MOTORCYCLING—FREDDIE SPENCER of Shreve-port, La., on a Honda, won both the 250cc and the 500cc events at the French Grand Prix in Le Mans, 10.18 seconds ahead of Anton Mang of West Germany, also on a Honda, in the 250cc race, and 15.31 seconds ahead of Raymond Roche of France, on a Yamaha, in the 500cc. Spencer averaged 94.759 mph around the 2.64 mile course in the 250cc event and 99.657 mph in the 500cc race.
MOTOR SPORTS—ALAIN PROST of France drove his McLaren-TAG- Porsche to victory at the British Grand Prix, defeating Italy's Michele Alboreto, who was in a Ferrari. The winner averaged 146.274 mph around the 2.932-mile circuit at Silverstone, England.
Bill Elliott, driving a Ford, beat Neil Bonnett, in a Chevrolet, by five seconds to win a 500-mile NASCAR race in Long Pond, Pa. Elliott averaged 134.008 mph for 200 laps around the 2.5-mile Pocono International Raceway.
SAILING—SLIP SLIDING AWAY, John Malec's Graham & Schlageter 39-footer, won the 78th Chicago to Mackinac Island Yacht Race, the nation's longest freshwater race, on corrected time in the International Offshore Rules division. HILARIA, a 53-foot Sparkman & Stephens owned by Robert Stocker of Chicago, won the Measurement Handicap System division. Dutch Schmidt's 78-foot maxi, SASSY, beat 268 other boats to the finish of the 333-mile race in 39:00:48 but fell 7:46:18 short of the course record set by Amorita, a 100-foot steel schooner, in 1911.
David Denning's MONTGOMERY STREET, a Cal 40, was the corrected-time winner of the 33rd 2,225-mile Los Angeles- Honolulu Transpacific yacht race. Nick Frazee's 68-foot sloop, SWIFTSURE III, was the first to finish, in 10 days, 19 hours, 21 minutes and 47 seconds.
TENNIS—MATS WILANDER of Sweden won two tournaments in the space of six days. On July 15 he beat Martin Jaite 6-2, 6-4 to win the U.S. Pro Tennis Championship in Brookline, Mass. On July 21 he defeated Stefan Edberg 6-1, 6-0 to win the Swedish Open title in B�stad.
Chris Evert Lloyd beat Pam Shriver 6-4, 6-1 to win a tournament in Newport, R.I. She earned $27,000 for the victory.
TRACK & FIELD—In the first meeting between Zola Budd and herself since their fateful collision at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, MARY DECKER SLANEY won a 3,000-meter race at London's Crystal Palace in 8:32.91. Budd finished fourth (page 34).
Steve Cram of Great Britain ran the 1,500-meters in a world record 3:29.67 to break countryman Steve Ovett's 1983 mark by 1.1 seconds, at a meet in Nice, France.
MILEPOSTS—ANNOUNCED: By the International Amateur Athletic Federation, that INDIANAPOLIS will host the first World Indoor Championships in track and field, which will be held in March 1987.