BOATING—Barring any protests, WEST GERMANY captured the Admiral's Cup with 831 points. Australia was second with 779 points in the four-race world championship sailed between Cowes and Plymouth.
BOWLING—In his second triumph of the season DON JOHNSON outrolled Larry Laub 258-206 in the $37,500 Bay City (Mich.) Open.
Betty Morris of Stockton, Calif. bowled a six-game series of 1,367 to capture the Professional Women's championship in Flint, Mich.
FOOTBALL—Kansas City played a double bill this week and dropped both games in the last minute and a half. In Monday night's special the Chiefs lost to Detroit 17-16 in what Coach Hank Strain called "a ridiculous way," as Jan Stenerud had his first PAT in seven years blocked. Cornerback Lem Barney was the star. He blocked the kick and earlier, in the second quarter, intercepted a Pete Beathard pass on the Detroit 31 and returned it to the two. Altie Taylor took it over for the score. Next it was Minnesota's turn, and the Vikings, despite a rash of turnovers, beat the Chiefs on a late field goal 13-10, which prompted Strain to say, "It's a shame when you get five turnovers and don't win." Nate Allen was one Chief who was not ashamed, intercepting three passes and recovering a fumble. Philadelphia choked on two punting situations and Pittsburgh capitalized for a 17-3 victory, the Steelers' second in three outings. Terry Bradshaw completed 12 of 21 passes for 116 yards. In Dallas Roger Staubach and Craig Morton passed the Cowboys to a 24-14 victory over New Orleans. Staubach connected on scoring passes of 52 and 45 yards, and Morton Hipped for the final score, a shortie to Billy Truax in the end zone. Former Cowboy Duane Thomas helped spoil Buffalo's debut in its $22 million stadium by leading Washington to a 37-21 win over the Bills (page 16). George Blanda, now 45 and a 24-year veteran, kicked three field goals, one from the 41, as Oakland downed Los Angeles 16-3. Blanda also contributed the extra point after Daryle Lamonica's six-yard pass to Bob Moore for the Raiders' only TD. Rookie Quarterback Bert Jones led an 80-yard drive, capped by Don Nottingham's one-yard sweep, for a 32-28 Baltimore victory over Detroit. Running Back Floyd Little accounted for two of Denver's five touchdowns in a 38-17 rout of St. Louis. Atlanta dropped New England 27-10. Houston lost to Green Bay 33-14 and Chicago and Miami played to a 9-9 draw, the Dolphins' first non-win in 22 games. Cleveland won its first exhibition game in 10 tries 24-6 over Cincinnati, and the Giants proved they "own New York" with a 45-30 win over the Jets in New Haven, Conn.
GOLF—CAROL SEMPLE won her first U.S. Women's Amateur in eight attempts, one-up over Anne Sander, in Montclair, N.J. (page 60).
Lanny Wadkins moved closer to the $200,000 mark for the year with a 3-under-par 69 in the final round of the USI Golf Classic in Sutton, Mass. Surviving a double bogey on the 14th, he beat Rik Massengale, Lee Elder and Tom Jenkins by two strokes and added the $40,000 first prize to his earnings, bringing them to $188,914.
Sandra Palmer collected $4,500 for her one-stroke victory over Judy Rankin and Jane Blalock in the LPGA's St. Paul Open. She carded a 2-under 71 for the final 18 and a total of 209.
HARNESS RACING —SPARTAN HANOVER ($12), driven by Billy Haughton, won the $50,000 American Trotting Championship at Roosevelt Raceway by a neck over Delmonica Hanover. The victory, in 2:34 for the 1¼ mile, qualified Spartan Hanover as the U.S. entry in the $150,000 Roosevelt International Aug. 25.
HORSE RACING—Moving into the history books alongside Arts and Letters, Bold Reason and Key to the Mint was ANNIHILATE 'EM ($7.40), winner of the 104th Travers at Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Ridden by Ron Turcotte, the 3-year-old colt beat Stop the Music by 1¼ lengths. The field was sharply narrowed by post time as Secretariat, Our Native and Knightly Dawn were all withdrawn.
Mike Hole rode WINDTEX ($9.60) to a 1-length victory over Rastaferian in the $100,000 Hobson Handicap at Liberty Bell Park in Philadelphia.
MOTOR SPORTS—Emerson Fittipaldi's Lotus teammate, RONNIE PETERSON, roared to victory in the Austrian Grand Prix, at Oesterreichring, in Zeltwig. Fittipaldi, who led most of the race, dropped out with five laps remaining because of a broken fuel pipe. Peterson covered the 198 miles in 1:28.48.75. Jackie Stewart, still leading the Formula I point standings, was second in a Tyrrell Ford.
Brian Redman, in a Lola, won his third L&M championship series race, at Road Atlanta in Gainesville, Ga. Mark Donohue, also driving a Lola, was second in the $50,000 contest.
SOCCER—PHILADELPHIA ATOMS defeated the Toronto Metros 3-0 and earned the right to play Dallas Tornado for the North American Soccer League title.
Kyle Rote Jr. was named Rookie of the Year by the North American Soccer League. A center forward for the Dallas Tornado, he was the first American ever to lead the NASL in scoring (10 goals and 10 assists for 30 points).
SWIMMING—East Germans KORNELIA ENDER and ULRIKE RICHTER set world records for the 100-meter freestyle and backstroke in a European meet in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Ender, with 58.12, broke her freestyle record set July 13 by .03. Richter turned in a 1:05.39 for the backstroke, bettering South African Karen Muir's four-year-old mark of 1:05.6.
TENNIS—MANUEL ORANTES became the first Spaniard in the 63-year history of the U.S. National Clay Court Championships to win the men's singles, defeating France's Georges Goven 6-4, 6-1, 6-4. Clay queen Chris Evert beat Britisher Veronica Burton 6-4, 6-3 for the women's crown of the $90,000 event in Indianapolis.
No. 1-ranking Southern junior player CANDY REYNOLDS captured the U.S. Women's Amateur Grass Court championship in Haverford, Pa. The 18-year-old from Knoxville, Tenn. downed Cathy May 1-6, 7-6, 6-0 in the finals.
WORLD GAMES—At the end of four days of competition the U.S.S.R. had racked up 36 gold medals, 15 silver and 17 bronze to dominate the World University Gaines in Moscow. Rumania was far behind with three gold, five silver and five bronze. The U.S., with no gold, had only its basketball squads for comfort as the American men won four straight and the women captured three. OLGA KORBUT grabbed five of the Soviets' eight gymnastic gold medals and the Soviet Union took nine of 10 Greco-Roman wrestling events.
MILEPOSTS—RETIRED: From racing, Grand National stock-car driver BOBBY ISAAC, 39. Winner of more than half a million dollars in prize money, he pulled into the pits in the midst of the Talladega 500 and announced he was through racing, saying, "Something told me to quit."
SUSPENDED: In a rare action by the PGA, BOB ROSBURG, for "conduct unbecoming a professional golfer," for three weeks. The former PGA champion was ruled ineligible for the next three events for remarks he made insinuating that Billy Casper had cheated while winning the Western Open in July.
DIED: Auto engine manufacturer FRED OFFENHAUSER, 85, in Los Angeles. Taking control of a failing race-car engine company in the early 5'30s, he developed the legendary power plant that won more Indy 500s than any engine in history.
DIED: Former Olympic swimmer CHARLLS M. DANIELS, 88, in Carmel Valley, Calif. He won gold medals in the 220-yard and 400-meter freestyles in 1904 and picked up two more in the 100-meter freestyle in the unofficial 1906 Olympics and the 1908 Games.