AUTO RACING—MARK DONOHUE drove a Javelin to victory in the 200-mile Trans-Am at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut through a downpour lasting the entire two hours, 39 minutes of the race. He averaged 75.041 mph.
Britain's GRAHAM HILL won his first Formula One victory since smashing both legs in a 1969 crack-up. The 42-year-old Hill, oldest man in Grand Prix racing, drove a Brabham in the Daily Express International Trophy Race in Silverstone, England.
BASKETBALL—Home was where the victories lay in the finals of the ABA championship as Utah started with a pair and Kentucky countered with two of its own. Utah hit 50 points in the second quarter of its opening 136-117 win; Zelmo Beaty scored 40 points and had 15 rebounds in the next (138-125). Then up popped the Colonels with a 116-110 win and subsequently a 129-125 overtime victory despite the loss of the entire front line ( Dan Issel, Cincy Powell and Jim Ligon) on fouls. Louie Dampier got the decisive last four points and 33 for the game.
BOATING—AQUARIUS, a 35-foot sloop sailed by Dr. John Holiday of Long Beach, Calif., won the Newport-to-Ensenada race on corrected time.
BOXING—CARLOS MONZON of Argentina retained his world middleweight title with a third-round TKO of Italy's Nino Benvenuti in Monte Carlo. The fight was stopped by the referee—illegally, critics said—when Benvenuti's manager threw a towel into the ring.
Emile Griffith, former world middleweight champion, outpointed Ernie (Indian Red) Lopez in a close 10-rounder in Las Vegas.
GOLF—JACK NICKLAUS successfully defended his title in the $125,000 Byron Nelson Classic on the Preston Trail Club course in Dallas with a 6-under-par 274. Jerry McGee and Frank Beard finished second at 276.
Sandra Haynie of Texas won her third consecutive LPGA tournament, the Alamo Open at San Antonio, with a 13-under par 206, although a 71 on the final round broke her string of five straight sub-70 rounds. Kathy Whitworth was second, six strokes behind.
HARNESS RACING—QUICK PRIDE, driven by Stanley Dancer, finished half a length ahead of A.C.'s' Orion in the Harness Writers' Association Trot, a nonbetting race, at New York's Roosevelt Raceway.
At Liberty Bell Park in Philadelphia LAVERNE HANOVER ($7.60), driven by Ed Dunnigan, took the Clark Memorial over Rum Customer. Dunnigan also drove the winner, SETON HANOVER ($3.20), in the Bye Bye Byrd Pace at The Meadows near Pittsburgh.