BOWLING—Twenty-four-year-old PALMER FALLGREN, who had never finished higher than third in six years on the PBA tour, beat top-seeded Gary Dickinson 215-161 for the $5,000 first prize in the $50,000 San Jose (Calif.) Open.
BOXING—World Heavyweight Champion MUHAMMAD ALI scored a unanimous 15-round decision over Great Britain's Joe Bugner in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (page 18).
WBA light heavyweight titleholder VICTOR GALINDEZ of Argentina defeated fellow countryman Jorge Ahumada and retained his crown with a unanimous decision at Madison Square Garden. On the same card, WBA middleweight champion CARLOS MONZON, also an Argentinian, retained his title with a 10th-round TKO of Tony Licata.
Puerto Rican challenger ALFREDO ESCALERA scored a second-round KO of Japan's Kuniaki Shibata to gain the WBC junior lightweight title in Mito, Japan.
CREW—The LEANDER and THAMES TRADESMEN club of England won the Henley Royal Regatta Grand Challenge Cup for heavyweight eights, defeating Harvard University by two lengths on the Thames. The British rowers covered the one-mile, 550-yard course in 6:16. In the schoolboy eights, RIDLEY COLLEGE of Canada defeated St. Paul's School of Concord, N.H. by a length in 6:32, shaving two seconds off the previous mark. The single sculls title went to SEAN DREA of Ireland, who beat Jim Dietz of the New York Athletic Club by 2‚Öì lengths in 7:56.
FIELD HOCKEY—The U.S. tied Canada 2-2 in Philadelphia, in a warm-up for the first women's world championships to be held in Edinburgh, Scotland next month.
GOLF—Fifty-one-year-old ART WALL won his first PGA event since 1966 by posting a final-round two-under-par 70 for a 17-under 271 total, to take the $130,000 Greater Milwaukee Open by a stroke over Gary McCord. The 1959 Masters champion earned $26,000 for his victory.
Susie McAllister carded a final-round 70 for a four-under-par 212 total to beat Jan Ferraris by a stroke and win $5,700 in the $40,000 Wheeling (W. Va.) LPGA Classic.
Hale Irwin won the lightning-and-rain-delayed $200,000 Western Open in Oak Brook, Ill. with a one-under-par 283, one stroke better than Bobby Cole.
HORSE RACING—FOOLISH PLEASURE ($3.80) won the $350,000 mile-and-a-quarter match race at Belmont Park when Ruffian broke down after three-eighths of a mile. Ruffian was later destroyed (page 16).
Topweighted FOREGO ($3.40), Heliodoro Gustines riding, galloped to a track record in the $111,300 Brooklyn Handicap, covering the 1¼ miles in 1:59⅘ at Belmont. Monetary Principle finished 1½ lengths back of the five-year-old gelding.
Honey Mark ($17.20), carrying 116 pounds with Garth Patterson up, beat High Steel by a neck to win the $133,400 American Derby, covering the 1[1/16] miles in 1:44[2/5] at Arlington Park in Chicago. Preakness winner Master Derby, carrying top weight of 124 pounds, finished 11th in a field of 14.
MOTOR SPORTS—In the role of bridesmaid for the last four years, RICHARD PETTY drove to his first victory in the Firecracker 400, 2.36 seconds ahead of Buddy Baker, at Daytona Beach, Fla. Petty's Dodge averaged 158.381 mph in the 160-lap event (page 28).
Austrian NIKI LAUDA led all 54 laps of the French Grand Prix, held on Paul Ricard circuit in Le Castellet, for his fourth world championship victory this season. Lauda averaged 116.5 mph in his Ferrari to finish two seconds ahead of James Hunt.
SOCCER—NASL: New York gave up first place in the Northern Division by losing two games, 5-1 to Los Angeles and 2-0 to Seattle, as a total of 30,101 West Coast spectators came out to catch a glimpse of Pelé, who was unable to score in either game. The Cosmos' week was not a total washout as Commissioner Phil Woosnam ordered a protested loss to Boston to be replayed Aug. 3. The Boston Minutemen beat Philadelphia 4-0 and moved into a one-point division lead. Hartford lost to Rochester 2-1 despite the debut of two Italian players, Gioccomo Bulgarelli and Ferrucio Mazzola. St. Louis all but wrapped up the Central with a 33-point cushion over the quiet Dallas Tornado. The Stars continued their romp by beating Vancouver 2-1 and the Tornado 2-0. Eastern leader Tampa Bay did not play, but second-place Miami was upset by Baltimore 3-2. Alvin Henderson of the Comets scored twice. Seattle, leading the Western, had a .500 week, losing to Los Angeles 2-1 in a tie breaker, then blanking the Cosmos 2-0. The second-place Portland Timbers continued to fell opponents, dropping Vancouver 2-1 for their fifth win in a row.
ASL: Northern leader Rhode Island disappointed its largest crowd of the season, 4,500, by losing to New York 1-0. Ron Ledesma's first-half goal was the difference. Goalie Jamir Canal made 10 saves as the Apollos scored their fifth shutout of the season. Cincinnati Goalie Greg Lamb made his debut a successful one as the Comets streaked to a 3-1 victory over New Jersey. Lamb had 11 saves, with the Brewers' lone score coming on a penalty kick. Pittsburgh was beaten by Cleveland 2-1 and Boston held off Chicago 1-0.
TENNIS—ARTHUR ASHE upset defending Wimbledon champion Jimmy Connors 6-1, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 for the men's title and BILLIE JEAN KING routed Evonne Goolagong Cawley 6-0, 6-1 (page 12). In the men's veterans doubles BUDGE PATTY and LENNART BERGELIN beat Don Budge and Gardner Mulloy 6-3, 6-3.
TRACK & FIELD—Sweden's ANDERS GARDERUD improved his own week-old world record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase by .6 to 8:09.8 during an international meet in Stockholm. JOHN WALKER of New Zealand captured the mile in 3:52.2, 1.2 seconds slower than Filbert Bayi's world standard. LUCIANO SUSANJ's finishing kick left Americans Rick Wohlhuter and Mark Enyeart behind as the Yugoslav ran the 800 meters in 1:45.2.
Although both the U.S. men's and women's teams were handily defeated in a dual meet with the Soviet Union in Kiev, American MADELEINE MANNING JACKSON won the 800 meters, improving her week-old U.S. record by .2 to 2:00.3. JONI HUNTLEY was the only other U.S. womer's winner with a 6'½" high jump. The U.S.S.R. took the men's meet 129-89 as VALERY BORZOV equaled the European record for the 100 meters with a 10.0.
At the U.S.S.R.-U.S.A. junior meet in Lincoln, Neb., both the American men (129-105) and women (88-58) triumphed, thanks to clean sweeps of the track events.
VOLLEYBALL—IVA: The Los Angeles Stars won their fourth in a row, outlasting first-place San Diego 12-5, 4-12, 12-5, 11-13, 12-1 at Santa Monica College. John Alstrom of the Stars was successful on 24 of 50 attempted spikes. Santa Barbara, one-half game behind San Diego, disposed of El Paso-Juarez 12-7, 12-8, 12-7 as Spiker George Spratt sent 22 kills over the net. The 4,471 who showed up for a 25¢ beer night in El Paso witnessed the Sol's 12-9, 12-8, 12-7 defeat of Southern California but two nights later the Bangers avenged the loss with a three-game win.
MILEPOSTS—DIED: Northern California's top jockey, JUAN GONZALEZ, 26, from injuries suffered in a three-horse spill at Alameda County Fair Grounds in Pleasanton.
DIED: Race car driver WARREN TOPE, 28, when his McLaren M-8E hit a guardrail during the Wide Track II race in Pontiac, Mich. Tope was defending champion in the two-year-old event run on public streets.