BOWLING—DALE GLENN of Los Angeles won his first title, the $55,000 Columbia 300 Open in Detroit, after five years as a touring professional. Glenn defeated Matt Surina 222-215 for the $6,000 first-place check.
BOXING—Mexico's ALFONSO ZAMORA stopped Thanomjit Sukhothai of Thailand in the fourth round to retain his WBA bantamweight title, in Anaheim, Calif.
PRO FOOTBALL—NFL: In a conservatively played contest, St. Louis edged Minnesota 13-6. Although it has a 3-2 exhibition record, St. Louis has not permitted more than 14 points a game. The Rams scored three TDs in the second quarter and went on to beat Philadelphia 35-0 before 57,193 in Los Angeles. Ken Stabler of Oakland completed six of eight passes for 171 yards and two TDs in a 31-20 defeat of the Dallas Cowboys. Cincinnati booted past Detroit 22-14, Bengal Dave Green connecting on field goals from the 35, 37 and 19. Miami beat Chicago 21-10; Buffalo's John Leypoldt kicked a 17-yard field goal with 1:04 to go to edge Atlanta 16-14; Kansas City rolled over Green Bay 31-3; Pittsburgh tallied twice in the last five minutes to beat New Orleans 24-13. San Francisco crushed Denver 44-10; New England stopped San Diego 31-24; the New York Giants were upended by Cleveland 24-20; and Washington fell to the New York Jets 35-31.
WFL: Art Cantrelle scored three touchdowns in Birmingham's 26-8 win over Portland. Charlotte and Philadelphia were scoreless until the fourth quarter when the Hornets erupted for 10 points, Don High-smith's 27-yard TD run and Pete Rajecki's 37-yard field goal. Jacksonville's Alferd Haywood carried the ball 19 times for 123 yards and one TD in a 22-15 defeat of the Shreveport Steamer. San Antonio took over first in the Western Division by humbling Southern California 30-8. Memphis, first in the East, beat the Hawaiians 37-17.
GOLF—British Open champion TOM WATSON carded an even-par 140 for 36 holes to finish two strokes ahead of Jack Nicklaus and win the World Series of Golf at Firestone Country Club in Akron. Watson pocketed $50,000.
Carol Mann finished with a one-under-par 71 and an eight-under 208 total to win the $43,000 Dallas Civitan Open by five strokes over Sandra Palmer at Brookhaven Country Club. Mann collected $6,200 for the victory.
Hubert Green charged past John Schroeder with a final-round six-under-par 64 and a course-record 16-under-par 264 total to win the $100,000 Southern Open by three strokes at Green Island Country Club in Columbus, Ga. Green picked up $20,000 for his first triumph of the season.
Earlier in the week DON IVERSON fired a final-round 68 to win his first pro tournament, the $175,000 B.C. Open, with a 10-under-par 274 total, one stroke better than Jim Colbert and David Graham, at En-Joie Golf Club in Endicott, N.Y. Iverson picked up $35,000 for first place.
HORSE RACING—SOY NUMERO UNO ($5.20), Jacinto Vasquez in the saddle, beat Jackknife by 2¾ lengths in the 86th running of the $117,680 Futurity for 2-year-olds at Belmont Park, N.Y. The colt's time for the 6½ furlongs was 1:17[4/5].
Wajima ($7.40), Braulio Baeza aboard, edged past Foolish Pleasure in the last furlong to win the $115,300 Governor by a head at Belmont. The winning time was 1:47[1/5] for the 1‚⅛ miles. Ancient Title took third and top-weighted Forego was fourth in the strong field.
Jerry Burgess guided BUGS ALIVE IN 75 ($8.40) to a 1½-length victory over Chick Called Sue in the $766,000 All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs, N. Mex. Bugs Alive in 75 covered the 440-yard sprint for quarter horses in 21.89 seconds.
Dearly precious ($2.80), ridden by Michael Hole, beat Free Journey by four lengths in the $113,230 Arlington Lassie for 2-year-old fillies at Arlington Park for her eighth consecutive stakes win. Dearly Precious was clocked in 1:11[1/5] for the six furlongs.
LACROSSE—NLL: After two games in a best-of-seven playoff series. Long Island and Quebec were knotted at one victory each. The opener went to the Tomahawks 19-13, but in the second game Quebec Goalie Larry Smeltzer stopped 55 of 63 Tomahawk shots-on-goal in a 10-8 Caribou win. In the Montreal-Boston games, the Bolts grabbed an early 2-1 lead. Montreal won the first game 9-8, but the Bolts came back with 9-7 and 16-14 victories. Bram Wilfong of Boston scored five goals in the third game, a playoff record.
MOTOR SPORTS—CLAY REGAZZONI, at the wheel of a Ferrari 312T, led from start to finish to win the Italian Grand Prix in Monza. He was clocked in 1:22:42.6, an average of 136 mph in the 52-lap, 187-mile race. NIKI LAUDA of Austria sewed up the World Drivers' Championship by coming in third.
A. J. Foyt's late charge fell short as TOM BIGELOW, driving a Ford-powered roadster, crossed the finish line 100 yards ahead and won the 23rd annual Hoosier Hundred in Indianapolis.
Bobby Allison held off a last-minute challenge by Richard Petty to win the Southern 500 stock car race by three-quarters of a lap at Darlington (S.C.) International Raceway.
SOCCER—ASL: Boston won the Northern Division, defeating Connecticut 4-1 to advance to the playoffs against Midwestern titleholder Cleveland. Jose Neto of the Astros raised his league-leading goal total to 23 when he scored twice against the Yankees. The New York Apollos, which fired Coach Nick Kambolis, warmed up for their playoff with defending champion Rhode Island by edging New Jersey 3-2.
TENNIS—Third-seeded MANUEL ORANTES of Spain stunned top-seeded Jimmy Connors 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 to win the men's singles title and CHRIS EVERT pulled out a 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 finals victory over Evonne Goolagong at the U.S. Open in Forest Hills, N.Y. (page 16).
WATER SKIING—LIZ ALLEN SHETTER of Groveland, Fla. won two of the three individual gold medals and won the women's over-all world title for the fourth time, at Thorpe Park, England. Fifteen-year-old Carlos Suarez of Venezuela took the men's championship, on the strength of a world record performance in the tricks competition.
MILEPOSTS—ENJOINED: The NCAA, by U.S. District Judge Sam C. Pointer Jr., from enforcing a 48-player traveling limit for football teams. A suit challenging the legality of the newly adopted measure was brought by the University of Alabama.
EXPELLED: The Chicago Winds franchise of the WFL, by a vote of the league's board of governors, for falling "below minimum capitalization requirements" when two Winds investors withdrew their $175,000 deposit. The team drew 3,470 in its only home game this season.
REQUESTED: Asylum in the U.S., by MARTINA NAVRATILOVA, 18-year-old Czechoslovakian tennis player, from the Immigration and Naturalization Service in New York City. Navratilova, who has played on the Virginia Slims circuit for the past two years, has been granted a temporary stay, pending review of her application.
RETIRED: Hambletonian winner BONEFISH, after suffering a severe throat hemorrhage before the start of a race at Wolverine Raceway in Detroit. The 3-year-old trotter, who has earned more than $300,000, will stand at stud at Castleton Farms in Lexington, Ky.
RETIRED: JIM OTTO, 37, center for the Oakland Raiders since the team's founding in 1960. In 15 seasons Otto, wearing No. 00, started 210 consecutive games, a professional record. He will become the Raiders' business manager.