BOWLING—Californian MIKE McGRATH won his ninth PBA title in nine years with a 216-214 victory over Ear) Anthony in the $47,500 Home Box Office Open in Pennsville, N.J.
PRO FOOTBALL—Duane Thomas and Super Bowl experience were not enough as Washington was skinned 17-14 in its opening exhibition game against Detroit. Thomas gained 36 yards in 11 carries. The Lions' Mel Farr sprinted 47 yards for a second-quarter touchdown and Errol Mann, after missing two previous attempts, kicked the game-winning field goal from the 10. In Los Angeles Roger Staubach showed no sign of bad memories as he passed the Dallas Cowboys to a 24-7 win over the Rams. Last year in preseason play, Roger dodged into L.A. Linebacker Marlin McKeever and suffered a separated collarbone. This time he connected on 10 of 17 for 131 yards in two quarters of play. Ram Quarterback John Hadl was less successful, throwing two interceptions to Charlie Waters, the second of which he returned 54 yards for a touchdown. Hadl was replaced by Jimmy Harris, who kept the Rams from being shut out by tossing a 13-yard touchdown pass to Harold Jackson. The home stadium was no help for Houston, either, as the New York Jets downed the Oilers 16-13. Nine of the Jets' points came from Kicker Bobby Howfield's field goals of 44, 31 and 23 yards. Joe Namath completed one pass in three attempts and left the game after nine plays. The Jets' top running backs, John Riggins and Emerson Boozer, were absent, still holding out for more money. Oiler Quarterback Dan Pastorini completed a 35-yard touchdown pass to Clifton McNeil but had two other passes picked off.
Cincinnati led Miami 10-0 in the third quarter but the Dolphins caught fire with a 79-yard drive capped by Hubert Ginn's one-yard plunge for the touchdown that led to a 14-13 win. Jim Del Gaizo quarterbacked the 1973 Super Bowl champions most of the way, putting them ahead with 3:29 remaining in the game on a short pass to Charles Leigh. John Unitas started his 18th pro season, the first in a non-Baltimore uniform, and completed three of four passes for 45 yards in the opening period. But his San Diego Chargers did not offer much aid, losing to the Giants 28-3. New York Quarterbacks Norm Snead and Randy Johnson, on the other hand, had a field day, hitting 27 of 34 passes for 246 yards. Jan Stenerud booted four field goals in Kansas City's 12-6 triumph over New Orleans, and Happy Feller did his best for the Saints with two of his own. Pittsburgh and Baltimore provided more action as the Steelers won 34—7, scoring twice in the first four minutes of play thanks to runs of 39 and 69 yards by Preston Pearson that led to TDs. The Colts, behind Marty Domres, went until the final minute of the first half before they made a first down. Philadelphia edged Buffalo 13-6 as Ron (Po) James ran 32 yards to the Bills' three, then plunged over for the score on the following play. Chicago and Green Bay tied 13-13 in Milwaukee.
GOLF—A 25-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff gave BOBBY NICHOLS the $250,000 Westchester Classic, in Harrison, N.Y. After a final-round seven-under-par 65, including an 18th-hole eagle three, Nichols was tied at 272 with Bob Murphy.
Tour veteran JUDY RANKIN sank an eight-foot birdie putt on the last hole and won the $35,000 LPGA Pabst Classic, in Columbus, Ohio. Finishing with a par 72, she beat Debbie Austin of Oneida, N.Y. by three strokes. The tournament was shaken by four disqualifications prior to the final round, including that of Betty Burfeindt, who was tied for second place. Burfeindt, Beth Stone, Jane Blalock and Jo Ann Prentice were eliminated from competition when it was discovered they had given themselves improper relief from guy wires supporting trees.
HARNESS RACING—KNIGHTLY WAY ($2.80) won his fifth straight race and the $103,563 Dexter Cup for 3-year-old trotters by 2½ lengths over Keystone Lord at Roosevelt Raceway. John Simpson Jr. drove the winner.
HORSE RACING—Secretariat lost by a length to ONION ($13.20) in the $53,850 Whitney Stakes at Saratoga Springs (page 14).
Ridden by Miguel Rivera, OUR NATIVE ($17.60) took the $100,000 Monmouth Invitational Handicap at Monmouth Park, N.J. by a neck over Annihilate 'Em. Odds-on favorite Linda's Chief finished fourth.
In quarter-horse competition at Ruidoso Downs, N. Mex., FLYING ROCKETTE won the $284,280 Rainbow Futurity by a head over Mr. Gobar. The event is the second leg of quarter-horse racing's Triple Crown.
MOTOR SPORTS—JACKIE STEWART won his 27th Formula I victory, the German Grand Prix, at the Nurburgring, in a Tyrell Ford. His teammate Fran√ßois Cevert was second. The Scotsman averaged 116.82 mph and finished 198.34 miles in 1:42.3. The win put Stewart far ahead of the field in the seasonal standings with 60 points.
Bobby Allison drove his 1973 Chevrolet to victory in the first Cumberland 200, in Fayetteville, N.C. Averaging 85.816 mph, he finished nine seconds ahead of Cale Yarborough, in a Mercury.
SWIMMING—Season's bests were posted at the 15th Los Angeles Invitational in Mission Viejo by RICK DeMONT and three others. DeMont covered the 400-meter freestyle in 4:02.91. USC's STEVE FURNISS swam the 200-meter individual medley in 2:08.78, while SHIRLEY BABASHOFF was clocked in 2:05.23 for the women's 200-meter freestyle. Ecuador's JORGE DELGADO won the 200 butterfly with the best time this year, 2:04.38.
In Brisbane, 15-year-old STEPHEN HOLLAND set world records in the 1,500 and 800 meters in the same race. He knocked 14.7 seconds off Mike Burton's 1,500 mark with a 15:37.8 and bettered the 800 record by 6.2 with an 8:17.6.
TENNIS—Crying infants in the crowd broke Betty Stove's concentration and BILLIE JEAN KING won 6-4, 6-2 to walk off with the $7,000 first prize in the Denver Pro tournament.
TRACK & FIELD—Penn's FRED SAMARA amassed 7,623 points to win the decathlon competition of the World University Games trials at State College, Pa. Roger George of Fresno State was second with 7,279.
In Dakar, Senegal, the U.S. men and women triumphed in the third African-American games. The men's team, sparked by sprinter STEVE WILLIAMS' three gold medals, won 111-101. JACKIE THOMPSON, also with three sprint medals, paced the women to their 90—49 victory.
WRESTLING—The U.S.S.R. captured team honors in the Greco-Roman competition of the Junior World Championships, in Miami Beach. The Russians won four of 10 events to amass 48 points, finishing seven ahead of Bulgaria. No U.S. wrestler came in better than fourth in any event.
MILEPOSTS—ELECTED: To the Ice Skating Hall of Fame, CAROL HEISS JENKINS, 33, Olympic figure-skating champion in 1960 and world champ from 1956 to 1960.
FIRED: Atlanta Hawks General Manager RICHIE GUERIN, 41, replaced by Chicago Bulls' General Manager PAT WILLIAMS, 33.
PURCHASED: By the ABA New York Nets, JULIUS ERVING, All-Star forward of the Virginia Squires, in an estimated $4 million deal.
SIGNED: By the Philadelphia World Team Tennis franchise, BILLIE JEAN KING, for a reported $100,000 per year, five-year contract. King and JOHN NEWCOMBE, signed by Houston, negotiated before the official WTT draft began in New York. A total of 320 players were drafted, including CHRIS EVERT, who went to Miami, and 45-year-old PANCHO GONZALES, chosen by Cleveland.