BOWLING—VIRGINIA PARK of Whittier, Calif. rolled six straight strikes to beat Bev Ortner of Tucson 247-191 and win the $20,000 Metroplex Open in Dallas.
BOXING—DAVID (Poison) KOTEY of Ghana knocked out Shige Fukuyama of Japan in the third round to retain his WBC featherweight crown in Tokyo.
CHESS—HENRIQUE MECKING of Brazil (13 points), VLASTIMIL HORT of Czechoslovakia and LEV POLUGAEVSKY of the U.S.S.R. (both with 12½) were the top finishers in the Manila Interzone chess tournament, qualifying for the field of eight who will play next year for the right to challenge world champion Anatoly Karpov. U.S. contestants losing out were Lubomir Kavalek (10½) and Walter Browne (8½).
GOLF—DAVID GRAHAM of Australia shot a 12-under-par 272 to win the $300,000 Westchester Classic in Harrison, N.Y. by three strokes. Tied for second were Fuzzy Zoeller, Tom Watson and Ben Crenshaw.
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Judy Rankin shot an 11-under-par 205 for a five-stroke victory in the Borden Classic at the Riviera Country Club in Columbus, Ohio. Tied for second were Hollis Stacy and Patty Bradley.
HARNESS RACING—SOOTHSAYER ($17.20), with Del Miller driving, won the $166,290 Dexter Cup at Roosevelt Raceway by 5¼ lengths over Nevele Thunder in 2:02[4/5].
HORSE RACING—The Sheepshead Bay Handicap at Aqueduct had enough entries to require two divisions. GLOWING TRIBUTE ($8.80) and FLEET VICTRESS ($3.60), both ridden by Patrick Day, were the winners, running the 1‚⅛ miles in 1:49[1/5] and 1:49 respectively (page 50).
MOTOR SPORTS—JAMES HUNT, driving a McLaren, survived a multi-car crash at the start and became the first Englishman in 18 years to win the British Grand Prix, covering the 76-lap race in 1:03:27.61 at an average speed of 115.19 mph and defeating world champion Niki Lauda by 52 seconds.
OLYMPIC GAMES—The Games of the XXI Olympiad were opened by Queen Elizabeth of England. At the end of the first day of competition, teams from 25 countries had withdrawn (page 14).
BASKETBALL: Adrian Dantley's 22 points, Mitch Kupchak's 19 and Scott May's 16 led a balanced attack that gave the U.S. a first-round 106-86 win over Italy.
CYCLING: The 100-km. road team event went to the SOVIET UNION in 2:08:53. POLAND took the silver in 2:09:13, DENMARK the bronze in 2:12:20.
SHOOTING: UWE POTTECK, a 21-year-old East German army lieutenant and sports instructor from Wittenberge, scored 573 points out of a possible 600 to capture the free pistol gold medal. Another East German, HARALD VOLLMAR, took the silver with 567 points, and RUDOLF DOLLINGER of Austria the bronze with 562.
SWIMMING: The UNITED STATES swept the 200-meter men's butterfly final, with the gold going to MIKE BRUNER of Stockton, Calif., whose time was a world-record 1:59.23; STEVE GREGG of Wilmington, Del. won the silver with 1:59.54; and BILL FORRESTER of Birmingham, Ala. the bronze with 1:59.96.
The gold in the women's 400-medley went to the EAST GERMAN team of Ulrike Richter, Hannelore Anke, Andrea Pollack and Kornelia Ender, whose time of 4:07.95 was a world record. The U.S. swimmers—Linda Jezek, Lauri Siering, Camille Wright and Shirley Babashoff—won the silver with 4:14.55; and the bronze medal went to the CANADIANS—Wendy Hogg, Robin Corsiglia, Susan Sloan and Anne Jardin—whose time was 4:15.22.
WEIGHT LIFTING: ALEXANDER VORONIN of the Soviet Union equaled his combined total world record of 242.5 kilos (533 pounds, 8 ounces) to win the flyweight gold medal. GYORGY KOSZEGI of Hungary won the silver with 237.5 kilos (522 pounds, 8 ounces) and MOHAMMAD NASSIRI of Iran took the bronze with 235 kilos (517 pounds, 2 ounces).
SOCCER—NASL: San Jose beat Boston 6-1 to equal the league record for most goals in two consecutive games (12) and move into a tie with Dallas for first place in the South. Minnesota continued to dominate the West with a 3-1 victory over Toronto and a 2-1 win over St. Louis. Seattle moved into second place in the West, defeating San Antonio 2-1 in overtime and 1-0. Clyde Best had a hat trick, but Pelé scored two goals and East leader New York had a 5-4 win over Tampa Bay. The Rowdies also fell to Toronto 4-1.
ASL: Joe Michaels scored 11 minutes into overtime to give Chicago a 2-1 victory over New York and secure first place in the tight Eastern race. Connecticut downed Cleveland 3-1, sparked by league scoring leader Vic Calabrese's ninth and 10th goals of the season; meanwhile Rhode Island tied Cleveland 2-2. Utah edged Sacramento 3-2 to extend its unbeaten streak to 10 games, while Los Angeles remained on top of the West, shutting out Sacramento 2-0 for the club's ninth shutout of the season.
TENNIS—Second-seeded ROSCOE TANNER beat top seed Eddie Dibbs 7-6, 6-3 to win the $100,000 Western championships at Coney Island in Cincinnati.
WTT: The Golden Caters beat Hawaii twice, 25-22 and 27-22, stretching their winning streak to 13 before bowing to Phoenix 26-24 and New York 28-26 and falling 2½ games behind the Western Division-leading Racquets. New York still tops the East, and in addition to beating Golden Gate the Sets downed Pittsburgh twice, 27-20 and 26-23, and San Diego once, 30-26, moving 6½ games up on the Indiana Loves, whose four consecutive victories moved them into second place. Pittsburgh may be in the Eastern cellar, but Evonne Goolagong scored her 16th straight singles win, besting New York's Billie Jean King 7-5. Goolagong's streak was then snapped by Martina Navratilova of Cleveland, also 7-5. The Australian's season record is 20-2, while Chris Evert, of Phoenix, is 24-2.
MILEPOSTS—ELECTED: DINNY PHIPPS, 35, chairman of the New York Racing Association, by the Board of Trustees, which hopes to rejuvenate thoroughbred racing at Aqueduct, Belmont Park and Saratoga.
NAMED: JESSE HADDOCK, golf coach at Oral Roberts, after 17 years at Wake Forest. His 1974 and 1975 teams were NCAA champions.
NAMED: GAYLE SAYERS, former All-Pro Chicago Bear running back, as athletic director at Southern Illinois University after serving four years in the athletic department at Kansas.
RETIRED: DEARLY PRECIOUS, the champion 2-year-old filly of 1975, after bowing a tendon in her left foreleg during a race at Aqueduct.
DIED: JAMES STOUT, 62, who in his 24-year career as a jockey rode 2,057 winners, including Johnstown in the 1939 Kentucky Derby; of a heart attack; in Harrisburg, Pa.
DIED: PAUL GALLICO, 78, sportswriter and author of 41 books, including The Snow Goose and The Poseidon Adventure; at his home in Monte Carlo.