BICYCLING—Belgian EDDY MERCKX collected $40,816 for his fifth Tour de France championship, tying the record set by Jacques Anquetil. Merckx won in a cumulative time of 116:16:58 for the 21-day classic.
BOATING—Averaging 72 mph in his 36-foot Cigarette Slap Shot, ART NORRIS won the 180-mile Hennessy Grand Prix in Atlantic City, N.J. It was his fifth offshore victory in seven starts this year, and assured him the 1974 national championship.
BOXING—Scoring his 10th straight victory, RON LYLE decisioned Jimmy Ellis, who once held the WBA version of the world heavyweight championship, in a 12-round bout, in Denver. On the same card, heavyweight DUANE BOBICK extended his record to 23-0 by stopping Donny Nelson in the first round.
Betulio Gonzales, of Venezuela, retained his WBC flyweight title with a 10th-round TKO of Italy's Franco Udella, in Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy.
DIVING—PHIL BOGGS won the men's three-meter springboard title at the Los Angeles Invitational Championships, with 636.90 points. Olympic veteran CYNTHIA POTTER came out of retirement to take the women's three-meter with 460.25 points.
PRO FOOTBALL—WFL play moved into its third week with four teams still undefeated, Florida beating Detroit 18-14, Birmingham stopping New York 32-29, Chicago winning 25-22 over Jacksonville and Memphis dumping Portland 16-8. Houston picked up its first win, 11-0, against Philadelphia, and Southern California evened its record by edging the Hawaiians 38-31.
GOLF—RICHIE KARL, a part-time tour member and assistant pro at the host En-Joie Golf Club in Endicott, N.Y., took the $30,000 top prize in the $150,000 B.C. Open, more than doubling his career earnings. Tied with Bruce Crampton at 273 at the end of regulation play, Karl won with a birdie on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.
Sandra Haynie won the $40,000 U.S. Women's Open, and $6,073, carding a 72-hole total of 295, seven over par and one stroke up on Beth Stone and Carol Mann, at LaGrange Country Club in suburban Chicago (page 18).
HARNESS RACING—DOSSON ($20.40), an Italian trotter driven by Giancarlo Baldi, scored an upset in the $50,000 Challenge Cup at Roosevelt Raceway, finishing three lengths ahead of Delmonica Hanover in a swift 2:33[4/5] for 1� miles.
HORSE RACING—CHRIS EVERT ($3.40), Jorge Velasquez up, posted a 50-length victory over Miss Musket in the 1�-mile $350,000 winner-take-all match race between the two 3-year-old fillies, at Hollywood Park. The winner's time was 2:02 (page 14).