BOATING—CHOCOLATE CHIPS, a 33-foot sloop skippered by Ron Lester and Don Porter of Michigan City, Ind., was declared the winner of the Chicago-to- Mackinac Island ( Mich.) race with a corrected time of 34 hours and 35 minutes for the 333-mile distance. Ranger, a 61-foot sloop, was the first to finish.
Arriba, a 48-foot sloop skippered by Dennis Choate of Long Beach, Calif., won the Transpacific Race from Los Angeles to Honolulu with a corrected time of 11 days, 14 hours, 42 minutes, 51 seconds for the 2,225-mile distance.
BOXING—Eusebio Pedroza of Panama retained the WBA featherweight title on a 12th round TKO over Ruben Olivares of Mexico in Houston.
GOLF—SEVERIANO BALLESTEROS shot a final-round, one-under-par 70 for a 72-hole total of 283 to win the British Open at the Royal Lytham and St. Annes Golf Club by three shots over Jack Nicklaus and Ben Crenshaw (page 12).
Pat Meyers shot a final-round two-under-par 71 for a 210 total to win the $75,000 LPGA Greater Baltimore Classic by 1 stroke over Sally Little and Dot Germain.
HARNESS RACING—SONSAM ($4.40), driven by George Sholty, won the $750,000 Meadowlands Pace by 3� lengths over Hot Hitter. The 3-year-old covered the mile in a world-record 1:53[2/5].
HORSE RACING—THE LIBERAL MEMBER ($14.20), ridden by Ramon Encinas, won the $165,000 Brooklyn Handicap at Belmont Park by three-quarters of a length over Bowl Game. The 4-year-old gelding covered the mile and a half in 2:28[4/5].
Valdez ($2.80), Laffit Pincay up, won the $214,250 Swaps Stakes at Hollywood Park by 2� lengths over Shamgo. The 3-year-old was timed in 1:59[2/5] for the mile and a quarter.
SOCCER—NASL: The Cosmos won twice on the road to clinch a playoff berth for the fourth straight year. They defeated Philadelphia 1-0, with Johan Neeskens scoring on a pass from Rick Davis at 81:17, and Fort Lauderdale 4-3, with Neeskens getting the game-winner at 87:19 with an assist from Dennis Tueart. Tampa Bay and Houston also clinched playoff spots. The Rowdies beat Chicago 2-1, with Oscar Fabiani getting both goals. Houston ran its record to 19-5, the league's best, and boosted its record in the Astrodome to 13-0, by defeating Detroit 2-1. The Hurricane also beat San Jose 2-1. Despite being shut out twice on the road, 1-0 by Philadelphia and 1-0 by Rochester, Minnesota still holds a 38-point lead over Tulsa in the National Conference Central Division. Vancouver, which leads Los Angeles in the National Conference West by eight points, defeated Toronto 3-0 but lost to Washington 2-1. Los Angeles was upset by Edmonton 4-3. The Drillers snapped their 14-game losing streak, the longest in league history. California won two overtime games, both by the score of 2-1, against Portland and Washington, to move into first place in the American Conference West.
ASL: The California Sunshine played just one match last week, one that could well prefigure the league championship match. The Sunshine defeated Eastern Division-leading Columbus 3-2 in Anaheim, recovering from a 2-1 halftime deficit with two goals in a five-minute stretch. Despite the loss, Columbus stretched its lead in the East to 26 points over the New York Eagles. The Magic beat the New York Apollo 2-0 on goals by Emilio Romero and Mike Barry in the final minute, and also defeated Las Vegas 2-1. The Eagles, who remained in second place, 10 points ahead of Pennsylvania, stopped New Jersey 3-0, with Bill Bolevic getting a hat trick. In the West, Sacramento moved into second place, routing Indy 8-1.