BASEBALL—The OAKLAND A's took a 2-0 lead in the World Series against Cincinnati with three consecutive home games coming up (page 26).
PRO BASKETBALL—ABA: The question this year seems to be: Who can stop Carolina? The Cougars, with eight men scoring in double figures, whipped Virginia in the opener 123-115. A day later, defending champion Indiana became their victim 106-88, and then the Cougars smashed New York 126-78. The Nets earlier had downed Kentucky 114-90. Memphis lost to Indiana and San Diego, the league's newest franchise. Utah's balanced attack scored impressive wins over Denver and Dallas for the West's lead at week's end.
NBA: Boston (3-0) was sitting atop the Atlantic Division, New York was second (2-1), and both had trounced Los Angeles (page 30). Consequently Seattle led the Lakers in the Pacific Division while Milwaukee and Baltimore moved to the top of the Midwest and Central Divisions.
BOXING—EMILE GRIFFITH earned a 12-round decision over Joe DeNucci in Boston, beating him for the second time in a month.
Great Britain's JOE BUGNER knocked out defending champion Jurgen Blin of West Germany in the eighth round of their fight in London to win the European heavyweight title for the second time.
PRO FOOTBALL—AFC: MIAMI won its fifth straight, 24-10 over San Diego, but the Dolphins may have to get along without Quarterback Bob Griese for the rest of the season. He broke a bone in his leg and dislocated his ankle when hit in the first quarter. Earl Morrall, 38, came in to throw touchdown passes to Howard Twilley and Paul Warfield and preserve Miami's two-game lead in the Eastern Division. The Jets held second place by crushing the Patriots 41-13. Emerson Boozer and John Riggins gave Joe Namath's arm a rest by combining for four touchdowns and 318 yards rushing. OAKLAND took over the lead in the West with two victories, 34-0 over Houston Monday night and 28-16 over Buffalo on Sunday when Clarence Davis scored two late touchdowns. CINCINNATI maintained its one-game lead over PITTSBURGH in the Central Division by holding Kansas City on the nine-yard line for three downs in the last few seconds and upsetting the Chiefs 23-16. The Steelers got 115 yards rushing from rookie Franco Harris and handed Houston its second loss of the week 24-7.
NFC: Craig Morton completed 22 of 30 passes for 279 yards and two touchdowns and Calvin Hill scored twice as DALLAS beat Baltimore 21-0. It was the Colts' first regular season shutout since 1965, and their four consecutive home defeats this year represent their worst streak in 12 years. WASHINGTON, the NFL's second best rushing defensive club behind the Cowboys, kept pace with its Eastern Division rivals by flattening St. Louis 33-3. Charlie Harraway bulled his way to two touchdowns and Curt Knight kicked four field goals. Suddenly LOS ANGELES' competition in the West is ATLANTA, not San Francisco. The Rams, sparked by the running of their new backfield—Bob Thomas and Willie Ellison—beat Philadelphia 34-3. The Falcons had to overcome five fumbles and a 14-0 deficit, but three Bob Berry touchdown passes made possible a 21-14 victory over New Orleans. CHICAGO ended an eight-game winless streak by blanking Cleveland 17-0. It was the Bears' first shutout since they beat Baltimore 13-0 seven years ago. MINNESOTA, trying to make its way back into contention in the Central Division, defeated Denver 23-20 when Fran Tarkenton passed to Gene Washington for a 31-yard TD with 17 seconds remaining. The NEW YORK Giants pulled the upset of the week, downing San Francisco 23-17 in their first game with the 49ers in four years.
GOLF—TOM WEISKOPF beat Lee Trevino 4 and 3 in the finals of the Piccadilly World Match Play championship in Wentworth, England to take the winner's purse of $20,225.
The UNITED STATES withstood a strong challenge from France and won the Women's World Amateur championship in Buenos Aires. The U.S. team, made up of Laura Baugh, Jane Booth and Mary Anne Budke, won by four strokes in the four-day, 72-hole competition.
HARNESS RACING—LADY LOVE ME ($13.20), driven by Bob Camper, scored an upset victory over heavily favored Geranium, who finished fourth, in the $104,540 New York Sires Stakes trot for 2-year-old fillies at Yonkers Racewav. WAYNE EDEN ($20.20), driven by Del Insko, captured the $105,179 Sires event for 2-year-old colts.