BOWLING—PAM RUTHERFORD of Oroville, Calif. defeated Judy Soutar in the $50,000 Professional Women Bowlers Association championship, in Tulsa. The victory, worth $4,000, was her first since she joined the tour three years ago.
BOATING—BENGT PALMQUIST of Sweden won the World Dragon Class Sailing championship, defeating 19 boats from six nations on Lake Ontario at Rochester, N.Y.
BOXING—DAVID KOTEY of Ghana defeated titleholder Ruben Olivares of Mexico in a 15-round split decision to win the WBC featherweight championship in Inglewood, Calif. Kotey is his country's first world boxing champion.
PRO FOOTBALL—NFL: The Washington Redskins provided Coach George Allen with his 10th straight opening-day victory, overpowering the New Orleans Saints 41-3. Ken Anderson, last season's leading passer, paced Cincinnati to a 24-17 defeat of Cleveland as he threw for 287 yards and one touchdown. The Bengals twice halted the Browns on the goal line. Joe Namath connected on only 14 of 36 passes (he threw four interceptions), while O. J. Simpson rushed for 173 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Bills past the Jets 42-14 (page 20). The New York Giants rallied to defeat the Philadelphia Eagles 23-14, as did St. Louis in its 23-20 defeat of Atlanta. Cardinal Quarterback Jim Hart put his kicker Jim Bakken within range for the winning 25-yard field goal in the closing seconds. The Baltimore Colts trounced the Chicago Bears 35-7, and Houston's defense scored six points in a 7-0 victory over New England, Safety Willie Germany running back a fumble recovery 48 yards. Detroit's offense converted three blocked punts into touchdowns to defeat Green Bay 30-16. San Francisco's defense allowed two fourth-quarter Minnesota touchdowns as the Vikings won 27-17. The defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers crushed the San Diego Chargers 37-0, Terry Bradshaw's arm providing two touchdowns and Roy Gerela's foot three field goals. At Dallas, Cowboy kicker Toni Fritsch booted four field goals in an 18-7 defeat of the Rams. Los Angeles failed to penetrate beyond midfield until the third quarter as Quarterback James Harris was intercepted three times. Denver's Bill Van Heusen grabbed a Charley Johnson pass with 1:49 left to play, lifting the Broncos past the Kansas City Chiefs 37-33.
WFL: Despite Anthony Davis' fifth game of rushing for more than 100 yards, the Southern California Sun lost to Shreveport 38-29. Steamer Quarterback Edd Hargett connected on three TD passes and had a total of 369 yards through the air. Jacksonville halted the Philadelphia Bell on the Jacksonville five-yard line late in the game to win 16-10. The San Antonio Wings held on to first place in the West, toppling the Hawaiians 32-11. Eastern Division leader Memphis beat the Portland Thunder 16-3 and the Birmingham Vulcans maintained their hold on second place by outstinging the Charlotte Hornets 22-16.
GOLF—THE UNITED STATES continued its domination of the Ryder Cup, posting a 21-11 win over the British-Irish team at the Laurel Valley Golf Club in Ligonier, Pa. (page 18).
Jo Ann Washam shot a final-round 69 to win the $40,000 Portland LPGA Classic tournament with a 54-hole total of 215, one shot ahead of Sandra Haynie.
HARNESS RACING—SEATRAIN, Ben Webster driving, beat Polaris Lobell by 1¾ lengths in the race-off to win the Little Brown Jug, the second of pacing's Triple Crown races, at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Ohio. Seatrain's time over the half-mile track was 1:59[4/5]. Favored Nero was eliminated after finishing fifth in the first heat (page 50).
HORSE RACING—SUSAN'S GIRL ($3.40), ridden by Braulio Baeza, beat Tizna by a neck to win the 37th running of the $113,300 Beldame Stakes at Belmont, covering the 1‚⅛ miles in 1:48[2/5]. Her career earnings of $1,186,700 now rank her eighth among thoroughbreds.
LACROSSE—NLL: In the first two games of the best-of-seven championship playoffs the Quebec Caribous beat the Montreal Quebecois in overtime in the opener 12-11 and took the second 11-9.
SHOOTING—The UNITED STATES won the four-man clay pigeon team title at the world championships in Munich, with a world record 388 (out of 400). The women's team title went to the U.S.S.R. with a world record 267 (out of 300). The U.S. women finished third with 254. Canadians JOHN PRIMROSE and SUSAN NATTRAS took top individual honors.
SOCCER—ASL: The NEW YORK APOLLOS and BOSTON ASTROS were declared co-champions of the league by Commissioner Bob Cousy when the first game of the two-game playoff series ended in a 2-2 tie and the second game ended in a 1-1 tie after nine scoreless overtime periods.
TENNIS—SWEDEN defeated Chile 4-1 in semifinal Davis Cup action in Bastad. In the decisive two singles matches Birger Andersson outlasted Patricio Cornejo 6-3, 14-12, 6-1 and Bjorn Borg beat Jaime Fillol 6-1, 6-2, 6-9 to end the series, which had been marred by political demonstrations.
Jimmy Connors defeated Vitas Gerulaitis 6-1, 6-4 to win the $75,000 Princess Tennis Tournament in South Hampton, Bermuda.
Arthur Ashe won the $100,000 Pacific Southwest Open in Los Angeles, beating Roscoe Tanner 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.
Chris Evert defeated Martina Navratilova 2-6, 6-2, 6-0 in the $75,000 Little Mo Classic in Atlanta, bringing her 1975 earnings to $297,627.
Margaret Court defeated fellow Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley 6-7, 6-1, 7-5 to take home $16,000 first-prize money in the $50,000 International Women's Tennis Tournament in Amagasaki, Japan.
WRESTLING—For the ninth straight time the Soviet Union won the team title at the World Freestyle Wrestling championships, in Minsk. In 10 events Soviet wrestlers earned four gold, three silver and one bronze medal. The U.S. placed fifth, despite winning no medals.
MILEPOSTS—CONVICTED: By a U.S. District Court jury in Baltimore, four jockeys—Eric Walsh, Ben Feliciano, Luigi Gino and Jesse Davidson—and three other persons on charges of conspiring to fix the ninth race at Bowie last Valentine's Day. They face sentences of up to 35 years under the Sports Bribery Law.
PENALIZED: MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY, by the NCAA for football recruiting violations. A two-year probation excludes the Bulldogs from bowl games and television appearances and limits their recruitment of players.
RECUPERATING: BOBBY ORR, star defense-man for the Boston Bruins, following successful surgery on his left knee for removal of bone chips. This is his fourth operation in nine seasons and will sideline him for the first month of the season.
REINSTATED: The new NCAA rule limiting college football traveling squads to 48 players, by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, two weeks after a U.S. District Court in Tuscaloosa upheld a challenge to the rule by the University of Alabama. The school plans to contest the decision.
RETIRED: BOB GIBSON, 39, of the St. Louis Cardinals, after 17 seasons during which he won 251 games, a record among active pitchers. He appeared in three World Series, posting a 7-2 record and an ERA of 1.89. He is second (to Walter Johnson) in career strikeouts with 3,117. His lifetime ERA is 2.92.