BOATING—In the most protracted and controversial defense of the America's Cup, INTREPID kept the trophy on U.S. shores by defeating Australia's game Gretel II four races to one in the finals off Newport, R.I. (page 12).
BOXING—Scotland's KEN BUCHANAN won a narrow split decision to upset heavily favored champion Ismael Laguna of Panama in a 15-round lightweight title bout in San Juan. The division's first British champion since 1917 withstood an early cut to his left eye for a strong finish.
After some rough early going in a junior lightweight title fight in Tokyo, champion YOSHIAKI NUMATA of Japan scored a fifth-round knockout over Raul Rojas of the United States.
FENCING—The SOVIET UNION and HUNGARY won the saber and �p�e team titles in the world championships in Ankara, Turkey. The Soviet team defeated Hungary 9-3 in the finals, but the Hungarians won narrowly over Poland in �p�e.
GOLF—The UNITED STATES won the Eisenhower Cup world amateur championship by 12 strokes in Madrid, with New Zealand second. Dale Hayes of South Africa was individual medalist with a 72-hole score of 283. The two top Americans were U.S. Amateur champ Lanny Wadkins and Marvin (Vinny) Giles.
Mason Rudolph won $12,000 and his first tour victory since 1966 when he shot a six-under-par 64 on the final day to capture the $60,000 Green Island Open in Columbus, Ga.
Gene Andrews of Whittier, Calif. defeated Jim Ferrie of Indian Wells, Calif. one-up in the U.S. Senior Amateur in South San Francisco.
In Dalmahoy, Scotland, U.S. Open champion TONY JACKLIN shot a 21-under-par 267 to win the Wills Open over Peter Townsend at 273 and favorite Bill Casper at 276.
FOOTBALL—American Conference: The NEW YORK JETS rebounded from a mistake-ridden 31-21 Monday night loss to Cleveland by converting three interceptions and a poor punt into four touchdowns and a 31-21 Sunday victory over Boston. It was the Jets' eighth straight win over the Patriots. Quarterback Bob Griese capped two long drives with scoring passes of three and five yards as MIAMI pulled a minor upset, 20-10 over Houston. The Buffalo Bills' occasionally resolute defense against LOS ANGELES only gave the Rams' new kicker, Dave Ray, the chance to try—and make—four field goals in a 19-0 Rams victory. Two other kicking specialists were less fortunate. OAKLAND'S George Blanda was wide on a 25-yard attempt with nine seconds remaining, and the Raiders' were left with a 27-27 tie against SAN DIEGO. Charger Quarterback John Hadl fired two fourth-quarter scoring passes to forge the deadlock. Gene Mingo of Pittsburgh also blew a key field goal attempt, a 27-yarder in the last two minutes, that preserved a 16-13 DENVER win. The Steelers had earlier let a 13-7 fourth-quarter lead slip away when Quarterback Terry Bradshaw was dumped for a safety and the Broncos followed with a 69-yard scoring march.
National Conference: DETROIT's bid for a second straight shutout lasted until the final 26 seconds, when Cincinnati's Horst Muhlmann kicked a 35-yard field goal, so the Lions had to make do with a 38-3 victory, Fred Cox kicked four three-pointers in MINNESOTA's 26-0 romp past New Orleans, but the real offensive star was a Viking defense that twice scored touchdowns on blocked punts. GREEN BAY blew a 20-3 halftime lead, then rallied to defeat Atlanta 27-24. The big play was sub Quarterback Don Horn's 89-yard scoring pass to Carroll Dale. ST. LOUIS broke open a close game with disappointing Washington when, on consecutive series, Defensive Back Miller Farr picked off a Sonny Jurgensen pass for 19 yards and one touchdown, and teammate Jerry Stovall brought another back to the one. Despite his errors in the 27-17 loss, Jurgensen joined Johnny Unitas and Y.A. Tittle as the only NFL quarterbacks to complete over 2,000 passes. Quarterback John Brodie continued his sharp passing with 20 completions in 31 attempts, good for three touchdowns in SAN FRANCISCO's 34-31 upset of Cleveland. Two of the throws were to Jimmy Thomas, the second a 61-yarder midway through the fourth period that brought the 49ers from behind.