CYCLING—LAURENT FIGNON won the 23-day, 2,411-mile Tour de France for the second consecutive year with an aggregate time of 112:03:40. He finished 10:32 ahead of runner-up Bernard Hinault. Greg Lemond placed third for the best finish ever by an American. In the inaugural women's Tour de France, MARIANNE MARTIN of the U.S. finished the 24-day, 616-mile race in 29:39:02 to win by 3:17 over Helene Hage.
GOLF—SEVERIANO BALLESTEROS won his second British Open by shooting a 12-under-par 276 to beat Tom Watson and Bernhard Langer by two strokes in St. Andrews, Scotland (page 12).
Kathy Whitworth parred the first hole in sudden death to win by a stroke the LPGA's $200,000 Rochester International, her 85th career victory. She and Rosie Jones both finished regulation at seven-under-par 281.
HARNESS RACING—BALTIC SPEED ($2.60), with Jan Nordin in the sulky, won the $431,780 Yonkers Trot by 3� lengths over Sandy Bowl. The 3-year-old colt went the mile in 2:02[2/5] to win the first jewel of trotting's Triple Crown.
On The Road Again ($7.20), with Buddy Gilmour driving, covered the mile in 1:53[3/5] to win the $1,293,000 Meadowlands Pace in East Rutherford, N.J. The 3-year-old colt held off Guts to win by a neck at the Meadowlands.
HORSE RACING—FIT TO FIGHT ($3.40), with Jerry Bailey up, romped to a 12�-length victory over Vision in the $341,000 Brooklyn Handicap at Belmont. The 5-year-old covered the 1� miles in 2:27[2/5] to become the first horse since Kelso in 1961 to sweep New York's Handicap Triple Crown (page 48).
MOTOR SPORTS—MARIO ANDRETTI, driving a Lola T-800, edged Tom Sneva in a March 84C by .022 of a second to win the Michigan 500 in Brooklyn, Mich. Andretti averaged only 133.501 over the two-mile oval as 12 caution flags slowed the pace at the Michigan International Speedway.
Harry Gant, driving a Chevy, beat Cale Yarborough, also in a Chevy, by .34 of a second to win a $348,000 NASCAR Grand National race at the Pocono International Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. Gant averaged 121.351 mph for the 200 laps around the 2.5-mile tri-oval course.
Niki Lauda, driving a McLaren TAG- Porsche, averaged 124.406 mph over 71 laps of the 2.614-mile circuit in Brands Hatch, England to win the accident-shortened British Grand Prix. Derek Warwick, in a Renault, finished 42 seconds behind Lauda.
SOCCER—NASL: With two come-from-behind victories, Chicago vaulted past the idle Cosmos and recaptured first place in the Eastern Division. Elvis Comrie of the Sting came off the bench to assist on the game-tying goal and then scored the winner in a 2-1 triumph over San Diego. Then Chicago scored three second-half goals to beat Golden Bay 4-2. In the Western Division, second-place Minnesota lost 3-0 to Tampa Bay before knocking off first-place Vancouver with a 3-2 shootout win. The Strikers' Alan Willey and John Bain each scored a goal in regulation against the 'Caps, and each had a shootout goal to keep Minnesota within 12 points of first.