PRO BASKETBALL—Before the largest crowd ever to watch a single professional basketball game, 39,457 in Kingdome in Seattle, the Washington Bullets beat Seattle 120-116 and tied the series 2-2. Seattle then took a 3-2 lead as Fred Brown and Dennis Johnson combined for more than half of the Sonics' points in a 98-94 victory. In Game 6 the Bullets tied the series again with a 117-82 win. The margin of 35 points set a championship series record (page 24).
GOLF—NANCY LOPEZ won her third straight tournament with an 11-under-par 277 in the Golden Lights event at New Rochelle, N.Y., defeating JoAnne earner by three strokes. Lopez set a course record of 65 for a single round, the final round at New Rochelle. Then Lopez rested, and JOANNE CARNER shot a final-round nine under par, a course record, to win the $100,000 LPGA tournament by eight strokes over Hollis Stacy in Toronto. Carner finished with a 14-under-par 278.
Five birdies and a 40-foot eagle putt during the final round gave ANDY BEAN a six-under-par 66 and 273 total and victory in the $300,000 Kemper Open in Charlotte, N.C. Bean finished five strokes-ahead of Mark Hayes and Andy North.
HORSE RACING—Carrying high weight of 130 pounds. COX'S RIDGE ($6), Eddie Maple in the saddle, won the $110,300, one-mile Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park by ¾ length over Buckfinder. The 4-year-old was timed in 1:35[3/5].
MOTOR SPORTS—MARIO ANDRETTI, driving a JPS-Lotus, won the Spanish Grand Prix in Madrid, and increased his lead in the race for the world championship to 10 points over his teammate Ronnie Peterson. Andretti averaged 93.531 mph, as Team Lotus made its second 1-2 sweep in as many weeks. Peterson was the runner-up.
ROWING—SYRACUSE won its first Varsity Cup title in 58 years at the National Intercollegiate Association Championships on Onondaga Lake in Syracuse, N.Y. Syracuse covered the 2,000-meter course in 6:39.5, three seconds ahead of Brown.
SOCCER—Poland held defending World Cup champion West Germany to a scoreless tie in the opening game of the championships in Buenos Aires. Tunisia, rated a 1,000-to-1 shot by European bookies, upset Mexico 3-1 to take the lead in Group 2 and move one point ahead of West Germany and Poland. Bernard Lacombe of France scored in the first 30 seconds of play against Italy. But Italy rallied to a 1-1 tie by halftime and Renato Zacarrelli scored the winning goal as France lost 2-1. Peru, one of the lower-ranked teams, defeated Scotland 3-1 with two goals from Teofilo Cubillas. Sweden held three-time trophy winner Brazil to a 1-1 tie. Austria, competing for the first time since 1954, beat Spain 2-1 with a winning goal from Johann Frankl, the top scorer in Europe this season.
NASL: The tide was out quite a while for the California Surf, possessors of a scoreless streak that reached 381 minutes. Dave Butler scored two goals as the Seattle Sounders beat the Surf 2-0. San Diego acquired Ade Coker from Minnesota and Coker promptly scored two goals in the Sockers' 2-1 defeat of New England. Detroit moved into first place in the American Central Conference with a 3-0 win over Philadelphia. Tulsa defeated Houston 4-2, ruining Keith Von Eron's hopes for his fourth consecutive shutout. Minnesota increased its home field record to 6-0 with a 3-2 win over Seattle in overtime. Francisco Bolota scored all the Rochester goals as the Lancers beat Chicago 3-2.
ASL: The hottest thing going for the California Sunshine is the trio of Andy Chapman, Tony Douglas and Poli Garcia. In two games they scored six of the team's eight goals. California defeated the Indy Daredevils 4-2 with two goals from Chapman and one from Douglas. Two nights later California beat the New Jersey Americans 4-0, with Garcia scoring two goals and Douglas another. After playing its first nine games on the road, Southern California went home to beat the Indy Daredevils 2-1. Jim Rolland did all the scoring for Los Angeles as the Skyhawks beat the New York Eagles 2-0.
TENNIS—WTT: After missing six matches because of bronchitis, Billie Jean King returned to the New York Apples lineup, but the Los Angeles Strings still defeated New York 31-20. The Apples came back to beat Phoenix 29-24 as King routed Kristien Shaw 6-2 in women's singles. Martina Navratilova teamed with Terry Holladay to defeat Wendy Turnbull and Helen Cawley 6-1, then topped Turnbull by the same score as Boston beat New Orleans 27-21. Virginia Wade led the Golden Gaters to two victories. First came a 30-22 win over Los Angeles that snapped a seven-match home winning streak for the Strings, Wade beating Chris Evert 6-1. Then she defeated King 7-5 as the Golden Gaters beat New York 24-23 in a super tie-breaker. Anaheim edged New Orleans 29-28 but lost Rosie Casals, who will be out indefinitely with an injured ankle.
Top-seeded JOHN McENROE of Stanford won the NCAA singles title in Athens, Ga., defeating John Sadri of North Carolina State 7-6, 7-6, 5-7, 7-6.
TRACK & FIELD—CLANCY EDWARDS broke meet records for the 100 meters (10.07) and the 200 (20.16) to lead SOUTHERN CAL to the team title at the NCAA championships in Eugene, Ore. HENRY RONO of Washington State won the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 8:12.39, breaking his own meet record set in an earlier heat by 6.24 seconds. He also set a record at 5,000 meters (13:21.79). Other meet records set: 110-meter hurdles, GREG FOSTER, UCLA, 13.22; hammer throw, SCOTT NEILSON, Washington, 237'5"; javelin, BOB ROGGY, Southern Ill., 293'; pole vault, MIKE TULLY, UCLA, 18'1¾"; triple jump, RON LIVERS, San Jose State, 56'3¼"; discus, KENTH GARDENKRANS, Brigham Young, 212'7" (page 16).
VOLLEYBALL—There were several upsets as the International Volleyball Association opened its fourth season. The two teams with the best records last year lost all their opening matches. Denver, a division winner, lost its opening matches at home, first to Orange County and then to Santa Barbara. Last season Denver won its first 11 home matches. El Paso-Juarez lost its opening matches to Tucson, Orange County and Santa Barbara. Tucson, the only team in the league with a losing record last year, has signed Bill War-drop (an All-Star from San Diego), Scott English (formerly with the NBA Phoenix Suns) and Irma Cordero (who played for the Peruvian National team for 14 years and in two Olympics) and is a favorite to win its division this year.
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: To a five-year, reported $1 million contract as coach and general manager of the New York Rangers, FRED SHERO, 52, coach of the Philadelphia Flyers for seven seasons. Shero led the Flyers to two Stanley Cup championships.
DIED: JOHN HOPE DOEG, 69, in Redding, Calif. A member of the National Tennis Hall of Fame, Doeg won the 1930 U.S. singles title at Forest Hills.