The U.S. women extended their unprecedented fastpitch softball winning streak to 105 international games as left-hander Michele Smith of Fairfield, N.J., pitched a one-hitter in a 4-0 victory over Puerto Rico at Mar Del Plata, Argentina. That clinched the third straight Pan Am gold medal for the Americans.
In Pan Am wrestling, seven of eight U.S. freestyle wrestlers won their divisions, with two others getting bronze and one a silver.
Two-time Olympic champion Bruce Baumgartner of Cambridge Springs, Pa., won the super heavyweight gold medal, 4-0 over Angel Anaya of Cuba.
In basketball, at the same Multi-Sports Stadium where it outlasted the United States in volleyball a week earlier, Argentina used a brilliant first half and the power of a raucous crowd to defeat the United States 90-86 for the basketball gold medal.
The loss marked the third straight Pan Am Games the United States failed to win the basketball gold. The last two times, it was a college all-star team that failed. This time it was a collection of minor-leaguers from the CBA.
Jack Jurek survived a 10th-frame scare and beat David Traber 231-228 to win the Tums Classic, his first career Professional Bowlers Association title.
Jurek, a part-time pro in just his eighth tournament in the last two years and his fourth this year, earned $25,000 and a trip to the Tournament of Champions in April at Rivera Lanes in Akron, Ohio.
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