BICYCLING—SUA NOVARRA, of Flint, Mich., upset defending titlist and current world champion Sheila Young in the women's sprint final at the National Track Championships in Northbrook, Ill. RALPH THERRIO, of Torrance, Calif., scored a double in men's competition, winning the 4,000-meter pursuit and the 10-mile race in 20:17.87.
BOATING—LYNN WILLIAMS piloted his 61-foot sloop Dora IV to first place in the 330-mile Chicago-to- Mackinac Island race. Dora IV's elapsed time of 41� hours was corrected to 37:48.
Billy Martin, of Clark, N.J., drove Bounty Hunter to victory in the Cedar Point Grand National Offshore Powerboat Race on Lake Erie (page 20).
BOXING—JOSE NAPOLES, of Mexico, retained his world welterweight crown with a ninth-round TKO over Hedgemon Lewis, in Mexico City (page 18).
PRO FOOTBALL—NFL: Rookies, free agents, sparse crowds and picket lines marked the opening of the NFL preseason schedule, attendance averaging about one-third of capacity at most games. Los Angeles beat Cleveland 24-21 on a field goal by WFL reject Bob Thomas. New England defeated the Redskins 21-16 in front of 16,403 Washington fans, and Green Bay, playing before 30,119 in Buffalo, won 16-13. The Jets whipped Denver 41-19, Oakland beat Dallas 27-7, and Pittsburgh defeated New Orleans 26-7. Miami, fielding a poor facsimile of its Super Bowl team, lost to Cincinnati 19-13, Houston took the Giants 16-7, Atlanta defeated Philadelphia 20-7, St. Louis nipped Chicago 10-7 and San Diego beat San Francisco 20-6.
WFL: Even without a strike, attendance was down as Chicago and Birmingham remained the only undefeated teams. The Fire braised the Hawaiians 53-29, and the Americans derailed the Detroit Wheels 21-18. Houston put out the Florida Blazers 7-6, and the Philadelphia Bell took its toll on Portland 25-7, while the New York Stars dazzled Jacksonville 24-16, and Memphis eclipsed the Southern California Sun 25-15.
GOLF—VICTOR REGALADO scored a win worth $40,000 in the $200,000 Pleasant Valley Classic in Sutton, Mass. Regalado carded a two-under-par 69 for a 278 total, one stroke less than Tom Weiskopf.
Sandra Haynie won the George Washington Classic and $5,700 at Hidden Springs Country Club in Horsham, Pa., with a 54-hole total of 213.
The U.S., led by Anne Sander and Jane Booth, defeated Great Britain 13-5 in the biennial Curtis Cup women's amateur matches at the San Francisco Golf Club for its eighth straight victory.
HARNESS RACING—ARMBRO NESBIT ($4.20), driven by Walter Paisley, won the $50,000 second leg of the U.S. Pacing Championship at Sportsman's Park in Chicago. He covered the mile in 1:57 with Otaro Hanover and Sir Dalrae less than a length behind.