BASEBALL—In Tokyo, HENRY AARON defeated Sadaharu Oh 10—9 in a home-run-hitting contest, and learned that he had been dealt by the Atlanta Braves to the Milwaukee Brewers (page 84).
PRO BASKETBALL—NBA: Boston picked itself up in the Atlantic Division and dusted off Cleveland and Philadelphia before beating Atlanta 126-125. In that game General Manager Red Auerbach subbed for ailing Coach Tom Heinsohn and drew two technicals and an automatic ejection. Washington suffered its first loss, 95-92 to Houston, but held onto the Central Division lead with three other victories. Rick Barry pumped in 30 points as Golden State crushed Buffalo 130-101 and added 45 in the Warriors' 99—88 win over Seattle. The Warriors extended their Pacific Division lead by dumping Milwaukee 99-90. Except for neophyte New Orleans (0-8), the Bucks (1-7) had the worst record in the league. New York nipped Atlanta, but in that game lost Walt Frazier for a week to a freak eye injury. Portland stopped Seattle and Buffalo, with Sidney Wicks contributing 27 points and 11 rebounds against the Braves. Kansas City-Omaha needed 30 points from Nate Archibald to beat Milwaukee 99-97, and Seattle got 40 from Spencer Haywood in a 117-97 win over Los Angeles. The Lakers won three other games, as did Houston. Detroit won two and lost two to stay close to the top in the Midwest.
ABA: The Spirits of St. Louis soared over San Diego 130-106, making up a little for an earlier, heartbreaking 110-109 loss to the Q's in which Spirit Center Marvin Barnes had 48 points and 30 rebounds. The Spirits lost too, 138-106 to Denver, which also netted New York and took two from Memphis to strengthen its lead in the West. Kentucky topped the Q's and walloped Virginia, while New York, two games behind the Colonels in the East, defeated St. Louis and Utah before losing to Indiana. Utah overcame San Diego and San Antonio, but the Spurs came back to beat Virginia.
BOXING—MUHAMMAD ALI regained the world heavyweight championship, knocking out George Foreman in Kinshasa, Za√Øre (page 22).
PRO FOOTBALL—NFL: With the score tied 14-14 and four seconds left, Efren Herrera kicked a 20-yard field goal to give Dallas a 17-14 victory over St. Louis, ending the Cardinals' winning streak at seven. Even so, St. Louis (7-1) had a two-game lead in the NFC East over the Washington Redskins, who rallied in the second half to down Green Bay 17-6. Buffalo took over the AFC East lead with a 29-28 win over New England (page 76), while Minnesota and Pittsburgh maintained their division leads. The Vikings held Chicago to 53 yards rushing; Fran Tarkenton threw two touchdowns in the 17-0 win. The Steelers also scored a shutout, blanking Philadelphia 27—0 as they held the Eagles to 66 yards on the ground. Dan Pastorini threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to Ken Burrough to boost Houston over the New York Jets 27-22, and Ken Anderson passed for three touchdowns as Cincinnati defeated Baltimore 24-14. Detroit held off a late New Orleans attack to win 19-14. Don Nottingham scored three touchdowns for Miami as the Dolphins battered Atlanta 42-7, and Ken Stabler engineered a 28-17 Oakland win against Denver, throwing four touchdown passes. San Diego edged Cleveland 36-35, and the New York Giants stopped Kansas City on the one-yard line as the clock ran out to win 33-27.
WFL: Memphis defeated the Hawaiians to clinch the Central Division, and Birmingham also posted a victory to secure a playoff spot. The Americans held off a fourth-quarter rally by the Blazers to win 26-18, while the Southmen edged the Hawaiians 33-31. Memphis Quarterback John Huarte threw three touchdown passes. Southern California stung Charlotte 34-25 on the passing strength of Tony Adams, who completed 13 of 24 for 234 yards. The loss kept the Hornets two games behind Florida in the East. Portland shut out Shreveport 14-0 to pull out of the West cellar, and Philadelphia, with Jim Corcoran hitting on 20 of 34 passes for 349 yards, defeated Chicago 37-31.
GOLF—HUBERT GREEN and MAC McLENDON combined to win the $250,000 National Team Championship by one stroke over Sam Snead and his nephew J. C, and Bert Yancey and Ed Sneed, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
In Perth, GARY PLAYER won the Australian Open for the seventh time.
U.S. Amateur Champion JERRY PATE tied Brazil's Jaime Gonzalez for medal honors and the U.S. won its fourth straight men's world team amateur championship at La Romana, Dominican Republic.
HARNESS RACING—Billy Haughton drove ARMBRO OMAHA ($5.40) to a 1½-length victory over Tarport Low in the $151,043 Messenger Stakes, last leg of pacing's triple crown, at Roosevelt Raceway. The winning time was 1:59[3/5] for the mile.
HOCKEY—NHL: The surging New York Islanders continued to surprise the league. Ed Westfall and Bill MacMillan scored three goals apiece in a 10-1 rout of California, and against the hometown-rival Rangers, Bob Nystrom netted a breakaway goal to gain a 1-1 tie. The Islanders also beat Boston for an undefeated week and the Patrick Division lead. Darcy Rota had three goals in Chicago's 10-3 defeat of St. Louis; the Hawks added a tie with Montreal and a win over Kansas City. St. Louis Coach Lou Angotti resigned and before Garry Young was named to replace him the Blues managed to tie Los Angeles and maul Atlanta 9-0. Philadelphia won two, including a 3-0 shutout of Montreal, Bernie Parent's first of the season. Vancouver had a four-goal first period in its 7-0 blanking of Detroit and did it again beating Pittsburgh 7-4. Phil Esposito and John Bucyk had two goals each in the Bruins' 8-2 spanking of the Scouts; Esposito also saved a 3-3 tie with Minnesota, scoring on two power plays. Los Angeles shut out Pittsburgh and clipped Detroit 5-1, and Buffalo beat Montreal and Toronto.
WHA: The Cleveland Crusaders and the Toronto Toros were supposed to open the new Cleveland Coliseum, but housewarming ceremonies apparently kept the ice from hardening and the game had to be postponed. And the ice was soft again later in the week when Minnesota came to Cleveland. The Crusaders finally got to play on the road, where they won. New England, leading the weak East Division, won three games and Houston, in the stronger West, did the same. Danny Gruen's overtime goal iced a 4-3 Michigan win over Minnesota, but then the Fighting Saints rebounded to top the Stags 6-3. Canadian Division leader Toronto beat Phoenix before being bombed 10-1 by second-place Winnipeg.
HORSE RACING—L'ENJOLEUR ($3.60), Sandy Hawley up, equaled the Laurel (Md.) course record of 1:42[3/5] for 1[1/6] miles to win the $130,940 Laurel Futurity for two-year-olds by a length over Wajima. The Canadian son of Buckpasser has earned $285,864 this year, winning eight of 15 starts.
TENNIS—In the complex scoring of the $135,000 World Invitational Tennis Classic at Hilton Head Island, S.C., BILLIE JEAN KING edged Stan Smith for the $40,000 first-prize money, with Smith collecting $25,000. King and Smith took the mixed doubles, and the singles went to CHRIS EVERT and ILIE NASTASE. In doubles, ROD LAVER and BJORN BORG teamed up for victory, as did EVONNE GOOLAGONG and VIRGINIA WADE.
MILEPOSTS—AWARDED: The 18th North American Soccer League franchise, to be called the Sting, to Chicago stockbroker Lee Stern.
AWARDED: The new NFL Tampa franchise to real estate developer Tom McCloskey, owner of the NASL Philadelphia Atoms.
NAMED: CAPTAIN MARK PHILLIPS, as "Event Rider of the Year" by the British Horse Society. Phillips' wife, Princess Anne, was a runner-up in the season-long equestrian ratings.
PENALIZED: UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND-EASTERN SHORE, 1973 NCAA Division II basketball champions, by the NCAA, for violations in its basketball program. The probation, for one year, bars the school from NCAA-controlled postseason competition. De Paul of Chicago and Augustana College of Sioux Falls, S. Dak. were also put on one-year probation for similar violations.
RESIGNED: GARY DAVIDSON, as commissioner of the World Football League, after one owner threatened to withdraw his team if Davidson stayed. Directing the league in Davidson's place is his business associate, Donald Regan. Davidson will remain on the WFL executive and expansion committees, and will help run the Southern California Sun.
SELECTED: JIM (Catfish) HUNTER, of the Oakland A's, as the American League Cy Young Award winner. Texas Ranger Ferguson Jenkins was second.
DIED: CHARLES S. (Buddy) MYER, 70, former Washington Senator second baseman; in Baton Rouge, La. In 1935 Myer hit .349 to win the American League batting crown.
DIED: LESLIE A. (Bullet Joe) BUSH, 81, who won 196 games in 17 seasons as a major league pitcher, mostly with the Athletics, the Red Sox and the Yankees. In 1922 he had a 26-7 record.