BOATING—Course records were broken at the Henley Royal Regatta on the Thames near London. The TRINITY COLLEGE (Hartford, Conn.) heavyweight eight lowered the Ladies Challenge Plate mark by six seconds, being timed in 6:24 over the one-mile, 550-yard course, and Christiana Roklub of Norway bettered the course record for the Thames Challenge Cup by eight seconds, winning its heat in 6:25. A record of another sort was broken when, on account of the 96° heat, gentlemen in the stewards' enclosure were permitted to remove their coats—but not their ties—for the first time in the 137-year history of the event.
Frank H. Tolhurst of Australia, sailing Arunga, won the world championship for 5.5-meter yachts with 11.0 points, the lowest total ever; second was the American entry, Sundance, skippered by Ted Turner, with 33.1 points. King Olav of Norway celebrated his 73rd birthday by skippering Bingo II to a third place (34.1 points).
PRO FOOTBALL—The NLRB found the NFL guilty of 15 unfair labor practices out of 32 charges in connection with the 1974 contract negotiations and player strike. NLRB Judge Charles W. Schneider ruled that then-union president Bill Curry (Oilers) and vice presidents Kermit Alexander (Eagles) and Tom Keating (Steelers) were cut, waived or traded because of their union activity and ordered them reinstated with back pay. Schneider also found that NFL rules dealing with changes in the nature of the game that might affect player safety should be a subject of collective bargaining.
GOLF—JUDY RANKIN won the rain-delayed $100,000 Babe Zaharias Invitational in Chagrin Falls, Ohio with a one-under-par 287, one stroke ahead of Jane Blalock.
July 11, 1976
HOCKEY—The WHA Cleveland Crusaders were purchased by Bill Putnam, president of Florida Pro Sports, Inc. and will be moved to Hollywood, Fla. Glen Sonmor has been appointed as general manager and Coach John Wilson was rehired. Meanwhile, the NHL authorized Melvin Swig, majority owner of the Oakland Seals, to make arrangements for transferring his team to Cleveland.
HORSE RACING—DRAGSET ($47.50), Sam Maple up, came from last place to win the 1‚⅛-mile $100,000 Cornhusker Handicap at Ak-Sar-Ben in Omaha by a length in 1:49.
OLYMPICS—Men's Basketball: Coach Dean Smith (University of North Carolina) made final cuts to determine the U.S. team. The 12-man squad consists of PHIL HUBBARD (Michigan), SCOTT MAY and QUINN BUCKNER (Indiana), KENNY CARR (North Carolina State), PHIL FORD, TOMMY LaGARDE, MITCH KUPCHAK and WALTER DAVIS (North Carolina), ERNIE GRUNFELD (Tennessee), STEVE SHEPPARD (Maryland), TATE ARMSTRONG (Duke) and ADRIAN DANTLEY (Notre Dame).
Women's basketball: The U.S. team defeated Bulgaria 76-75 for its fifth win without a loss at the pre-Olympic tournament in Hamilton, Ontario. Both teams were assured berths at Montreal.
SOCCER—NASL: Southern Division leader Dallas held onto first place in spite of two losses, to San Jose 4-0 and Seattle 2-1. In the Eastern Division, Washington also stayed on top with a 3-2 win over New York, a 4-1 drubbing of Philadelphia and a 1-0 defeat of Toronto. But by week's end the Diplomats were no longer alone in first; they had to make room for the Cosmos, who managed to inch their way into a share of the division lead with a 2-0 downing of Rochester and a 3-1 win over St. Louis. New York had a week of changes, first losing Goal-tender Bob Rigby with a broken collarbone, then accepting the resignation of Coach Ken Furphy. Rigby was replaced by former Cosmo Shep Messing, who was bought back from Boston, and Gordon Bradley, elevated this year to vice-president, reassumed coaching duties. Then in the St. Louis game Pelé pulled a groin muscle, which gave his replacement, Ramon Mifflin, a chance to be a hero. He performed nobly, scoring two goals in the last 10 minutes, leading the Cosmos to a come-from-behind win at Yankee Stadium.
ASL: John Roeslein's sixth and seventh goals of the season gave New Jersey a 3-0 victory over Connecticut. Los Angeles continued to lead in the West with a 1-0 defeat of Oakland on Jim Hindi's 10-yard head shot 13 minutes into the first half. It was Hindi's sixth goal of the season and put him in a tie for the scoring lead with Connecticut's Vic Calabrese. Utah, second to L.A., was idle on the field but frenetic in the front office. President Tim Themy was fined $2,000 and suspended for four years by Commissioner Bob Cousy for slugging League President Nick Sclavounos. Themy then fired Utah Coach Nick Kambolis for testifying against him.
TENNIS—BJORN BORG, 20, became the youngest man in 45 years to win the men's singles title at Wimbledon when he defeated Ilie Nastase 6-4, 6-2, 9-7 (page 12). CHRIS EVERT defeated Evonne Goolagong 6-3, 4-6, 8-6 to win the women's title for the second time in three years. BRIAN GOTTFRIED and RAUL RAMIREZ won the men's doubles championship by beating Ross Case and Geoff Masters 3-6, 6-3, 8-6, 2-6, 7-5. CHRIS EVERT teamed with MARTINA NAVRATILOVA to take the women's doubles from Billie Jean King and Betty Stove 6-1, 3-6,7-5 and TONY ROCHE and FRAN-COISE DURR triumphed in the mixed doubles by downing Dick Stockton and Rosemary Casals 6-3, 2-6, 7-5.
TRACK & FIELD—TATYANA KAZANKINA of the Soviet Union became the first woman to break the four-minute barrier in the 1,500-meter run when she completed the metric mile in 3:56 at a pre-Olympic meet in Podolsk. Her time was 5.4 seconds under the world record set by countrywoman Lyudmila Bragina at the 1972 Olympic games.
John Walker of New Zealand lowered Michel Jazy's 10-year-old world record for the 2,000-meter run by 4.8 seconds, covering the distance in 4:51.4, in Oslo.
Bulgaria's IVANKA KHRISTOVA set a women's world record when she put the shot 71'9" at a meet in Sofia. Marianne Adam of East Germany had held the previous record of 71'1¼".
MILEPOSTS—ACQUITTED: DAN MALONEY, Detroit Red Wings forward, of criminally assaulting Maple Leaf Brian Glennie during an NHL game in Toronto. After pronouncing Maloney not guilty, jury foreman Raymond Bower read a statement from the panel stating "while our verdict was based on the evidence and the law, we are unanimous in the feeling that these actions [in hockey] are not condoned by us. We hope these actions do not continue in the future."
NAMED—DOUG MOE, 37, as coach of the NBA San Antonio Spurs. Moe has been an assistant coach (Denver Nuggets and Carolina Cougars) for the past four years following an injury-curtailed playing career with ABA teams in New Orleans, Oakland, Carolina and Virginia.
RESCUED: KARL THOMAS, after a severe thunderstorm forced him to abandon his attempt to become the first person to cross the Atlantic in a balloon. The crew of a Russian freighter discovered his life raft and pulled Thomas from the ocean about 300 miles north of Bermuda.
SIGNED—Free agent ED MARINARO, former Viking running back, by the New York Jets to a one-year contract.
WITHDRAWN—From Davis Cup competition, the U.S., Britain and France, in protest against failure to impose sanctions on countries that withdraw for political reasons. The U.S. also withdrew from the Davis Cup organization.