Betsy Rawls, two strokes down going into the final round, shot a 68 to win the Mickey Wright Invitational at Fallbrook, Calif. It was her first victory since 1965 and earned $2,025. Kathy Whitworth finished second, four strokes back.
HARNESS RACING—K. G. ADIOS ($4), with Jim Tall-man driving, paced to a four-length victory over Bobby Ed to win the $36,000 New York Sires Stake at Yonkers Raceway.
HORSE RACING—MR. RIGHT ($22.60) upset heavily favored Damascus and won the mile-and-a-quarter $106,800 Woodward Stakes at Belmont Park by a nose (page 30).
MOTOR SPORTS—Averaging 94.103 mph, RICHARD PETTY won the Wilkes 400 stock-car race, in North Wilkesboro, N.C. The victory, his 15th of the season, brought him $5,975 and made his total for the year $69,377.
A Ford GT40, driven by Pedro Rodriguez and Lucien Bianchi, finished ahead of the favored Porsches to win the Le Mans 24-hour race in Le Mans, France (page 68).
SOCCER—ATLANTA, which had played two 0-0 ties with San Diego, one in the championship series, finally broke through and scored three times to win the North American Soccer League Championship in Atlanta. The teams went 22 minutes without a goal until Brian Hughes kicked one from eight yards out. Delroy Scott added a 15-yarder, and Rookie of the Year Kaizer Motaung dribbled through two defenders for the final score.
TENNIS—STAN SMITH defeated Jim McManus in straight sets 10-8, 6-1, 6-1 to win the Pacific Coast International Tennis championship, in Berkeley, Calif. Later he teamed with his Davis Cup doubles partner Bob Lutz to take the doubles 10-8, 11-9 from McManus and Jim Osborne.
TRACK & FIELD—RALPH BOSTON, 29 years old and recently recovered from a bursitis attack in his right knee, long-jumped a world record 27'5�" at an Olympic tune-up meet in Flagstaff, Ariz. Unfortunately the jump was made with a 12-mph carrying wind, which will prevent its acceptance by the IAAF. Boston and Igor Ter-Ovanesyan of Russia share the world mark of 27'4�".
Margaret Bailes of the U.S. women's Olympic squad bettered the record for the 100-meter dash in the meet, running the distance in 10.8, three-tenths of a second faster than the world record held by Ewa Klobukowska and Irene Kirszenstein, but the wind factor will prevent its acceptance also.
MILEPOSTS—SIGNED: CLEM DANIELS, former Oakland Raider running back and the only AFL rusher to gain 5,000 yards, by the San Francisco 49ers.