BOWLING—SAM FLANAGAN of Parkersburg, W. Va. defeated top-seeded Earl Anthony 269-258 to win the $70,000 Fresno Open.
BOXING—ALEXIS ARGUELLO of Nicaragua scored a technical knockout over Rafael (Bazooka) Limon of Mexico in the 11th round in New York City to retain his WBC super-featherweight championship.
Betulio Gonzales of Venezuela scored a 12th-round knockout over Shoji Oguma of Japan to retain his WBA flyweight title in Utsunomiya, Japan.
GOLF—LARRY NELSON birdied the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to defeat Ben Crenshaw and win the $300,000 Western Open in Oak Brook, Ill. Both players ended regulation play in two-under-par 286.
Hollis Stacy parred the second hole of a three-way sudden-death playoff to win the $100,000 Mayflower Classic in Noblesville, Ind. Stacy finished regulation play tied with Laura Baugh and Judy Rankin at three-under-par 273.
HORSE RACING—STATE DINNER ($9.60), ridden by Jorge Velasquez, won the $131,875 Suburban Handicap at Belmont for his third straight stakes victory, finishing half a length ahead of Mr. Brea. Favored Alydar was third. The 4-year-old colt covered the 1� miles in 2:01[3/5].
Coastal ($3.20), ridden by Ruben Hernandez, scored a four-length victory over Private Account to win the $106,400 Dwyer Stakes at Belmont Park. The 3-year-old colt set a stakes record of 1:47 for the 1? miles.
MOTOR SPORTS—NEIL BONNETT, driving a Mercury, won the $208,000 Firecracker 400 at Daytona, in a race-record 172.890 mph, finishing two car lengths ahead of Benny Parsons in an Oldsmobile (page 57).
ROWING—Competing as the THAMES TRADESMEN, the British National eight defeated Yale in the Grand Challenge Cup for heavweight crews at Henley-on-Thames. The Tradesmen covered the one-mile, 550-yard course in 6:35. Yale's junior varsity heavyweight eights won the Ladies Challenge Plate for the only American victory this year.
SOCCER—NASL: League-leading scorer Giorgio Chinaglia has long grown used to boos from the crowds, but the taunts of a Meadowlands maintenance man during a practice session on Friday proved too much. Three maintenance men were sent to the hospital in a brawl between Chinaglia and three other Cosmos and the maintenance men. None of the Cosmos was injured. Back on the field the next night, Chinaglia scored his 21st goal as the Cosmos defeated New England 2-1. Paul Hammond got his fifth shutout of the season as Houston beat San Jose 4-0. In a foul-ridden game between Rochester and Tampa Bay—the Lancers were charged with 27, the Rowdies with 17—Tampa Bay defeated Rochester 4-0 before 45,888 spectators in Tampa Stadium. In Los Angeles the Aztecs beat Atlanta 1-0 in front of 42,496 in the Rose Bowl. Both crowds were team records. With the season two-thirds over the only race for first place is in the West. California defeated Memphis 3-2 to move within nine points of San Diego in the American Conference West. Los Angeles lost ground when Peter Nover scored with one second remaining to give San Diego a 2-1 victory over the Aztecs. Vancouver moved back into first in the National Conference West after L.A.'s loss and a 3-1 defeat of Seattle by the Whitecaps. Houston remained undefeated at home with a 4-2 win over Philadelphia, increasing its Astrodome record to 11-0. The Cosmos are the only other team undefeated at home.