BICYCLING—After 25 days and 2,937.5 miles, the Tour de France was over and JAN JANSSEN of The Netherlands was the winner by a scant 38 seconds over Belgium's Herman Van Springel. Janssen's overall time was 133 hours 49 minutes 42 seconds.
BOXING—Former lightweight champion ISMAEL LAGUNA of Panama scored an impressive victory at Madison Square Garden over Victor Melendez of Puerto Rico, who was a loser for the first time in 21 bouts.
GOLF—JULIUS BOROS, 48, became the oldest player ever to win the PGA when he came from two strokes behind after three rounds, shot a 69 on the last day and beat Arnold Palmer and Bob Charles by one stroke in San Antonio (page 12).
A two-stroke penalty for slow play cost Marilynn Smith first-place money in the $18,500 Buckeye Savings Invitational Tournament in Cincinnati, as she wound up one stroke behind CAROL MANN, who had a 54-hole total of 209.
HARNESS RACING—The winner of the Gold Division of the $25,000 Challenge Cup Trot at Roosevelt was GRANDPA JIM ($54.20), who built up a four-length lead over heavily favored Roqu�pine and held on to come home first by a neck.
A track record of 1:58.8 for the mile was set at Vernon Downs by NEVELE PRIDE ($2.20), who finished four lengths ahead of Keystone Spartan in the $25,000 Founder's Gold Cup Trot.
HORSE RACING—DAMASCUS ($4.80) evened his record against Dr. Fager by winning for the second time in four meetings between the two, this time taking the $109,400 Brooklyn Handicap at Aqueduct by two and a half lengths (page 46).
The $100,000 Sorority Stakes turned out to be a 10-length romp for BIG ADVANCE ($5.20), who easily outdistanced Alert Princess at Monmouth Park.
MOTOR SPORTS—Swiss Driver JO SIFFERT was a victor for the first time in his eight years on the Grand Prix circuit as he won the British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch, England. Siffert, driving a Lotus-Ford, covered the 212-mile course at an average speed of 104.83 mph. Second and third, respectively, were Chris Amon of New Zealand and Jacky Ickx of Belgium, both of whom drove Ferraris.
SOCCER—NASL: According to the old baseball gag, the line goes, "Washington—first in war, first in peace, last in the American League." When it comes to soccer, though, WASHINGTON is now first in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. The Whips got there by scoring four times in 18 minutes to beat Chicago 4-1 and then stopping New York 3-2 on Joseph Gyau's goal with 2:15 left to play. One point behind the Whips was ATLANTA, which muffled its opponents with a superb defense. The Chiefs defeated Kansas City 3-1 and held Cleveland to a scoreless tie, allowing a total of just 12 shots on goal in the two games. Tied for third were BALTIMORE, which won twice, and NEW YORK, which had a win and two losses. BOSTON beat Houston 1-0. TORONTO was the only winner in the Lakes Division, knocking off Vancouver 4-3. First-place CHICAGO lost twice and had its lead trimmed to 11 points over CLEVELAND, which had a loss and two ties. DETROIT dropped both its games. In the Gulf Division of the Western Conference, KANSAS CITY lost once. HOUSTON split two games and advanced to second place, 18 points behind the Spurs. ST. LOUIS played one tie, but DALLAS finally won its first game of the season as Branco Kubala scored twice in a 2-1 upset of Los Angeles. SAN DIEGO lost once and had its Pacific Division margin cut to 24 points over OAKLAND, which beat Detroit 3-2 on three goals by Selimir Milosevic. LOS ANGELES had one victory in three games and VANCOUVER a win and a loss.