Susan's Girl ($4.80) beat Summer Guest by a neck in the $109,500 Delaware Handicap in Stanton, missing the course record by one-fifth of a second. Ridden by Laffit Pincay, the 4-year-old mare covered the course in 2:00[3/5] and moved into second place among female money-winners with $822,892. Shuvee holds the record of $890,445.
MOTOR SPORTS—DICK BROOKS' first major NASCAR victory—the Talladega 500 at Alabama International Motor Speedway—was marred by the death of Larry Smith (page 22). Driving a Plymouth, Brooks upset Buddy Baker and David Pearson, who finished second and third, averaging 145.451 mph for the 188-lap race.
SWIMMING—Californian LYNNE COX shattered her own English Channel record from Great Britain to France, covering the distance in 9:36. She trimmed 21 minutes off her mark, and bettered the men's record of 9:44 by New Jerseyan Richard Davis Hart.
TENNIS—Manuel Orantes kept smiling as ILIE NASTASE lived up to his "Nasty" nickname while beating the Spaniard 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 in the officially protested final of the $75,000 Western Open in Cincinnati. The protest came from Referee Jim Meakin after the Rumanian allegedly ended his second argument over a line call with a verbal "obscenity." Meakin lodged the rarely used charge of "unsportsmanlike conduct" against Nastase and the winner's $9,000 check was withheld. He responded to crowd commands of "Go home" with: "I wish you knew me off the court." The day before, EVONNE GOOLAGONG dropped Chris Evert 6-2, 7-5 for the women's title and a $5,000 purse.
TRACK & FIELD—Italy's PAOLA PIGNI set a women's world record for the mile with a 4:29.5 in Viareggio, Italy, breaking Canadian Glenda Reiser's mark of 4:34.9 set in July.
Poland's DANUTA PIECYK ran the women's 400-meter hurdles in 56.7, a world record, at the Polish championships in Warsaw. She broke Austrian Maria Sykora's mark of 57.3.
MILEPOSTS—DISCIPLINED: The UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA football team, by the Big Eight. The Sooners were placed on two years' probation for conference and NCAA violations and are also ineligible to appear on television during 1974 and 1975.
RECOMMENDED: That the UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHWESTERN LOUISIANA be expelled from the NCAA due to more than 100 violations in the school's highly successful basketball program; by the council of the NCAA, whose member institutions have never had to take such severe action before. Even if USL is not expelled, it cannot compete in basketball for two years, and is prohibited from playing in postseason championships or on television in any sport for four years.
DIED: WILBUR COOPER, 81, who from 1912 through 1924 won 202 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates, a club record; in Van Nuys, Calif.