NASCAR Grand National Champion BOBBY ISAAC set a world closed-course speed record by reaching 201.104 mph in his Dodge at the ultra-fast Alabama International Motor Speedway in Talladega, Ala.
SPEED SKATING—DIANNE HOLUM of Northbrook, Ill. won the women's 1,500-meter event and ANNE HENNING of Chicago took the 500-meter sprint at season-opening meets in Deventer, The Netherlands and Inzell, Germany.
SURFING—NAT YOUNG of Australia was a narrow winner over Felipe Pomar of Peru in the first Smirnoff World Pro-Am off Oahu in Hawaii.
TENNIS—CLIFF RICHEY clinched the $25,000 top prize as winner of the inaugural Pepsi-International Lawn Tennis Association Grand Prix series by reaching the quarterfinals of the Stockholm Open. He was later eliminated by Arthur Ashe, who lost to STAN SMITH in the finals 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.
TRACK & FIELD—Oregon sophomore STEVE PREFONTAINE won the individual title and VILLANOVA the team championship at the national collegiate cross-country meet in Williamsburg, Va.
Frank Shorter and his FLORIDA TRACK CLUB captured the U.S. Track and Field Federation cross-country meet in University Park, Pa. Later in the week Shorter won the AAU title in Chicago (page 73).
MILEPOSTS—AWARDED: To Stanford University Quarterback JIM PLUNKETT, the NCAA's all-time total-offense leader, the 1970 Heisman Trophy.
HELP WANTED: At five major colleges, following the departure of the schools' head football coaches: Jerry Claiborne of Virginia Tech, Bob Odell of Pennsylvania, Vito Ragazzo of Virginia Military Institute, Fred Taylor of Texas Christian, Jim Valek of Illinois. Only Claiborne left his post with a winning record.
NAMED: As American and National League Rookies of the Year, New York Yankee Catcher THURMAN MUNSON (.302 batting average) and Montreal Expo Pitcher CARL MORTON (18 wins, 11 losses).
NAMED: FORT MARCY, Paul Mellon's 6-year-old gelding, who won his last three starts, including the Washington, D.C. International, as Horse of the Year. Mrs. Ethel D. Jacobs' PERSONALITY, second in the overall voting, received all 42 votes as top 3-year-old. Leading 2-year-old was Mrs. Stephen C. Clark Jr.'s HOIST THE FLAG.