BOWLING—DAVE FRAME of Baldwin Park, Calif. won his first PBA tournament, the $60,000 Buffalo Open, defeating Bobby Fenton of Costa Mesa, Calif. 207-197.
BOXING—The WBC returned the super-bantamweight championship to Panama's RIGOBERTO RIASCO after an investigation of the events surrounding his title fight last month against South Korea's Yum Dong-Kyun in Pusan, South Korea.
CHESS—BENT LARSEN of Denmark won the Switzerland Interzonal Tournament at Biel with 12½ points. Lajos Portisch of Hungary and Tigran Petrosian and Mikhail Tal, both of the Soviet Union, tied for second with 12 points; they now will hold a playoff from which two will qualify to compete to challenge world champion Anatoly Karpov next year. Robert Byrne of the U.S. finished in a tie for fifth place with 11½ points, while the other U.S. contestant, Kenneth Rogoff, finished in a tie for 13th with nine points.
PRO FOOTBALL—The Giants won bragging rights around New York City by beating the Jets 16-14 in a game delayed by Hurricane Belle, and three days later defeated Houston 30-14. Larry Csonka played only the first quarter and one play of the second, but ran for 40 yards and scored a touchdown against the Oilers, who lost their third straight exhibition. The exhausted Jets had to play Oakland only two days after being defeated by the Giants, and the rested Raiders routed them 41-17. Tampa Bay won its first game, beating Atlanta 17-3 (page 16), but Seattle lost its third straight, falling to Los Angeles 16-13. Washington dropped their second in a row, losing to Pittsburgh 27-7. Steve Ramsey hit for two first-half touchdown passes as the Broncos beat winless Dallas 13-9. John Reaves replaced Ken Anderson in the second quarter and threw for two touchdowns as Cincinnati defeated Detroit 26-14; and Bob Griese, playing for the first time since he broke a toe last November, led undefeated Miami past winless Philadelphia 24-16. Backup Quarterback Bobby Scott completed 15 of 21 as New Orleans beat O.J.-less Buffalo 21-14; and Chicago's Walter Payton ran for 122 yards and scored two touchdowns as the Bears defeated Baltimore 25-14. San Francisco dropped Kansas City 21-13; and Green Bay got by New England 16-14.
August 22, 1976
HARNESS RACING—After winning his heat in track-record time, ARMBRO RANGER ($6.80), driven by Joe O'Brien, tied the world record of 1:56 for a ‚Öù-mile track as he took the $124,141 Adios Stake for 3-year-old pacers at The Meadows in Meadow Lands, Pa., beating favored Keystone Ore by a head (page 12).
HOCKEY—After months of rumors that the Cleveland Crusaders would be moving to Hollywood, Fla., the WHA announced that the franchise will operate in St. Paul this season. Last year's St. Paul entry, the Minnesota Fighting Saints, folded for financial reasons midway through the schedule. In another move, Ray Kroc, founder of the McDonald's hamburger chain and owner of the San Diego Padres, bought the WHA San Diego Mariners.
HORSE RACING—OPTIMISTIC GAL ($4.00), Eddie Maple up, scored a 16-length victory in the 96th running of the Alabama Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Saratoga Springs, covering the 1-miles in 2:01⅗ a record for the $80,925 race.
MOTOR SPORTS—After 39 tries, JOHN WATSON of Ireland won his first Formula I race, the Austrian Grand Prix, driving his Penske 132.03 mph over the 54 laps of the 3.67-mile √ñsterreich-Ring in 1:30:8.
Gordon Johncock averaged 135.929 mph over 117 laps to win the rain-shortened Trenton Times Auto Classic. The race could have been completed if it had started as scheduled, but CBS requested a delay so it could show Ronald Reagan arriving at the Republican National Convention.
SHOOTING—U.S. Army Major LONES WIGGER of Carter, Mont. defeated Olympic gold medalist Lanny Bassham of Arlington, Texas by nine points to win the NRA small-bore position championship at Camp Perry, Ohio. Wigger scored 3,175 of a possible 3,200 points in winning the title for the ninth time.
SOCCER—NASL: George Chinaglia scored a record-tying five goals and added two assists for a record 12 points in one game as New York defeated Miami 8-2. Rochester beat Tampa Bay 2-1 to clinch a wild-card spot in the playoffs. The Rowdies then beat Portland 3-2 to secure the Eastern championship and a first-round playoff bye. Minnesota also got an early bye with a 6-2 win over Los Angeles and a 1-0 defeat of San Diego. Chicago, the Northern Division champion, beat San Jose 2-1 in a tie breaker, while Los Angeles beat Dallas 4-1 to take a one-point lead over San Antonio in the Western Division and clinch a playoff berth. Four Cosmos were named to the All Star first team—Pelé, Chinaglia, Keith Eddy and Ramon Mifflin—along with three Rowdies, Rodney Marsh, Arnold Mausser and Tommy Smith. George Best of Los Angeles, Bobby Moore of San Antonio, Mike England of Seattle and Antonio Simoes of San Jose filled out the team.
ASL: New York took first place in the East with a 1-0 win over New Jersey. Second-place Rhode Island lost to the Apollos but beat Connecticut 2-0, with Theo Nahorski scoring the winning goal. Chicago defeated Connecticut 1-0 and Cleveland beat the Yankees 4-3, each winner keeping its playoff hopes alive. The Utah franchise is under new management, and the Pioneers (formerly Golden Spikers) tied with Western Division winner Los Angeles 1-1 and downed Tacoma 2-0.
SWIMMING—Representing the Central Jersey Aquatic Club, JONTY SKINNER of South Africa and the University of Alabama set a world record of 49.44 in the 100-meter freestyle at the AAU national outdoor championships in Philadelphia, and Wendy Boglioli anchored the Central Jersey 800-meter relay team to an American record of 8:21.4 (page 14). Skinner bettered the record of 49.99 set by gold medal winner Jim Montgomery at Montreal.
TENNIS—Eleventh-seeded KATHY MAY, 20, of Beverly Hills, Calif. defeated 10th-seeded Brigitte Cuypers of South Africa 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, to win the women's singles and $6,000 in the $157,000 U.S. Open Clay Court Championships in Indianapolis.
WTT: Billie Jean King, who retired from tournament singles competition after winning Wimbledon in 1975, beat Chris Evert, her Wimbledon successor, 6-4 in singles, then teamed with Virginia Wade to defeat Evert and Kris Shaw 6-3 in doubles, as the New York Sets scored a 29-15 victory over the Phoenix Racquets in a matchup of division leaders. Pittsburgh, mired in last place in the East only a month ago, clinched second and a playoff berth by beating Cleveland 25-24 for its eighth straight victory.
TRACK & FIELD—DUNCAN MACDONALD, a third-year medical student at the University of Hawaii, set an American record of 13:19.4 in the 5,000-meter run at Stockholm. The previous record of 13:22.2 was established in Helsinki two years ago by the late Steve Prefontaine.
East Germans GUDRUN BEREND, MARLIES OELSNER, B√ÑRBEL ECKERT and RENATE STECHER set a world record of 1:32.4 for the women's 800-meter relay in Jena, East Germany.