AEROBATICS—The SOVIET UNION swept the eighth world championships in Kiev, taking the men's (VICTOR LETSKO), women's (LIDIA LEONOVA) and team titles.
ARCHERY—Olympic gold medalists DARRELL PACE of Reading, Ohio and LUANN RYON of Riverside, Calif. won the men's and women's titles at the Championship of the Americas in Valley Forge, Pa., scoring 1,278 and 1,215 points, respectively.
PRO BASKETBALL—The Chicago Bulls paid $1.1 million for Center ARTIS GILMORE as the NBA conducted the ABA dispersal draft (page 53).
BOWLING—CARMEN SALVINO won his 15th PBA title, defeating Larry Laub 210-192 in the $60,000 Quad Cities Open in Davenport, Iowa.
August 15, 1976
PRO FOOTBALL—Ken Anderson completed eight of nine passes for 174 yards and Archie Griffin ran 49 yards for a touchdown to lead Cincinnati past Buffalo 31-10. Richie Szaro's 31-yard field goal with nine seconds to play lifted New Orleans over Houston 13-10, while Fred Cox' 30-yard field goal gave Minnesota a 13-10 win over Kansas City. Oakland jumped to a 7-0 lead over St. Louis in the opening minute and downed the Cardinals 20-9. Chicago won its second straight game, beating Seattle 27-6, and Green Bay defeated Tampa Bay 10-6. Ron Jaworski and James Harris split the quarterbacking duties as Los Angeles, in revenge for last season's playoff debacle, whipped Dallas 26-14. San Diego and Cleveland won games in Oklahoma, the Chargers beating New England 26-17 at Norman and the Browns trouncing Atlanta 31-7 at Stillwater. Miami beat Detroit 30-21, San Francisco beat Denver 17-7; and Baltimore ripped Washington 20-3 (page 20).
GOLF—BOB WYNN birdied the final two holes to win the rain-delayed $200,000 B.C. Open in Endicott, N.Y. Wynn finished with a 13-under-par 271, one stroke in front of Bob Gilder.
Chako Higuchi of Japan won the $90,000 European Women's Championship in Sunningdale, England with a four-round, 12-under-par 284, six strokes better than second-place Americans Kathy Whitworth and Sandra Palmer.
HARNESS RACING—QUICK PAY ($3.40), driven by Richard DeSantis, won the $75,000 Founder's Gold Cup at Vernon Downs in Vernon, N.Y., trotting the mile on a muddy track in 2:05[2/5].
HORSE RACING—MAJESTIC LIGHT ($12.60), ridden by Sandy Hawley, ran the 1‚⅛-mile $100,000 Monmouth Invitational in Oceanport, N.J. in a track-record 1:47, beating Appassionato by six lengths. Favored Honest Pleasure placed third.
Foolish pleasure ($2.60), Earlie Fires up, galloped to a 3-length victory over Proponent in the $125,000 Golden Invitational Handicap at Arlington Park, Arlington Heights, Ill., covering the 1‚⅛ miles in 1:47[3/5].
MOTOR SPORTS—DAVE MARCIS averaged 157.542 mph in his Dodge to win the Talladega (Ala.) 500 Grand National stock-car race, his first superspeedway triumph.
SOCCER—NASL: Defending champion Tampa Bay moved past New York into first place in the East with a 2-1 win over Minnesota. Minnesota still leads the Western Division, while Seattle beat Hartford 1-0 and Portland 3-0 to clinch second place. San Jose holds a nine-point lead over second-place Dallas in the South.
ASL: Jose Neto scored his 11th and 12th goals of the season as Rhode Island beat New York 2-0 and regained first place in the East, two points ahead of second-place Connecticut and five ahead of third-place New York. In the West, first-place Los Angeles defeated Sacramento 5-2 to increase its lead over second-place Tacoma to eight points. Cleveland beat Chicago 1-0; Connecticut downed New York 2-1; and Tacoma defeated Cleveland 3-2 as Pepe Fernandez scored all three goals. Off the field, Commissioner Bob Cousy suspended the franchise of the Utah Golden Spikers for violating franchise requirements and directives.
SWIMMING—TINA BISCHOFF, 17, of Columbus, Ohio, swam the English Channel from Dover, England to Cap Gris Nez, France in 9 hours, 3 minutes, which was 33 minutes better than the women's record set by Lynne Cox of the U.S. in 1973. Her time was 32 minutes faster than the one-way record set by England's Barry Watson in 1964 when he swam from France to England.
TENNIS—HAROLD SOLOMON of Silver Spring, Md., scored a 6-2, 7-5 victory over Wotjek Fibak of Poland to win the $125,000 Louisville (Ky.) International.
WTT: The Sets clinched first place in the East and the home-court advantage in the division playoff as they won four matches, beating Hawaii 29-20, Cleveland 28-22 and Indiana twice, 27-23 and 24-21. Pittsburgh leads Cleveland by one game in the battle for second place. In the West, Phoenix extended its first-place lead to 3½ games with a 30-19 win over the second-place Golden Gaters. Then the Racquets beat San Diego 28-17 to clinch a playoff berth and the homecourt advantage.
TRACK & FIELD—DWIGHT STONES, who won only a bronze medal at the Montreal Olympics, broke his world high-jump record by one-quarter inch with a leap of 7'7¼" at the Bicentennial Meet of Champions in Philadelphia (page 18).
The U.S. men beat the Soviet men 115-107, but the Soviet women won all 14 events as they routed the U.S. women 104-42 to give the U.S.S.R a 211-157 victory over the U.S. in their 14th dual meet, at College Park, Md. LUDMILLA BRAGINA, 33, set a world record of 8:27.1 in the rarely run 3,000 meters, while FRANCIE LARRIEU's third-place time of 8:55 was an American record. The Soviet women's mile relay team of SVETLANA STYRKINA, INTA KLIMOVICHA, NATALYA SOKOLOVA and NADEZHDA ILYINA established a world record of 3:29.1. MADELINE MANNING JACKSON, running the last race of her career, set an American record of 1:57.9 while finishing third in the 800.
MILEPOSTS—PURCHASED: By JOHN Y. BROWN, former owner of the defunct ABA Kentucky Colonels, a 50% interest in the NBA's Buffalo Braves. Brown will become chairman of the club's board of directors.
SENTENCED: World Middleweight Champion CARLOS MONZON of Argentina to 18 months in jail for beating up a photographer in 1967. Monzon's lawyer has appealed the sentence.
SIGNED: By the New Orleans Jazz, GAIL GOODRICH, an 11-year NBA guard with a 19.5 points-per-game career-scoring average who had played out his option with the Los Angeles Lakers.
TERMINATED: The trainer-jockey association of LEROY JOLLEY and BRAULIO BAEZA, meaning that Baeza no longer will ride Jolley-trained mounts Honest Pleasure, Foolish Pleasure and Optimistic Gal.
DIED: DR. FAGER, 12, the 1968 Horse of the Year who set the record—which still stands—of 1:32[1/5] for the mile, and who won $1,002,642 in a three-year racing career; of a twisted intestine; in Ocala, Fla.