BOATING—PIED PIPER, a 35'10" sloop skippered by Lowell North of San Diego, Calif., won the One Ton Cup World Championship off Newport, R.I. Gumboots finished second and America Jane III placed third in the five-race series (page 18).
BOXING—VICTOR GALINDEZ of Argentina retained his WBA light-heavyweight title, winning a split 15-round decision over South Africa's Pierre Fourie in Johannesburg.
Ninth-ranked heavyweight RON LYLE survived a second-round knockdown to knock out seventh-ranked Earnie Shavers in the sixth round of a scheduled 12-round bout in Denver.
PRO FOOTBALL—NFL: The last days of the six-week exhibition season were clouded by a strike, by a semistrike and by talk of strike. The New England Patriot players, upset at the lack of progress toward reaching an agreement with the owners, voted not to play their scheduled Sunday game with the New York Jets. On Saturday night the New York Giants voted to delay the start of their televised game with Miami by 30 minutes as a gesture of support for the strike. They were eventually talked out of the scheme and after starting only seven minutes late were thrashed 31-13 by the Dolphins in the Orange Bowl. Earlier, Los Angeles and Oakland engaged in a titanic defensive struggle and when the game ended—to the mild surprise of many of the 68,630 in the LA Memorial Coliseum crowd, since the scoreboard clock was inoperative—the Rams trotted off the field with a 6-0 victory, Ram Placekicker Tom Dempsey having connected on field goal attempts of 26 and 32 yards. Tony Baker set up the second score with a 40-yard scamper. San Diego tied Minnesota 14-14 with seven seconds left in the game. An additional period was played, but neither team scored. Cincinnati blanked New Orleans 20-0; Kansas City's Jan Stenerud kicked three field goals to defeat the Buffalo Bills 9-7; Washington trounced Baltimore 24-10; Green Bay was surprised by San Francisco 24-3; Dallas slipped by Pittsburgh 17-16; Atlanta beat Philadelphia 17-14; Detroit outscored Cleveland 27-24; Chicago lost to Houston 24-13; and, in positively the last preseason contest, St. Louis bowed to Denver 21-17.
WFL: Birmingham's Matthew Reed almost single-handedly knocked out the West-leading San Antonio Wings, passing for touchdowns of 72 and 46 yards and running 32 for another score in a 33-24 Vulcan victory. The Vulcans improved their record to 5-2, second in the East behind the Memphis Southmen, who reinforced their hold on first place in the division by slamming the Shreveport Steamer 34-23. Willie Spencer, playing in place of Larry Csonka, who is out with a groin pull, turned in an impressive performance with 60 yards on nine carries. Southern California, second in the West, fell to Charlotte 30-22. In a game that matched Philadelphia, last in the East, against Portland, last in the West, the Thunder proved louder, by 25-10, than the Bell. The Hawaiians beat the Jacksonville Express 33-15.
GOLF—JACK NICKLAUS won his fifth title of the year on the 1st hole of sudden death with Billy Casper in the $200,000 World Open at the Pinehurst (N.C.) Country Club. The two were tied at the end of the regulation 72 holes at four-under-par 280. Nicklaus, who shot a final round of 69, took home $40,000 (page 84).
Kathy Whitworth carded a final-round, two-under-par 69 for an even-par 213 total to win the rainy, windswept $40,000 Southgate Open by four strokes over Gerda Boykin at Leawood (Kans.) Country Club.
HARNESS RACING—Del Miller guided MEADOW BRIGHT ($11.80) to a 1¾-length win over Surefire Hanover in the $122,970 Colonial Trot at Liberty Bell Park in Philadelphia. The 3-year-old filly went the mile in 2:02.
HORSE RACING—Braulio Baeza piloted WAJIMA ($11.40) to a head victory over favored Forego in the $250,000 Marlboro Cup, covering the 1-miles in 2:00 at Belmont (page 16).
Honest Pleasure ($12), ridden by Darrell McHargue, beat Khyber King by three-quarters of a length to win the $234,350 Arlington-Washington Futurity for 2-year-olds at Arlington Park. The half brother of Foolish Pleasure was timed in 1:18[1/5] for the 6½ furlongs.
Bruni, a 13 to 1 outsider, Tony Murray riding, defeated favored King Pellinore by 10 lengths to win the 199th running of the $165,130 St. Leger Stakes at Doncaster, England. Bruni was clocked in 3:05[2/5] for the one mile, six furlongs 127 yards.
Telly's Pop ($10), owned by Telly Savalas and Howard W. Koch and ridden by Francisco Mena, beat Lexington Laugh by 1¼ lengths to win the $111,925 Del Mar Futurity for 2-year-olds at Del Mar. The winning time for the mile was 1:36.
LACROSSE—NLL: In the fifth game of their playoff series, the Long Island Tomahawks and the Quebec Caribous amassed 120 minutes in penalties, most of them for fighting, in a contest won handily by the Tomahawks 20-10. Still, the Caribous upset Long Island 4-2 in the best-of-seven to move into the league's championship finals against the winner of the Boston-Montreal series which was knotted at three games each.
MOTOR SPORTS—RICHARD PETTY drove his Dodge to a narrow come-from-behind victory over Richard Brooks in the Delaware 500 Grand National stock-car race at the Dover Downs International Speedway. Petty averaged 111.372 mph.
SOCCER—ASL: Roberto Illanes ended the New York Apollos' marathon struggle with the Rhode Island Oceaneers by booming a 40-yard shot that deflected off Oceaneer Goalie Tony DiCicco in the fifth overtime of the second game of their playoff set; the first game had ended in a scoreless tie. The Apollos thereby qualified for the championship final with the Boston Astros, who tied and defeated Cleveland to eliminate the Cobras from the playoffs.
TENNIS—Britain retained the Wightman Cup, 5-2, Glynis Coles defeating Mona Schallau 6-3, 7-6 to clinch the victory in Cleveland. Chris Evert had kept U.S. hopes alive in the annual competition by defeating Virginia Wade 6-3, 7-6.
Poland defeated Norway 5-0 in Warsaw in the European Zone B second round for next year's Davis Cup play, Wotjek Fihak and Jacek Niedzwiedzki each winning both their singles matches.
After losing an appeal to the international Davis Cup committee to switch the matches to another site, the Chilean Tennis Federation agreed to send its Davis Cup team to Bastad, Sweden. Jaime Fillol, Chile's top player, who had said he would not compete in Bastad because of threats against his life from Chilean political refugees now living in Sweden, will accompany the team. Two other members of the Chilean squad also reversed earlier stands and said they would travel to Bastad for the match, which begins next week.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: GREG BARTON. 29, as head coach of the WFL Portland Thunder. BOB BRODHEAD, club president and general manager, took over as interim coach of the 1-5 team.
RENAMED: Baltimore's new ABA franchise, after the team conducted a poll of its fans to pick a new nickname because the original appellation had raised too many eyebrows. The team will be known as the Claws. The number two choice, though by only an eyebrow, was the name they started with, the Hustlers.
SIGNED: WALTER ALSTON, to his 23rd successive one-year contract as manager of the Dodgers in both Brooklyn and Los Angeles, less than a week after last year's National League champions were eliminated from the pennant race by Cincinnati.