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A roundup of the week Aug. 23-30

Sept. 06, 1976
Sept. 06, 1976

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Sept. 6, 1976

She'd Rather Switch
Baseball
New Boys
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

A roundup of the week Aug. 23-30

BASEBALL—TOKYO, benefiting from six wild pitches and five errors, defeated Campbell (Calif.) 10-3 to win the Little League World Series at Williamsport, Pa.

This is an article from the Sept. 6, 1976 issue Original Layout

BOWLING—JAY ROBINSON of Los Angeles defeated Rich Carrubba of Hayward, Calif. 216-206 to win the $65,000 Great Adventure Open in Trenton, N.J.

PRO FOOTBALL—Roger Staubach threw two touchdown passes as the Dallas Cowboys won their Super Bowl rematch with the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-10. Los Angeles and Miami remained unbeaten in preseason play: the Rams beat Buffalo 31-17, the Dolphins defeated win-less Houston 10-6. Rookie Halfback Chuck Muncie stunned Cincinnati by throwing a 27-yard touchdown pass as New Orleans beat the Bengals 13-10 for its fourth straight win. The New York Giants scored two touchdowns in the last six minutes to defeat Green Bay 20-16; the Jets were crushed by Washington 38-7, and Minnesota edged Philadelphia 20-16. Charlie West ran 52 yards with an intercepted pass to lead Detroit past Kansas City 23-21. Denver rallied for a 21-17 win over St. Louis with Otis Armstrong contributing an 81-yard touchdown run, and Chicago beat Tampa Bay 10-7 on Bob Thomas' 44-yard field goal with 1:43 left. Atlanta finally won a game, defeating Baltimore 21-7 as Steve Bankowski threw for three touchdowns. Oakland defeated San Francisco 14-9 and Seattle beat San Diego 17-16 for the first victory in the club's history.

GOLF—DAVID GRAHAM of Australia won the $40,000 first-place check in the American Golf Classic at Akron, finishing with a 14-under-par 274, four strokes ahead of Lou Graham.

Sandra Palmer finished with a 10-under-par 206 to win the $50.000 National Jewish Hospital Open in Denver by two strokes over Pat Bradley.

HARNESS RACING—CRASH, driven by Bill Haughton, won the $105,721 Fox Stakes for 2-year-old pacers at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Crash took the first heat in 1:58 and finished third in the second to Racy Goods, whose time of 1:55[3/5] was a stakes record.

At the same meeting, SPEED IN ACTION, driven by Delvin Miller, recorded the year's fastest mile for a 2-year-old trotter with a 2:00[2/5] in the first heat of the $62,014 Horseman Stake. Miller drove the bay colt to a 2:02[2/5] win in the second heat to win $31.007.

HORSE RACING—VICTORIAN PRINCE ($15.20) Robin Plaits up won a three-horse photo finish in the $130,000 Arlington Handicap at Chicago's Arlington Park. Only two heads separated the winner, who covered the mile and [3/16]ths in 1:58⅕ from second-place Improvisor and the show horse, Bold Roll.

Dancers Countess ($5.40), ridden by Chris McCarron, held off a stretch challenge by Vodka Time to win the $125,000 Matchmaker Stakes at Atlantic City. The bay filly covered the mile and [3/16]ths in 1:56. The win entitles Owner G. M. Holtsinger's stable to stallion service during the 1977 breeding season with What A Pleasure, who was recently syndicated for $8 million.

Banquet Table ($7.40), ridden by Jean Cruguet, outdueled Turn of Coin down the stretch to win the 6½ furlong $85,575 Hopeful Stakes for 2-year-olds at Saratoga in 1:16[1/5].

MOTOR SPORTS—JAMES HUNT of Britain drove a McLaren to victory in the 196.95-mile Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort. Hunt took the lead on the 12th lap from pole-sitter Ronnie Peterson of Sweden who later was forced out with mechanical problems, and maintained it for the last 63 laps. Clay Regazzoni of Switzerland finished second in a Ferrari. The Ferrari team had temporarily withdrawn from factory Formula I racing a month ago following an accident involving its top driver, Niki Lauda.

Cale Yarborough drove his Chevrolet to a two-lap victory in the Volunteer 400 Grand National stock-car race at Bristol, Tenn. Yarborough, who won $8,950, took the lead on the 28th lap, and averaged 99.175 mph on the half-mile track.

SOCCER—NASL: The TORONTO METROS won their first league championship by defeating the Minnesota Kicks 3-0 in the Soccer Bowl at the Seattle Kingdome (page 24).

ASL: ANE MIHAILOVICH's penalty kick with 12 minutes to play gave the Los Angeles Skyhawks a 2-1 win over the New York Apollos and the ASL championship.

TENNIS—WTT: The New York Sets won their first championship, beating the Golden Gaters 29-21 and 31-13 to sweep the series in three straight games. Sandy Mayer defeated Tom Okker 6-1 and 6-1 in successive matches, while Billie Jean King and Virginia Wade beat Francoise Durr and Betty Stove 6-0, 6-2 in doubles.

In Philadelphia, ROSEMARY CASALS and BILLIE JEAN KING defeated Evonne Goolagong and Kerry Reid 7-5, 6-3 to give the U.S. a 2-1 final-round victory over Australia and its first Federation Cup championship since 1969. Defending champion Czechoslovakia pulled out of the $130,000 tournament to protest the apartheid policies of South Africa and Rhodesia, both of which had entered teams. The Soviet Union, Hungary and the Philippines also withdrew for the same reason.

Ilie Nastase of Romania won the $60,000 Tennis Week Open in South Orange, N.J., defeating Roscoe Tanner 6-4, 6-2. In the women's final, South Africa's MARISE KRUGER defeated Lea Antonoplis of Glendora. Calif. 6-3, 6-2 after Antonoplis had eliminated Dr. Renee Richards 6-7, 6-3, 6-0 (page 16).

Top-seeded GUILLERMO VILAS of Argentina defeated Poland's Wojtek Fibak 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 to win the $155,000 Canadian Open in Toronto.

MILEPOSTS—NAMED: Coach of the Chicago Bulls, ED BADGER. 43, replacing Dick Motta, who now coaches the Washington Bullets, A Chicago assistant last season. Badger takes over a team that had the NBA's worst record in 1975-76.

RETIRED: Reluctantly, GEORGE BLANDA, 48-year-old placekicker-quarterback for the Oakland Raiders, after a career that spanned a record 26 seasons with three teams. The oldest man to play pro ball by four years, Blanda scored a career record 2,002 points—nine touchdowns, 335 field goals and 943 extra points. He also passed 236 touchdowns.

RULED:—By State District Court Judge Charles L. Owens, that the NCAA may not force the UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA to reduce the size of its football coaching staff from 10 assistants to eight. The NCAA order was intended to be a cost-cutting measure, but Oklahoma says it wants to win football games rather than save money. The NCAA will appeal.

RULED: By Federal District Judge WALTER K. STAPLETON, in Wilmington, Del., that the state of Delaware may proceed with a lottery for parimutuel betting on NFL games (page 22).