MOTOR SPORTS—Averaging 66.23 mph in a Chevrolet, EARL ROSS won the Old Dominion 500 Grand National stock-car race, at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, finishing a lap in front of Buddy Baker, who drove a Ford. Ross, the first rookie in 13 years to take a major NASCAR event, collected $14,300 for the win.
SHOOTING—The U.S. swept the individual and team medals in the men's 300-meter three-position standard-rifle competition at the world championships in Thun, Switzerland. DAVID KIMES, of Huntington Beach, Calif., set a world record of 575 points to take the gold, ahead of fellow Americans Lones Wigger and John Foster. The U.S. also won the men's 300-meter three-position free rifle, the standing sport shooting and the three-position small-bore rifle, to finish with 13 gold medals, still well behind the 23 golds won by the U.S.S.R. in the two-week competition.
TENNIS—EVONNE GOOLAGONG repeated her semifinal victory at Forest Hills by defeating Chris Evert 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 in the final of the $50,000 Virginia Slims tournament in Denver.
WEIGHT LIFTING—Russia's VASILY ALEXEYEV retained his superheavyweight crown with a world-record total lift of 947 pounds at the world championships in Manila. Bulgaria took the overall team title with 78 points. The Soviet Union, with 74, was second.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: HOWARD SCHNELLEN-BERGER, head coach of the Baltimore Colts, by Owner Robert Irsay, immediately after the team lost its third straight game of the season. Under Schnellenberger, who was in the second year of a three-year contract, the Colts were 4-10 last year. Irsay named Vice-President and General Manager JOE THOMAS to replace him.
NAMED: The Most Valuable Player in World Team Tennis, BILLIE JEAN KING, player-coach of the Philadelphia Freedoms, who lost to the Denver Racquets in the championship finals. King was the league's leading singles (44-6) and doubles (33-5) player.
NAMED: ALEX PEROLLI, 53, to coach the NASL's new expansion team, the San Antonio Thunder. Perolli directed the Los Angeles Aztecs to the 1974 soccer league championship and had coached the Rochester Lancers to the title in 1970.
RETIRED: WILT CHAMBERLAIN, 38, from every phase of competitive basketball (page 36).
DIED: VAN PATRICK, 58, familiar voice of the Detroit Lions and Tigers and Notre Dame football for more than 20 years; of cancer; in South Bend.
DIED: HARRY HARTZ, 78, auto race driver who finished second three times (1922, 1923 and 1926) in the Indianapolis 500 and later built two winning Indy cars (1930 and 1932); in Indianapolis.