MOTOR SPORTS—Briton BRIAN REDMAN averaged 99.02 mph in his Haas Lola T332 on his way to victory in the $58,000 Mid-Ohio Formula 5000 road race, overtaking Mario Andretti on the 24th lap and gunning past second-place finisher Brett Lunger, for his fifth straight series win.
ROWING—An impressive WISCONSIN varsity heavyweight crew scored a decisive three-length victory over the field to secure its second straight national intercollegiate championship, covering the 2,000 meters in 6:33 over a windy course on Onondaga Lake at Syracuse, N.Y. The COAST GUARD ACADEMY doubled in the four-oars, with and without coxswain, and Karen Brunke became the first woman to help win a championship in the 77-year history of the IRA regatta by coxing the PENN pair, which finished in front of Cornell.
SOCCER—The Eastern Division race was the one to watch, with both Baltimore and Miami nipping away at once-beaten Philadelphia. The Atoms scored a 2-0 win over Rochester, but Baltimore rammed the Boston Minutemen 3-2 and Miami defeated San Jose 1-0 in a tiebreaker to keep the competition keen. Washington and Vancouver also registered 1-0 tiebreak wins, over Seattle and Denver, although Vancouver could not surge against Los Angeles, losing 3-0. The undefeated Aztecs now have sole possession of the Western Division lead. Denver was stampeded by St. Louis 3-1, with Star Midfielder Pat McBride accounting for two goals. Other NASL games saw San Jose trip Rochester 2-1 and Boston frustrate Seattle 1-0.
TENNIS—CHRIS EVERT easily defeated Martina Navratilova of Czechoslovakia 6-3, 6-3 in the women's singles final of the Italian Open in Rome. The victory marked Evert's first major international title. In the men's final, BJORN BORG needed only 90 minutes to get by defending champion Ilie Nastase 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.
TRACK & FIELD—The ITA closed its season before a record 16,621 fans at Madison Square Garden, and BEN JIPCHO ran the fourth-fastest indoor mile in history and the fastest pro mile this year, a blazing 3:56.6. The distance king of the tour finished as the leading money-winner with $19,760. Earlier, former Olympian WYOMIA TYUS equaled her world record with a 6.5 in the 60-yard dash, her 15th straight win. Bob Seagren failed to clear a height in the pole vault and hinted at retirement after archrival STEVE SMITH won at 17'8". Average attendance for the 14 meets was 12,411.
Jamaican sprinter DON QUARRIE nipped favorites Ivory Crockett and Steve Williams at the tape as all three were clocked at 9.4 in the featured 100-yard dash at the Kennedy Games in Berkeley, Calif. Quarrie repeated in the 220 with a 20.7 on the slow cinder and clay track. Bettering the American mark of 56'1�" that she had set one week earlier, MAREN SEIDLER put the shot 56'7", and AL FEUERBACH took men's honors with a put of 69'11". The 440-yard relay went to the University of California over the Philadelphia Pioneers.
Russia's FAINA MELNIK gained a world record in the women's discus with a 229'4" throw at a Czechoslovakia vs. U.S.S.R. meet in Prague, beating the old mark of 227'11".
MILEPOSTS—ACQUITTED: DEL INSKO, president of the National Association of Harness Drivers, and seven other drivers, after a jury trial on charges of sports-bribery and conspiracy to fix superfecta races at New York tracks. The same jury convicted horse dealer Forrest Gerry Jr. and his betting partner Richard Perry on two counts of sports bribery conspiracy.
HIRED: To coach the still unnamed NBA New Orleans franchise, SCOTTY ROBERTSON, 44, who compiled a 165-86 record in 10 seasons as head coach at Louisiana Tech.
NAMED: As Most Valuable Player in the WHA for 1973-1974, GORDIE HOWE, 46, and as WHA Rookie of the Year, MARK HOWE, 19, both of the champion Houston Aeros. The elder Howe, who won six Hart Trophies as MVP in the NHL when he was with Detroit, finished third in regular-season scoring with 31 goals and 69 assists, while his son amassed 79 points on 38 goals and 41 assists.