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SOARING—ROSA BRIEGLER of El Mirage, Calif. was named overall champion of the Sixth National Standard Class Championships held in Minden, Nev. Briegler, who piloted a Nugget, totaled 7,585 points during the nine-day competition. Second was Tom Beltz of Leighton, Pa. with 7,453.
SOCCER—NASL: The Portland Timbers continued their juggernaut ascent in the Western Division, roaring to their sixth and seventh victories in a row to take over first place from Seattle, which had a 1-1 week. Boston put a halt to the Timbers' skein, edging them 2-1 and recapturing the lead in the Northern, one point ahead of Pel�'s New York Cosmos (page 49). Central kingpin St. Louis was run over by third-place Denver 5-2, as the Dynamos' Mike Flater, a candidate for Rookie of the Year, scored his ninth and 10th goals. Chicago brought its season record to 8-8 with wins over Miami and Dallas. Tampa Bay opened a formidable 11-point lead over Miami in the Eastern by routing Baltimore 4-0. The Rowdies boasted a 12-3 mark, the best in the league. Miami dropped road games to Philadelphia 2-1 and Chicago 2-0.
ASL: With a 2-1 win over the second-place Brewers, New York opened a commanding eight-point lead in the Eastern Division. Edner Bretton and Kyrinkos Fitalis scored the Apollos' goals. Rhode Island, leader in the Northern, bombarded Chicago 7-2, ending a scoring slump in which the Oceaneers had notched only two goals in five games. Connecticut, one point behind Rhode Island, beat Cincinnati 3-0 as Goalie Wilner Piquant came up with his third shutout of the season.
TRACK & FIELD—The U.S. men's and women's teams defeated Poland and Czechoslovakia in a three-nation meet in Prague. Outstanding performances were turned in by KATHY McMILLAN of Raeford, N.C., who long-jumped 21'7�", missing Martha Watson's American record by one-quarter inch; Poland's WLADYSLAW KOZAKIEWICZ, who cleared 18'�" to win the pole vault; Lieut. BOB WALLIS of the U.S. Army and KATHY SCHMIDT of Long Beach, who threw the javelin 278'11" and 207 feet respectively; and GRAZYNA RABSZTYN of Poland, who won the 100-meter hurdles in 12.8.
At an international meet in Paris, the 110-meter-hurdle rivalry between France's GUY DRUT and Charles Foster continued with Drat winning in 13.40, .17 ahead of the U.S. hurdler. JIM BOLDING took the 400-meter hurdles in 48.55 and Jamaica's DON QUARRIE handed Steve Williams his eighth and ninth straight defeats, winning the 100-meter dash in 10.30 and the 200 in 20.32. In St. Maur, a Paris suburb, FRANCIE LARRIEU broke her own U.S. 1,500 record by 1.3 seconds, recording a 4:08.5.
VOLLEYBALL—IVA: Mary Jo Peppier made a successful debut as player-coach of El Paso-Juarez, the Sol defeating Los Angeles 12-9, 12-9, 8-12, 12-8. The Sol's original coach, Smitty Duke, stepped down in order to concentrate on playing. San Diego stayed in first with a five-game win over the Sol two nights later. The Breakers were led by Bill Wardrop's 31 kills. Second-place Santa Barbara beat Southern California 10-12, 8-12, 12-8, 13-11, 12-6, then bowed to the Bangers 58-56 in an experimental eight-minute-quarter game.
MILEPOSTS—ANNOUNCED: The Nations Cup, bringing together the top two male tennis singles players from eight countries as selected by computer (plus a third team member, probably a doubles specialist, chosen by the two). The tournament will be held in Kingston, Jamaica from Sept. 29 to Oct. 5, with the Association of Tennis Professionals sponsoring the $100,000, Davis Cup-style event.
SIGNED: Forward GEORGE McGINNIS to a reported six-year, $3.2 million no-cut, no-trade, no-option contract, by the Philadelphia 76ers. The New York Knicks had attempted to sign the 6'8" Indianapolis Pacer star but were judged in violation of NBA draft laws by Commissioner Larry O'Brien.
SIGNED: North Carolina State's DAVID THOMPSON, to a five-year, $2.5 million contract by the ABA Denver Nuggets, marking the first time an NBA team ( Atlanta) has been unable to sign the league's first draft pick.