BOATING—The 62-foot sloop RAGTIME edged defending champion Windward Passage to win the 27th Transpacific Yacht Race by the closest margin in the history of the event. Ragtime crossed the finish line at Diamond Head, Hawaii less than five minutes ahead of Windward Passage.
BOWLING—BARRY ASHER of Costa Mesa, Calif. rolled five strikes in his last four frames to win the $5,000 first prize in the Home Box Open. He edged Dennis Swayda of Phoenix 237-232.
BOXING—ESTEBAN DeJESUS, lightweight from Puerto Rico, battered out a unanimous 12-round decision over Ray Lampkin of Portland, Ore. in New York's Felt Forum (page 61).
FENCING—The world championships ended in G√∂teborg, Sweden as the SOVIET UNION finished on top with 71 points. HUNGARY captured the men's saber title over the U.S.S.R., but later bowed to WEST GERMANY in the men's épée division. ROLF EDLING of Sweden defeated Olympic champion CSABA FENYVESY of Hungary for the men's individual foils title and Russia's VALENTINA NIKOLOVA won the women's foil event.
GOLF—TOM WEISKOPF shot a final-round 70 to beat Johnny Miller and Neil Coles by three strokes and win the British Open (page 18).
With the stars of the PGA tour in Troon, DEANE BEMAN won the $125,000 Robinson-Shrine Open in Robinson, Ill. with a final-round 67 for a 271. Bob Dickson and Bunky Henry tied for second, one stroke behind.
Shooting a three-under-par 70, CAROLE JO SKALA of Shingle Springs, Calif. won the $30,000 LPGA George Washington Classic in Horsham, Pa. by two strokes. Kathy McMullen finished second.
Stan Stopa of New Orleans carded a one-over-par 72 to win the 48th U.S. Public Links Tournament in Flanders, N.J. He beat Phil Reichel of Bloomington, Minn. and Gary Hitch of Santa Barbara, Calif. by one stroke.
HARNESS RACING—Vernon Dancer drove SMOG ($12.60) to victory in the $100,000 Cane Pace at Yonkers (page 64).
HORSE RACING—Laffitt Pincay Jr. rode SPECIAL GODDESS ($8.60) past 8-to-5 favorite Calaki to win the $101,875 Hollywood Lassie Stakes at Hollywood Park by a length.
Lover John ($4.20), ridden by Bob Ussery, won the $177,450 Arlington-Washington Futurity at Chicago's Arlington Park by 2½ lengths over Beau Groton.
Fighting off a late charge from Queen's Plate winner Royal Chocolate, ZACA SPIRIT ($15.20), ridden by Richard Grubb, won the $100,000 Manitoba Derby at Assiniboia Downs by two lengths.
MOTOR SPORTS—Can Am ace PETER REVSON, driving a Yardley-McLaren, won his first Grand Prix race, finishing the 196.11-mile course at Silverstone, England in 1:28:18.5 for an average speed of 131.11 mph. Sweden's Ronnie Peterson was second in a JPS Lotus. The race was stopped for a time by a pileup on the second lap, which knocked 10 cars out and sent one driver, Andrea De Adamich of Italy, to the hospital.
Roger McCluskey drove his Eagle Offenhauser to the winner's circle in a 200-mile $65,000 race for Indy-type cars at Michigan International Speedway. Averaging 161.146 mph, he finished 24.7 seconds ahead of Jim Rutherford. Three hours later, in a Plymouth, McCluskey missed a second triumph by 6.3 seconds, as A.J. FOYT, in a Chevrolet, won the 200-mile stock car event. Foyt averaged 134.429 mph and collected $6,846 for the contest, which saw two drivers, Irv Janey and Ramo Stott, involved in separate fiery crashes.
ROWING—For the fourth straight year JIM DIETZ took the U.S. single sculls title at the national rowing championships in Camden, N.J. Dietz, of the New York Athletic Club, finished eight seconds ahead of George Lockwood of the Long Beach Rowing Association. VESPER B.C. won the team championships with 169 overall points.
SWIMMING—Sweden's ANITA ZARNOWIECKI racked up seven gold medals in the 9th Maccabian Games in Tel Aviv. She surpassed the previous record holder, Mark Spitz, who collected six in 1969.
East German KORNELIA ENDER, 14, broke Shane Gould's 100-meter world freestyle record by three-tenths of a second with a 58.25 at the East German championships in Berlin.
Yugoslavian ROGOSIC VELJKO took his third straight Capri-to-Naples race, covering the choppy 18-mile course in 9:21.12.
TENNIS—The $8,400 men's singles prize went to STAN SMITH, who downed Spain's Manuel Orantes 6-4, 6-1, 7-6 in the Swedish International championships in Baastad. Smith then teamed with NIKKI PILIC to defeat Frew McMillan and Bob Carmichael 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 in doubles. Britain's GLYNIS COLES beat Christina Sandberg of Sweden 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 for the women's title.
Mark Cox won the Irish Open singles crown in Dublin with a 7-5, 3-6, 11-9 win over unranked John Yuill of South Africa. MARGARET COURT beat Virginia Wade 6-2, 6-4 in the women's singles.
TRACK & FIELD—Olympic bronze medal winner DWIGHT STONES of the Pacific Coast Club returned to Munich and Olympic Stadium to set a world high-jump record of 7'6‚Öù", bettering Pat Matzdorf's 1971 mark of 7'6¼".
West German HARALD NORPOTH ran past Steve Prefontaine and won the 5,000 meters in 13:20.6, a German record time. Prefontaine has won only one race in Europe this season. KARL HONZ upset Americans Benny Brown and Maurice Peoples as he captured the 400 meters in 45.2. MARTHA WATSON surprised Olympic gold medalist Heide Rosendahl with a winning long jump of 21'5¼". The U.S. men beat the Germans 122-101 but the American women bowed 85-50.
David Bedford became the first British runner to hold the 10,000 meters world record as he sliced 7.4 seconds off the old mark with a 27:31 in London. Lasse Viren of Finland set the record last year in the Olympics. Bedford ran the first 5,000 meters in an unprecedented 13:39.5.
Soviet discus thrower FAINA MELNIK bettered her own world mark by five inches with a throw of 221'8" at the U.S.S.R. track and field championships in Moscow.
In Heidenheim, West Germany, the U.S. junior men and women also had a meet. The Americans won 132-80 and 80-66. The world junior 400-meter relay record of 39.6 was broken by CARTER SUGGS, WARDELL GILBREATH, LAVORIS GRISBY and JESSE FORBES of the U.S.
MILEPOSTS—RESIGNED: After three years with the ABA Kentucky Colonels, MIKE STOREN, 37, as president and general manager. The Colonels were repurchased by Mrs. John Y. (Ellie) Brown Jr. last week. Cincinnati Sports Inc. will maintain minority stock holdings.
RETIRED: Australian swimming star SHANE GOULD, 16, winner of three gold medals in Munich and world-record holder in three freestyle events. "My interest in swimming has waned at this stage," she said, but added she might compete in 1975.
WITHDRAWN: By the New York State Athletic Commission, ROBERTO DURAN'S world lightweight title for failure to defend against Scotland's Ken Buchanan before June 30 of this year. Duran is currently recognized as the titleholder by the World Boxing Association.