PRO FOOTBALL—As the exhibition season continued, defending champion Oakland was upset by Chicago 20-13 when Randy Burks caught a 60-yard touchdown pass with 1:38 remaining. Dallas' Ed (Too Tall) Jones deprived Seattle of victory in regulation time when he blocked his third field goal, but Don Testerman scored with 13:45 left in sudden death to give the Seahawks a 23-17 victory over the Cowboys. New England's two first-round draft picks, Raymond Clayborn and Stanley Morgan, scored on punt returns of 88 and 62 yards to lead the Patriots to a 38-3 rout of Green Bay. O. J. Simpson, no longer bothered by blurred vision, played just 19 minutes but rushed for 55 yards in nine attempts and had touchdown runs of one and 15 yards to pace the Bills to a 17-10 defeat of Detroit. Ken Anderson was 14 for 17 for 177 yards in the first half of Cincinnati's 45-0 battering of Tampa Bay. Ram Quarterback Pat Haden, who took over for starter Joe Namath midway in the second quarter, was 6 for 11 for 75 yards, and led L.A. to two scores as the Rams downed Philadelphia 20-3. Richard Todd piloted the Jets to their first exhibition win, a 17-2 licking of Atlanta. Baltimore's backup quarterback, Mike Kirkland, sprinted 14 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown that gave the Colts a 14-7 win over the Houston Oilers. Rick Danmeier, who has been trying to make the Viking squad for the last three years, kicked a 30-yard field goal as time expired to lift Minnesota to a 34-33 victory over Cleveland; Jim Turner booted five field goals and the Denver defense shut out St. Louis until the fourth period as the Broncos beat the Cardinals 15-7; and Jan Stenerud's third field goal, a 29-yarder with 18 seconds left, gave Kansas City a 23-21 triumph over Pittsburgh. Tim Foley intercepted a Joe Theisman pass and recovered a Clarence Harmon fumble to set up two touchdown passes by Don Strock as Miami beat Washington 27-15; Joe Washington scored two touchdowns to lead San Diego 32-13 over San Francisco (page 20), and the Giants fell to the Saints 23-7.
GOLF—LANNY WADKINS birdied the final hole of regulation play to tie Gene Littler at 282, then made an eight-foot, par-saving putt on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff to take the PGA Championship at Pebble Beach, Calif. (page 12).
Debbie Austin, 29, of Oneida, N.Y., sank a 35-foot putt on the final hole for a round of 71 and a 279 total to win the $100,000 Long Island Charity Classic in Hauppauge, N.Y. by two strokes. It was her fourth victory this season, after nine winless years as a touring pro. Kathy Whitworth and Nancy Lopez, who has come in second in her first three pro starts, were tied at 281.
Beth Daniel, 20, won the U.S. Women's Amateur for the second time, beating Cathy Sherk three and one at the Cincinnati Country Club.
August 21, 1977
HARNESS RACING—GOVERNOR SKIPPER ($4.80), driven by John Chapman, nosed out Nat Lobell in the $120,452 Adios Stakes at The Meadows in Meadowlands, Pa. (page 48).
HORSE RACING—Calumet Farm took two $100,000 events on the same afternoon, something it has not done since its heyday 19 years ago. Its 2-year-old ALYDAR ($3.20), ridden by Eddie Maple, won the six-furlong Sapling at Monmouth Park by 2½ lengths over Noon Time Spender in 1:10[3/5]. And its 3-year-old OUR MIMS ($13.40), Jorge Velasquez up, triumphed in the 1-mile Alabama Stakes at Saratoga, beating Sensational by a neck in 2:03.
MOTOR SPORTS—ALAN JONES of Australia averaged 123.020 mph in his Shadow over the 54 laps of the Osterreichring to win the Austrian Grand Prix and his first Formula I victory. Nikki Lauda was second and now leads the world standings by 16 points.
SHOOTING—U.S. Army National Guard Pfc. MARY STIDWORTHY of Prescott, Ariz. became the first woman in 22 years and the second in history to win the NRA smallbore prone rifle championship, at Camp Perry, Ohio. She finished with 6,397 of a possible 6,400 points and defeated nearly 500 of the country's best .22-caliber target shooters, including two-time Olympic gold-medal winner Army Major LONES WIGGER Jr. of Columbus, Ga., who won his 10th smallbore position title.
SOCCER—In the first round of the playoffs, Pelé scored two goals and Steve Hunt had three assists as the Cosmos eliminated Tampa Bay 3-0. Seattle's Tommy Ord had a goal and an assist as the Sounders beat Ord's former team, Vancouver, 2-0. The Aztecs' George Best tied the Los Angeles-San Jose game at the 85-minute mark, and Ane Mihailovich scored at 92:28 to give L.A. a 2-1 win. Rochester, 1-12 on the road during the season, traveled to St. Louis and downed the Stars 1-0. In the first matches of the two-game second round, Rochester hosted Toronto and won 1-0; the Cosmos handed Fort Lauderdale an 8-3 loss at the Meadowlands; the Sounders beat the Kicks 2-1 in Minneapolis; and the Aztecs took the wind out of the Dallas Tornado 3-1 in Los Angeles. Ron Newman, whose Fort Lauderdale Strikers tied the league record (19) for most victories in a season, was named Coach of the Year.
TENNIS—WTT: The last week of regular-season play saw New York's Billie Jean King change her serve and end Martina Navratilova's winning streak at 17 with a 6-4 victory. Then King and Virginia Wade handed Navratilova and Greer Stevens their third doubles loss of the season, 7-6, but the Lobsters won the match 28-24 to secure first place in the East. Phoenix, 3-0 for the week, locked up the top spot in the West. With Chris Evert playing just one singles match—she beat Kerry Reid 6-2—the Racquets defeated San Diego 29-27. Tom Okker scored a 7-6 tie-breaker victory over Bjorn Borg to lead the second-place Golden Gaters over Cleveland 30-26. But there was solace for the Nets who qualified for the playoffs with a 30-9 victory over the Soviets.
Manuel Orantes defeated Jimmy Connors 6-1, 6-3 to take his third U.S. Open Clay Court title in Indianapolis; LAURA DUPONT beat Nancy Richey 6-4, 6-3 to win the women's championship.
TRACK & FIELD—KARIN ROSSLEY of East Germany ran the 400-meter hurdles in a women's world-record 55.63 at the European cup meet in Helsinki. The old mark of 55.74 was set by Tatyana Storosheva of the U.S.S.R. in June. At the same meet ROSEMARIE ACKERMANN of East Germany bettered her world high-jump record by one quarter of an inch, clearing 6'5½".
VOLLEYBALL—Phoenix climbed out of the IVA cellar for the first time by beating Denver and Orange County, the Continental and Western Division leaders, but the front-runners are the only clubs in the seven-team league with winning records, 18-10 and 17-12 respectively.
MILEPOSTS—REJECTED: By the NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE, a proposed expansion that would have included six World Hockey Association franchises.
DIED: BOBBY ISAAC, 43, of a heart attack brought on by heat exhaustion during an auto race at Hickory, N.C. Isaac had won 37 Grand National events during his 16-year career and was 1970 NASCAR champion.