BOATING—The 22nd challenger for the America's Cup will be Australia's Southern Cross, which beat the French contender, France, 4-0 in the best-of-seven series off Newport. Following three straight victories, Intrepid moved into a 4-4 tie with Courageous in their matchup to determine which boat will be the defender (page 28).
Deborah Freeman of Beachwood, N.J. became the North American Yacht Racing Union women's sailing champion as she and her crew of Lynn Campbell and Jennifer Valdes won the eight-race Adams Cup regatta on South Carolina's Lake Murray.
BOWLING—DICK RITGER of Hartford, Wis. took the $5,000 top prize in the $50,000 Star Lanes-Ebonite Open in Waukegan, Ill., defeating Earl Anthony 266 pins to 202 in the final match.
BOXING—Cuba dominated the first World Amateur Championship in Havana, winning gold medals in five of 11 events. The Russian team was a distant second with two golds (page 98).
PRO FOOTBALL—NFL: After being held to only 81 yards in his two previous preseason appearances, O.J. Simpson broke loose against Detroit, rushing for 116 yards in 19 carries as the Bills ripped the Lions 28-7. Quarterback Joe. Ferguson passed for two touchdowns. Miami came back from its loss to the Rams with a 21-10 victory over Green Bay as Larry Csonka scored twice. Rookie John Stallworth caught two scoring passes for Pittsburgh in the Steelers' 21-19 win over Washington. Philadelphia stopped the Giants 24-21, Atlanta dropped Baltimore 23-7 and Minnesota defeated St. Louis 14-10. Wandering John Matuszak played for the Oilers early in the week, but it did not help, Atlanta topping Houston 10-6. Chicago defeated Baltimore 20-16 and Cincinnati downed Detroit 27-14. Substitute Quarterback Bobby Scott led New Orleans to 21 fourth-quarter points as the Saints defeated the Jets 24-7. In other games, the Rams dumped San Diego 30-16, Dallas defeated Kansas City 25-16, Houston handed Chicago a 37-20 loss and Denver scored a 27-21 win over New England.
WFL: Houston Oiler Defensive Tackle John Matuszak showed up to play against New York last week wearing a Texan uniform and insisting that he had found a loophole in his contract to jump through. Houston avenged its loss of the previous week with a 14-11 victory over the Stars, and that pleased Coach Jim Garrett. But it did not sit well with Oiler Owner Bud Adams or Coach Sid Gill-man. Matuszak appeared in the first five plays, but then was forced to the bench when he was served with a restraining order on the sidelines. Adams followed that with a suit against Matuszak, and the player's lawyer countered by subpoenaing Adams, all the Oiler players and the entire coaching staff to appear at a hearing. In action on the field, Western Division leader Southern California dumped last-place Portland 45-15 as Sun Quarterback Tony Adams passed for three touchdowns in the first half. The Storm has not won one yet. Neither has Detroit. Philadelphia ran over the Wheels 27-23, with Claude Watts scoring two touchdowns for the Bell in the first half. Undefeated Birmingham stayed that way, dousing the Chicago Fire 22-8. John Harvey rushed for 137 yards in Memphis' 26-18 win over the Eastern Division-leading Florida Blazers, and the Sharks nipped the Hawaiians 14-8.
GOLF—After trailing for 14 consecutive holes, JERRY PATE, a senior at the University of Alabama, defeated John Grace two and one in the 36-hole match-play final of the men's U.S. Amateur championship at the Ridgewood ( N.J.) Country Club.
Jim Dent outdistanced the longest hitters on the pro tour with a drive of 324 yards, 18 inches, to win first place and $5,000 in the TPD Driving Contest at the Atlanta Country Club. John Schroeder's second-best drive of 312 yards, 6 inches, was worth $2,500.
HARNESS RACING—CHRISTOPHER T., with Billy Haughton in the sulky, won the 49th Hambletonian Stake for 3-year-old trotters at Du Quoin, Ill. In the final heat, he covered the mile in 1:58[3/5] to win $80,075 (page 26).
HORSE RACING—PROD ($10.00), Jorge Velasquez aboard, overtook Prince of Reason in the stretch to win the 1�-mile $56,570 Lawrence Realization by 3� lengths at Belmont. Little Current, making his debut on grass, finished sixth in the seven-horse race, which was won in 2:35.