BICYCLING—SUA NOVARRA, of Flint, Mich., upset defending titlist and current world champion Sheila Young in the women's sprint final at the National Track Championships in Northbrook, Ill. RALPH THERRIO, of Torrance, Calif., scored a double in men's competition, winning the 4,000-meter pursuit and the 10-mile race in 20:17.87.
BOATING—LYNN WILLIAMS piloted his 61-foot sloop Dora IV to first place in the 330-mile Chicago-to-Mackinac Island race. Dora IV's elapsed time of 41½ hours was corrected to 37:48.
Billy Martin, of Clark, N.J., drove Bounty Hunter to victory in the Cedar Point Grand National Offshore Powerboat Race on Lake Erie (page 20).
BOXING—JOSE NAPOLES, of Mexico, retained his world welterweight crown with a ninth-round TKO over Hedgemon Lewis, in Mexico City (page 18).
PRO FOOTBALL—NFL: Rookies, free agents, sparse crowds and picket lines marked the opening of the NFL preseason schedule, attendance averaging about one-third of capacity at most games. Los Angeles beat Cleveland 24-21 on a field goal by WFL reject Bob Thomas. New England defeated the Redskins 21-16 in front of 16,403 Washington fans, and Green Bay, playing before 30,119 in Buffalo, won 16-13. The Jets whipped Denver 41-19, Oakland beat Dallas 27-7, and Pittsburgh defeated New Orleans 26-7. Miami, fielding a poor facsimile of its Super Bowl team, lost to Cincinnati 19-13, Houston took the Giants 16-7, Atlanta defeated Philadelphia 20-7, St. Louis nipped Chicago 10-7 and San Diego beat San Francisco 20-6.
WFL: Even without a strike, attendance was down as Chicago and Birmingham remained the only undefeated teams. The Fire braised the Hawaiians 53-29, and the Americans derailed the Detroit Wheels 21-18. Houston put out the Florida Blazers 7-6, and the Philadelphia Bell took its toll on Portland 25-7, while the New York Stars dazzled Jacksonville 24-16, and Memphis eclipsed the Southern California Sun 25-15.
GOLF—VICTOR REGALADO scored a win worth $40,000 in the $200,000 Pleasant Valley Classic in Sutton, Mass. Regalado carded a two-under-par 69 for a 278 total, one stroke less than Tom Weiskopf.
Sandra Haynie won the George Washington Classic and $5,700 at Hidden Springs Country Club in Horsham, Pa., with a 54-hole total of 213.
The U.S., led by Anne Sander and Jane Booth, defeated Great Britain 13-5 in the biennial Curtis Cup women's amateur matches at the San Francisco Golf Club for its eighth straight victory.
HARNESS RACING—ARMBRO NESBIT ($4.20), driven by Walter Paisley, won the $50,000 second leg of the U.S. Pacing Championship at Sportsman's Park in Chicago. He covered the mile in 1:57 with Otaro Hanover and Sir Dalrae less than a length behind.
HORSE RACING—HOLDING PATTERN ($16.80), Mike Miceli up, held off Little Current at the wire to win the $100,000 Monmouth Invitational Handicap for 3-year-olds at Monmouth Park. He covered the 1‚⅛ miles in 1:49[4/5].
Laffit Pincay Jr. guided TRI JET ($7.40) to a track record 1:47 for 1‚⅛ miles in the $50,000 Whitney Stakes, run through rain and mud at Saratoga. Infuriator was second by a neck.
MOTOR SPORTS—Averaging 117.37 mph in a Ferrari 312B, CLAY REGAZZONI of Switzerland won the European Grand Prix at the Nurburgring in West Germany. South Africa's Jody Scheckter, who established a new lap record of 7:11.1 for the 14.2-mile circuit, was second in an Elf-Tyrrell-Ford 007.
Richard Petty averaged 115.585 mph in his Dodge to win the rain-interrupted and shortened (480 miles instead of 500) $100,000 NASCAR Grand National inaugural at Pennsylvania's Pocono International Raceway.
SKEET SHOOTING—NOEL WINTERS, of Baltimore, won the All-Around title at the world championship held in San Antonio (page 22).
SOCCER—With five playoff berths still unclaimed, NASL action moved into its final week. Miami and Baltimore, locked in a tight battle for the Eastern Division spot, both won last week. The Toros defeated Dallas 1-0 in overtime, and Baltimore came back from a scoreless first half to top Toronto 3-2. Los Angeles continued to lead the Western Division, despite a 3-1 loss to Vancouver. Second-place San Jose split a pair of games, defeating St. Louis 2-0, then being upset 3-2 by Washington before a sellout crowd of 19,478 in San Jose. Seattle remained in the Western race after shutting out Rochester 2-0. Boston dropped Philadelphia 1-0 to strengthen its Northern Division lead over Toronto and Rochester. Toronto was 1-1 in tie breakers with New York, losing 3-2 before winning 2-1. Only Dallas is a playoff certainty with an insurmountable Central Division lead that was enhanced by its 2-0 victory over second-place St. Louis.
SWIMMING—Australia's JENNY TURRALL lowered her pending women's world record of 16:43.4 in the 1,500-meter freestyle, swimming the distance in 16:39.28 at the Los Angeles Invitational.
TRACK & FIELD—RICK WOHLHUTER set a world record in the 1,000-meter run with a 2:13.9 clocking at the Martin Luther King Games in Oslo, Norway. Ideal conditions and a blistering early pace helped Wohlhuter shave 2.1 seconds off the old mark set last year by Danie Malan of South Africa. DWIGHT STONES cleared 7'5‚Öú" to win the high jump, but failed to clear 7'7" in a bid to surpass his world record. Marty Liquori ran his fastest mile since 1971 (3:56.6), but was narrowly defeated by Norway's KNUT KVALHEIM, who won in 3:56.2 as five runners finished under four minutes. A major upset was RALPH MANN's 49.0 victory over Jim Bolding in the 400-meter hurdles while MARTHA WATSON equaled her American record of 21'7" in the long jump.
At Gateshead, England BRENDAN FOSTER delighted his hometown fans by breaking the world record in the 3,000-meter run. His 7:35.2 performance erased the previous mark of 7:37.6 set by Belgium's Emiel Puttemans in 1972.
Anders Gaerderud, of Sweden, clipped one second off his European record for the 3,000-meter steeplechase with an 8:14.2 clocking in Helsinki.
Americans established three stadium records at the annual Tingsvalla meet in Karlstad, Sweden. STEVE WILLIAMS ran the 100 meters in 10 flat, while CHARLES FOSTER took the 110 high hurdles in 13.6, and AL FEUERBACH won the shot-put with a 70' throw.
MILEPOSTS—ENGAGED: STAN SMITH, co-ranked No. 1 U.S. tennis player, and MARJORY L. GENGLER, 1972 captain of Princeton's women's tennis squad and a sports promotion director for the Sea Pines Company of Hilton Head, S.C., with which Smith is associated.
NAMED: JIM HARDY, to skipper Southern Cross, the Australian 12-meter yacht that hopes to challenge for the America's Cup in September. Hardy, a former world champion in the 5.5-meter class, was at the helm of Gretel II in her 1970 bid for the cup.
RESIGNED: As basketball coach at Iowa State, MAURY JOHN, 54, because of illness. John took over the Cyclones in 1971 after 13 seasons at Drake, where he was voted NCAA Coach of the Year in 1969. His career record was 539-224, and three of his Drake teams played in the NCAA tournament.
SIGNED: RICK FORZANO, 45, as coach of the Detroit Lions, replacing Don McCafferty, who died two weeks ago of a heart attack. Forzano was head coach at the Naval Academy before coming to the Lions in 1973 to direct the offensive backfield.
SOLD: The NBA Detroit Pistons, for $8.1 million, by Owner Fred Zollner to a group of nine businessmen headed by Detroit executives William M. Davidson and Herbert Tyner.