MOTOR SPORTS—England's DAVID HOBBS averaged 112.28 mph in a Lola-Chevrolet for a victory worth $16,850 in the Formula 5000 race at Mosport, Ontario. Another Lola-Chevy, driven by Eppie Wietzes of Canada, was second and Brett Lunger, driving an Eagle-Chevrolet, was third.
A French Matra-Simca prototype, driven by Henri Pescarolo and Gerard Larrousse, outdistanced the field in the 42nd Le Mans 24-hour endurance race, covering 2,862.356 miles at an average speed of 119.266 mph. It was the third consecutive Le Mans victory for the Matra team, which now has a solid lead in the world manufacturers' championship.
SOCCER—World Cup competition got under way in West Germany as early experts still favored The Netherlands. Johan Cruyff and his Dutchmen displayed their wares in a 2-0 victory over Uruguay, the outcome never in doubt, while Scotland soundly defeated Zaire 2-0. East and West Germany advanced with wins over Australia, 2-0, and Chile, 1-0, respectively. Italy triumphed over Haiti 3-1, Poland turned back Argentina 3-2 and Yugoslavia and defending champion Brazil played to a scoreless tie.
NASL: Powering along in the Western Division, Los Angeles remained undefeated, taking a game from Rochester 3-0 and pulling far ahead of second-place Seattle, which moved up from the cellar with a 2-0 shutout of Vancouver and a devastating 5-1 win over Baltimore. Newly acquired Striker David Butler may be the key, having produced four goals in as many games. The Eastern Division was deadlocked among Miami, Baltimore and Philadelphia. The Atoms stole a tie-break win from Boston 3-2 but lost another to New York 1-0, and suffered the same score against Washington. Last year's MVP, Warren Archibald, returned to the Miami starting lineup and contributed two goals and an assist in the Toros' 5-3 romp over New York. Baltimore got dumped 4-1 by Boston, but remained in contention with a 2-0 victory over Washington. In other action, Boston overtook Toronto in the Northern Division, beating the Metros 3-0, and Dallas nipped St. Louis 3-2 in a tiebreaker to regain the Central Division lead. St. Louis topped Toronto 1-0 and Rochester beat Denver 2-0.
TENNIS—BJORN BORG of Sweden (page 70) overcame a two-set deficit against Manuel Orantes of Spain in the final of the French Open to become the youngest player ever to win the French singles title. The 2-6, 6-7, 6-0, 6-1, 6-1 victory earned him $24,000; Orantes collected $12,000. In the women's singles CHRIS EVERT reaffirmed her role as Queen of Clay, not losing a set through the entire tournament and thrashing Russia's Olga Morozova in the final 6-1, 6-2, a win good for $8,000.
TRACK & FIELD—Poland's IRENA SZEWINSKA ran the 200 meters in 22 seconds flat at an international meet in Potsdam, East Germany, improving by one-tenth of a second the world record set in 1973 by Olympic gold medalist Renate Stecher of East Germany.
Bruce Jenner of San Jose, Calif. came from behind with a decisive second-day performance to defeat Jeff Bennett in the national AAU decathlon championship at Richmond, Va. A 4:13.6 victory in the 1,500-meter run added to his meet-record 8,245 points, 332 more than defender Bennett's total.
Discus thrower RICKY BRUCH of Sweden marked his 102nd consecutive victory with a 223'7�" effort at a local meet in Helsingborg. Bruch's performance, best in the world this year, was 9�" short of the world record of 224'5" that he shares with American Jay Silvester.
MILEPOSTS—ANNOUNCED: That ABC-TV has signed a five-year contract with Churchill Downs to broadcast the Kentucky Derby, effective in 1975. CBS-TV has had exclusive television rights to the classic since 1948.
AWARDED: To BOBBY ORR, 26, the NHL Norris Memorial Trophy as the best defenseman for a record seventh straight year. Orr, who has played eight seasons, was honored along with teammates PHIL ESPOSITO, who was given the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league's MVP, and JOHN BUCYK, who won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for combining sportsmanship and playing ability. The Calder Memorial Trophy for outstanding rookie went to DENIS POTVIN of the N.Y. Islanders, and Montreal's HENRI RICHARD was named recipient of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for dedication to the sport.