By pitcher Pan Chin-Chiang, 14 of the 23 batters he faced in leading Taiwan to an 11-0 victory over San Ramon Valley of Danville, Calif., in the final of the Little League World Series, in Williamsport, Pa. San Ramon Valley righthander Kevin Graham, whose fastball had been clocked at 78 mph, was tossing a two-hitter until Taiwan exploded for eight runs in the fifth inning. Since Taiwan's first appearance in the tournament, in 1969, it has gone 47-3 while winning 15 championships.
To a five-year, $25 million contract extension by the Miami Dolphins, quarterback Dan Marino, making him the highest-paid player in football history. At the press conference to announce his signing, Marino recalled that only 10 years earlier he was making $10 an hour pouring concrete for a construction project at Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium.
From Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu, swimmer Rowdy Gaines, after being stricken with Guillain-Barr� syndrome—an illness in which one's antibodies attack the nervous system, resulting in paralysis. Gaines, winner of three gold medals at the 1984 Olympics, began showing symptoms of the disorder after setting a Masters record in the 100-meter freestyle last July. Although Gaines is still weak, doctors say his rapid recovery can be partially attributed to his superb cardiovascular condition.
The 562-yard par-5 11th hole at The Honors Course, in Chattanooga, by Mitch Voges, en route to defeating Manny Zerman 7 and 6 to win the U.S. Amateur Championship. Despite driving around with vanity license plates that read LIP OUT, Voges averaged just 1.6 putts per green.
In his native Nicaragua, Montreal Expo pitcher Dennis Martinez, in recognition of his perfect game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 28. Martinez's two days of activities included dining with Nicaraguan President Violeta Chamorro, reading an ode written about him by a nationally prominent poet and receiving a key to Managua from Mayor Arnoldo Aleman. During a special ceremony at Estado Nacional baseball stadium, the line score from the perfect game was flashed across the scoreboard while Chamorro declared July 28, 1992, a national sports day in Martinez's honor.
Distance runner Abel Kiviat, 99; of cancer; in Lakehurst, N.J. In 1912 Kiviat broke the world record in the 1,500 meters three times in 13 days and won a silver medal in the same event at the Stockholm Olympics. While sailing to Sweden, he and roommate Jim Thorpe would climb onto the ship's upper deck and search for the iceberg that had sunk the Titanic several months earlier. Long after the Games, Kiviat lost the silver medal that had been presented to him by King Gustav V, and in 1988 Gustav's great-grandson, who was visiting the U.S., replaced the medal. Said Kiviat, "He looked just like his grandpa."