BASEBALL—National League: The Western Division race staggered down to the final day of the season, with SAN FRANCISCO beating San Diego 5-1 on Juan Marichal's five-hitter to finish one game ahead of Los Angeles, which defeated Houston 2-1. Willie Stargell of Pittsburgh, the Eastern Division winner, topped the league in home runs (48), edging Atlanta's Henry Aaron by one. St. Louis, the runner-up to the Pirates, had two players who dominated the rest of the offensive statistics: Joe Torre led in batting (.363) and RBIs (137) and Lou Brock in runs (126) and stolen bases (64). New York's Tom Seaver (20-10) had the lowest ERA (1.76) and the most strikeouts (289), breaking his year-old NL record for a righthander, while Ferguson Jenkins of Chicago won the most games (24-13). Other 20-game winners were Steve Carlton of St. Louis (20-9) and Al Downing of Los Angeles (20-9).
East: Pitt 97-65, St. L 90-72, NY 83-79, Chi 83-79, Mont 71-90, Phil 67-95
West: SF 90-72, LA 89-73, Atl 82-80, Cin 79-83, Hous 79-83, SD 61-100
American League: BALTIMORE, the Eastern Division leader, won its last 11 games to finish with 101 victories, the same number as Oakland, the Western Division winner. Chicago's Bill Melton hit three home runs in his last two games to win the home-run title (33) by one over Norm Cash of Detroit and Reggie Jackson of Oakland. Minnesota's Tony Oliva led in batting (.337), Harmon Killebrew of Minnesota in RBIs (119), Baltimore's Don Buford in runs (99) and Amos Otis of Kansas City in stolen bases (52). Vida Blue of Oakland (24-8) had the lowest ERA (1.82), while Detroit's Mickey Lolich had the most victories (25-14) and strikeouts (308). Lolich also pitched 376 innings, the most in the AL in 59 years. Other 20-game winners were Wilbur Wood (22-13) of Chicago, Andy Messersmith (20-13) of California, Joe Coleman (20-9) of Detroit, Catfish Hunter (21-11) of Oakland and Baltimore's Dave McNally (21-5), Pat Dobson (20-8), Jim Palmer (20-9) and Mike Cuellar (20-9).
East: Balt 101-57, Det 91-71, Bost 85-77, NY 82-80, Wash 63-96, Clev 60-102
West: Oak 101-60, KC 85-76, Chi 79-83, Cal 76-86, Minn 74-86, Mil 69-92
BOATING—BOB MOSBACHER of Houston won the World Soling Class title off Oyster Bay, N.Y. with a low-point total of 34 to finish .7 ahead of Chicago's Bruce Goldsmith. Four-time Olympic gold medalist Paul Elvstr�m of Denmark finished third in the 53-yacht fleet with 44 points.
FOOTBALL—American Conference: PITTSBURGH won its second game in a row, defeating San Diego 21-17 (page 26). George Nock's two touchdown runs, the last with only 1:55 to go gave NEW YORK a 14-10 upset win over Miami. It was the first victory for the Jets, who had trailed 10-0 in the first five minutes of the game. BALTIMORE easily beat New England 23-3 as Earl Morrall completed 13 of 17 passes and Jim O'Brien kicked three field goals (41, 42 and 50 yards). Ex-Oiler Charley Durkee booted a 37-yard field goal with five seconds remaining to lift New Orleans to a 13-13 tie with Houston, and KANSAS CITY won its second straight game, defeating winless Denver 16-3 on Jan Stenerud's three field goals.
National Conference: Charley Harraway's 57-yard touchdown scamper and Bill Kilmer's 50-yard TD pass to Roy Jefferson led undefeated WASHINGTON to a 20-16 upset win over Dallas. It marked the first time in 28 seasons that the Redskins won their first three games, and was only the second loss—the first was in the Super Bowl—for the Cowboys in their last 17 games. SAN FRANCISCO bombed Philadelphia 31-3 on John Brodie's three touchdown passes, while the MINNESOTA defense smothered Dennis Shaw seven times for losses of 59 yards and held Buffalo to 56 yards rushing and eight net yards passing as the V kings shut out the winless Bills 19-0. Cincinnati lost its second game in a row, 20-17 to GREEN BAY, and its starting quarterback, Virgil Carter, the AC's leading passer, when he suffered a shoulder separation early in the game. Rookie John Brockington led the Packers to their second straight win with 120 yards rushing in 19 carries. DETROIT edged Atlanta 41-38 in a wild, back-and-forth game in which the Lions' Mike Weger returned a fumble 52 yards for a TD and Ron Jessie ran a kickoff 97 yards for another The NEW YORK Giants scored three touchdowns, including rookie Rocky Thompson's 93-yard kickoff return, in the first half for a 21-3 lead and held on to defeat St. Louis 21-20. This gave the Cardinals a New York split for the week since they beat the Jets 17-10 in the Monday night game. Chicago lost its first game and LOS ANGELES Coach Tommy Prothro gained his first pro win when the Rams defeated the Bears 17-3.
HARNESS RACING—STRIKE OUT ($5.20) driven by Buddy Gilmour, won the $81,216 Roosevelt Futurity by three-quarters of a length over Berry Hanover at New York's Roosevelt Raceway.