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BOWLING—RANDY LIGHTFOOT defeated Paul McCordic 243-216 to win the $95,000 Denver Open.
HARNESS RACING—GENGHIS KHAN, driven by Bill O'Donnell, paced the mile in a world-record 1:51[4/5] in a special non-betting race on the Meadow-lands' mile track. The 6-year-old broke by two-fifths of a second the mark set by Niatross at Hollywood Park in 1980.
HORSE RACING—MAKE MINE CASH ($40.00), Jerry Nicodemus in the irons, covered 440 yards in 21.86 to win the $1,183,000 Special Effort Futurity for 2-year-old quarter horses at Los Alamitos. He beat Sail On Bunny by a head.
Timely Writer ($2.60), Jeff Fell in the saddle, scored a half-length victory over Salem End Road in the $78,300 Yankee Handicap at Suffolk Downs. The 3-year-old, sidelined by an intestinal disorder less than two weeks before the Kentucky Derby, returned to action with an impressive 1:41[1/5] over the one-mile-and-70-yard course.
MOTOR SPORTS—RICK MEARS drove his Penske-Cosworth to victory in the third and final 500-mile race of the CART season, the Pocono 500 in Long Pond, Pa., finishing two seconds ahead of his Penske teammate, Kevin Cogan. Mears averaged 145.88 mph around the Pocono International Speedway's 2.5-mile tri-oval.
Elio De Angelis, in a Lotus, beat Keke Rosberg, in a Williams, by .125 seconds to win the Austrian Grand Prix in Zeltweg. De Angelis averaged 138 mph for 53 laps of the 3.69-mile Osterreichring circuit.
SOCCER—Although a fortnight remains in the 32-game season, jousting for the eight playoff slots came to an abrupt end as the last three pretenders—Tampa Bay, San Jose and Chicago—were unhorsed. The Rowdies, who in eight years in the NASL have never missed the postseason tourney, fell before the Manic charge of Forward Alan Willey, whose two goals contributed largely to a 3-0 Montreal win. Willey's second score was the 100th of his 7-year NASL career; only four others have reached the century mark. Meanwhile, lumbering Portland, long since stricken from the lists, punctured the Earthquakes' hopes with a 2-0 victory in San Jose. And the Sting, last year's Soccer Bowl champion, completed its abdication with a 3-1 loss to Eastern Division champion New York. Earlier in the week, the Cosmos absorbed their first home defeat of the season, 4-1 by Toronto, as Blizzard Striker David Byrne scored his eighth goal of the year and boosted his season point total to a club-record 37. Seattle, behind the two goals of Mark Peterson, thundered into the Western Division lead with a 4-0 dismantling of Fort Lauderdale, leader by only a five-point margin in the South after a 2-1 defeat by second place Tulsa. Woeful Edmonton (11-20, 93 points) mounted a counterattack of sorts, winning what was probably its last home game, 1-0 over Vancouver, in front of 2,631 fans. The team is likely to fold or—if the quest for a white knight succeeds—be sold.