PRO BASKETBALL—The Buffalo Braves signed a new lease for Memorial Auditorium, apparently ending attempts to move the team to Hollywood, Fla. The team lawyer said signing of the lease "means the Braves will be here for sure," although Owner Paul Snyder will continue efforts to sell the Braves to Buffalo investors.
BOWLING—EARL ANTHONY beat Paul Colwell 256-248 to win his fourth championship of the year, the $60,000 Southern California Open at Los Angeles.
Paul Colwell and Don Johnson won the $70,000 PBA Doubles Classic in San Jose, Calif., defeating top-seeds Steve Neff and Eddie Ressler 447-414.
BOXING—ALFONSO ZAMORA, of Mexico, successfully defended his WBA bantamweight title with a third-round knockout of Gilberto Illueca, in Juarez.
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John Tate, heavyweight, MICHAEL SPINKS, 165 pounds, and CLINTON JACKSON, 147 pounds, gained final berths on the U.S. Olympic team in rematches at Burlington, Vt.
GOLF—JOHNNY MILLER shot a final round six-under-par 66 for a 279 total to win the British Open in Southport, England, six strokes ahead of Jack Nicklaus and Spanish teen-ager Severiano Ballesteros, who tied for second (page 18).
John Lister of New Zealand shot a 268 total to win the $100,000 Quad Cities Open in Coal Valley, Ill. by two strokes over Fuzzy Zoeller.
HARNESS RACING—France's EQUILEO ($40.60), driven by Bernard Froger, won the $200,000 Roosevelt International Trot in Westbury, L.I., finishing the 1¼ miles in 2:33[3/5] to beat Bellino II, also of France, by half a length (page 22).
HORSE RACING—FOOLISH PLEASURE ($7.60), Eddie Maple up, took the $108,800 Suburban Handicap at Aqueduct by a nose over two-time Horse of the Year Forego, who carried 9 pounds more than the winner, covering the mile and [3/16] in 1:55[2/5].
Miss Toshiba ($13.80), Fernando Toro up, won the $112,200 Vanity Handicap at Hollywood Park, covering the 1‚⅛ miles in 1:48 to beat BASTONERA II by a head.
MOTOR SPORTS—ROLF STOMMELEN and MANFRED SCHURTI of West Germany piloted their turbocharged Porsche 935 to victory in the six-hour World Championship of Makes endurance race at Watkins Glen, N.Y., covering 587.6 miles at an average speed of 97.81 mph.
An appeal tribunal reinstated JAMES HUNT as the winner of the Spanish Grand Prix. Originally, Niki Lauda had been declared winner of the May 2 race when Hunt's Formula I McLaren was found to be 1.5 centimeters wider than new regulations allowed.
Alan Jones of Australia drove his March-Chevy an average of 101.08 mph to win a disputed victory in the 101.31-mile Formula 5000 race at Watkins Glen. Jones finished 6.8 seconds ahead of pole-position winner Al Unser, who claimed he let Jones pass him on the 28th lap of the 30-lap race because he thought Jones was a full lap behind as a result of a one-minute pit stop.
SOCCER—NASL: Northern Division leader Chicago had two victories, over Rochester 3-0 and Miami 4-1, while the front-runner in the East, New York, shut out Toronto 3-0 and downed Philadelphia 2-1, with Pelé scoring once and setting up the winning goal. Minnesota, first in the West, beat San Antonio 3-1 and Vancouver 3-0. Dallas suffered its fourth straight loss to San Diego 3-2, but beat Seattle 4-2 to remain in front in the South.
ASL: The battle in the East narrowed, with only five points separating first-place Rhode Island and fifth-place Connecticut. New York's 3-0 win over Chicago moved the Apollos into second place; Chicago had a 1-1 tie with New Jersey and Connecticut downed Rhode Island 2-1. Los Angeles, still first in the West, beat Sacramento 4-3 in overtime, Ane Mihailovich scoring the winning goal. The Utah-Tacoma game ended in a 3-3 tie; Tacoma then went on to beat Sacramento 2-1.
SWIMMING—American short-course records were set in every relay event at a U.S. women's Olympic swimming team exhibition meet at West Point. In addition, JILL STERKEL set individual American records on lead-off legs in the 50-yard freestyle (23.35) during the 200 free relay, the 100-yard free (49.85) during the 400 free relay and in the 200-yard free (1:48.29) during the 800 free relay. The relay records: 200 free—STERKEL, WENDY BOGLIOLI, KIM PEYTON, SHIRLEY BABASHOFF, 1:34.87; 400 free (same squad)—3:22.76; 800 free—STERKEL, PEYTON, JENNIFER HOOKER, BABASHOFF, 7:15.64; 200 medley—TAUNA VANDEWEGHE, MARCIA MOREY, BOGLIOLI, STERKEL, 1:45.30; 400 medley—LINDA JEZEK, LAURI SIERING, CAMILLE WRIGHT, BABASHOFF, 3:49.99.
TENNIS—ILIE NASTASE defeated Manuel Orantes 6-4, 6-3 to win the $150,000 Grand Slam of Tennis championship in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
WTT: A record crowd of 13,492 gathered at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena to watch the Triangles beat the Phoenix Racquets 24-23 and see Chris Evert lose only her second set of the WTT season, to her Wimbledon victim Evonne Goolagong. The Golden Gaters extended their winning streak to 11 by downing New York, Los Angeles and Cleveland and ended the week one-half game behind Western Division leader Phoenix, as the Sets stayed in command in the East.
TRACK & FIELD—ALEXANDER BARYSHNIKOV of the Soviet Union set a world shotput record of 72'2¼" in Paris, bettering Terry Albritton's mark by 5¾".
Ruth Fuchs of East Germany set a world record in the javelin of 226'9¼ in, topping her own mark by 6'3¼ in.
MILEPOSTS—REVERSED: The U.S. Tennis Association decision to withdraw from 1977 Davis Cup play. Britain and France, who withdrew in support of the U.S., have also agreed to consider 1977 "a neutral year capable of saving the existence of the competition."
DIED: BILL SWIACKI, 53, in Sturbridge, Mass., of a gunshot wound. An All-America end at Columbia, Swiacki played three seasons with the New York Giants and two with the Detroit Lions, and was an assistant coach with the Giants and the Rams before retiring to his real estate and insurance agency. A generation of fans will remember his 1947 end-zone catch that enabled Columbia to upset Army and end its streak of 32 victories.
DIED: THOMAS AUSTIN YAWKEY, 73, of leukemia, in Boston. The benevolent owner of the Red Sox for 43 years, Yawkey lavished millions of his inherited dollars to buy such stars as Lefty Grove, Joe Cronin (playing manager), Max Bishop and Jimmy Foxx. When he was rewarded with his second (of three) American League pennants in 1967, Yawkey said, "This is the greatest day of my life." He was vice-president of the American League and an alternate member of the executive council of the major leagues.