AUTO RACING—CLAY REGAZZONI of Switzerland, averaging 138.80 mph in his Saudia Williams, won the British Grand Prix in Silverstone, England, finishing 24.28 seconds ahead of Rene Arnoux of France in a Renault Turbo RS12.
Averaging 92.227 mph in a Chevrolet Monte Carlo, DARRELL WALTRIP won the Nashville 420 Grand National stock-car race, finishing one lap ahead of Cale Yarborough, also in a Monte Carlo.
BOATING—RECLUTA, a 48-foot sloop, skippered by Walter Hanson, was the winner on corrected time of 32:36:33 of the biennial Marblehead, Mass.-to-Halifax yacht race. Fifteen yachts finished under the record of 49:45:00 set in 1947 by Ticonderoga.
Robby Haines of San Diego won the World Soling championship at Visby, Sweden, with 38.7 points.
Bill Muncey drove Atlas Van Lines to his fifth straight victory on the 1979 Unlimited Hydroplane Circuit, at El Dorado, Kans., averaging 117.994 mph.
BOWLING—HENRY GONZALEZ of Colorado Springs defeated Cliff McNealy 225-195 to win the $70,000 Southern California Open, his second PBA title.
GOLF—JERILYN BRITZ shot a final-round 69 for a 284 total to win the U.S. Women's Open at Fairfield, Conn. by two strokes over Debbie Massey (page 32).
Calvin Peete birdied six of his first 12 holes on the final round for a seven-under-par 65 to win the $200,000 Milwaukee Open, his first tour victory.
HORSE RACING—Unbeaten TABLE HANDS ($4), Enrique Munoz up, won the $103,225 Hollywood Lassie Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Hollywood Park, covering the six furlongs in 1:10[2/5] and finishing 4½ lengths in front of Open Gate.
Carrying top weight of 125 pounds, STAR DE NASKRA ($5.60), under Jeff Fell, won the $164,750 Cornhusker Handicap for the richest purse in Ak-Sar-Ben history. Before a record crowd of 31,434, the 4-year-old colt covered the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:48⅖ crossing the finish line 8½ lengths in front of Prince Majestic.
PAN-AMERICAN GAMES—The U.S. won an unprecedented 264 medals—127 gold, 92 silver and 45 bronze—in San Juan. Cuba finished second with 146 (page 18).
ROWING—At the national championships on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass., GREGG STONE won the elite singles title, BILL BELDEN the elite lightweight singles. RICHARD CASHIN and DAVE FELLOWS were first in the elite pair without cox. The Penn Elite Club won the elite eight title, finishing a full boat length ahead of Harvard.
SOCCER—NASL: The week belonged to Oscar Fabbiani. On Wednesday, the Tampa Bay forward scored a club-record five goals to give the Rowdies a 6-2 win over the California Surf. That performance brought his point total to 45, just one shy of the league's leading scorer, Giorgio Chinaglia. And then on Saturday, Fabbiani pulled within one point of Chinaglia when he delivered the winning goal at 96:01 in overtime in a 1-0 trimming of Edmonton. After the Cosmos' Sunday-night loss to Vancouver, it was Chinaglia 50, Fabbiani 47. The Rowdies remained on top of the American Conference East with 145 points. The Central Division leader, Houston, won its 12th-straight home game and was the only team to be undefeated at home. The Cosmos, who had been 15-0 at home, were defeated at Giants Stadium by Seattle 2-1 in a shootout. The Cosmos held first place in the National Conference East, while Minnesota, the first-place team in the Central Division, beat Chicago 5-4 in the first shootout victory in the club's four-year history. Branko Segota, whom the Cosmos had acquired in a special draft and traded to Rochester, scored two goals to enable the Lancers to upset Fort Lauderdale, 2-1. Washington defeated Seattle 3-1 to pull to within 13 points of the Cosmos.
ASL: Columbus strengthened its hold on first place in the Eastern Division with two goals from Ron Wigg in a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Americans and a 2-0 defeat of the New York Apollo. The Apollo won its first game in seven outings, 1-0 over Cleveland. California, which beat Indianapolis 4-0, remained the Western leader, 50 points ahead of Sacramento.
TENNIS—EDDIE DIBBS beat Harold Solomon 7-6, 6-1 to win the $300,000 Forest Hills Invitational and collect the $100,000 first prize.
Brian Teacher won the $100,000 Hall of Fame championship at Newport, defeating Stan Smith 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.
VOLLEYBALL—IVA: Denver won three straight, including a 6-1 tie-breaker over Santa Barbara, to move 4½ games in front in the Continental Division. Second-place Tucson lost a 6-1 tie-breaker to Salt Lake City in the Salt Palace, in front of the second largest crowd in IVA history, 6,117. Santa Barbara, which handed San Jose its 10th straight loss, led the Western Division by 4½ games. The defending-champion Spikers had four of its players named to the starting lineup for next week's All-Star Game; Salt Lake City will send three.
WEIGHT LIFTING—At the fifth Spartakian games in Sofia, ANTON KODJABASHEV of Bulgaria, competing in the 124.4-pound class, set three world records: 270 pounds in the snatch; a 588-pound total lift; and, in a separate attempt, 337 pounds in the clean and jerk. Kodjabashev now holds all world records in his division.
MILEPOSTS—FOUND GUILTY: In U.S. District Court in Boston, HOWARD WINTER, JAMES MARTORANO, ELLIOT PAUL PRICE, MELVIN GOLDENBERG, JAMES and CHARLES DEMETRI and SIDNEY TILDSLEY; on charges of racketeering and bribery in connection with a horserace-fixing scheme organized by Anthony Ciulla (SI, Nov. 6, 1978). Jockey NORMAN MERCIER, suspended since February pending the outcome of the trial, was acquitted and reinstated by the Massachusetts Racing Commission.
INDICTED: By a federal grand jury in Williamsport, Pa., 21 individuals on 27 counts of horserace fixing at Pocono Downs.
RETIRED: Goalie KEN DRYDEN, 31, four-time winner of the Vezina Trophy, after eight seasons and five Stanley Cups with the Montreal Canadiens.
SIGNED: Free-agent Guard KEVIN PORTER, who set an NBA record for assists (1,099) last year when he played for the Detroit Pistons, by the Washington Bullets to a five-year contract worth a reported $1 million.
DIED: SAM TAUB, 92, a pioneer boxing broadcaster and writer; in New York. Taub made his first radio broadcast from Madison Square Garden in 1922 and in 1938 was at the microphone in Ridgewood Grove in New York for the first U.S. televised boxing match. He said he had seen 11,000 bouts and broadcast 7,500.