MOTORCYCLING—Italy's GIACOMO AGOSTINI raced to his 10th straight victory in the 500-cc Monza Motorcycling Grand Prix. He has not lost in Grand Prix competition this year and has already clinched two world titles.
MOTOR SPORTS—The inaugural California 500 at the new Ontario Motor Speedway brought a $155,884 paycheck to JIM McELREATH, who powered his turbocharged Coyote-Ford to a two-second victory over Art Pollard (page 30).
The well-established Southern 500 stock-car race in Darlington, S.C. went to BUDDY BAKER, who averaged 128.817 mph around the 1.3-mile, high-banked oval. Bobby Isaac, also in a Dodge, finished second to increase his leading NASCAR point total to 3,039.
Don Prudhomme of Granada Hills, Calif. won his third national drag-racing championship with a 6.456-second clocking over the quarter-mile track at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Second was Jim Nicoll.
SOCCER—NORTH AMERICAN LEAGUE: The underdog ROCHESTER LANCERS stopped Washington's championship string at two, outscoring the Darts 4-3 in two playoff games. The first game, played in Rochester, was the most decisive as the Lancers won 3-0. The following week in Washington they lost 3-1 but their overall scoring advantage gave them the title.
SWIMMING—ROLAND MATTHES spearheaded an East German assault on several world records in the European championships. Matthes led his team to a new 400-medley relay standard of 3:54.4, during which he set an individual backstroke mark of 58.9. Later, he lowered the 200-meter backstroke record to 2:06.1. EAST GERMANY's girls also turned in a world record performance with a 4:00.8 clocking in the 400-meter freestyle relay. Two other standards were set by GUNNAR LARSSON of Sweden, who took the 400-meter freestyle in 4:02.6 and the 200-meter individual medley in 2:09.3.
TENNIS—Australians KEN ROSEWALL and MARGARET COURT won the men's and women's titles in the U.S. Open at Forest Hills. Rosewall defeated countryman Tony Roche, 2-6, 6-4, 7-6, 6-3. Mrs. Court's 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 victory over Rosemary Casals made her history's second winner of the Grand Slam of women's tennis (page 26).
TRACK & FIELD—East Germany's BURGLINDE POLLACK, scoring a total of 5,406 points, set a new world record in the women's pentathlon at a meet in Berlin.
WEIGHT LIFTING—Soviet Lifter YURI YABLONSKY set a world heavyweight record in a Russian meet by pressing 435.6 pounds, breaking the old mark by 5.8 pounds. His total lift, including clean-and-jerk and snatch, was 1,232 pounds.
MILEPOSTS—SIGNED: To fight in Atlanta on Oct. 26, former Heavyweight Champion MUHAMMAD ALI and the current number one contender, JERRY QUARRY.