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BASEBALL—TAIWAN scored nine times in the ninth inning to beat Gary, Ind. 12-3 in the Little League World Series championship game in Williamsport, Pa. Winning Pitcher Hsu-Chin-mu struck out a record 22 batters. Losing Pitcher Lloyd McClendon ended up with five home runs and five walks in his 10 trips to the plate during the series.
BOWLING—ED LUTHER of Racine, Wis. totaled 5,963 pins in 28 games for a 213 average to win the men's all-events gold medal in the FIQ world amateur bowling championship in Milwaukee, while ASHIE GONZALEZ of San Juan, Puerto Rico took the women's title with a 188 average. The U.S. totaled five gold, two silver and one bronze medal in the quadrennial event.
BOXING—Mexico's two world champions, JOSE NAPOLES (welterweight) and RUBEN OLIVARES (bantamweight), won nontitle bouts in Los Angeles. Napoles knocked out Jean Josselin of France in the fifth round, while Olivares survived a third-round knockdown to KO Valentin Galeano of Paraguay in the ninth.
FOOTBALL—Undefeated CINCINNATI gained its fourth straight NFL exhibition victory, edging St. Louis 22-21 in the last two minutes on Virgil Carter's 11-yard TD pass to Eric Crabtree and Horst Muhlmann's extra-point kick. Muhlmann scored the rest of the Bengals' points with five field goals. MINNESOTA beat Pittsburgh 26-21 as Fred Cox booted four field goals, and DALLAS defeated Houston 28-20; it was the fourth victory for each team. Oiler rookie Lynn Dickey ( Kansas State) completed 14 passes for 295 yards and two touchdowns, but Cornell Green's 40-yard return of an intercepted Dickey pass for a touchdown clinched the game for the Cowboys. In the first pro game ever played in Notre Dame Stadium, 43,568 (three-fourths capacity) watched CHICAGO hand Cleveland its fourth loss, 20-19. Bear Fullback Jim Grabowski, released recently by the Packers because of "slow recovery from knee surgery," gained 81 yards on 10 carries and scored on a 47-yard run. The New York Giants also lost for the fourth time, bowing to PHILADELPHIA 26-14 as Lee Bouggess scored two touchdowns, one on a 52-yard run. MIAMI won its first game, beating Detroit 28-24 when Bob Griese tossed a 13-yard touchdown pass to Paul Warfield with 80 seconds to go. The other three Dolphin touchdowns were scored by Jim Kiick on short runs. ATLANTA defeated Buffalo 35-24, BALTIMORE beat Washington 20-14 and OAKLAND edged Green Bay 17-13 as Daryle Lamonica, playing his first game of the season, threw a 58-yard TD pass. Dennis Partee's five field goals and John Hadl's 17 pass completions for 226 yards and one touchdown boosted SAN DIEGO to a 22-7 victory over winless New Orleans. Denver, also without a victory, lost to undefeated SAN FRANCISCO 33-17 as Bruce Gossett booted three field goals and rookie Joe Reed ( Mississippi State) threw a 48-yard touchdown pass. Ex-Packer Travis Williams returned the opening kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown and LOS ANGELES went on to defeat New England 31-21.
HARNESS RACING—France's UNE DE MAI ($3.40), ridden by Jean-Rene Gougeon, swept the international series at New York's Roosevelt Raceway by taking the $30,000 Roquepine Trot by a neck over Canadian mare Fresh Yankee in an event-record time of 2:33[3/5] over the 1�-mile course. The 7-year-old bay mare, who also nipped Fresh Yankee in Roosevelt's $125,000 International a week earlier, boosted her record earnings to $1,315,855.
HORSE RACING—REST YOUR CASE ($15), Jacinto Vasquez up, won the $128,925 Hopeful at Saratoga over favored Governor Max (page 40).
SOCCER—The ATLANTA Chiefs tied the Washington Darts 1-1 to take the Southern Division title of the North American Soccer League, while the ROCHESTER Lancers won their second consecutive Northern Division title by tying Bangu of Brazil 1-1. The two runners-up, the New York Cosmos in the North and the Dallas Tornado in the South, will meet the Chiefs and the Lancers in the playoffs for the league championship.