BASKETBALL—The SOVIET UNION's women's team virtually clinched the first World Basketball Festival championship, downing Peru 106-40 in Lima.
BOWLING—RITA JUSTICE of Wilmington, Del. defeated Loa Boxberger of Russell, Kans. 237-227 to win the $25,000 Professional Women's Classic in Rockford, Ill. During the tournament Boxberger rolled the highest six-game series ever posted by a woman professional—1,478—including games of 279 and 277.
BRIDGE—ITALY, represented by what was essentially the famed old Blue Team, crushed the U.S. Aces by 128 points to win the Bermuda Bowl, its 11th win since the competition began in 1950.
HORSE RACING—Securing her second victory of the fillies' Triple Crown, WINDY'S DAUGHTER ($6.80), Eddie Belmonte up, won the $88,275 Mother Goose Stakes by a nose over Lady Love (page 75). She equaled the Belmont stakes record of 1:48[2/5] for the 1‚⅛ mile.
Card Table ($13), ridden by Fernando Toro, took the $43,950 Princess Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Hollywood Park by 1¾ lengths over Deliverance.
LACROSSE—MARYLAND and JOHNS HOPKINS came out on top in NCAA semifinal play. The Terps eliminated Washington and Lee 18-7, as Ed Mullen, Pat O'Meally and Frank Urso scored three goals apiece. Urso and O'Meally also added two assists, while Doug Schreiber contributed two goals and two assists. Doug Radebaugh won 14 of 16 faceoffs and Maryland outshot the Generals 74-30 as 11 Terps scored. In Baltimore, Johns Hopkins downed Virginia 12-9 as Attackman Rick Kowalchuk tallied four goals and freshman Franz Wittelsberger added three. Jack Thomas made five assists for the Jays, who now meet Maryland for the title.
SAILING—BUSSING ANDERSEN of Denmark clinched the World Soling Class Yacht Championship off Quiberon, France, totaling 17.7 points for the seven-race series, 24.7 less than the second-place finisher, S. Jensen, also of Denmark.
SOCCER—LIVERPOOL of England, with a series score of 3-2, won the European Union Cup, despite a 2-0 loss to Borussia M√∂nchengladbach.
PRO TRACK & FIELD—BRIAN OLDFIELD registered a world indoor best in the shot with a put of 70'10¾" at the Western Airlines Classic in Salt Lake City. MEL PENDER ran a world-record-equaling time of 5.8 in the 60-yard dash and LARRY JAMES won the 500 in 53.9, breaking the ITA record by two seconds. BARBARA FERRELL breezed to a 6.5 in the women's 60, shaving two-tenths of a second off the pro record.
TRACK & FIELD—FAINA MELNIK of Russia set a world record for the women's discus throw of 221'3" in Riga, U.S.S.R. Melnik's mark betters the old one, held by Argentina Menis of Rumania, by five inches.
Francie Larrieu of the San Jose Cindergals set a new American record in the women's mile with a 4:38.7 clocking in the Bakersfield Classic. She bettered Doris Brown's 1971 mark by nine-tenths of a second.
Tommy Fulton ran the first sub-four-minute mile in the history of the NAIA championships, clocking a 3:57.8 in Arkadelphia, Ark., and led Texas Southern to the team title. TSU finished with 81 points to Eastern New Mexico's 55. Fulton also won the three mile in 13:33.3, placed second in the six mile and third in the 880 to capture the MVP award. Southern University's ROD MILBURN set an NAIA record with a 13.4 in the 120-yard high hurdles and JOSHUA OWUSU of Angelo State (Texas) triple-jumped 53'.
Kathy Schmidt, a 19-year-old Long Beach City College student, broke her own American record in the women's javelin with a throw of 207'10" in the 32nd California Relays at Modesto and FRAN SIGHTING broke Wilma Rudolph's 1961 meet record in the women's 100-yard dash by .2 with a time of 10.5.
After a flashy first day in which they scored 21 points, the Naval Academy's Midshipmen added 20 more to win their first IC4A title since 1946. Two big Mid-die victories came from TED BREGAR, who broke the meet hammer-throw record with a toss of 212'8", and SCOTT HANEY, who threw the shot 60'11½", an Academy record. Navy finished with 41 points, while Maryland and Penn State tied for second with 29½ points apiece. The meet's only double winner, Villanova's JOHN HARTNETT, added the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 8:54.2, to his runaway victory in the six-mile event. Adelphi's RICHIE HARDWARE surprised the field in the 220 with a clocking of 21.3.
Kenny Moore, running for the Oregon Track Club, won the San Francisco Bay-to-Breakers 7.8-mile race in 37:15, overtaking England's Chris Stewart in the last 100 yards to win by two seconds. It was the sixth straight time that Moore has won this race.
WRESTLING—The U.S.S.R. routed the U.S. 17-3 in Madison, Wis. in the first of four American exhibition matches. The only American victory went to Wisconsin sophomore ED VATCH, a 163-pounder, who upset Olympic bronze medalist Ruslan Ashuraliev 5-2. Two-time NCAA champion Chris Taylor was held to a draw by European junior champ Soslan Andiyev.
MILEPOSTS—CHARGED: With manslaughter in the death of Austrian race driver Jochen Rindt, COLIN CHAPMAN, manager of the Formula I Lotus racing team. The charge followed a magistrate investigation in Monza, Italy, where Rindt was killed during trials for the 1970 Italian Grand Prix. Judge Luigi Recupero said Chapman was technically responsible for Rindt's accident.
NAMED: By the Professional Hockey Writers' Association, BOBBY CLARKE, 23, of the NHL Philadelphia Flyers, as recipient of the Hart Memorial Trophy for the most valuable player. He scored 37 goals and 67 assists for 104 points during the season. GIL PERREAULT, 22, center for the Buffalo Sabres, received the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy awarded to the man best combining sportsmanship and playing ability. Perreault scored 88 points last season, including 28 goals, and spent only 10 minutes in the penalty box.
NAMED: As baseball coach at the University of California (Berkeley), former major-leaguer JACKIE JENSEN, 46. The American League MVP in 1958, Jensen played with the New York Yankees, Washington Senators and Boston Red Sox. He replaces retiring George Wolfman.
PURCHASED: The bankrupt Michigan International Speedway by race-car owner ROGER PENSKE, for $150,000 and more than $2 million in mortgages.
SETTLED: Contract disputes between the NBA Milwaukee Bucks and former Buck Guard WALI JONES, who was suspended for medical and disciplinary reasons, then placed on waivers in January. Jones is now a free agent.
SETTLED: The contract dispute between TOMMY PROTHRO, former head coach of the L.A. Rams, and Ram owner CARROLL ROSENBLOOM, who fired Prothro in January.
SIGNED: Heisman Trophy winner JOHNNY RODGERS of Nebraska, with the Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes. According to his attorney, Rodgers' contract calls for $100,000 a season for three years, which would make him the highest-paid player in the CFL.