|Sports News and Highlights
Marchers carrying a
giant Canadian flag participate in the official
opening of the XI Commonwealth Games, which were
held in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, August 3-12.
On October 17 the New York Yankees defeated the Los
Angeles Dodgers 7-2 to win the sixth and deciding game of
the World Series. The victory marked the first time in
history that any team won the World Series in four
straight games after losing the first two.
Baseball News and Highlights]
Havelick retired as a player on April 9, after having
played in a record 1,270 regular-season games, all of
them as a Boston Celtic. In his final season he played in
his 13th consecutive All-Star Game. His career statistics
included a record 23,930 field goal attempts and 10,513
field goals (second in this category).
On June 7, the Washington Bullets defeated the Seattle
SuperSonics 105-99 to win the 1977-78 NBA Championship.
Basketball News and Highlights]
Ceulemans of Belgium won his 15th title at the
33rd world amateur Three-Cushion Billiards
Championship, held in Las Vegas, Nevada, in May.
Schonau steered the East German 4-man bobsled to
victory at the 45th World Championships, held at
Lake Placid, New York, February 4-12. (Left) Erich
Scharer teamed with brakeman Josef Nenz to win
the 2-man bobsled title with a time of 1:05.12.
On September 15, Muhammad Ali became
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion for the third time by
defeating Leon Spinks in 15 rounds.
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Left: Mark Roth finished fourth in
the Firestone Tournament of Champions and set a
record for earnings in 1978 (over $118,000)
despite persistent sore thumb problems.
Right: Cook County Vending
Co. of Chicago, Illinois, won the Women's
International Bowling Congress tournament in
Miami, Florida. The winning team was (left to
right) Sandy Lutz, Kathy Klopp, Sheila Clegg
(captain), Dee Sipos, and Joan Karge.
M. G. Burgess, captain of New
Zealand's cricket team, defends the wicket with a
hook stroke during the first test match against
England at the Oval, London.
20th World Curling Championship, held in
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, March 27 to April,
was won by a rink from Superior, Wisconsin,
comprising Bob Nichols, Bill Strum, Tom Locken,
and Bob Christman. They beat Kristian Soerum's
rink from Norway 6-4 in the final.
Left: A mud-spattered Albert Zweifel
carries his bicycle after winning his third
professional world cycling title in Spain.
Right: Cyclists get up to
speed in the early going of the Tour de France.
Bernard Hinault (right) was the eventual winner.
Louganis (left) won the ten-meter
platform diving gold medal in the world swimming
championships in West Berlin, Germany, in August;
Falk Hoffman won the silver, Vladimir Alenik the
Nancy Lopez set a new record by winning five
consecutive matches on the LPGA circuit.
Gary Player came from seven strokes behind to win the
Golf News and Highlights]
Soviet Union dominated the world gymnastics
championships at Strasbourg, France, in October.
Although its gymnasts placed second behind Japan
for the men's team title, they took the women's
team title, captured the gold and bronze in the
men's combined competition, and swept the women's
combined medals. The United States won its first
gold medals in major international competition
since the 1932 Olympic Games; Kurt Thomas won the
men's floor exercise, and Marcia Frederickwon the
uneven parallel bars.
Kurt Thomas executes a high somersault
during his gold medal-winning floor exercise
Fred Lewis demonstrates the form
that earned him his fifth U.S. National Open
Handball Championship in Tucson, Arizona. He
earned the title by defeating defending champion
Naty Alvarado, 21-17, 21-6.
Affirmed, owned by Florida breeder Louis Wolfson, won
the Triple Crown and was named best three-year-old colt
and Horse of the Year.
Horse Racing News and Highlights]
The Canadiens defeated the Boston
Bruins four games to two in the final series of the
playoffs (May 13-25) to win their third straight Stanley
Hockey News and Highlights]
The World Figure and Dance
Championships were held in Ottawa, Canada, March
7-11. Soviet skaters Irina Rodnina and Aleksandr
Zaitsev (left) won their sixth
consecutive pairs title, making them the only
skaters to successfully defend their titles.
Anett P÷tzsch became the third East German to
capture the women's title. The ice dancing title
was claimed by Soviet skaters Gennadi Karponosov
and Natalia Linichuk.
the Henley Royal Regatta in England in July, the
Trakia Club from Bulgaria won three events in its
first ever visit. The Bulgarian won the Grand
Challenge Cup (eights) by three-quarters of a
length over the University of Washington (left),
the Stewards' Cup (coxless fours), and the Prince
Philip Cup (coxed fours).
Fidler of Gloucester, who stands 6 feet 4 inches,
towers over 5-foot 6-inch Stephen Kenney of
Leicester in the John Player Rugby Union Cup
final game at Twickenham, on April 15, which was
won by Gloucester 6-3.
The sloop "Circus
Maximus," co-skippered by John Raby and Don
Ritter, was the first across the line in the
Newport-to-Bermuda yacht race in June.
Wenzel (left) became the first skier
from Liechtenstein ever to win the women's World
Cup. Ingemar Stenmark, of Sweden, won the men's
World Cup for a third successive time, again
without even attempting a downhill race.
defeated The Netherlands 3-1 in overtime to
capture its first World Cup championship, on June
25, at River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires,
The scoreboard at River Plate Stadium
proclaims victory for Argentina while Argentine
fans go wild.
Taylor, a 46-year-old marathon swimmer, embarked
on a swim of over 100 miles from Orange Cay in
The Bahamas to Florida in October. Rough seas and
jellyfish stings forced her to abandon her
efforts about 20 miles from Miami, Florida.
Wilfried Lieck and
Wiebke Hendriksen of West Germany teamed up to
win the European mixed doubles championship
during the March tournament in Duisburg, West
No less than 14 new
men's world outdoor records were achieved in 1978, 8 of
them in Olympic events. Women set 11 new world outdoor
records, 8 of them in Olympic events.
Track and Field News and Highlights]
Peterson is thrown by Mark Liberman in a match at
the National AAU Freestyle Wrestling
Championships in Ames, Iowa, in March. Peterson
eventually won the match.
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