AUTO RACING—Scotland's JACKIE STEWART drove his Tyrrell-Ford to victory in the British Grand Prix in Silverstone, England (page 14).
Two-time Grand National Champion RICHARD PETTY won three NASCAR races in five days: the Grand National at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway, a 250-lap race at the Islip (N.Y.) Speedway and the Northern 300 at the Trenton Speedway. His $9,760 prize money for the week left him only $6,682 short of becoming the first NASCAR driver to top the $1 million mark in career earnings.
BOATING—TED HOOD became the first skipper to win the biennial Marblehead-to-Halifax yacht race twice when his new 54-foot yawl Robin was declared the winner in a corrected time of 51:49.36. Hood won the 360-mile race in 1961 in his 37-foot Robin.
Windward Passage, a 73-foot ketch skippered by Robert Johnson of Hawaii's Lahaina Yacht Club, set a record for the Trans-Pacific Yacht Race, covering the 2,225-mile course from Los Angeles to Honolulu in nine days, nine hours and six minutes.
BOWLING—-JIM GODMAN, a righthander from Lorain, Ohio, won his first PBA championship in almost two years by taking the $40,000 Tucson Open.
CYCLING—EDDY MERCKX of Belgium won his third straight Tour de France, taking four of 20 individual legs en route to the overall championship.
FENCING—The world championships ended a two-week stand in Vienna, where for the first time in history a doping check was carried out among finalists—with negative results. In the men's individual events, WASSILIJ STANKOVICH of the U.S.S.R. placed first in the foil competition, his countryman GRIGORY KRISS in the �p�e and Italian MICHELE MAFFEI in the saber. The women's foil title went to MARIE CHANTAL DEMAILLE of France and the team foil title to the Russian women for the eighth time since 1960. In men's team events FRANCE won a surprise gold medal in the foil, Hungary, the defending champion, took the �p�e and the U.S.S.R., world champions since 1966, won again in the saber.
FOOTBALL—JIM PLUNKETT, the 1970 Heisman Trophy winner from Stanford University and the NFL's top draft choice, signed a multiyear contract with the New England Patriots. Quarterback Plunkett established national collegiate career records in passing (7,544 yards) and total offense (7,887). The following day Quarterback JOE KAPP quit the Patriots' training camp in Amherst, Mass. and returned to his suburban Boston home after refusing to sign an NFL standard player's contract. Kapp had previously signed a temporary agreement when he joined the team as a free agent last October.
The St. Louis Cardinals acquired Wide Receiver HOMER JONES from the Cleveland Browns for a high future-draft choice. Jones, starting his eighth NFL season, had his greatest success with the New York Giants (1964-69), for whom he caught 214 passes for 4,845 yards and 35 touchdowns.
Defensive Lineman PHIL OLSEN joined his brother Merlin, a five-time All-NFL left tackle, on the Los Angeles Rams. Phil, an All-America at Utah State in 1969, had belonged to the New England Patriots but was declared a free agent because of a flaw in his contract.