MOTOR SPORTS—The California team of MITCH MAYES and A. C. BAKKEN was the elapsed-time winner of the $60,000 Baja International off-road race, wheeling a 400-cc. Husqvarna over the 380-mile course in 8:07:25. The race was marred by an accident; Parnelli Jones' Ford Bronco collided head-on with a motorcycle, killing the driver, Michael Vaughan.
Averaging 131.651 mph in a Dodge, RICHARD PETTY exploited the yellow caution flag to move into position and then went on to win the Dixie 500 at Atlanta. David Pearson came in second in a Mercury.
Mario Andretti won his second straight Formula 5,000 road race in his Lola at the Road America course in Elkhart Lake, Wis. Running short of fuel, Andretti finished just ahead of Brian Redman, with whom he is now tied in the standings.
SOCCER—NASL attendance leader San Jose toppled Vancouver 3-1 before another near-sellout crowd (pane 14) in a week in which more than half the league's action was intradivisional. In the East, Miami beat defending champion Philadelphia 2-1, as Steve David scored both Toro goals, virtually knocking the Atoms out of playoff consideration. Second-place Baltimore was trampled by Washington 6-0 as two Diplomats, Mori Diane and Leroy Deleon, scored two goals apiece. Another upset and another big gate highlighted Seattle's 5-1 win over West leader Los Angeles. Dallas, which has clinched a playoff berth in the Central, topped Denver 4-0. The Dynamos also dropped a game to Washington 1-0. Northern Division leader Boston split two—beating Miami 3-0 and losing a 1-0 tie-breaker to Rochester—as did Toronto, which beat Washington 2-1 and lost 2-1 to Los Angeles. New York, still in the Northern cellar, defeated Seattle 2-1.
TENNIS—STAN SMITH rallied to defeat Marty Riessen 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the final of the International Festival of Tennis in Chicago, earning $9,000 for the victory. RIESSEN then teamed with TOM GORMAN to lake the doubles crown, beating Raul Ramirez and Brian Gottfried 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.
TRACK & FIELD—At an international meet in Turin, Italy JIM BOLDING shaved .1 of a second off Ralph Mann's world record for the 440-yard hurdles, with a clocking of 48.7. Bolding was entered in the 400-meter hurdles, which he won in 48.3, but by agreement was also timed for the longer distance. At the same meet RICK WOHLHUTER took the 800 in 1:46.2, SAM COLSON won the javelin with a 242'5" effort, JOHN POWELL threw the discus 210'4", DWIGHT STONES soared 7'4?" in the high jump and FRANCIE LARRIEU won the women's 1,500 in 4:13.9.
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: To manage the Chicago Cubs for the rest of the season, JIM MARSHALL, who had been third-base coach after six years of managing in the Chicago farm system. He replaces Whitey Lockman, who became director of player development.
NAMED: CLYDE KING, 50, to manage the Atlanta Braves for the remainder of the season. King managed the San Francisco Giants in 1969-70.
PURCHASED: The ABA Utah Stars, for $3 million, by a group headed by Salt Lake City financier Jim Collier, after Star fans met his proviso that they buy 7,000 season tickets.
RESIGNED: As head tennis coach at Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, CLARENCE MABRY, who in 19 years had a 320-35-9 dual-match record as well as producing two Wimbledon champions, Karen Hantze Susman and Chuck McKinley. Mabry becomes head coach and general manager of the WTT Houston EZ Riders; Bob McKinley will assume head coaching duties for his alma mater.