HORSE RACING—HOLDING PATTERN ($27.40), Mike Miceli up, held on in the stretch to win the 1�-mile, $116,100 Travers Stakes in 2:05[1/5] at Saratoga. Little Current finished second and Chris Evert was third page 18).
Infuriator ($5.80), ridden by Braulio Baeza, won the $100,000 Hobson Stakes over Ecole Etage. The 4-year-old ran the 1? miles in 1:51 over a sloppy track at Philadelphia's Liberty Bell.
MOTOR SPORTS—Averaging 134 mph in a Brabham Formula I, Argentine CARLOS REUTEMANN led from the start to win the 198-mile Austrian Grand Prix at Zeltweg by 45 seconds over New Zealand's Denis Hulme in a McLaren.
ROWING—SEAN DREA of Ireland scored an upset victory in the elite singles at the national championships on Orchard Beach Lagoon in Pelham Bay Park, N.Y. Jim Dietz, the defender, was fourth.
SOAP BOX DERBY—CURTIS YARBOROUGH, 11, of Elk Grove, Calif., won the All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio. His brother Bret had been named the 1973 winner after James Gronen was disqualified for cheating.
SOCCER—A 3-1 victory over Dallas in the semifinal round moved the Miami Toros into the finals of the NASL championship playoffs against the Los Angeles Aztecs, who blanked Boston 2-0. A disappointing Los Angeles crowd of 5,400 saw its team score two early goals against the Minutemen, one by Renato Costa and the second by rookie standout Doug McMillan. Boston could not find the groove that earlier had helped it defeat its first-round opponent Baltimore 1-0. That win came on a Josek Jelinek shot from 25 yards out; only spectacular saves by Baltimore Goalie Lincoln Phillips prevented the Minutemen from breaking the game wide open. In other first-round play Dallas shut out San Jose 3-0 on two goals by Mike Renshaw and one by Roy Turner. The Tornado's only score in Miami came on a penalty kick by Ilija Mitic. Toro Striker Warren Archibald had one unassisted goal and teammate Derek Watts contributed two more.
SOFTBALL—The RAYBESTOS BRAKETTES beat the defending Japanese team 3-0 in Stratford, Conn. to give the U.S. its first women's world title (page 54).
SWIMMING—ULRIKE TAUBER of East Germany broke the world record of 2:20.51 for the women's 200-meter individual medley with a 2:18.97 clocking at the European championships in Vienna.
TENNIS—CHRIS EVERT pocketed $6,000 for her 6-0, 6-3 victory over Julie Heldman in the women's singles final of the $130,000 Canadian Open in Toronto. In the men's final GUILLERMO VILAS of Argentina picked up $16,000 for defeating Manuel Orantes 6-4, 6-2, 6-3.
MILEPOSTS—CLEARED: BEN JIPCHO, world-record holder in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, of charges that he had accepted money while running as an amateur. An investigation by the Kenya Amateur Athletics Association had been conducted at the request of the International Olympic Committee.