ASIAN GAMES—For the first time in 20 years, the PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA participated in international competition, winning 57 medals in the opening week's events in Tehran, Iran. JAPAN led with 97 medals (page 32).
BOWLING—PBA Rookie of the Year STEVE NEFF of Sarasota, Fla. scored his first pro victory, defeating Jim Frazier 256 pins to 196 in the final match of the $55,000 Canada Dry Open in Detroit.
BOXING—BOBBY CHACON of Sylmar, Calif. won the vacant World Boxing Council featherweight championship by stopping Venezuela's Alfredo Marcano in the ninth round of their scheduled 15-round title bout in Los Angeles (page 30).
PRO FOOTBALL—NFL: As exhibition play ended, it was not difficult for Steeler Coach Chuck Noll to choose Joe Gilliam as the starting quarterback for Pittsburgh's first regular-season game. The Steelers were undefeated in the preseason, largely because of the kind of performance turned in by Gilliam in a 41-15 rout of the Cowboys: he completed 10 passes for 187 yards and two touchdowns. He passed for 11 touchdowns in six preseason games to lead all NFL quarterbacks. Minnesota's Chuck Foreman rushed for 109 yards in the Vikings' 42-0 romp over San Diego. Miami beat Chicago 30-7; Kansas City defeated St. Louis 31-16; and Green Bay nipped Cincinnati 26-24. Billy Kilmer connected with Charley Taylor for a third-quarter touchdown that gave the Redskins a 7-6 victory over Baltimore. Buffalo turned back the Giants 23-17 in overtime, Detroit topped Cleveland 21-7 and Oakland beat the Jets 31-6. In other action, New Orleans defeated Houston 24-16, Los Angeles beat San Francisco 17-7, Atlanta stopped the Broncos 20-14 and New England turned back the Eagles 27-17.
WFL: For a while in Birmingham it looked as if even Hurricane Carmen could not douse the Chicago Fire. After three periods, the Americans held a 38-19 lead. Then Chicago Quarterback Virgil Carter struck through the rain, throwing three touchdown passes that threatened to end Birmingham's nine-game unbeaten streak. Kicker Earl Sark preserved the string by booting a 34-yard field goal with 47 seconds left for a 41-40 Birmingham victory. Earlier, the Americans had defeated Florida 8-7. Portland won its first two games of the season; the Storm blew out the Wheels 18-7 and topped the Hawaiians 15-8. Memphis also won twice beating Jacksonville 16-13 and Houston 45-0. Southman John Huarte threw for three touchdowns against the Texans, and backup Danny White added two more. The Hawaiians also prospered against Houston, winning 33-15. New York topped Philadelphia 24-16 before losing to Eastern Division-leading Florida 17-15. Chicago scored a 32-22 win over Southern California, the leader in the Western Division. The Sun came back to stop the Wheels 10-7, leaving Detroit as the only winless team, and Jacksonville overcame Philadelphia 34-30.
GOLF—LEE TREVINO defeated Gary Player on the 7th hole of an unprecedented two-day sudden-death playoff to win the $50,000 first prize in the World Series of Golf at the Firestone Country Club in Akron (page 113).
Firing a five-under-par final-round 65, FORREST FEZLER scored a one-stroke victory over J.C. Snead and Bruce Crampton in the $100,000 Southern Open at Green Island Country Club in Columbus, Ga. Fezler, whose total was 271, collected $20,000 for the win, his first in three years on the pro tour.
Joanne Carner won the $40,000 Dallas Civitan Open at Brookhaven Country Club with a 217 total, one over par and one stroke up on Kathy Whitworth.
HARNESS RACING—Securing his second straight U.S. Pacing Championship, SIR DALRAE ($10.20), driven by Jim Dennis, took the $52,500 third and final leg of the series, pacing the mile in 1:59 at Hollywood Park. Invincible Shadow was second, three-quarters of a length back.
HORSE RACING—Larry Snyder rode BUFFALO LARK ($16.20) to a 1�-length victory over Royal Glint in the $131,800 Arlington Handicap at Arlington Park. The winning time for the 1[3/16]-mile turf race was 1:54[2/5].