BOATING—PRESTON HENN of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., owner of a chain of "adult" drive-in theaters, won the 181-mile San Francisco Offshore Powerboat Race at an average speed of 69.6 mph, finishing two minutes ahead of Rocky Aoki of Englewood Cliffs, N.J. Henn, in his Streaker, a 38-foot Bertram powered by two 482-cu.-in. MerCruiser engines, twice had to overcome malfunctions in the craft's hydraulic steering system.
Bill Schumacher, piloting Olympia Beer, won the $30,000 San Diego Unlimited Hydroplane Regatta, covering the 2.5-mile course at an average speed of 114.6 mph (page 50).
BOXING—West Germany's ECKHARD DAGGE, 28, successfully defended his WBA junior middleweight title, Winning an unpopular 15-round decision in West Berlin over Emile Griffith, 38, who took part in his 105th championship fight.
In San Juan, ALFREDO ESCALERA of Puerto Rico successfully defended his WBC junior lightweight title with a 13th-round technical knockout of Ray Lunny III of Redwood City, Calif. Lunny failed to come out for the 13th round.
September 26, 1976
PRO FOOTBALL—In a game distinguished by missed opportunities, Minnesota and Los Angeles battled to a 10-10 sudden-death tie. Third-string Quarterback Pat Haden, who replaced the injured James Harris and Ron Jaworski, twice marched the Rams to the one-foot line in regulation play, but on both occasions they failed to score even a field goal. In overtime, Haden moved the Rams from their 16-yard line to the Vikings' 13 to set up a 30-yard field-goal attempt for Tom Dempsey, which Nat Allen blocked. Then Fran Tarkenton led Minnesota to a first down at the Los Angeles 11-yard line with only 1:10 to play in the sudden death. Rather than settle for a field goal, he went for the touchdown on the next play but was intercepted at the one by Ram Linebacker Rick Kay. While the New England defense was limiting Miami Fullbacks Norm Bulaich and Don Nottingham to 19 yards on 12 carries, Quarterback Steve Grogan passed for three touchdowns and ran for another as the Patriots upset the Dolphins 30-14. The resurgent Chicago Bears beat San Francisco 19-12 on the strength of Walter Payton's 148 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Roger Carr caught three Bert Jones scoring passes as Baltimore rallied from a 17-7 score to defeat Cincinnati 28-27. The Colts' Sack Pack dumped Bengal Quarterback Ken Anderson four times. Down 14-0, Pittsburgh scored 17 points in the third quarter and defeated Cleveland 31-14. Houston beat Buffalo for the ninth consecutive time, 13-3, on Skip Butler's two field goals and Don Hardeman's 19-yard scoring run (page 20). With the jobs of Coach Rick Forzano and General Manager Russ Thomas reportedly on the line, Detroit scored all 24 of its points in the fourth period—the winning score coming on a 32-yard pass from Joe Reed to Linebacker Ed O'Neil on a fake field goal—to beat Atlanta 24-10. San Diego won its second game in a row, routing winless, scoreless Tampa Bay 23-0, and Washington trounced Seattle 31-7. Green Bay committed seven turnovers—four fumbles and three interceptions—in losing to St. Louis 29-0. New York's teams both lost again. Philadelphia presented rookie Coach Dick Vermeil with his first pro win by defeating the Giants 20-7, while Denver amassed a club-record 543 yards of total offense and ripped the Jets 46-3. In two games the Jets have yielded an average of 42 points and 466 yards. Scott Laidlaw scored on runs of one and 10 yards as Dallas handed New Orleans its second loss, 24-6.
GOLF—BEN CRENSHAW rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win the $150,000 Ohio Kings Island Open by one stroke over Andy North at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Center in Mason. Crenshaw, who finished with a four-under-par 66 and a 72-hole total of 271 as he won his third tournament of the year, moved into second place on the 1976 money list with $256,321, just $10,117 behind Nicklaus.
Donna Caponi young birdied the 2nd hole of a sudden-death playoff with Clifford Ann Creed to win the $45,000 Portland (Ore.) Classic. Young and Creed both finished with two-under-par 217s.
HARNESS RACING—ARMBRO REGINA ($10.60), driven by Joe O'Brien, won the $124,765 Colonial Trot for 3-year-olds at Liberty Bell, defeating Stanley Dancer's Zoot Suit by a length. The only filly in the field, Armbro Regina trotted the mile in 2:00[4/5]. Steve Lobell, who collapsed after winning the Hambletonian three weeks ago, finished seventh.
HOCKEY—TEAM CANADA defeated Czechoslovakia 6-0 and 5-4 in overtime to sweep the best-of-three Canada Cup finals (page 48).
HORSE RACING—Carrying top weight of 135 pounds, FOREGO ($4.20), Bill Shoemaker in the irons, won the $173,200 Woodward Handicap at Belmont Park. The 6-year-old gelding covered the mile and an eighth in 1:45⅘ outrunning Dance Spell by 1¼ lengths (page 18).
MOTOR SPORTS—In the first leg of the International Race of Champions—a series that pits USAC, Formula I and NASCAR drivers against each other in identical Chevrolet Camaros—stock car driver BUDDY BAKER beat Indy 500 champion Johnny Rutherford over the 100-mile course at Brooklyn, Mich. James Hunt (page 28) was knocked out of the race after a collision with Gordon Johncock.
Cale Yarborough overtook Richard Petty with 21 laps remaining in the $129,175 Delaware 500 stock car race at Dover Downs Speedway to win his second straight NASCAR event. Despite a black flag that cost him a lap, Yarborough, the NASCAR point leader this season, averaged 115.74 mph and finished with a 7.2 second margin over Petty.
TENNIS—BRIAN GOTTFRIED and RAUL RAMIREZ defeated Phil Dent and Alan Stone 6-1, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 to win the $100,000 U.S. professional doubles championship at Woodlands, Texas.
Virginia Wade of England, down match point, won the last five games of the second set and went on to defeat Betty Stove of the Netherlands 5-7, 7-5, 7-5 for the $14,000 winner's check in the National Women's Indoor Championship at Atlanta.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As commissioner of World Team Tennis, EARL (Butch) BUCHHOLZ, 36, a former Davis Cup player and coach of WTT's Hawaii Leis. Buchholz replaces Larry King.
NAMED: BILL SHARMAN, who was replaced last month as head coach by Jerry West, General Manager of the Los Angeles Lakers. Sharman succeeds Pete Newell.
RETIRED: Detroit Red Wings Forward MICKEY REDMOND, 28, who twice had 50-goal seasons in the NHL. Redmond had a back operation two years ago, played briefly last season but quit when he experienced numbness in his right leg.
SIGNED: By the Los Angeles Lakers, Guard Don Chaney, 30, to a three-year, no-cut contract. A defensive specialist, the 6'5" Chaney played with the Boston Celtics for seven years and with the Spirits of St. Louis last season. He became a free agent with the merger of the ABA and NBA.