ARCHERY—RICH MCKINNEY of Muncie, Ind. broke the world double-round scoring record with 2,586 points and won the national championships at Miami (Ohio) University over defender Darrell Pace. LUANN RYON of Riverside, Calif. kept the women's title.
BOXING—WILFREDO BENITEZ of Puerto Rico won the New York State version of the junior welterweight crown when he stopped Venezuela's Jose Guerrero Chavez at 1:41 of the 15th round, at Madison Square Garden (page 52).
Jose Pipino Cuevas, 19, of Mexico City successfully defended his WBA welterweight crown for the third time when he knocked out Clyde Gray of Canada at 1:26 of the second round, in Los Angeles.
PRO FOOTBALL—Playing without holdout All-Pros Jack Lambert and Mel Blount, Pittsburgh opened its preseason schedule by defeating O.J.-less Buffalo 28-24 as Quarterback Terry Bradshaw threw three touchdown passes. Earlier in the week Simpson had complained about blurred vision in his left eye, the result of a hard hit last season. Tommy Reamon returned a kickoff 92 yards for a Chicago touchdown, but Archie Manning, his arm apparently sound again, and Bobby Scott both threw touchdown passes to lift New Orleans over the Bears 20-14. Dallas converted two of Charlie Waters' blocked punts into touchdowns and ripped San Diego 34-14. Tony Dorsett made his first Cowboy appearance in the third quarter and gained 26 yards in seven carries before leaving with a twisted left knee. Francis Tarkenton threw a pair of short touchdown passes as Minnesota broke to a 16-0 first-quarter lead over Los Angeles, but the Vikings needed Nate Allen's blocked punt and his 23-yard run for a touchdown with 1:27 left to beat the Rams 22-17. Joe Namath played only the third quarter in his L.A. debut and completed three of four passes (page 8). In the Florida state championship, Miami, trying to forget its first losing season under Don Shula, edged Tampa Bay 13-7. Field-goal kickers had a banner week. Chester Marcol booted two 45-yarders in the final 1:41, his second with 0:01 to play giving Green Bay a 23-20 win over Cincinnati; Nick Mike-Mayer's 37-yard kick led Atlanta past St. Louis 3-0; and New England's John Smith kicked four three-pointers in the Patriots' 19-3 rout of the Giants. Detroit defeated Kansas City 17-0; Denver beat Baltimore 14-8; Philadelphia handed the New York Jets their second straight loss, 21-3; and Seattle stunned San Francisco 34-24.
August 14, 1977
GOLF—BILL KRATZERT shot the lowest 72-hole score this season, a 19-under-par 265, to win the Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open by three shots. Kratzert's first tour victory was worth $42,000.
Judy Rankin shot a 15-under-par 281 to win the European Women's Open at Sunningdale, England by six strokes over Nancy Lopez. Rankin's $15,000 winner's check increased her 1977 earnings to a total of $105,248.
HARNESS RACING—KAWARTHA EAGLE ($13.40), driven by Stanley Dancer, won the $109,000 Thomas P. Gaines Memorial at Vernon Downs, N.Y. in 1:55⅘ a stakes and track record for 3-year-old pacers.
HORSE RACING—STEVE CAUTHEN achieved a record 300 wins in New York State when he rode NEARLY ON TIME ($8.40) to victory in the Whitney Handicap at Saratoga Springs. Three-time Horse of the Year Forego finished last in the field of seven (page 56).
MOTOR SPORTS—Relieving heat-fatigued Donnie Allison in his Chevrolet, DARRELL WALTRIP helped Allison win the Talladega (Ala.) 500 at an average speed of 162.525 mph. Allison received credit for the race (page 12).
SOCCER—San Jose beat Hawaii 1-0 to clinch a playoff berth, then beat Dallas 4-3. The Tornado, first in the South, also beat Las Vegas 3-1. Toronto remained in first place in the North by defeating St. Louis 3-0 and Rochester 2-0. Earlier, Rochester gained the playoffs with a 3-0 win over Minnesota. The Kicks, first in the West, also lost to Ft. Lauderdale 4-2. Seattle trounced Hawaii 5-0 and beat Los Angeles 4-2 to stay in third place in the West, while Vancouver remained in second, losing to Los Angeles 2-0 and beating Portland 2-0. Tampa Bay was defeated by St. Louis 1-0, and the Cosmos were beaten by Washington 2-1.
SWIMMING—GRAHAM SMITH, 18, of Edmonton, broke Bruce Furniss' world record in the 200-meter individual medley by .77 with a 2:05.31 clocking at the Canadian swimming championships in Montreal.
Alice Browne, 14, of Mission Viejo, Calif. won the 1,500 freestyle in an American record 16:37.90 at a qualifying meet for the national AAU championships.
TENNIS—WTT: Western Division leader Phoenix split four matches, losing to Sea-Port 32-26 and Golden Gate 32-19, and beating Boston 29-27 and Golden Gate 27-21. Eastern leader Boston lost two matches in one week, falling to Los Angeles 26-23 and Phoenix, but the Lobsters beat Golden Gate 24-19 and San Diego 27-22 to retain their 1½-game lead over New York. Martina Navratilova of the Lobsters won all four of her singles matches and now has 17 consecutive victories, a league record. Martina beat Chris Evert, Rosie Casals and Kerry Reid. Golden Gaters Francoise Durr and Frew MacMillan scored their ninth straight mixed-doubles victory, beating Casals and Charles Pasarell of the L.A. Strings.
Twelfth-seeded JOHN ALEXANDER of Australia upset fourth-seeded Manuel Orantes of Spain 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 to win the $20,000 first prize in the $125,000 Volvo International at North Conway, N.H.
VOLLEYBALL—IVA Continental Division leader Denver split a six-match road trip, while Western Division leader Orange County took a 2½ match lead over Santa Barbara by winning six in a row.
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: MARCEL PRONOVOST, RON STEWART and LEO BOIVIN as coaches of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres, Los Angeles Kings and St. Louis Blues, respectively. Pronovost, 47, was an Ail-Star defense-man during his 21-year career with Detroit and Toronto and played on five Stanley Cup championship teams; he succeeds the fired Floyd Smith. Stewart, 45, was a forward for six NHL teams during his 21-year playing career and coached the New York Rangers for half a season; he succeeds Bob Pulford, who now coaches the Chicago Black Hawks. Boivin, 45, played for five NHL teams during a 19-year career and coached the Blues for half a season in 1976; he succeeds Emile Francis, who will concentrate on his duties as president and general manager of the Blues, who were recently rescued from a financial crisis when they were bought by the St. Louis-based Ralston Purina Corp.
HIRED: The fourth coach of the Buffalo Braves in their six-year history, COTTON FITZSIMMONS, 46, who formerly coached the Phoenix Suns and the Atlanta Hawks. He signed a four-year contract with the Braves, who last season had three coaches—Tates Locke, Bob MacKinnon and Joe Mullaney.
DIED—JOE BAKSI, 55, heavyweight boxing contender in the 1940s who lost bouts to future champs Ezzard Charles and Jersey Joe Walcott; of a heart attack; in Albany, N.Y.