ASIAN GAMES—India won its first gold medal when V. S. Chauhan scored a Games-record 7,395 points in the decathlon, surpassing the mark of 7,101 established by C. K. Yang in 1958, as the final week of competition in Tehran, Iran was marred by political controversy (page 61).
BASKETBALL—In Landover, Md., DAVID THOMPSON pumped in 30 points for the U.S. All-Stars as they defeated the Russian national team 82-72 in the final game of their six-game tour. The Americans won five of the six contests.
BOATING—Plagued by fog and light winds, the America's Cup series commenced with Courageous, the U.S. defender, solidly defeating Australia's Southern Cross in the first two races on Rhode Island Sound (page 24).
BOXING—Japan's GATTU ISHIMATSU retained his World Boxing Council lightweight championship in Nagoya, Japan by fighting to a 15-round draw with Arturo Pineda of Mexico.
September 22, 1974
PRO FOOTBALL—NFL: With Jim Plunkett leading the attack the Patriots ambushed Miami 34-24 in their home opener at Schaefer Stadium. New England marched 75 yards with the opening kickoff to score on a 14-yard run by Mack Herron, and by halftime the Patriots had a 24-10 lead. Miami came back to make it 31-24 but the rally fell short. New England's defense held the Dolphins on downs with 1:33 left, and the Patriots added a 26-yard field goal by Kicker John Smith. Pittsburgh rolled over Baltimore 30-0 (page 22), and Dallas posted its 10th straight opening-day win with a 24-0 rout of Atlanta. Roger Staubach, apparently recovered from the cracked ribs he suffered in preseason play, was instrumental in two first-half scores. One touchdown came on his keeper from the nine-yard line and another on his 52-yard pass to Golden Richards. Three scoring runs by Houston Fullback George Amundson helped the Oilers defeat San Diego 21-14. It was their first season-opener success since 1970, and their first home win since 1972. Viking Chuck Foreman converted a third-quarter interception into the winning touchdown in Minnesota's 32-17 decision over Green Bay. A stiff-kneed Joe Namath threw two touchdown passes to give the Jets an early 13-0 lead over Kansas City, but he was undone by two interceptions. Defensive End Marvin Upshaw ran one of them 52 yards for a touchdown and Cornerback Emmitt Thomas scored on a 38-yard interception return to give the Chiefs a 24-16 win. St. Louis surprised the Eagles 7-3, moving 83 yards in 14 plays for the game's only touchdown, and Chicago pulled an upset, beating Detroit 17-9. In other opening action, Cincinnati romped over Cleveland 33-7, Washington stopped the Giants 13-10, Los Angeles shut off Denver 17-10 and San Francisco topped New Orleans 17-13.
WFL: Detroit broke its season-long 10-game losing streak as the Wheels rolled over the Blazers 15-14. Rookie Running Back Billy Sadler rushed for a touchdown from the six-yard line and then added the winning margin with an action-point pass reception. The loss dropped Florida into a tie with New York—both 7-4—for the Eastern Division lead. The Stars pinned a 34-15 loss on Portland. Meanwhile, Birmingham finally lost one as the Memphis Southmen avenged an earlier defeat by swamping the Americans 46-7. Ed Marshall scored on passes of six, 12 and 48 yards for Memphis, which now has a 9-2 record but still trails Birmingham (10-1) in the Central Division. The Southmen lead the league in rushing and total offense and rushing defense. Chicago, third in the Central race, has the league's leading passer in Virgil Carter, who has thrown for 26 touchdowns and 2,472 yards, the top rusher in Mark Kellar and the leading receiver in James Scott. But they were not enough against Western Division leader Southern California. With 20 seconds remaining Sun Quarterback Tony Adams threw a 56-yard scoring bomb to Keith Denson for a 31-28 victory. Hawaiian Derrick Williams returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown in his team's 24-17 triumph over Houston, while in Philadelphia the Bell needed overtime to crack Jacksonville 41-22.
GOLF—JOHNNY MILLER birdied the second hole of a four-way sudden-death playoff to collect his seventh winner's share this year—$60,000—in the $300,000 World Open at Pinehurst, N.C. (page 26).
Sandra Haynie shot a final-round 66 to win the $40,000 Charity Classic at Woodhaven Country Club in Fort Worth, Tex. Jane Blalock, at 211 for 54 holes, finished second, three strokes back.
HARNESS RACING—KEYSTONE GABRIEL ($6.80), Peter Haughton at the reins, won his first race in 17 starts this year, the $117,095 Colonial Trot for 3-year-olds at Liberty Bell Park, with a clocking of 2:01[3/5] for the mile. He finished 2½ lengths in front of Armbro Oxford.
Black Gamecock ($53.60), driven by Walter Marks, paced the mile in 1:59 to defeat Sir Dalrae by three-quarters of a length in the $50,000 Battle of Monmouth at Freehold (N.J.) Raceway.
HORSE RACING—BIG SPRUCE ($12.80), guided by Mike Hole, registered a 2¾-length victory over Arbees Boy in the $250,000 Marlboro Cup handicap at Belmont Park. The winning time was 1:46[3/5] for 1‚⅛ miles over a sloppy track.
Diablo ($6.00), ridden by Bill Shoemaker, ran the mile in 1:35[2/5] to win the $117,570 Del Mar Futurity for 2-year-olds at Del Mar Park. George Navonod and DiMaggio finished second and third.
MOTOR SPORTS—RICHARD PETTY drove a Dodge to victory in the Delaware 500 Grand Natianal stock-car race at Dover Downs International Speedway. He covered the distance in 4:23:59 at an average 113.64 mph to win $15,175 and finish three miles ahead of Buddy Baker in a Ford.
Averaging 153.69 mph around the two-mile Michigan International Speedway, BOBBY UNSER drove a Chevrolet Camaro to victory in the opening 100-mile leg of the International Race of Champions. Cale Yarborough and David Pearson were the next two finishers in Camaros identical to Unser's. A day later, AL UNSER carried the family name into the winner's circle at the same track, driving his Eagle-Offenhauser at an average speed of 142.14 mph in the Norton 250. Al's share of the $80,025 purse was $18,950.
RIDING—BRUCE DAVIDSON of Westport, Mass. and his horse Irish Cap scored an upset at the World Three-Day Equestrian Championships in Burghley, England by winning the individual title with a low-total 71.67 penalty points. Davidson cashed in on the withdrawal of two-day leader Capt. Mark Phillips, husband of England's Princess Anne, after his horse Columbus strained a hind-leg tendon. The American squad took the team event with 288.07 points, ahead of Britain at 458.60 and West Germany at 519.53.
SOFTBALL—SANTA ROSA, Calif. defeated Aurora, Ill. 4-1 in the final game to win the men's national fast-pitch tournament in Clearwater, Fla.
TENNIS—In Cleveland the U.S. won the Bonne Bell Cup against Australia 5 matches to 4 as team captain JULIE HELDMAN upset Evonne Goolagong 6-3, 6-1. Earlier Heldman had defeated Lesley Hunt 6-4, 6-4 and teamed with KRISTIEN KEMMER for a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 win over Helen Gourlay and Karen Krantzcke. It was the American women's first success in the annual competition's three-year history.
TRACK & FIELD—ALEXEI SPIRIDONOV of the Soviet Union bettered the world record in the hammer throw by three inches with a 251'6" effort at an international meet in Munich. The old record was set in July by East Germany's Reinhard Theimer.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: To be assistant coach of the NBA expansion New Orleans Jazz, ELGIN BAYLOR, 40, the league's fourth-leading alltime scorer who played 14 years at forward for the Minneapolis and Los Angeles Lakers.
NAMED: 1972 Olympic slalom gold medalist BARBARA COCHRAN, 23, to coach the University of Vermont women's Alpine ski team.
NAMED: JIM FINKS, 47, as general manager, executive vice-president and chief operating officer of the NFL Chicago Bears. Finks, who in May resigned a similar post that he had held with the Minnesota Vikings for 10 years, is the first non-family member to be given an executive position with George Halas' organization.
FIRED: FRED WILLIAMSON, after three appearances on ABC-TV Monday Night Football telecasts. Former Detroit Lion ALEX KARRAS was named as an interim replacement.
RETIRED: Chicago White Sox first baseman DICK ALLEN, 32, after 12 years in the major leagues, allegedly because he has given up hope that the Sox will win an AL West title. Voted NL Rookie of the Year in 1964 and AL Most Valuable Player in 1972, Allen was batting .301 with 88 RBIs and 32 home runs when he announced his decision.