BOATING—Olympic gold medalist RODNEY PATTISSON of Britain, sailing his Superdocious, won the first four races of the six-race Flying Dutchman world championship in Naples, Italy, then took a fifth place in the next to clinch the title.
American yachts took the first three places on corrected time in the transatlantic race from Newport to Cork, Ireland. KIALOA II, a 73-foot yawl owned by John B. Kilroy of Los Angeles, took first place with a time of 12:21.16, 48 minutes better than Ondine, which crossed the finish line first. American Eagle, owned by Robert E. Turner III of Atlanta, came in third.
BOXING—No. 1 ranked middleweight contender LUIS RODRIGUEZ knocked out light-heavyweight Eddie Owens in the seventh round of a scheduled 10-rounder, in Miami, after bouncing Owens off the ropes with left-right combinations.
GOLF—At the Royal Lytham Links, perched on England's wind-battered western coast, TONY JACKLIN, 25, became the first Briton to win the British Open since Max Faulkner, 18 years ago. Jacklin maintained at least a two-stroke lead throughout the final round, finishing with a 72 for a 280 total. New Zealand's Bob Charles was second with 282, and Roberto De Vicenzo of Argentina and Australian Peter Thomson, a five-time winner of the Open, tied for third with 283. Jack Nicklaus and Dave Love Jr. shared sixth as Americans made their poorest showing in 10 years (page 12).
John Jackson Jr., 21, a senior at Arizona State University, who was five strokes behind the leader going into the last round of the National Public Links Golf championship in Erie, Pa., had four birdies, including a 45-foot birdie putt on the 14th hole, in his final-round 70, to win the title with a 292 total. There was a four-way tie for second two strokes back.
HARNESS RACING—CHARMETTE HANOVER ($55.80), driven by John Patterson Sr., the bettors' last choice among the six 3-year-old fillies in the $35,000 Hudson Trot at Yonkers, was predictably at the tail end of the pace after three-quarters of a mile, then burst into the lead and crossed the wire first, by a neck over favored Parula, to take the $19,250 winner's purse.
Earle Avery, 75, driving GUN RUNNER ($6.40), held off a stretch surge by favored Dayan in the $25,000 Yonkers Su Mac Lad Trot for 3-year-olds, to win by a nose in 2:04[1/5] and remain one of the favorites in Saturday's Yonkers Futurity, first leg of trotting's Triple Crown.
HORSE RACING—In the $81,150 Dwyer Handicap for 3-year-olds, over 1� miles at Aqueduct, Larry Adams held GLEAMING LIGHT ($11.80) on the lead all the way to win by a head over Jay Ray, the favorite, in 2:04. Braulio Baeza finished fifth in the field of five, then flew by helicopter to Monmouth ( N.J.) in time for the start of the $113,800 Amory L. Haskell Handicap but was fifth again as VERBATIM ($27.20), with Pete Anderson up, also stayed in front for the entire mile and a quarter, beating San Roque by a comfortable five lengths, in 2:02[4/5]. Only hours before, Verbatim had been stripped of a track record set in Philadelphia because of a positive drug test result.
Figonero ($13.20), carrying 14 pounds less than favored Nodouble, beat him by a length in the $162,500 Hollywood Gold Cup in 1:58[4/5], one-fifth second off the Hollywood Park track record for 1� miles held by Swaps and Round Table.
MOTOR SPORTS—In the $50,000 Canadian-American Challenge Cup in Watkins Glen, N.Y., New Zealanders swept the first three places, as BRUCE McLAREN, who had set a course lap record of 132.31 mph in the preliminaries, drove his orange McLaren-Chevrolet to victory, trailed by teammate Denis Hulme in second place, 30 yards behind, and Chris Amon, driving a new Ferrari, in third. Earlier, in the six-hour endurance championship for manufacturers, PORSCHES came in 1-2-3, while-Fords, winners in two earlier major endurance tests this year against Porsches, did poorly. Only one finished and that in fifth place.