Just the time ($31.60), Marco Castaneda up, covered 6� furlongs in 1:16[2/5] to finish a head in front of High Steel in the $118,335 Futurity Stakes for 2-year-olds at Belmont Park.
MOTOR SPORTS—Covering 187 miles around Monza's 3�-mile track in 1:22:56.10, RONNIE PETERSON averaged 135 mph in a Lotus to win his second straight Grand Prix of Italy and his third Formula I race of the season. Emerson Fittipaldi was second in a McLaren-Ford and Jody Scheckter was third driving a Tyrrel-Ford.
MODERN PENTATHLON—VLADIMIR SHMELEV led the SOVIET UNION to a successful defense of its world team title against teams from 17 countries in Moscow. Hungary and Rumania were second and third; the U.S. finished 11th.
ROWING—America's elite heavyweight eight, a pickup crew together less than a month, scored a stunning victory at the world championship in Lucerne, Switzerland. The U.S. lightweight eight-oared boat also was victorious on the 2,000-meter Rotsee course. With favorite Sean Drea of Ireland out of the race because of emergency kidney surgery, WOLFGANG HONIG of East Germany overpowered Jim Dietz of the U.S. in the elite single-sculls final. America's BILL BELDEN won the lightweight single sculls and EAST GERMANY took the elite fours with and without cox, the elite double and quadruple sculls, and the elite pair without cox.
TENNIS—In a rain-delayed finals at Forest Hills, JIMMY CONNORS repeated his Wimbledon performance by once again beating Ken Rosewall, this time 6-1, 6-0, 6-1. BILLIE JEAN KING rallied to win the women's singles 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 over Australia's Evonne Goolagong (page 22).
TRACK & FIELD—Olympic champion VALERY BORZOV of Russia won the 100-meter dash at the European Championships in Rome, tying his own shared meet record of 10.3 and leading a strong performance by Eastern European athletes. East Germany's RUTH FUCHS bettered her world record in the javelin with a 220'6" throw, teammate ROSEMARIE WITSCHAS set a new world mark of 6'4�" in the high jump and the East German women's 1,600-meter relay team posted a 3:25.2 for a meet record. Poland's IRENA SZEWINSKA defeated Renate Stecher of East Germany in the women's 100-and 200-meter races, clocking an 11.1 and a 22.5. Briton IAN THOMPSON ran away with the marathon in 2:13:18.8 and countryman BRENDAN FOSTER won the 5,000 by 70 meters in 13:17.2. BRONISLAW MALINOWSKI of Poland defeated Sweden's Anders Garderud in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 8:15.0. And the East German women's 400-meter relay team added a final world record when the quartet of Doris Maletzki, Stecher, Christina Heinich and Barbel Eckert turned in a 0:42.5 clocking.
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: As head basketball coach at CCNY, FLOYD LAYNE, 45, a guard on the 1950 CCNY team that won both the NIT and the NCAA championships. In 1951 Layne and four teammates were suspended from school and barred from the NBA for participating in a national point-shaving scheme. Layne later returned to college, earning a bachelor's and a master's degree in education, and has spent the last 20 years as a recreation adviser and junior college coach in New York City.
NAMED: To coach the ABA Utah Stars, MORRIS (Bucky) BUCKWALTER, who directed the NBA SuperSonics for part of the 1973 season. He coached at Seattle University from 1967-72.
RETIRED: OSCAR ROBERTSON, 35, a guard for the Cincinnati Royals (1960-70) and the MILWAUKEE Bucks (1970-74). A member of 12 NBA All-Star teams, Robertson holds league records for free throws made and assists, had a career scoring average of 25.7 points per game and was voted Most Valuable Player in 1964. Robertson and JOHNNY UNITAS, who retired from pro football in August, will join the CBS-TV sports broadcasting staff.
RETIRED: To stud, 1974 Preakness and Belmont Stakes winner LITTLE CURRENT, as a result of a fracture of his right front ankle that occurred in the Lawrence Realization. Recently syndicated for $4 million, Little Current will stand at Owner John Galbreath's Darby Dan Farm in Lexington, Ky.