SKIING—Italy's CARLO DEMETZ, ninth after the first run, whipped down the 63-gate slalom course on Australian Mt. Thredbo to beat Max Reiger of West Germany on the second dash, winning the Wills International Cup. Top American was Tyler Palmer of Kearsarge, N.H., fourth in the field of 33.
SOCCER—NORTH AMERICAN LEAGUE: Defending champion Kansas City took over the lead in the Northern Division by defeating the Rochester Lancers 6-2, with Manfred Seissler scoring four for the Spurs, bringing their total points to 89 against Rochester's 88.
Northern Division: Kansas City (7-8-6), Rochester (7-9-5), St. Louis (3-15-2). Southern Division: Washington (13-4-3), Atlanta (8-8-5), Dallas (8-9-4).
TENNIS—Australian Rod Laver appeared to be headed for his fifth straight U.S. pro title and sixth in seven years after three sets—but countryman TONY ROCHE came back strong after a 15-minute rest to make a shambles of Laver's service and score a 3-6, 6-4, 1-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory at the $50,000 U.S. professional tennis championship at Brookline, Mass. Roche picked up 11 Pepsi Grand Prix points along with his winner's check of $12,000.
TRACK & FIELD—Australia's Ron Clarke, whose 27:39.4 still stands as the world 10,000-meter mark, announced at an international meet in Oslo—where he originally set the record in 1965—that this would be his last race. He then ran a 29:00.4 for a dismal sixth while FRANK SHORTER of the Florida Track Club finished first in 28:32.6, followed by Mariano Haro of Spain, whose 28:34.2 set a Spanish record. In the 1,500-meters, Norway's ARNE KVALHEIM won in 3:40.1, with American Marty Liquori behind him by one-half second. KERRY O'BRIEN of Australia lost one shoe but still managed to finish first in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, clocking a stadium record 8:31.2.
WATER SKIING—SALLY YOUNGER, 17-year-old self-proclaimed wearer of the "world's fastest bikini," averaged more than 56 mph in the 60.20-mile Grand National race from Long Beach to Catalina Island, finishing third overall and first among women in 1:11.40. Men's winner in the field of 43 was MIKE KENNEDY, 16, Pasadena, who clocked 1:09.06, an average of 57 mph.
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: As swimming coach and director of student employment at Portland's Lewis and Clark College, ex-Olympian DON SCHOLLANDER, who dominated the sport for years, winning, among other honors, four gold medals in the 1964 Games and a gold and silver in 1968.
RETIRED: New York Jet Middle Linebacker AL ATKINSON, citing the lack of "team unity" and the Players' Association's disregard for pre-1958 players in the new NFL pension plan.
DIED: JOHNNY GOODMAN, 60, who came out of obscurity as a 19-year-old from Omaha to beat Bobby Jones in the 1929 National Golf Amateur, then went on to win the National Open in 1933 and the National Amateur in 1937; in South Gate, Calif., of a heart attack.
DIED: JOE LAPCHICK, 70, one of basketball's Original Celtics and a Hall of Fame member, whose coaching career included the New York Knicks, from 1947-1955, and 20 years at St. John's University, during which he established a 335-121 record and guided the team to a record four NIT championships; of a heart attack; in Monticello, N.Y.