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Steve Carbone of Tulsa, Okla. upset three-time titlist Don (Big Daddy) Garlits of Seffner, Fla. in the final run to win the fuel eliminator division of the National Drag championships at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Carbone was timed in 6.48 seconds for the quarter-mile run, achieving a top speed of 229 mph. He defeated Garlits by a margin of .06 of a second.
SOCCER—DALLAS upset defending champion Rochester 2-1 in the third game of the best-of-three semifinal playoff series to advance to the NASL finals against Atlanta. Bobby Moffat scored the winning goal in the second sudden-death overtime period after 148 minutes of play. In the first game, the two teams played 178 minutes—almost two complete games—with Rochester winning 2-1. It was the longest game in American pro soccer history. Dallas won the Second game 3-1. ATLANTA beat New York 1-0 in sudden-death overtime and 2-0 to sweep the other semifinal series.
SOFTBALL—In the American Softball Association slow-pitch championships, the PHAR-YARNS REDS of McAdenville, N.C. beat York (Pa.) AMF 11-2 to win the Industrial tournament in York; the FORT LAUDERDALE GATORS edged the Fotochrome Dots of Hialeah, Fla. 2-1 for the Women's National title in Satellite Beach, Fla.; and the VIRGINIA PILEDRIVERS defeated Detroit's Little Caesars 9-4 for the Men's National Open championship in Parma, Ohio.
SWIMMING—The U.S. won 27 of 29 events for 342 points in a meet with the U.S.S.R. (205 points) and Great Britain (141) in Minsk as American Swimmers broke five world records. MARK SPITZ lowered his week-old record in the 200-meter freestyle by .7 seconds with a 1:53.5 while swimming the first leg of the record-setting men's 800-meter freestyle relay (8:59.37). Other marks were set in three women's events: the 800-meter freestyle (8:59.37) by ANN SIMMONS of Long Beach, Calif., the 400-meter freestyle relay (4:00.7) and the 400-meter medley relay (4:27.33).
WRESTLING-The U.S.S.R. lost the World Greco-Roman championships for the first time since 1953 as BULGARIA edged the Soviet team 46-39.5 in Sofia, Bulgaria. The Russians, however, topped Bulgaria in gold medals 4-3. The U.S. finished 15th with only two points.
MILEPOSTS—RETIRED: GORDIE HOWE, 43, the incomparable star of the Detroit Red Wings and, some contend, the finest player in NHL history. Howe set 23 NHL records (and shared three others), including most seasons played (25), most games played (1,687), most career goals (786), most assists (1,023) and most points (1,809). He was an All-Star selection at right wing a record 21 times and led the NHL in scoring and was the league's Most Valuable Player six times apiece, also records.
SIGNED: TOM PAYNE, 7'2" center for the University of Kentucky, by the NBA's Atlanta Hawks, and 6'9" Forward CYRIL BAPTISTE of Creighton, by the Golden State Warriors. Payne, the Wildcats' first black player, left Kentucky after his sophomore year, in which he averaged 16.9 points and 10.1 rebounds. Baptiste, who averaged 19.1 points and 11.5 rebounds in two seasons, had one more year to play. Both were chosen in the NBA's special hardship draft, which allows so-called hardship cases to turn pro before their college class graduates.
DIED: DR. PHIL EDWARDS, 63, who competed for Canada in three Olympics; in Montreal. Born in British Guiana and a McGill University graduate, Edwards won five middle-distance bronze medals in the 1928, 1932 and 1936 Games.