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CREW—Capitalizing on a strong start, HARVARD defeated the University of Washington to win the national title. The Crimson eight covered the four-mile Thames River course in New London, Conn. in 20:14 to finish three boat-lengths ahead of the Huskies (page 59).
GOLF—BETSY CULLEN fired a two-under-par 70 for a 211 total to take the $5,700 first prize in the $40,000 Hoosier Classic at Plymouth ( Ind.) Country Club. Judy Rankin finished second, one stroke off the pace.
HARNESS RACING—NICKAWAMPUS LEROY ($11.80), driven by George Phalen, won the $50,000 Empire Pace by a neck over Keystone Smartie, covering the mile in 1:59[3/5] at Yonkers.
HORSE RACING—RUFFIAN ($2.10), ridden by Jacinto Vasquez, completed her sweep of the fillies' Triple Crown with a 2�-length victory over Equal Change in the $111,200 Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont. In recording her 10th win in as many starts, the rangy filly covered the 1�-mile distance in 2:27[4/5] to equal the stakes record set two years ago by Magazine.
MOTOR SPORTS—JAMES HUNT of Great Britain registered his first Formula I championship win and the first for Team Hesketh as he drove to a narrow victory over Austrian Niki Lauda in the Dutch Grand Prix in Zandvoort. Hunt averaged 110.48 mph in the 75-lap race; Lauda's Ferrari was 1.06 seconds back.
SOCCER—NASL: In his second week as a New York Cosmo, Pel� found the affection of Boston fans unrestrained, so to speak, as he was mobbed during a 2-1 overtime loss to the Minutemen, led by recently signed Portuguese star Eusebio. Late in the second half the Brazilian was thrown to the ground by frantic fans and suffered a pulled knee muscle and sprained ankle. Despite all the attention given to New York, Rochester moved into a tie with Toronto atop the Northern Division with 44 points, in spite of a 2-1 loss to Baltimore. Tampa Bay continued to head the Eastern over Miami. During the week the Rowdies lost one tie breaker to Dallas 1-0, then rebounded to take a 2-1 tie breaker from St. Louis. Miami's Steven David set league records by scoring five goals and garnering 10 points in the Toros' 8-0 rout of Washington. Central leader St. Louis shut out Denver 2-0 as John Hawley posted his seventh goal in 12 games. Portland continued its ascent in the West by blanking Dallas 3-0 and San Antonio 1-0 in overtime. The Timbers ended the week in third, after occupying the Western cellar earlier in the season. Seattle widened its division lead over Vancouver to 14 points by silencing the San Jose Earthquakes (5-1), who had beaten the White-caps 3-2 in overtime two nights earlier.
ASL: The New York Apollos took advantage of Cincinnati's playing one man short in the second half by scoring two goals to record a 3-1 victory. Undefeated in eight contests this season, New York moved six points ahead of idle New Jersey in the Eastern Division. Northern leader Rhode Island routed Pittsburgh 4-1 as Mohammed (Baby Jet) Attiah tallied one goal and assisted on another. Chicago bested the Connecticut Yankees 3-1, with Ernesto Aparicio of the Cats collecting a score and an assist. Mid western pacesetter Cleveland did not play.
SWIMMING—World records fell in a steady stream during the AAU trials at Long Beach, Calif. for next month's World Games in Cali, Colombia. Hometown star TIM SHAW won the 1,500-meter freestyle in 15:20.91 and also lowered his record in the 400-meter freestyle to 3:53.95; JIM MONTGOMERY of Indiana University blitzed to a 51.12 in the 100-meter free, bettering Mark Spitz' 1972 Olympic mark of 51.22; BRUCE FURNISS of Santa Ana, Calif. shattered the 200-meter free standard of 1:51.66 with his 1:50.89; and SHIRLEY BABASHOFF of Mission Viejo, Calif. improved her record in the 400-meter free to a 4:14.76.