BASKETBALL—The Soviet Union won the world amateur championship, in San Juan, P.R., after defeating the U.S. 105-94. The Americans finished third behind Yugoslavia (page 22).
BOATING—Sorcery, a 61-foot sloop owned by J. D. Wood of Marina del Rey, Calif., competing with a zero handicap, swept the 3,571-mile Trans-Pacific Los Angeles-to- Tahiti yacht race, finishing in the elapsed and corrected time of 18 days, 11:14:32. The 58-foot yawl Spirit was second, with a corrected time of 20 days, 22:12:54.
BOWLING—EARL ANTHONY, of Tacoma, Wash., took his second straight PBA tournament, the $47,000 Fresno Open, by 61 pins over second-place Dave Davis. Anthony's 24-game total of 10,276 was worth $5,000, which upped his 1974 earnings to $64,725.
BOXING—RUBEN OLIVARES of Mexico stopped Japan's Zensuke Utagawa in the seventh round of their scheduled 15-round bout for the vacant WBA featherweight title in Inglewood, Calif.
PRO FOOTBALL—While the NFLPA picketed, the World Football League kicked off its inaugural 20-game season and an announced 258,624 people thronged to six openers (page 24). In each case the home team was victorious. The Memphis Southmen flattened The Detroit Wheels 34-15, the Chicago Fire scorched the Houston Texans 17-0, and the Philadelphia Bell knelled the Portland Storm 33-8. In closer games, the Florida Blazers singed the Hawaiians 8-7, the Birmingham Americans dimmed the Southern California Sun 11-7 and the Jacksonville Sharks chomped the New York Stars 14-7.
GOLF—GARY PLAYER held fast with a one-under-par final-round 70 to win his third British Open championship with a 282, four strokes ahead of runner-up Peter Oosterhuis. Jack Nicklaus was third, another stroke back (page 18).
The $100,000 Quad Cities Open, in Bettendorf, Iowa, went to DAVE STOCKTON, who charged in with a 64, seven under par, to finish at 271, as third-day co-leader Sam Snead finished fourth with a last-round 72.
A 20-foot birdie putt on the final hole gave SHARON MILLER the $40,000 Columbus (Ohio) Classic by one stroke over Joyce Kazmierski. Finishing five under par, Miller totaled 211 for 54 holes over the Riviera Country Club course.
Charlie Barenaba, 20, of Laie, Hawaii, carded a three-over-par 75 for a 72-hole total of 290 and a two-stroke win in the U.S. Amateur Public Links championship, at Brookside Golf Club, Pasadena, Calif. Frank Mazion, an airlines maintenance worker from San Francisco, was second at 292.
HARNESS RACING—The $200,000 International Trot at Roosevelt Raceway went to the U.S.'s DELMONICA HANOVER ($3.20) for the second successive year. John Chapman drove the favorite to a half-length victory over Canada's Keystone Gary, covering the 1� miles in 2:34[4/5] (page 55).