Franco Uncini of Italy, on a Suzuki, beat Freddie Spencer, on a Honda, by 6.43 seconds to win the British motorcycle Grand Prix. Uncini, who averaged 114.8 mph for 28 laps of the 2.9-mile Silver-stone circuit, virtually clinched the world 500 cc. title as his leading rival, Kenny Roberts, crashed on the first lap.
SOCCER—As Europe subdued the Rest of the World, 3-2, in the FIFA All-Star game at Giants Stadium in New Jersey (page 42), three NASL powers were grabbing playoff spots. Southern Division leader Fort Lauderdale arrived at the postseason threshold of 145 points with a 5-3 drubbing of Jacksonville, as Brian Kidd and Teofilo Cubillas each scored twice. The Tea Men, losers of seven straight, also lost their (mathematical) chance to make the playoffs, as did Portland and Edmonton. Closer to the border, however, things began to look up as both Vancouver and Seattle clinched playoff dates. The Whitecaps beat Tulsa for the second time in five days, 2-1, and rolled over Fort Lauderdale 4-1 on Carl Valentine's two-goal effort. The Sounders also went unbeaten on the week, ending the seven-game win streak of Eastern Division champion New York with a 3-2 victory, and handing San Jose, short a coach, a 2-1 defeat. The Earthquakes, rocked by the departure of Coach Peter Short after a 1-0 overtime loss to Edmonton, have dropped seven of their last eight. Thus the remaining four playoff berths are likely to go to San Diego, a double winner this week, Tulsa, which split, and Toronto and Montreal, separated in the East by only a point.
SWIMMING—At the World Aquatic Championships in Guayaquil, Ecuador, RICARDO PRADO of Brazil set a world record of 4:19.78 in the 400-meter individual medley, shaving .27 of a second off Jesse Vassallo's 1978 mark, set in Berlin; VICTOR DAVIS of Canada lowered David Wilkie's 200-meter breaststroke world record, set in 1976, by .34 of a second with a clocking of 2:14.77; CORNELIA SIRCH of East Germany smashed Rica Reinisch's world record of 2:11.77 in the women's 200-meter backstroke with a time of 2:09.91; East Germany's KRISTIN OTTO, UTE GEWENIGER, INES GEISSLER and BIRGIT MEINEKE set a women's world record in the 400-meter medley relay, their 4:05.88 cutting .79 of a second from the mark established in 1980 by the East German Olympic foursome; the U.S. 400-meter freestyle relay team of CHRIS CAVANAUGH, ROBIN LEAMY, DAVID McCAGG and ROWDY GAINES established a world record of 3:19.26, breaking the U.S. team's 1978 mark of 3:19.74; and the 400-meter medley relay team of RICK CAREY, STEVE LUNDQUIST, MATT GRIBBLE and GAINES surpassed the 1976 U.S. Olympic team's world record of 3:42.22 with a clocking of 3:40.84 (page 10).
TENNIS—IVAN LENDL and JOSE HIGUERAS each received second-place money as the rain-delayed finals of a $200,000 Grand Prix tournament in North Conway, N.H. were cancelled because of Higueras' commitment at the $390,000 U.S. Open Clay Court in Indianapolis. Higueras in fact won the men's title, defeating Jimmy Arias 7-5, 5-7, 6-3.
Virginia Ruzici took the women's crown, her second tournament title in as many weeks, with a 6-2, 6-0 defeat of Helena Sukova.
Jimmy Connors won a $100,000 Grand Prix event in Columbus, Ohio, beating Brian Gottfried 7-5, 6-0.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: By the New York Yankees, Manager GENE MICHAEL, 44, whose record with the team this season was 44-42. He was replaced by Pitching Coach CLYDE KING, 57, the Yankees' third manager this season.
NAMED: As coach of the Detroit Red Wings, NICK POLANO, 41, assistant coach of the Buffalo Sabres. Polano's appointment marks the 16th Red Wing coaching change in 15 years.
RESIGNED: PETER SHORT, 37, head coach of the San Jose Earthquakes, after the 'Quakes had slipped from first to fourth place in the NASL West with a 13-15 record. He was replaced by Assistant Coach Joe Mallett, 59.
SIGNED: By the Chicago Blitz of the new USFL, TIM WRIGHTMAN, 22, to a two-year, $400,000 contract. Wrightman, a tight end at UCLA, was the Chicago Bears' third-round draft pick this year.