIN (MENDY) RUDOLPH, 53; of a heart attack; in New York City. During his 22-year career, Rudolph officiated a professional-record 2,112 games.
Elizabeth (Bunny) Ryan, 88, during the women's championship match at Wimbledon. Ryan won 19 Wimbledon titles between 1914 and 1934—12 women's doubles and seven mixed-doubles championships—a record that Billie Jean King eclipsed by winning the women's doubles with Martina Navratilova last week.