COLLEGE BASEBALL—USC defeated defending champion Arizona State 10-3 to win its 11th NCAA College World Series in Omaha.
PRO BASKETBALL—Just two days after the Washington Bullets won their first NBA title, beating the Seattle SuperSonics 105-99 in the seventh and final game of the NBA championship series (page 70), the league held its college draft in New York. Portland, picking first and seventh in the first round, chose 6'10" Minnesota center MYCHAL THOMPSON and RON BREWER, a 6'4" guard from Arkansas. Kansas City, picking second, landed North Carolina Guard PHIL FORD. Indiana selected Kentucky's RICK ROBEY, a 6'10" center forward. The New York Knicks chose 6'5" Montana Guard MIKE RICHARDSON. Boston, which also had two first-round picks, gambled on 6'9" Indiana State Forward LARRY BIRD, who is eligible for the draft but may play his final year of college ball, then chose Guard FREEMAN WILLIAMS, who led the country in scoring two years in a row at Portland State. Atlanta, picking 10th and 16th, selected Marquette's BUTCH LEE and 6'4" Forward JACK GIVENS of Kentucky.
BOXING—LARRY HOLMES took the WBC heavyweight title away from Ken Norton, winning a 15-round split decision in Las Vegas (page 20). On the same card, CARLOS ZARATE of Mexico retained his WBC bantamweight crown with a fourth-round knockout of Emilio Hernandez of Venezuela.
GOLF—NANCY LOPEZ shot a 13-under-par 275 to win the $150,000 LPGA Championship at Mason, Ohio. Lopez is the fourth golfer in history to win four LPGA tournaments in a row (page 22).
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Andy Bean made a 35-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole to beat Lee Trevino and win his second straight tournament, the $250,000 Danny Thomas-Memphis Golf Classic.
HORSE RACING—AFFIRMED, Steve Cauthen up, won the $184,300 Belmont Stakes by a head over Alydar and thus the Triple Crown (page 16).
Caesar's Wish, ridden by Danny Wright, won the $81,000 Mother Goose Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont.
MOTOR SPORTS—The team of DIDIER PIRONI and JEAN-PIERRE JAUSSAUD drove a turbocharged Renault A442B a record 3,134.5 miles to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
SOCCER—Surprising Austria advanced to the second round of World Cup competition, beating Sweden 1-0 on a penalty kick by Johann Krankl. Pre-tournament favorite Brazil struggled to a scoreless tie with Spain but also qualified for the second round. Argentina and Italy were the first to qualify, the Argentinians beating France 2-1, while Italy scored two goals in the last minute to down Hungary 3-1. Poland advanced by beating stubborn Tunisia 1-0 and Mexico 3-1. West Germany raced to a 4-0 halftime lead to defeat Mexico 6-0, then tied Tunisia 0-0. Peru held the Netherlands to a 0-0 tie but both teams qualified (page 24).
NASL: The league's two hottest teams, Portland and San Diego, each won two games to pad their winning streaks. The Timbers beat Los Angeles 1-0 on a Jimmy Conway goal and Seattle by the same score in a shootout, stretching Portland's streak to eight and tying an NASL record. San Diego won its sixth straight, 4-3 over Memphis, and earlier beat Philadelphia 3-2 as Jean Willrich scored two goals. Minnesota blanked California 1-0 as Alan Willey scored his 10th goal in the last nine games. Houston defeated Washington 1-0, with Houston's Keith Van Eron getting his league-leading sixth shutout.
ASL: The Eastern Division-leading New York Apollo snapped the California Sunshine's five-game undefeated streak with a 4-1 win. California needed a goal from Andy Chapman, with 14 minutes left, to tie the New York Eagles 1-1, and the Apollo scored three goals in the last 30 minutes to defeat New Jersey 3-2. Los Angeles, the Western Division leader, got three goals from Jim Rolland and nipped the Indy Daredevils 3-2. Southern California handed New Jersey its second loss last week, 3-1, Connecticut beat Cleveland 2-0 and Sacramento forfeited a home game to the Daredevils due to a claim of unplayable conditions.
TENNIS—BJORN BORG defeated defending champion Guillermo Vilas 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 to win the French Open at Paris for the third time.
WTT: Anaheim found out just how unpredictable life in World Team Tennis can be. Early in the week the Oranges ran into the struggling New York Apples and lost 32-15 as Billie Jean King beat Kathy Harter 6-0 and teamed with JoAnne Russell for a 6-1 win in the doubles. Prospects for a confrontation with Eastern Division-leading Boston obviously didn't appear promising. But Anaheim beat Boston 21-20 in a super tiebreaker. The Oranges also defeated Indiana 32-19. The Golden Gaters moved to within one and a half games of San Diego, beating Seattle 26-24.
TRACK & FIELD—JODI ANDERSON of Cal State Northridge set an American record of 22'7½" in the women's long jump at the AAU championships in Los Angeles. At the same meet, BRENDA MOREHEAD of Tennessee State broke the American record of 22.62 for the 200-meter dash with a very swift 22.60 clocking in a semifinal heat, but in the finals she finished second (page 66).
Running the final 400 meters in an astonishing 57 seconds, HENRY RONO set a world record of 27:22.5 for 10,000 meters in Vienna. The Washington State sophomore lowered the mark of Samson Kimobwa, his college teammate and fellow Kenyan, by eight seconds in establishing his third world record of the year.
Poland's GRAZYNA RABSZTYN broke the women's world 100-meter hurdle record in Fuerth, West Germany with a time of 12.48, 11 seconds better than the mark set in 1972 by Annelie Ehrhardt of East Germany.
VOLLEYBALL—Last year the Tucson Sky was the only team in the IVA with a losing record. But this season it is off to a fast start, winning four of its first five and its last three in a row, most recently beating El Paso/ Juarez and Seattle to retain the Continental Division lead. Seattle dropped three of four matches, but prospects for the rest of the season brightened considerably when Poland's Stan Gosciniak, the IVA's outstanding setter the last three years, joined the team.
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: LARRY COSTELLO, 46, as coach of the Chicago Bulls, replacing Ed Badger. Costello had 407 victories as coach of the Milwaukee Bucks from 1968 to '77.
DIED: BILL HESS, 55, of pneumonia, in Athens, Ohio. The football coach at Ohio University for 20 seasons, Hess had a 108-91-4 record.
DIED: PAUL LAMBERT, 43, new head basketball coach at Auburn, in a motel fire in Columbus, Ga. He came to Auburn in April, after coaching eight seasons at Southern Illinois University, where his teams had a 127-84 record.