MOTOR SPORTS—Italian VITTORIO BRAMBILLA, driving a March, averaged 109.95 mph to win the rain-shortened Austrian Grand Prix in Zeltweg after 29 laps. American Mark Donohue crashed in a practice run, underwent surgery for a blood clot in the brain and is recuperating.
SOCCER—NASL: In the quarterfinal playoff Portland snuck past Seattle 2-1, Midfielder Tony Betts scoring the winning goal six minutes into overtime before a sellout crowd of 31,523 at Portland. Tampa Bay shut out Toronto 1-0 on Striker Clyde Best's goal. The Miami Toros defeated Boston 2-1 in overtime and St. Louis beat Los Angeles 2-1 on a tiebreaker. The semifinals pitted Miami against the Tampa Bay Rowdies and the Toros took it on the nose, losing 3-0 with Stewart Scullion, Derek Smethurst and John Boyle doing the scoring. Portland fans turned out 33,503 strong, a playoff record, to watch their Timbers beat the St. Louis Stars 1-0 in another semifinal game.
ASL: Cleveland clinched the Midwestern Division, beating Cincinnati and New Jersey by identical 2-1 scores. The Cobras' Vito Colonna booted in three goals in the two games. New Jersey's loss to the Cobras was to New York's advantage, the idle Apollos being assured of winning the Eastern title. In the Northern, Boston tied first-place Rhode Island 2-2 and defeated Pittsburgh 4-2 to come within four points of the Oceaneers. Connecticut beat Chicago 3-1 to remain in playoff contention.
SWIMMING—JON ERIKSON, 20, of Chicago, made a round-trip crossing of the English Channel in 30 hours, breaking by three minutes the record set by his father Edward in 1965.
TRACK & FIELD—JOHN WALKER of New Zealand set a world record with a 3:49.4 in the mile run at an international meet in G�teborg, Sweden (page 14). His time was 1.6 seconds better than the record set by Filbert Bayi in May.
West Germany's WALTER SCHMIDT smashed the world record in the hammer throw by 32" with a toss of 260'2" in Frankfurt. The previous record holder was countryman Karl-Hans Riehm.
VOLLEYBALL—Los Angeles cruised to its 15th and 16th straight victories, whipping hapless El Paso-Juarez twice. The San Diego Breakers were knocked out of a first-place tie with the Stars by Wilt Chamberlain's Southern California Bangers 12-10, 11-13, 12-10, 7-12, 12-6. Wilt recorded 39 kills while teammates Toshi Toyoda and Rose Duncan provided support with 67 assists and 19 saving digs, respectively. Santa Barbara, in third behind the Stars and the Breakers, lost to the Breakers, then outbanged the Bangers 12-1, 12-9, 12-6.
MILEPOSTS—DROPPED: The assault charge against DAVE FORBES of the Boston Bruins for striking Minnesota North Star Henry Boucha with a hockey stick during a game; by Hennepin County ( Minn.) Attorney Gary Flakne. The decision not to pursue the case came a month after the first trial ended in a hung jury.
DIED: Veteran stock-car driver DEWAYNE (Tiny) LUND, 42, after suffering internal injuries in a six-car crash during the Talladega ( Ala.) 500 race.
DIED: Track Coach PERCY CERUTTY, 80, iconoclastic trainer of Australia's record-breaking distance runners Herb Elliott and John Landy; at his fitness camp in Portsea, Australia.