BOXING—MUHAMMAD ALI retained his world heavyweight title with a fifth-round TKO of England's gallant Richard Dunn in Munich. Ali, weighing in at 220, knocked the 206½-pound Dunn down five times before the referee stopped the bout. The 11,500-seat Olympiahalle was said to be half filled by paying spectators, the other half by people holding cut-rate or handout tickets, thus putting the West German promoters more than $500,000 in the red on the venture.
GOLF—BRENDA GOLDSMITH, a 20-year-old junior at Texas A&M and the first woman ever awarded an athletic grant by a Southwest Conference school, won the Southern Women's Amateur Golf Tournament at Fort Smith, Ark. 5 and 4 over Beth Barry, the four-time Southern champion from Mobile, Ala.
HOCKEY—WHA: The Winnipeg Jets won their first WHA Avco Cup, that league's Stanley Cup, with a four-game sweep of the defending champion Houston Aeros. After taking the first pair of games in Houston, the Jets returned to Winnipeg and beat the Aeros 6-3 in Game 3 as Swedish Center Ulf Nilsson (who was voted the MVP of the playoffs) scored a goal in each period. Then Winnipeg humiliated Houston 9-1 in the final game. Nilsson missed the celebrating, however; he was hit under the eye with a stick late in the second period and spent the night under observation in a hospital. Bobby Hull, the first "name" player signed by the WHA when it was organized in 1972, scored three goals in the championship series, while Houston's Gordie Howe was held to one. Said Hull, at the end, "It's like I keep saying, the cream always rises to the top." The Jets immediately challenged the Stanley Cup champion Montreal Canadiens to a hockey Super Bowl, but their call went unanswered.
HORSE RACING—PROUD DELTA ($4.40), ridden by Jorge Velasquez, won her third straight stakes victory, the 1‚⅛-mile Hempstead Handicap at Belmont Park, in 1:48[2/5].
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LACROSSE—Mike French scored seven goals as CORNELL, which trailed 7-2 at the half, rallied to defeat Maryland 16-13 in overtime and win the NCAA lacrosse championship (page 75).
SKEET SHOOTING—BRAD SIMMONS, a Yale sophomore from Tyler, Texas, and JOHN SATTER WHITE, of Kirkland, Wash., the defending national champion, surpassed 160 other competitors in the trials at St. Louis. They will be the U.S. team at the Olympics.
SOCCER—BICENTENNIAL CUP: Team America was shut out twice, by Italy 4-0 and by Brazil 2-0. Brazil also shut out England 1-0, but later England defeated Italy 3-2 (page 24).
ASL: Joe DiSalvo and John Roeslein scored two goals apiece as New Jersey defeated Sacramento 4-1. The touring Cork Hibernians, still winless on U.S. soil, lost to Utah 2-0; Tony Douglas scored both Utah goals and Peter Thomas had eight saves. Roby Stahl scored his first goal in two seasons to give Cleveland a 1-1 tie with Sacramento. Oakland beat Tacoma 2-1 in overtime.
TENNIS—WTT: The defending champion Pittsburgh Triangles, aided by the return of Evonne Goolagong, who had missed five matches because of a sore heel, beat Indiana 24-20, but later bowed to the Boston Lobsters 25—22 to remain in last place. The first-place New York Sets, now 11-3, took a four-game lead over Cleveland and Boston. Virginia Wade ended Chris Evert's season-long singles winning streak at eight sets, and the Sets stopped the Phoenix winning streak at eight by trouncing the Racquets 32—16. Evert recovered quickly. She crushed Terry Holladay 6-0 in the Racquets' 29-21 win over the San Diego Friars, then beat Betty Stove 6-1 as the Racquets strung up the Golden Gaters 28-19. Phoenix finished the week with a 10-1 record and held a 2½-game lead over Los Angeles in the West.
TRACK & FIELD—EARL BELL of Arkansas State elevated the world pole-vault record to 18'7¼" at the USTFF championships in Wichita, Kans., three-quarters of an inch better than the mark set in 1975 by Dave Roberts.
The East German team of MARLIES OELSNER, RENATE STECHER, KARLA BODENDORF and MARTINA BLOSS set a world record of 42.50 in the 400-meter relay in Karl-Marx-Stadt, beating its old mark by .01.
WEIGHT LIFTING—Ten world records were set by Bulgarians in a national Olympic qualification contest in Sofia. Superheavyweight KHRISTO PLACHKOV had a snatch of 440.92 pounds, breaking his own record by 4.41 pounds, and a total lift of 975.5 pounds, breaking the two-week-old record of the Soviet Union's Vasili Alexeyev by 16.5 pounds.
MILEPOSTS—ANNOUNCED: The retirement of JOHN E. (JACK) COOPER, since 1946 the National Steeplechase and Hunt Association executive secretary and racing secretary-handicapper.
AWARDED: The Naval Academy Athletic Association Sword for excellence in athletics and Thompson Trophy for promotion of athletics at the Academy, to All-America Defensive Back CHET MOELLER, the first Navy man to receive both awards since Roger Staubach in 1965.
ELECTED: To the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in Charleston, W. Va.: JOIE RAY, DEE BOECKMANN, Coach KEN DOHERTY, BOB HAYES, HAYES JONES, BILLY MILLS, CHARLES PADDOCK, MAY FAGGS STARR, SPEC TOWNS and STEVE PREFONTAINE.
FIRED: BOB BASS, as coach of the ABA San Antonio Spurs, after an 83-57 record covering nearly two seasons. Bass, who formerly coached three other ABA teams, will become an assistant to the club's president, Angelo Drossos.
HIRED: DICK MOTTA, as coach of the Washington Bullets, replacing the fired K. C. Jones. Motta moves to Washington after eight years as coach of the Chicago Bulls, with whom he had a 356-300 record. To compensate Chicago, which had Motta under contract for two more seasons, Washington is expected to give a player or draft choice.
PRESENTED: The International Fair Play Award to two-time Olympic decathlon champion BOB MATHIAS, four-time Olympic distance-running champion EMIL ZATOPEK and U.S. squash champion VICTOR NIEDERHOFFER, by UNESCO, in Paris.
SOLD: Florida's HIALEAH PARK, to Martin DeMatteo, a former owner of the Green Mountain track in Pownal, Vt., for an undisclosed sum that includes assumption of a $12.3 million mortgage.
SOLD: The PHILADELPHIA 76ERS, for a reported $7 million, by Irv Kosloff to F. Eugene Dixon, who formerly held minor interests in the Phillies, the Flyers and the Eagles and last year owned the Philadelphia Wings of the now-defunct National Lacrosse League.
TRADED: By the Boston Bruins, Right Wing Ken Hodge, 31, to the New York Rangers for Right Wing Rick Middleton, 22. Hodge, who has scored 305 goals in his 12 seasons, will be reunited in New York with former linemate Phil Esposito. Middleton, who has scored 22 and 24 goals in his two NHL seasons, joins former Ranger teammates Jean Ratelle and Brad Park in Boston.
DIED: EDWARD (BUTCH) SONGIN, 52, the first quarterback of the AFL's Boston Patriots; in Foxboro, Mass. An All-America hockey defense-man and a linebacker-quarterback at Boston College, Songin led the Canadian Football League's Hamilton Tiger-Cats to the 1953 Gray Cup before joining the Patriots in 1960. In his two seasons with Boston, he had a 71.7% passing rate, still a Patriot record.