MOTOR SPORTS—EMERSON FITTIPALDI of Brazil, driving his Lotus-Ford at an average speed of 112.06, crossed the finish line 4.1 seconds ahead of Jackie Stewart to win the British Grand Prix in Brands Hatch. Fittipaldi, who had already won the Spanish and Belgian Grand Prix, increased his point lead over Stewart in the World Driving Championship to 16.
Joe Leonard, driving a Parnelli-Offenhauser, sped to victory in the Michigan 200 at the Michigan International Speedway in Cambridge Junction. Earlier, in gaining the pole position for the fifth time in five races in this year's Championship Trail of the United States Auto Club, Bobby Un-ser recorded the fastest qualifying lap in the history of auto racing—199.778 mph.
ROWING—JIM DIETZ of the New York Athletic Club scored an impressive 10-length victory over Jon Van Blom to win the single sculls in the 99th annual national rowing championships on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. LARRY HOUGH and DICK LYON, former Olympians representing the Stanford Rowing Association, finished first in a field of five in the elite pair-without-coxswain event.
SAILING—ALAN HOLT of Bellevue, Wash., using his business partner Richard Gates as his crew, gained an Olympic berth in the Star class when he breezed to two firsts, two seconds and two thirds in week-long trials on San Francisco Bay.
TENNIS—In the National Amateur Clay Court Championships in Atlanta, ROSS WALKER of London defeated James DeLaney of Potomac, Md., 6-2, 7-6, 6-7, 6-4 for the men's singles title while JANICE METCALF of Claremont, Calif., the defending champion, downed favored Jeanne Evert, Chris's younger sister, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 for the women's crown.
TRACK & FIELD—DAVID BEDFORD of England sped to the second fastest 5,000 meters ever (13:17.2), only .6 off the world mark set six years ago by Australia's Ron Clarke. In a second race at the Amateur Athletic Association Championships in London's Crystal Palace, Bedford ran the fastest 10,000 meter time in the world this year (27:52.8).
MILEPOSTS—APPROVED: By the National Basketball Association's board of governors, the sale of the BOSTON CELTICS to Robert Schmertz, who also owns the World Hockey Association's New England Whalers. At the same time the board rejected the sale of the CHICAGO BULLS to a group headed by Marvin L. Fishman, one of the original owners of the Milwaukee Bucks, pending his acquisition of a lease for use of a Chicago arena. Arthur Wirtz, owner of the Chicago Stadium, is involved in another bid for the team.
HIRED: As head basketball coach at North Adams (Mass.) State College, LARRY SIEGFRIED, 33, former Boston Celtic guard who played on five world championship teams (1964-66, '68-69) in his nine-year career. Siegfried was a player for the Atlanta Hawks last season.
NAMED: As president of Charlie Finley's Memphis franchise in the ABA, ADOLPH RUPP, 70, the winningest collegiate basketball coach in history. In a 42-year career at Kentucky, Rupp's teams won 879 games, four NCAA titles and one NIT championship. He was forced to step down after last season when he reached the university's mandatory retirement age. At the same time Finley announced that a new name for the team, TAMS, had been selected from over 15,000 suggestions submitted by fans: "T is for Tennessee, A is for Arkansas, which is right across the river, and M is for Mississippi, which is right across the Street," he explained.
RATIFIED: By a 232-15 vote of the International Lawn Tennis Federation, the agreement that ends the war between Lamar Hunt's World Championship Tennis and the ILTF. WCT pros will be allowed to compete at the United States Open championships at Forest Hills in August.