MOTOR SPORTS—JODY SCHECKTER of South Africa, Patrick Depailler of France and England's James Hunt of the Lord Hesketh racing team finished 1-2-3 in the Swedish Grand Prix at Anderstorp.
Corky Keener of Flint, Mich. wheeled his Harley-Davidson to victory in the Louisville Downs National for his first career win on the Grand National motorcycle circuit. Defending U.S. champ Kenny Roberts finished 11th.
SOCCER—The Western Division's Los Angeles Aztecs remained unbeaten in seven games, defeating Miami 2-1 and Boston 2-1 in a tie breaker. Doug McMillan's goal in the Boston game put him in the lead for the league's scoring title with five goals and five assists. Seattle handed Toronto its first loss of the season 2-1, but the Metros rebounded with a 1-0 victory over Washington, retaining first place in the North. In the upset department, New York grabbed its first win of the season, 2-1 over Boston, and Rochester topped defending champion Philadelphia 1-0. Miami's 1-0 tie breaker over Rochester moved the Toros into second place in the East behind the Atoms. In the Central Division, Dallas remains on top, but Denver's 3-2 win over St. Louis put the Dynamos back in the race.
SWIMMING—SHOICHI NAKAJIMA of Tokyo became the first man to swim the Strait of Malacca from the Indonesian island of Rupat to Port Dickson, Malaya. The 28-year-old coach and marathon swimmer covered the 18 miles in 21 hours 50 minutes.
TENNIS—While the French Open held the spotlight, most of the name players were thrashing around with the WTT. Rosie Casals won her 20th singles set in 22 starts, defeating Florida's Bettyann Grubb 6-4 but the Detroit Loves remained a game behind Cleveland in the Central Section. Billie Jean King's Philadelphia Freedoms lost their status as the only unbeaten team, dropping four straight, but they continued to be the league's major draw, attracting 10,658 at Bloomington, and were still comfortably atop the Atlantic standings. Denver's eight straight wins moved the Racquets into second place in the Pacific Section behind Los Angeles, while Minnesota remained atop the Gulf Plains Section.
Instead of playing in Paris, where he was banned, JIMMY CONNORS warmed up for Wimbledon with a win in the Northern lawn tennis championships at Manchester, downing England's Mike Collins 13-11, 6-2.
TRACK & FIELD—Tennessee unseated defending champion UCLA for the NCAA outdoor title in Austin, Texas (page 18).
Rick Wohlhuter broke his own 880-yard world record by half a second, clocking 1:44.1 at the Hayward Field Restoration meet in Eugene, Ore. American records also fell, as STEVE PREFONTAINE ran the three-mile in 12:51.4, with FRANK SHORTER finishing in 12:52. The old mark of 12:53 was set by Gerry Lindgren in 1966.
WEIGHT LIFTING—VASSILY ALEXEEV of the Soviet Union set two world records (413 pounds in the snatch and 931 in aggregate) on his way to winning the European championship in the super-heavyweight class in Verona, Italy.
MILEPOSTS—ANNOUNCED: By Kansas City Chief Linebacker WILLIE LANIER, his retirement following the 1974 season. Lanier, selected as an All-Pro four times in his seven-year career, will join Philip Morris Inc.