BOATING—Defending sloop LA FORZA DEL DESTINO, a 52-footer owned and skippered by Norman Raben of New York, captured Class A and over-all honors in the 16th biennial Marblehead, Mass.-to-Halifax, Nova Scotia race. Her corrected time was 71:09:02 for the 360 miles.
BOWLING—Second-year pro MARSHALL HOLMAN of Medford, Ore. claimed $5,000 and his first PBA title in the $50,000 Fresno (Calif.) Open, defeating Carmen Salvino 279-213 in the finals.
BOXING—JOSE NAPOLES of Mexico retained his WBC welterweight crown with a 15-round decision over Los Angeles' Armando Muniz in Mexico City.
GOLF—First-time entrant TOM WATSON, 25, won the British Open, beating Jack Newton of Australia by one stroke with a 71 in an 18-hole playoff at Carnoustie, Scotland (page 18).
Roger Maltbie carded a course-record 64 in the final round of the $75,000 Quad Cities Open in Moline, Ill. for a 275 total and a one-stroke victory over Dave Eichelberger (page 44).
HARNESS RACING—WHATA BARON ($3.80), driven by Lew Williams Jr., won the final division of the $40,000 Haswell Memorial by a length over Albert's Star, covering the mile in 1:58[4/5] at Saratoga Harness. In an elimination heat, Whata Baron recorded the season's fastest mile by a 3-year-old pacer, 1:57[1/5].
Nickawampus Leroy ($10), George Phalen at the reins, defeated Keystone Smartie by 2½ lengths in the 1½-mile, $75,000 Old Glory Pace at Yonkers, N.Y. The time was 3:05[2/5] over a fast track.
HORSE RACING—Long-shot VALID APPEAL ($30.80), ridden by apprentice Jockey James Long, equaled the stakes mark in the $84,000 Dwyer Handicap, covering the 1‚⅛ miles in 1:48[2/5] over a wet track at Belmont. Second, three lengths off the pace, was Wajima.
Walk In The Sun ($22.40), Frank Olivares up, posted a 1-length win over PET LABEL in the $104,775 Lassie Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Hollywood Park. The $5,000 supplemental entry was timed in 1:10[2/5] for the six furlongs.
LACROSSE—NLL: At the midway point of the six-team league's second season, Montreal was in first by two points over the Long Island Tomahawks. The Quebecois had a 2-2 week, losing to the Tomahawks and Philadelphia, then rebounding against Boston and Maryland. Long Island also split a pair of games with Maryland. The Philadelphia Wings outscored the Quebec Caribous 13-9.
SOARING—ROSA BRIEGLER of El Mirage, Calif. was named overall champion of the Sixth National Standard Class Championships held in Minden, Nev. Briegler, who piloted a Nugget, totaled 7,585 points during the nine-day competition. Second was Tom Beltz of Leighton, Pa. with 7,453.
SOCCER—NASL: The Portland Timbers continued their juggernaut ascent in the Western Division, roaring to their sixth and seventh victories in a row to take over first place from Seattle, which had a 1-1 week. Boston put a halt to the Timbers' skein, edging them 2-1 and recapturing the lead in the Northern, one point ahead of Pelé's New York Cosmos (page 49). Central kingpin St. Louis was run over by third-place Denver 5-2, as the Dynamos' Mike Flater, a candidate for Rookie of the Year, scored his ninth and 10th goals. Chicago brought its season record to 8-8 with wins over Miami and Dallas. Tampa Bay opened a formidable 11-point lead over Miami in the Eastern by routing Baltimore 4-0. The Rowdies boasted a 12-3 mark, the best in the league. Miami dropped road games to Philadelphia 2-1 and Chicago 2-0.
ASL: With a 2-1 win over the second-place Brewers, New York opened a commanding eight-point lead in the Eastern Division. Edner Bretton and Kyrinkos Fitalis scored the Apollos' goals. Rhode Island, leader in the Northern, bombarded Chicago 7-2, ending a scoring slump in which the Oceaneers had notched only two goals in five games. Connecticut, one point behind Rhode Island, beat Cincinnati 3-0 as Goalie Wilner Piquant came up with his third shutout of the season.
TRACK & FIELD—The U.S. men's and women's teams defeated Poland and Czechoslovakia in a three-nation meet in Prague. Outstanding performances were turned in by KATHY McMILLAN of Raeford, N.C., who long-jumped 21'7¼", missing Martha Watson's American record by one-quarter inch; Poland's WLADYSLAW KOZAKIEWICZ, who cleared 18'½" to win the pole vault; Lieut. BOB WALLIS of the U.S. Army and KATHY SCHMIDT of Long Beach, who threw the javelin 278'11" and 207 feet respectively; and GRAZYNA RABSZTYN of Poland, who won the 100-meter hurdles in 12.8.
At an international meet in Paris, the 110-meter-hurdle rivalry between France's GUY DRUT and Charles Foster continued with Drat winning in 13.40, .17 ahead of the U.S. hurdler. JIM BOLDING took the 400-meter hurdles in 48.55 and Jamaica's DON QUARRIE handed Steve Williams his eighth and ninth straight defeats, winning the 100-meter dash in 10.30 and the 200 in 20.32. In St. Maur, a Paris suburb, FRANCIE LARRIEU broke her own U.S. 1,500 record by 1.3 seconds, recording a 4:08.5.
Fred Samara of the NYAC won the national AAU decathlon title, amassing 8,061 points at Santa Barbara, Calif. Craig Brigham was second with 7,971 points.
VOLLEYBALL—IVA: Mary Jo Peppier made a successful debut as player-coach of El Paso-Juarez, the Sol defeating Los Angeles 12-9, 12-9, 8-12, 12-8. The Sol's original coach, Smitty Duke, stepped down in order to concentrate on playing. San Diego stayed in first with a five-game win over the Sol two nights later. The Breakers were led by Bill Wardrop's 31 kills. Second-place Santa Barbara beat Southern California 10-12, 8-12, 12-8, 13-11, 12-6, then bowed to the Bangers 58-56 in an experimental eight-minute-quarter game.
MILEPOSTS—ANNOUNCED: The Nations Cup, bringing together the top two male tennis singles players from eight countries as selected by computer (plus a third team member, probably a doubles specialist, chosen by the two). The tournament will be held in Kingston, Jamaica from Sept. 29 to Oct. 5, with the Association of Tennis Professionals sponsoring the $100,000, Davis Cup-style event.
SIGNED: Forward GEORGE McGINNIS to a reported six-year, $3.2 million no-cut, no-trade, no-option contract, by the Philadelphia 76ers. The New York Knicks had attempted to sign the 6'8" Indianapolis Pacer star but were judged in violation of NBA draft laws by Commissioner Larry O'Brien.
SIGNED: North Carolina State's DAVID THOMPSON, to a five-year, $2.5 million contract by the ABA Denver Nuggets, marking the first time an NBA team (Atlanta) has been unable to sign the league's first draft pick.
SOLD: The NHL's bankrupt PITTSBURGH PENGUINS, for $3.8 million to a group headed by Al Savill, a Columbus, Ohio businessman. The club will remain in Pittsburgh.
DIED: CARL SNAVELY, 80, college football coach who amassed a record of 180-96-16 in a 32-year career; in St. Louis. The "Gray Fox" coached at Bucknell (1927-33), North Carolina (1934-35, 1945-52), Cornell (1936-44) and Washington University (1953-58) and was a member of the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame.
DIED: ELMER OLIPHANT, 82, two-time All-America halfback and a member of the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame; in New Canaan, Conn. Before transferring to West Point, where he was the first athlete to win letters in four sports—and 11 in all—Oliphant had earned seven letters at Purdue.