HORSE RACING—SPECIAL TEAM ($12.20), ridden by Miguel Rivera, and CHRIS EVERT ($5.60), Jorge Velasquez up, took the divisions of the $113,200 Acorn Stakes, first leg of the triple crown for 3-year-old fillies, at Aqueduct.
LACROSSE—Prepping for next week's NCAA tournament preliminaries, No. 3 Johns Hopkins handed No. 1 Maryland its first defeat in 11 college games, upsetting the Terps 17-13 in Baltimore. Rich Kowalchuck starred with four goals and one assist as the Jays finished a 9-2 season. In the college division, No. 2 Hobart dropped a game to Cornell 17-12, but came back to stun Bucknell 23-5. No. 1 Towson State (Md.) sailed by Loyola of Baltimore 26-6.
MOTOR SPORTS—Three-time winner A. J. FOYT tentatively won the pole position for the 58th running of the Indianapolis 500 with a qualifying run of 191.632 mph in his Coyote-Foyt. Eleven other drivers are still eligible for the pole when qualifying resumes next week (page 30).
Brazil's EMERSON FITTIPALDI drove his McLaren to a half-length victory over Austrian Niki Lauda in the Belgian Grand Prix, while Jody Scheckter of South Africa came in third when Swiss Driver Clay Regazzoni ran out of fuel and coasted the final 100 yards of the 196.6-mile race.
SOCCER—The Toronto Metros took over the lead in the northern division of the NASL, beating the Denver Dynamos 3-2 and the Miami Toros, 2-1. Baltimore, an expansion team, defeated New York 3-2 but lost to Philadelphia 3-2. Baltimore now leads Philly by one point in the eastern division. Other action saw the new San Jose Earthquakes take a tiebreaker from the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1, and stop the Dallas Tornado 4-3, for the western division lead.
TENNIS—Australian JOHN NEWCOMBE captured the $50,000 first prize in the World Championship of Tennis at Dallas, beating Sweden's Bjorn Borg in the finals 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 (page 36).
TRACK & FIELD—IVORY CROCKETT, a 24-year-old computer salesman competing for the Philadelphia Pioneers, ran the 100-yard dash in 9.0 at the Tom Black Classic in Knoxville, Tenn., breaking the world record of 9.1 first set by Bob Hayes in 1963.
Ben Jipcho of Kenya continued to dominate the distances on the ITA tour, running the fastest pro mile this year, a 4:00.6, to beat Dave Wottle and Jim Ryun. An hour later the Atlanta Omni crowd of 8,172 saw Jipcho take the two-mile run in 8:43.8. RANDY MATSON turned in his best-ever indoor mark, 70'1�", to outdistance Brian Oldfield in the shotput.
VOLLEYBALL—UCLA defeated the University of California at Santa Barbara ( UCSB) to win its fourth NCAA championship in five years (page 28).
MILEPOSTS—ACCEPTED: As hardship applicants eligible for the upcoming NBA draft, 20 college undergraduates, including sophomore JAMES (Fly) WILLIAMS of Austin Peay, and juniors GARY BROKAW of Notre Dame, CAMPY RUSSELL of Michigan and MAURICE LUCAS of Marquette.