GOLF—GARY PLAYER won $50,000 and the World Series of Golf for the third time, in Akron, shooting a two-over-par 142 to beat Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino by two shots and Gay Brewer by three (page 102).
DeWitt Weaver lost his three-day lead on the 72nd hole and had to oust Chuck Courtney on the first hole of sudden death to win the $100,000 Southern Open in Columbus, Ga. His regulation total was 276, four over par, his earnings $20,000.
HOCKEY—RUSSIA, after losing the second game of its eight-game series with Team Canada 4-1 in Toronto, rallied for a 4-4 tie in Winnipeg and even drew cheers in Vancouver for its superior play in a 5-3 victory. The Russians led 2-1-1 as the competition moved to the Soviet Union (page 34).
HORSE RACING—SUSAN'S GIRL ($8.60), with Laffit Pincay up, beat favored Summer Guest and Chou Croute in the $112,800 Beldame Stakes for fillies and mares at Belmont Park. The one-length victory, her 13th consecutive finish in the money this year, made Susan's Girl odds-on favorite to take the 3-year-old filly championship.
Boucher, owned by Ogden Phipps and ridden by England's Lester Piggott, started as the second favorite and won the $131,482 St. Leger in Doncaster, England by half a length over Our Mirage.
Hard to beat, Junzo Kashiyama's 3-year-old ridden by Piggott, scored a length victory over Epsom Derby winner Roberto, owned by John W. Galbreath, in the $25,000 Prix Neil at Longchamp, France, a prep for the Prix de l' Arc de Triomphe.
Loud ($22.80), winless in 16 previous starts this year, was ridden by Jacinto Vasquez to a head victory over Autobiography in the $118,600 Governor Stakes at Belmont Park.
Possumjet, a chestnut filly owned by Jack Byers of Blanchard, Okla. and ridden by Pete Herrera, won the $1,035,900 All-American Quarter Horse Futurity, the world's richest race, by a head over Miss Ooo Wee at Ruidoso Downs, N. Mex.
Unbeaten WINDY'S DAUGHTER ($3), with Bill Shoemaker up, scored her seventh straight victory, by five lengths over King's Edge in the $78,765 Del Mar ( Calif.) Debutante.
MOTOR SPORTS—EMERSON FITTIPALDI, 25, of Brazil became the youngest Formula I world champion in 22 years when he drove his Lotus to victory in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. The cars of Jackie Stewart and Jacky Ickx, who both needed wins in the three remaining races to overtake Fittipaldi, failed early in the race.