CREW—THE UNION BOAT CLUB of Boston won the heavyweight eights title in the national championships at Orchard Beach Lagoon in New York City and qualified to represent the U.S. in the European championships in Copenhagen Aug. 18-22. The crew was stroked by Bill Tytus, who finished second to Argentina's Alberto DeMiddi in the single sculls in the Pan-Am Games.
FOOTBALL—Sparked by the passing of Craig Morton and Roger Staubach, DALLAS topped Los Angeles 45-21 in their preseason opener (page 24). Meanwhile, in Tampa, the New York Jets faced the DETROIT LIONS, losing the game 28-24 and Quarterback Joe Namath, at least until the end of November. In the first 25 minutes the fans saw Namath complete seven passes for 126 yards and a touchdown. Then he attempted to tackle 230-pound Lion Linebacker Mike Lucci, who was running with a recovered fumble. Paul Naumoff, another Lion linebacker, fell on Namath's outstretched left leg. "There was no way I was gonna let Lucci get by," Namath said before facing surgery for ligament damage in his left knee. In other games BUFFALO beat New Orleans 14-10 as Alvin Wyatt scored on a 92-yard punt return and relief Quarterback Jim Harris tossed a game-winning TD pass. The champion Baltimore Colts relied on two inexperienced quarterbacks in the first half and lost to KANSAS CITY 10-7. CINCINNATI beat Miami 27-10, with rookie Quarterback Ken Anderson throwing two TD passes in the last quarter. CHICAGO edged Green Bay 2-0 when Packer Quarterback Frank Patrick was forced out of his own end zone for a safety, and SAN DIEGO topped Washington 19-10 after trailing 10-3 at halftime. MINNESOTA beat New England 17-10, and SAN FRANCISCO defeated Cleveland 38-24.
GOLF—DEAN REFRAM of Boca Raton, Fla. shot a par 4 on the first hole of a sudden death playoff to beat Ross Randall of Alameda, Calif. in the $20,000 Little American Golf Classic in Akron. Ken Harrelson, the former baseball player competing in his first pro tournament, finished with a five-over-par 221 to tie for 22nd place (page 60). In the main event, the $150,000 American Golf Classic, 24-year-old JERRY HEARD of Visalia, Calif. led from the start to win his first tournament since joining the tour in 1968, with a five-under-par 275, three strokes ahead of Dale Douglass.
Defending Champion MARY BUDKE of Dundee, Ore., won the Women's Western Junior Championship in Pinehurst, N.C., defeating Laura Baugh of Whittier, Calif. 1-up on the last hole.
HARNESS RACING—ALBATROSS ($2.20), driven by Stanley Dancer, gained his 12th straight victory and his 13th in 14 starts this season in the $32,200 Commodore Pace at New York's Roosevelt Raceway. Dexter Hanover finished second, 2� lengths back.
Dancer guided QUICK PRIDE ($3.40) to victory later in the week, winning the $107,686 Dexter Cup at Roosevelt in 2:03 for the mile trot. Keystone Hilliard, driven by Stanley's brother Vernon, finished half a length back.
HORSE RACING—PROTANTO ($14.80) finished a head in front of Peace Corps to win the $60,500 Whitney Stakes at Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (page 68).
West Coast Scout ($42.40), ridden by Larry Adams and owned by Buffalo Bill President Ralph Wilson Jr.. took the $100,000 Monmouth Invitational Handicap by 1� lengths over Northfields in track record time of 1:48. Belmont Stakes winner Pass Catcher finished eighth, Jim French ninth.
PAN-AMERICAN GAMES—The United States men won 18 of 22 gold medals in the track and field events at Cali, Colombia, highlighted by FRANK SHORTER's double victory in the 10,000-meter run and the marathon (page 18). The only world record, however, was set by Cuban triple juniper PEDRO PEREZ DUENAS with a leap of 57'1". Earlier in the week Jamaican DONALD QUARRIE equaled world record time in the 200 meters with a 19.8 clocking. The U.S. was eliminated from basketball competition for the first time as Brazil beat Cuba 73-68 in the round robin tournament, Cuba upset the U.S. 73-69 and the U.S. edged Brazil 81-79. All three teams finished with 2-1 records, but Brazil and Cuba reached the final playoffs because of larger point spreads in games involving the three teams.
SAILING—JAMES SCHOONMAKER of Miami and TOM DUDINSKY of St. Petersburg, Fla. totaled 211 points to become the second American crew to win the European and North Africa Star Class championships at Cascais, Portugal.