BASKETBALL—NBA DRAFT: After acquiring the No. 1 pick in the draft from Atlanta, in a deal that also sent Center Joe C. Meriweather, Guard Gus Bailey and the No. 9 pick in the first round to the Hawks for Center Dwight Jones, Houston drafted Maryland Guard JOHN LUCAS and immediately signed him to a five-year, no-cut contract. Following Lucas, Chicago selected Indiana Forward SCOTT MAY; Kansas City picked UCLA Forward RICHARD WASHINGTON; and Detroit chose Alabama Center LEON DOUGLAS.
CANOEING AND KAYAKING—After the trials at Cambridge, Ohio, the U.S. Olympic team is: C-1, men—ANGUS MORRISON of Wayzata, Minn.; C-2-500, men—ROLAND MUHLEN of Cincinnati and ANDY WEIGAND of Arlington, Va.; C-2-1,000, men—ANDRAS TORO of El Cerrito, Calif. and CHUCK LYDA of Irvine, Calif.; K-1-500, men—HENRYK KRAWCZYK, Brooklyn; K-1-1,000, men—DAVE GILMAN, Riverside, Calif.; K-1, women—JULIE LEACH of Newport Beach, Calif.; K-2, women—LINDA DRAGAN of Oxon Hill, Md. and ANN TURNER of St. Charles, Ill.; K-2, men—BILL LEACH of Newport Beach and MIKE JOHNSON of Costa Mesa, Calif.; K-4, men—BRUCE BARTON of Horton, Mich., PETE DEYO of Niles, Mich., BRENT TURNER of St. Charles and STEVE KELLEY of the Bronx.
GOLF—JOE INMAN JR. of Clover, S.C. won his first professional tournament, the Kemper Open at Charlotte, N.C., by a stroke over Tom Weiskopf. Inman had a final-round 71 for a total of 277.
Donna Caponi Young parred the first extra hole to beat Judy Rankin and win the Peter Jackson Classic at Toronto. Young's five-under-par 67 had left the two tied at 212.
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Scott Simpson's 18-foot putt on the final hole at Albuquerque gave the USC junior a 283 total and the NCAA title, beating Barton Goodwin of Rice by one stroke. Oklahoma State took the team championship with a total of 1,166 (page 62).
Beth Daniel, the American women's amateur champion, won two singles matches and two foursomes to lead the U.S. to a 11½-6½ victory over Britain in the Curtis Cup at Lytham, England, the ninth straight U.S. win. Daniel, 19, from Charleston, S.C., was the only player to take all her matches.
HOCKEY—L'affaire Bobby Orr dominated the NHL's annual meetings in Montreal, with the Chicago Black Hawks agreeing to sign former Boston Bruin Orr, a free agent with rickety knees, to a reported unconditional five-year contract for $3 million (page 24). The NHL also amended its fisticuffs rules: now a player who starts a fight will be dismissed from the game by the referee. Philadelphia Captain Bobby Clarke was voted MVP for the third time in four years, while Defenseman Denis Potvin of the New York Islanders ended Orr's eight-year hold on the Norris Memorial Trophy as the best all-round defenseman and Center Bryan Trottier of the Islanders was voted Rookie of the Year. The Hall of Fame named five new members: players Johnny Bower and Bill Quackenbush and builders William W. Wirtz, Philip D. Ross and Dr. John L. Gibson.
MOTOR SPORTS—JODY SCHECKTER of South Africa and PATRICK DEPAILLER of France finished one-two, 59.7 seconds apart, in their Tyrrell six-wheelers at the Swedish Grand Prix at Anderstorp. It was the first Formula I victory for the revolutionary cars, and came only six weeks after they made their debut in the Spanish Grand Prix.
Belgian JACKY ICKX and co-driver GIJS VAN LENNEP of The Netherlands drove their turbo-charged Porsche 936 into the lead after 35 minutes of the Le Mans 24-hour race, were never behind as they completed 349.8 laps (2,962.1 miles) and finished 92 miles ahead of Frenchmen Jean-Louis La-Fosse and Francois Migault, in an American-entered Mirage. It was the second straight Le Mans win for Ickx, and the third of his career. Andre Haller of France was killed when his Datsun crashed into a guardrail and exploded.
SOCCER—NASL: DEREK SMETHURST'S second consecutive hat trick powered Tampa Bay to a 5-1 win over New York. Paul Cannell of Washington scored both goals in his team's 2-1 win over San Jose, putting him into a tie with Smethurst for the league scoring lead. Each had eight goals and one assist. Smethurst and Cannell helped keep the Eastern race red hot—Washington in first, the New York Cosmos six points behind and Tampa 11 behind. The Cosmos moved on to Minnesota, where they beat the Kicks 2-1 before a crowd of 46,000, a league attendance record for a regular game. Giorgio Chinaglia, the Cosmos' new complement to Pelé, scored his fifth goal of the season. The Eastern Division was not alone in its competitiveness; the week's play included a rare total of four tie breakers, three in one night, and only four of the 20 teams were not involved in close races.
TENNIS—ADRIANO PANATTA, Italian champion, won the French Open, beating Harold Solomon of Silver Spring, Md., 6-1, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (page 18).
WTT: The league ended the first half of its season and Sandy Mayer and the New York Sets kept on rolling. Mayer beat Vitas Gerulaitis of Pittsburgh 6-4 and Butch Buchholz of Hawaii 6-2 as the Sets extended their winning streak to six, with Cleveland seven games back in the East. In the West, Golden Gate, which signed the University of Maryland's John Lucas—who earlier in the week had signed an $800,000 deal with the NBA Houston Rockets—won three straight to pull within two games of Phoenix, which lost to Cleveland. Golden Gate's doubles team of Tom Okker and Frew McMillan were the top twosome in the league.
Roscoe Tanner upset Jimmy Connors 6-3, 6-4 to win the Beckenham (England) grass tournament. OLGA MOROZOVA beat 17-year-old Marise Kruger for the women's title.
TRACK & FIELD—VALENTINA GERASIMOVA of the U.S.S.R. set a world record of 1:56.0 in the women's 800-meter run at the Soviet championships in Kiev, bettering by 1.5 seconds the mark established by Svetla Zlateva of Bulgaria in 1973.
Four American women's individual records were broken at the National AAU championships in Los Angeles (page 58). KATHY SCHMIDT led the onslaught, hurling the javelin 218'3" to improve her own record by 2'9", and KATHY MCMILLAN bettered her long-jump mark by 1¼ with a leap of 22'3". In less frequently contested events, JAN MERRILL broke Francie Larrieu's 3,000-meter record by six seconds, winning in 8:57.2, and ARTHURENE GAINER lowered the 400-meter-hurdles mark by .06 with a 57.24. MAC WILKINS was the outstanding male competitor, compiling an unprecedented series of 225'2", 224'1", 228'0", 228'8", 230'0" and 226'11" in the discus. TOM ANDREWS equaled the national collegiate record of 48.55 in the 400-meter hurdles.
Inge Helten of West Germany set an automatically timed world record of 11.04 for the women's 100-meter dash at an Olympic qualifying meet in F√ºrth. Helten lowered Wyomia Tyus' and Renate Stecher's mark by .03 of a second.
MILEPOSTS—SIGNED: By the Washington Redskins, free agent Running Back JOHN RIGGINS, who gained 1,005 yards while playing out his option with the New York Jets last season. Riggins signed a series of one-year contracts totaling a reported $1.5 million.
DIED: BOB FEERICK, 55, director of player personnel for the Golden State Warriors, of a heart attack, in Oakland. Feerick coached the Warriors in 1962-63, the year they moved to San Francisco, and was general manager for 11 years.
DIED: JIM KONSTANTY, 59, Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher (1948-54), and the National League's MVP in 1950, when he pitched in 74 games, won 16 and had a 2.66 ERA as the Whiz Kids won Philadelphia's last pennant, after a long illness, in Oneonta, N.Y.