BOATING—JACK KNIFE, skippered by Jack Greenberg of Miami, 47, won the Annapolis-to-Newport race. The 42-foot sloop covered the 473-nautical-mile course in a corrected time of 74 hours 11 minutes.
BOWLING—TOMMY HUDSON topped Jay Robinson 206-200 to win the Columbia-PBA national championship in Seattle. Picking up his third title of the year. Hudson earned $10,000.
BOXING—VICTOR GALINDEZ retained his WBA light-heavyweight title with a unanimous 15-round decision over Richie Kates in Rome.
Carlos Palomino of Los Angeles kept his WBC welterweight title by knocking out Britain's Dave Green in the 11th round in London.
COLLEGE BASEBALL—On the strength of a seventh-inning homer by Chris Bando, ARIZONA STATE beat South Carolina 2-1 to win the 31st College World Series in Omaha. It was the fourth NCAA title for the Sun Devils, who finished the season with a 57-12 record (page 47).
GOLF—HUBERT GREEN held off a challenge by Lou Graham in the final nine to take the U.S. Open by one stroke over the 6,873-yard Southern Hills course in Tulsa. Green shot a fourth-round 70 to finish at two-under-par 278 and win $45,000 (page 14).
Judy Rankin recovered from a double bogey on the first hole to shoot a final-round 72 and win the Mayflower Classic by two strokes over Jane Blalock in Noblesville, Ind. Rankin finished at four-under-par 212 and earned $7,500 for her 23rd tour championship.
The University of Miami won the AIAW championship by 16 strokes over the University of Tulsa on Oahu's Kuilima course. Miami's Cathy Morse took the individual title by two strokes with a 15-over-par 299.
HARNESS RACING—JADE PRINCE ($63.20), Jack Kopas at the reins, won the $286,500 Cane Pace at Yonkers Raceway, covering the mile in 1:59 and beating Nat Lobell by half a length (page 20).
Armbro Ranger ($56.40), driven by Joe O'Brien, set a world record of 2:23[3/5] in the 1-mile Ashford Castle Pace at Yonkers Raceway, lowering the previous mark, held by Rambling Willie, by [4/5] second.
HORSE RACING—HUNZA DANCER ($7.80), under Jean Cruguet, won the $114,300 Bowling Green Handicap at Belmont by a head over Improviser. The 5-year-old son of Hawaii covered the 1¼ miles of turf in 1:58[4/5]. breaking Jogging's 1974 track record by 1[1/5] seconds. It was Cruguet's fourth stakes win in eight days.
Top-weighted CRYSTAL WATER ($6.80), Laffit Pincay Jr. in the saddle, took the $350,000 Hollywood Gold Cup at Inglewood, Calif. by a neck over Cascapedia. The winning time for the 1¼ miles was 2:00.
Satan's Hills ($13.80), ridden by Mike Morgan, held off On the Sly to win the 1‚⅛-mile Hazel Park Handicap, the richest ($117,200) race ever held in Michigan.
MOTOR SPORTS—Driving a Ligier-Matra, JACQUES LAFFITE of France won the Swedish Grand Prix in Anderstorp, finishing 8.44 seconds ahead of West Germany's Jochen Mass. It was the first Grand Prix victory for the 33-year-old Laffite.
Cale Yarborough averaged 135.03 mph at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan to beat Richard Petty in the 400-mile Grand National. Yarborough collected $15,475 for the victory.
SOCCER—The largest crowd (62,394) ever to attend a soccer game in the United States jammed New Jersey's Meadowlands to see the Cosmos beat Tampa Bay 3-1 as Pelé scored all three goals. The Cosmos also beat Toronto 2-1 in overtime and held a 17-point lead over Fort Lauderdale in the Eastern Division. Los Angeles defeated Minnesota 3-2 to take the Southern Division lead from Dallas. Steve David had a goal for the Aztecs, increasing his league-leading total to 13. Vancouver won its fifth in a row, shutting out Rochester 2-0 and moving within four points of the Western Division-leading Minnesota Kicks. Portland beat Rochester 3-2 in overtime, the Lancers' first home defeat in 14 games. St. Louis wrested the Northern lead from Rochester by defeating Fort Lauderdale 1-0 in overtime and knocking off Connecticut 3-0.
TENNIS—RAUL RAMIREZ beat Mark Cox 9-7, 7-5 to win London's Queens Club tournament, the final tune-up for Wimbledon.
In Eastbourne, England, the UNITED STATES beat Australia 2-1 to win the women's Federation Cup for the sixth time in its 14-year history. The American team of Chris Evert, Billie Jean King and Rosemary Casals split $39,100 in prize money.
TRACK & FIELD—West Germany's EVA WILMS broke her world record in the women's pentathlon by 58 points, scoring 4.823 points in a meet against the USSR in Bernhausen, West Germany.
VOLLEYBALL—The first-year Denver Comets have the best record (3-0) in the IVA. Led by the hard-spiking front line of Jon Stanley, Jeff Reddan and Larry Benecke, the Comets edged San Diego 3-2 and trounced El Paso/Juarez 12-7, 12-10, 12-5. The Denver starting front line, averaging 6'4½", contributed 57 kills in the Sol victory. The Sky fell twice as Tucson dropped two in a row after winning its first three contests. One of the losses came against Santa Barbara—1-12, 9-12, 12-10, 12-3, 6-0—as Spiker Paulo Roberto DeFreitas served six consecutive successful points in overtime.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: FRANK ROBINSON, 41, as manager of the Cleveland Indians. The first black manager in the major leagues, Robinson had a 186-189 record in his almost two and one-half seasons in Cleveland. The Indians finished fourth in 1975, fourth in 1976 and were in fifth place when he was fired. Robinson was replaced by bullpen Coach JEFF TORBORG, who at 35 becomes the youngest manager in the majors.
HIRED: BOBBY KROMM, 47, as the fourth coach of the Detroit Red Wings in the last four years, replacing Larry Wilson. Kromm coached the WHA's Winnipeg Jets the past two seasons, winning the 1976 AVCO Cup and losing to Quebec in the finals this year. In other NHL coaching moves, Toronto fired Red Kelly and Vancouver rehired Orland Kurtenbach, who had resigned. In the WHA, Cincinnati hired Jacques Demers, who had coached Indianapolis the last two years.
MARRIED: Heavyweight Champion MUHAMMAD ALI, 35, and Veronica Porche, 21; in Beverly Hills, Calif. It was the third marriage for Ali, the first for Ms. Porche; they have an 11-month-old daughter, Hana.
TRADED: JAMES HARRIS, 29, Los Angeles Rams quarterback, to the San Diego Chargers, for an undisclosed number of future draft choices. His No. 12 was reassigned to Joe Namath.