SOCCER—ASL: Cincinnati Goalie Tony Cruz picked up his first shutout of the year in a 4-0 Comet victory over the Chicago Cats, which moved Cincinnati ahead of Cleveland in the Midwest Division. The Cobras suffered a 2-0 defeat at the feet of Rhode Island, which extended its regular-season unbeaten streak to 22 games. New Jersey Brewer Fritz Leandre scored on an 18-yard direct kick with 8:35 left to play to produce a 1-1 tie with Boston, but the Brewers still trailed New York in the Eastern Division. The Apollos topped Pittsburgh 1-0 on a goal by Emmanuel Rakitzogolu, the league's leading scorer.
NASL: Washington remained the only undefeated team in the league after a 2-1 win over Philadelphia as previously unbeaten Vancouver was blanked 2-0 by Portland. The Diplomat victory, on two goals by Striker Leroy Deleon, put the team in a tie with Tampa Bay for second in the Eastern Division, behind Miami. The Rowdies topped Boston and Hartford, both by 3-1, with Clyde Best accounting for half of Tampa Bay's scoring. Miami Striker Steven David had two goals for a league-leading total of nine in five games in the Toros' 4-2 defeat of Boston. Seattle won twice, 3-1 over Los Angeles and 1-0 over Dallas, but still trailed Vancouver in the West. No team in the division is below .500, while in the North no team is above it. St. Louis took a commanding lead over Denver in the Central division, beating Philadelphia 2-1 in a tie breaker. In other action, San Jose beat San Antonio 2-1, Chicago nipped Los Angeles 1-0, Denver stopped Portland 3-1 and Hartford scored a 2-1 tie-breaker win over New York.
TENNIS—In Las Vegas, ROSCOE TANNER defeated Ross Case 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 in the final of the $165,000 Alan King Tennis Classic in Las Vegas. Equal prizes of $30,000 were given to each player although Tanner also won a $8,500 Buick.
TRACK & FIELD—FILBERT BAYI, of Tanzania, broke the world record with a spectacular 3:51.0 clocking in the Dream Mile at the International Freedom Games in Kingston, Jamaica (page 20). In the lead all the way, Bayi shaved one-tenth of a second off the record set by Jim Ryun in 1967. Marty Liquori was second in 3:52.2 and Ireland's Eamonn Coghlan finished third in 3:53.3 for the best one-two-three finish ever. STEVE WILLIAMS was the meet's sole double winner, edging schoolboy sensation Houston McTear in the 100 meters (10.0) and Jamaica's Donald Quarrie in the 200 (19.9).
Karl-Hans Riehm broke the world record in the hammer throw by six feet with a toss of 257'6" in Dortmund, West Germany. The previous record was set by Aleksey Spirindonov last September.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: DAVE DeBUSSCHERE, as commissioner of the ABA, the seventh man to fill that post in the league's eight-year history. He succeeds Tedd Munchak, who resigned after 10 months in the job. DeBusschere has been associated with the ABA since he became general manager of the New York Nets last year, after 12 years playing for the NBA Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks. At 34 he is the youngest commissioner in professional sport; as player-coach of the Pistons from 1964-67, he was the youngest (24) coach in NBA history.
NAMED: BOBBY HULL, of the Winnipeg Jets, as the WHA's Most Valuable Player. Hull, who beat out San Diego Mariner Andre Lacroix, scored a pro hockey record 77 goals in 78 games. It was his fourth MVP award in 18 years in the NHL and WHA.
RETIRED: All-Pro Defensive Tackle MIKE REID, 27, of the Cincinnati Bengals, after five years in the NFL. Reid said he was "disenchanted with the system and pro football in general," and wanted to devote his time to music, his major at Penn State.