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ASIAN GAMES—India won its first gold medal when V. S. Chauhan scored a Games-record 7,395 points in the decathlon, surpassing the mark of 7,101 established by C. K. Yang in 1958, as the final week of competition in Tehran, Iran was marred by political controversy (page 61).
BASKETBALL—In Landover, Md., DAVID THOMPSON pumped in 30 points for the U.S. All-Stars as they defeated the Russian national team 82-72 in the final game of their six-game tour. The Americans won five of the six contests.
BOATING—Plagued by fog and light winds, the America's Cup series commenced with Courageous, the U.S. defender, solidly defeating Australia's Southern Cross in the first two races on Rhode Island Sound (page 24).
PRO FOOTBALL—NFL: With Jim Plunkett leading the attack the Patriots ambushed Miami 34-24 in their home opener at Schaefer Stadium. New England marched 75 yards with the opening kickoff to score on a 14-yard run by Mack Herron, and by halftime the Patriots had a 24-10 lead. Miami came back to make it 31-24 but the rally fell short. New England's defense held the Dolphins on downs with 1:33 left, and the Patriots added a 26-yard field goal by Kicker John Smith. Pittsburgh rolled over Baltimore 30-0 (page 22), and Dallas posted its 10th straight opening-day win with a 24-0 rout of Atlanta. Roger Staubach, apparently recovered from the cracked ribs he suffered in preseason play, was instrumental in two first-half scores. One touchdown came on his keeper from the nine-yard line and another on his 52-yard pass to Golden Richards. Three scoring runs by Houston Fullback George Amundson helped the Oilers defeat San Diego 21-14. It was their first season-opener success since 1970, and their first home win since 1972. Viking Chuck Foreman converted a third-quarter interception into the winning touchdown in Minnesota's 32-17 decision over Green Bay. A stiff-kneed Joe Namath threw two touchdown passes to give the Jets an early 13-0 lead over Kansas City, but he was undone by two interceptions. Defensive End Marvin Upshaw ran one of them 52 yards for a touchdown and Cornerback Emmitt Thomas scored on a 38-yard interception return to give the Chiefs a 24-16 win. St. Louis surprised the Eagles 7-3, moving 83 yards in 14 plays for the game's only touchdown, and Chicago pulled an upset, beating Detroit 17-9. In other opening action, Cincinnati romped over Cleveland 33-7, Washington stopped the Giants 13-10, Los Angeles shut off Denver 17-10 and San Francisco topped New Orleans 17-13.
WFL: Detroit broke its season-long 10-game losing streak as the Wheels rolled over the Blazers 15-14. Rookie Running Back Billy Sadler rushed for a touchdown from the six-yard line and then added the winning margin with an action-point pass reception. The loss dropped Florida into a tie with New York—both 7-4—for the Eastern Division lead. The Stars pinned a 34-15 loss on Portland. Meanwhile, Birmingham finally lost one as the Memphis Southmen avenged an earlier defeat by swamping the Americans 46-7. Ed Marshall scored on passes of six, 12 and 48 yards for Memphis, which now has a 9-2 record but still trails Birmingham (10-1) in the Central Division. The Southmen lead the league in rushing and total offense and rushing defense. Chicago, third in the Central race, has the league's leading passer in Virgil Carter, who has thrown for 26 touchdowns and 2,472 yards, the top rusher in Mark Kellar and the leading receiver in James Scott. But they were not enough against Western Division leader Southern California. With 20 seconds remaining Sun Quarterback Tony Adams threw a 56-yard scoring bomb to Keith Denson for a 31-28 victory. Hawaiian Derrick Williams returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown in his team's 24-17 triumph over Houston, while in Philadelphia the Bell needed overtime to crack Jacksonville 41-22.
GOLF—JOHNNY MILLER birdied the second hole of a four-way sudden-death playoff to collect his seventh winner's share this year—$60,000—in the $300,000 World Open at Pinehurst, N.C. (page 26).
HARNESS RACING—KEYSTONE GABRIEL ($6.80), Peter Haughton at the reins, won his first race in 17 starts this year, the $117,095 Colonial Trot for 3-year-olds at Liberty Bell Park, with a clocking of 2:01[3/5] for the mile. He finished 2� lengths in front of Armbro Oxford.
Black Gamecock ($53.60), driven by Walter Marks, paced the mile in 1:59 to defeat Sir Dalrae by three-quarters of a length in the $50,000 Battle of Monmouth at Freehold ( N.J.) Raceway.