HORSE RACING—HOLDING PATTERN ($16.80), Mike Miceli up, held off Little Current at the wire to win the $100,000 Monmouth Invitational Handicap for 3-year-olds at Monmouth Park. He covered the 1? miles in 1:49[4/5].
Laffit Pincay Jr. guided TRI JET ($7.40) to a track record 1:47 for 1? miles in the $50,000 Whitney Stakes, run through rain and mud at Saratoga. Infuriator was second by a neck.
MOTOR SPORTS—Averaging 117.37 mph in a Ferrari 312B, CLAY REGAZZONI of Switzerland won the European Grand Prix at the Nurburgring in West Germany. South Africa's Jody Scheckter, who established a new lap record of 7:11.1 for the 14.2-mile circuit, was second in an Elf-Tyrrell-Ford 007.
Richard Petty averaged 115.585 mph in his Dodge to win the rain-interrupted and shortened (480 miles instead of 500) $100,000 NASCAR Grand National inaugural at Pennsylvania's Pocono International Raceway.
SKEET SHOOTING—NOEL WINTERS, of Baltimore, won the All-Around title at the world championship held in San Antonio (page 22).
SOCCER—With five playoff berths still unclaimed, NASL action moved into its final week. Miami and Baltimore, locked in a tight battle for the Eastern Division spot, both won last week. The Toros defeated Dallas 1-0 in overtime, and Baltimore came back from a scoreless first half to top Toronto 3-2. Los Angeles continued to lead the Western Division, despite a 3-1 loss to Vancouver. Second-place San Jose split a pair of games, defeating St. Louis 2-0, then being upset 3-2 by Washington before a sellout crowd of 19,478 in San Jose. Seattle remained in the Western race after shutting out Rochester 2-0. Boston dropped Philadelphia 1-0 to strengthen its Northern Division lead over Toronto and Rochester. Toronto was 1-1 in tie breakers with New York, losing 3-2 before winning 2-1. Only Dallas is a playoff certainty with an insurmountable Central Division lead that was enhanced by its 2-0 victory over second-place St. Louis.
SWIMMING—Australia's JENNY TURRALL lowered her pending women's world record of 16:43.4 in the 1,500-meter freestyle, swimming the distance in 16:39.28 at the Los Angeles Invitational.
TRACK & FIELD—RICK WOHLHUTER set a world record in the 1,000-meter run with a 2:13.9 clocking at the Martin Luther King Games in Oslo, Norway. Ideal conditions and a blistering early pace helped Wohlhuter shave 2.1 seconds off the old mark set last year by Danie Malan of South Africa. DWIGHT STONES cleared 7'5?" to win the high jump, but failed to clear 7'7" in a bid to surpass his world record. Marty Liquori ran his fastest mile since 1971 (3:56.6), but was narrowly defeated by Norway's KNUT KVALHEIM, who won in 3:56.2 as five runners finished under four minutes. A major upset was RALPH MANN's 49.0 victory over Jim Bolding in the 400-meter hurdles while MARTHA WATSON equaled her American record of 21'7" in the long jump.
At Gateshead, England BRENDAN FOSTER delighted his hometown fans by breaking the world record in the 3,000-meter run. His 7:35.2 performance erased the previous mark of 7:37.6 set by Belgium's Emiel Puttemans in 1972.
Anders Gaerderud, of Sweden, clipped one second off his European record for the 3,000-meter steeplechase with an 8:14.2 clocking in Helsinki.