ARCHERY—DARRELL PACE of Cincinnati, Ohio and DOREEN WILBER of Jefferson, Iowa successfully defended their NAA titles in the National Archery Championships at Miami U. in Oxford, Ohio. Pace amassed 2,997 points to runner-up Richard McKinney's 2,982 to take the men's crown, while Wilber's 2,856 topped Irene Lorensen by 37 points in the women's division.
BILLIARDS—JEAN BALUKAS of Brooklyn narrowly defeated Japan's Mieko Harada 100-99 to take her third straight U.S. Women's Open pocket billiards championship in Chicago.
BOWLING—NELSON BURTON of St. Louis rolled a 236 to win the $5,000 top prize in the $50,000 Home Box Office Open in Hartford, Conn. Earl Anthony was second with 230 pins.
PRO FOOTBALL—NFL: The striking Players Association announced it would observe a 14-day cooling-off period, allowing veterans to report to training camps while negotiations, which broke down earlier in the week, were resumed. The owners were more than ready to welcome them back after only 6,792 fans showed up to watch Detroit defeat Baltimore 6-3, and 14,768 saw Houston overwhelm Washington 48-3 at RFK Stadium. Philadelphia started 15 rookies against Cincinnati and lost 35-21, while Green Bay blanked St. Louis 13-0 and Miami overran New Orleans 45-20. The most veteran veteran, George Blanda, kicked four PATs in Oakland's 28-16 win over Atlanta. In other preseason action, San Diego beat the Jets 20-14 in overtime, Dallas stopped Los Angeles 13-6, Denver topped Minnesota 27-21, Kansas City defeated the Lions 20-12 and the Giants beat New England 21-6.
August 18, 1974
WFL: Winless Detroit met undefeated Birmingham last week and the Wheels spun out again, losing 28-22 to the Americans, the only team left without a loss (page 18). Florida handed Chicago its first defeat, putting out the Fire 46-21, while the Jacksonville Sharks ended a three-game losing streak, beating the Hawaiians 21-14. Portland and Houston played to the WFL's first tie, 15-15, the deadlock standing even after a 15-minute overtime. King Corcoran passed for 200 yards and four touchdowns in the Bell's 46-15 victory over Memphis, and the New York Stars outshone the California Sun 11-8.
GOLF—LEE TREVINO outdueled Jack Nicklaus in the final round to win his first PGA by one stroke at the Tanglewood Golf Club in Clemmons, N.C. Trevino shot a four-under-par 276 (page 14).
Judy Rankin won the $52,140 Colgate European women's open at Sunningdale, England, with a 54-hole total of 218, five strokes ahead of Mary Mills and Sue Roberts (page 54).
Nancy Lopez of Roswell, N. Mex. defeated Lauren Howe of Colorado Springs 7 and 5 at the Columbia-Edgewater Country Club in Portland, Ore. to take her second USGA Girls' Junior Championship.
HARNESS RACING—ARMBRO OMAHA ($5.20), Billy Haughton driving, nosed out Tarport Low in the one-mile $104,350 Adios Stakes at The Meadows in Washington, Pa. The victory in 1:58[4/5] gave Haughton a sweep of all three Adios races. Besides the final, he won both heats: one with Arm-bro Omaha and the other with Keystone Presto.
Herve Filion guided OTARO HANOVER ($6.80) to victory in the $101,598 American National Maturity Pace at Sportsman's Park. The winner covered the mile in 1:57[4/5] to defeat Armbro Nesbit by a neck.
HORSE RACING—QUAZE QUILT ($13.80), Heliodoro Gustines up, defeated heavily favored Chris Evert by a neck in the $56,100 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga. The winning time was a stakes-record 2:02[3/5] for 1¼ miles (page 48).
Foolish Pleasure ($6.60), ridden by Jacinto Vasquez, triumphed by 1¾ lengths over The Bagel Prince in the $144,995 Sapling Stakes for 2-year-olds at Monmouth Park, covering the six furlongs in 1:10[2/5].
Angel Cordero Jr. rode KRISLIN ($9.20) to a three-length victory over Twixt in the $114,700 Delaware Handicap for fillies and mares at Delaware Park, covering the distance in 2:01[3/5].
MOTOR SPORTS—Driving his Dodge at an average speed of 148.637 mph around the 2.66-mile Alabama International Motor Speedway, RICHARD PETTY won the $147,000 Talladega 500 by a car length over David Pearson's Mercury to earn $21,365.
SOCCER—The NASL wrapped up its 20-game schedule and six teams now enter the playoffs. Los Angeles clinched the Western Division title when Julpo Cortez' goal gave it a 1-0 win over Denver. The Aztecs then bowed to the Quakes before a stadium-record 20,738 in San Jose. Quake Forward Paul Child had two goals and two assists as his team pounded Los Angeles 5-0. The victory gave San Jose a wild card berth in the playoffs, and Child won the league scoring title with 15 goals and six assists. Miami locked up the Eastern Division by defeating Philadelphia 2-0 and Baltimore took the other wild card spot with a 2-1 win over Central Division champion Dallas. Boston staggered briefly, losing to Toronto 3-0, before topping Denver 2-1 to take the Northern Division. In the three-round playoff that starts this week, the winner of Baltimore vs. Boston will meet Los Angeles in the semifinals, and the San Jose vs. Dallas victor will play Miami.
TENNIS—Top-seeded ROD LAVER of Australia earned $9,000 for defeating Harold Solomon of Silver Spring, Md. 6-4, 6-3 in the final of the $50,000 Volvo International at Bretton Woods, N.H.
Wimbledon champ CHRIS EVERT embarrassed Gail Chanfreau of France 6-0, 6-0 in the final of the women's U.S. Open Clay Court Championships at the Indianapolis Racquet Club to win $6,000 and her third consecutive clay title.
WATER POLO—The FULLERTON (Calif.) WATER POLO ASSOCIATION won the national AAU championship in Cupertino, Calif. by tying the favored Concord (Calif.) Aquatics 2-2 in the final game. It was Fullerton's only tie of the competition, but Concord's second (page 20).
MILEPOSTS—ANNOUNCED: The formation of the 12-team professional International Volleyball Association, to commence a 40-game schedule in June 1975. Each team will have a 10-person roster, including at least two women.
CHOSEN: Pebble Beach, Calif. as the site of the 1977 PGA tournament. The last time the PGA was played on the West Coast was in 1946, when Ben Hogan won at Portland, Ore.
RENAMED: The ABA Denver Rockets, who will now be known as the Nuggets.
RESIGNED: Milwaukee Brewers Vice-President JIM WILSON, 52, to become director of the new Major League Central Scouting Bureau at the end of the season.
WITHDRAWN: World Boxing Council recognition of BOB FOSTER as world light heavyweight champion, for failure to defend his title against No. 2 contender John Conteh of Great Britain.
DIED: ROBERT C. BERGER, 46, of Philadelphia, when his 12-story-high helium balloon exploded and plummeted into Barnegat Bay, N.J. Berger, who had only a student pilot's license and previously had never flown a hot-air balloon, was attempting to cross the Atlantic.
DIED: HOWIE POLLET, 53, lefthanded pitching star (21-10) of the 1946 world champion St. Louis Cardinals, in Houston of cancer. Pollet, a major-leaguer from 1941 to 1956 with the Cardinals, Pirates and Cubs, had a lifetime record of 131-116.
DIED: SYLVIO MANTHA, 72, hockey Hall of Famer who played for the Montreal Canadiens from 1923 to 1936, in Montreal.