CYCLING—U.S. champion SUE NOVARA of Detroit handily defeated Iva Jajikova of Czechoslovakia in the women's amateur sprint at the world championships in Rocourt, Belgium. In an all-American runoff for the bronze, Sheila Young of Detroit outraced Linda Stein of Laguna Beach, Calif. East Germany's THOMAS HUSCHKE won the gold in the men's pursuit, defeating Vladimir Ossokin of the U.S.S.R. Dutch star CORNELIA VAN OOSTEN HAGE beat Philadelphia's Mary Jane Reoch in the women's 3,000-meter pursuit. The men's tandem sprint title went to BENEDICT KOCOT and JANUSZ KOTLINSKI of Poland, who dethroned Vladimir Vackar and Miroslaw Vymazal of Czechoslovakia.
PRO FOOTBALL—NFL: Detroit moved into its new home, Pontiac Metropolitan Stadium, in style, edging Kansas City 27-24. Greg Landry nailed Charlie Sanders with a 35-yard TD pass with less than five minutes left to put the Lions ahead to stay. Cincinnati Quarterback Ken Anderson threw for three first-half TDs in a 27-10 defeat of Green Bay; the Chicago Bears edged St. Louis 14-13; and a 41-yard pass from Ken Stabler to Morris Bradshaw highlighted Oakland's 22-7 thrashing of Atlanta. Philadelphia's defense picked off seven New England passes, running back three for scores in a 24-10 win; San Diego brushed past San Francisco 20-7; Pittsburgh stomped Baltimore 31-10; and Washington rallied for a 23-14 win over Cleveland. Buffalo outlasted Los Angeles 31-24; Dallas was nipped by Minnesota 16-13; the Denver Broncos held off a late surge by Houston to win 27-21; and in the Superdome, 61,153 saw New Orleans bow to Miami 20-10. New York met New York in New Haven and the Giants beat the Jets 21-20.
WFL: Hawaii rallied for 18 second-half points to beat the Chicago Winds 28-17, as Duane Thomas made a quiet WFL debut for The Hawaiians, carrying the ball five times for 17 yards. Quarterback Sonny Sixkiller flipped a pair of touchdown passes to Tim Delaney in their comeback. Rufus Ferguson of Portland scampered for 131 yards and caught five passes from Don Horn, who completed 17 of 24 for 210 yards to lead the Thunder past Shreveport 33-24; Pat Haden paced Southern California to a 35-25 defeat of Birmingham; Philadelphia beat Memphis 22-18; and Alferd Haywood ran over from the 15 to enable Jacksonville to beat San Antonio 26-19 in overtime.
GOLF—AL GEIBERGER carded a final-round 69 for a 10-under-par 270 total to beat Dave Stockton by three strokes in the $250,000 Tournament Players Championship at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth (page 20).
Judy Rankin won her first LPGA tournament of the year, the $40,000 National Jewish Hospital Open, with a final-round 71 and nine-under-par 207 total at Pinehurst Country Club in Denver. Rankin, who earned $5,700 for the victory, was two strokes ahead of Jane Blalock and Sandra Haynie.
HARNESS RACING—Seven-year-old SAVOIR ($3.60), driven by Del Insko, won the $200,000 International Trot by half a length over Bellino II, covering 1¼ miles in 2:32[1/5] at Roosevelt Raceway.
HORSERACING—JACKKNIFE ($6) and EUSTACE ($20), ridden by Jean Cruguet and Jim Nichols, respectively, won their divisions of the 71st Hopeful Stakes for 2-year-olds at Saratoga (page 56). Jackknife beat Ferrous by 2¾ lengths, covering the 6½ furlongs in 1:16[3/5]. Eustace nipped Iron Bit by a nose in 1:16[2/5].
LACROSSE—NLL: Long Island ensured itself of first place after three wins, Forward Paul Murdock sparkling with eight goals against Montreal, Philadelphia and Maryland.
MOTOR SPORTS—CLAY REGAZZONI of Switzerland, at the wheel of a Ferrari, drove to victory in the Swiss Grand Prix, beating Patrick Depailler by eight seconds, in Dijon. Regazzoni averaged 120.5 mph for the 122.4-mile race. The event was held in France because circuit auto racing has been banned in Switzerland since 1955.
ROWING—RETO WYSS of Switzerland won the men's lightweight single sculls at the World Rowing Championships in Nottingham, England, defeating Raimund Haberl of Austria and defending champion Bill Belden of King of Prussia, Pa. The U.S. men's lightweight eight also lost its title, finishing second to West Germany by .79 of a second. The American women placed second in the eights behind East Germany, which won five of the six women's events.
SHOOTING—Army Major LONES WIGGER, or Carter, Mont., was smooth on the trigger, setting a national championship record of 6,399 (out of 6,400) en route to victory in the men's smallbore prone division at the National Rifle and Pistol Championships in Camp Perry, Ohio. Lieut. ROBERT GUSTIN JR., of San Dimas, Calif., won the men's smallbore position (standing, sitting, kneeling and prone) title with a score of 1,557 (of 1,600). On the distaff side, SHERRI LEWELLEN, of Canoga Park, Calif., took the smallbore position championship with 1,548 (of 1,600) and SCHUYLER HELBING, 17, of Fort Worth, won the women's prone class with 6,390 (of 6,400) as well as the junior crown.
SOCCER—NASL: Tampa Bay, a first-year club, defeated another expansion team, the Portland Timbers, 2-0 in San Jose to win the league championship (page 48).
ASL: The Boston Astros crept within one point of idle Northern leader Rhode Island after tying New York 2-2 and mauling the Chicago Cats 9-0. Forward José Neto of the Astros was a one-man gang against Chicago, scoring six goals and assisting on two others. Connecticut remained in third with a 2-1 defeat of New Jersey.
SWIMMING—World records were established by TIM SHAW in the 400-meter freestyle (3:53.31); BRUCE FURNISS in the 200 free (1:50.32); JIM MONTGOMERY in the 100 free (50.59); and the LONG BEACH SWIM CLUB in the men's 800 free relay (7:30.54) during the AAU long-course championships in Kansas City, Kans. (page 18).
TRACK & FIELD—GUY DRUT of France set a world record of 13.0 in the 110-meter hurdles in West Berlin. Drut shared the previous record of 13.1 with Rod Milburn.
Faina Melnik of the Soviet Union broke her own world record in the women's discus by one foot with a throw of 230'4" in Zurich. Kenya's MIKE BOIT ran the second-fastest 800 meters ever (1:43.79) at the same meet.
VOLLEYBALL—IVA: The regular season ended with the first-place Los Angeles Stars beating second-place San Diego and fourth-place Southern California. The Breakers were hard put to defeat the Bangers in five games, but Larry Milliken's spiking and Mitch Malpee's assists made the difference. Third-place Santa Barbara beat El Paso-Juarez twice.
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: Former New York Yankee Manager BILL VIRDON, 44, to the same position with the Houston Astros, replacing Preston Gomez, who was fired.
DIED: MARK DONOHUE, 38, winner of the 1967-68 U.S. Road Racing championship, the 1969 Daytona 24-Hours and the 1972 Indianapolis 500; of complications following brain surgery; in Graz, Austria. Donohue, who set a world closed-course speed record of 221.160 mph two weeks ago in Talladega, Ala., crashed during a practice lap before the Austrian Grand Prix.
DIED: VLADIMIR KUTS, 48, who won the 5,000 and the 10,000-meter runs in the 1956 Olympics; of a heart attack; in Moscow. Kuts at one time held world records in both events.