BASKETBALL—The Soviet team dominated a field of 13 at the seventh world women's championships, beating Italy 85-49 to win the tournament in Bogota, Colombia. The U.S. was eliminated from championship play but won the consolation round.
BOXING—MUHAMMAD ALI retained his world heavyweight championship by scoring a 14th-round TKO over Joe Frazier in Manila (page 20).
PRO FOOTBALL—NFL: Someone forgot to tell Joe Namath that Broadway musicians were on strike, so he orchestrated a tuneful performance, the Jets ringing the bell on winless New England 36-7 at Shea Stadium. Perhaps Namath's four touchdown passes—two each to Rich Caster and Jerome Barkum—were meant as New York's show for Emperor Hirohito, who attended the game. At Atlanta, where records for no-shows were set last season, only 29,444 fans turned out to see the Falcons beat the luckless New Orleans Saints 14-7 when Jim Mitchell retrieved teammate Ken Burrow's fumble and ran 50 yards to complete a 77-yard touchdown play. Cleveland stayed in the ranks of the unwinning, losing to Pittsburgh 42-6, thus dropping the first three games of a season for the first time in the club's 26-year NFL history. Pittsburgh scored the first three times it had the ball. Miami scored on five of its first six possessions while walloping the Green Bay Packers 31-7 (page 72). St. Louis' Terry Metcalf had his third straight over-100-yards week and teammate Jim Otis added 101 yards in the Cardinals' 26-14 defeat of the New York Giants. In a match between two unbeaten teams, Buffalo convincingly bucked the Denver Broncos out of that category 38-14 behind three touchdowns by Jim Braxton and 138 yards rushing by O. J. Simpson (page 28). Cincinnati took sole possession of first place in the AFC Central Division, its defense stopping previously undefeated Houston four times inside the Bengals' one-yard line midway through the fourth period. The Bengal offense, under the direction of Ken Anderson, scored twice through the air during the final period for a 21-19 win. Oakland stands alone atop the AFC Western Division, thanks to the foot of George Blanda, who kicked the only points in the Raiders' 6-0 defeat of San Diego. Minnesota remained undefeated, thrashing Chicago 28-3. Washington lost for the first time, Philadelphia scoring a 26-10 upset. A Los Angeles rally in the fourth quarter, topped by James Harris' 21-yard pass to Ron Jesse, saddled the Baltimore Colts with their second loss, by a score of 24-13, and kept the Rams in first place in the NFC West. The winless San Francisco 49ers made fewer errors than the winless Kansas City Chiefs and posted a 20-3 victory.
WFL: As play ended in the so-called summer season the two division leaders, the San Antonio Wings and the Memphis Southmen, automatically qualified for the postseason playoffs, which start in December. The league now begins its fall season. San Antonio, which had clinched its season title, lost to Eastern Division tailender Philadelphia 42-38. The Bell's Bob Cooper kicked four field goals and Fullback Claude Watts scored three touchdowns. Memphis knocked off Southern California to earn a playoff spot in the East but had to wait until the final 32 seconds when Danny While heaved the 17-yard touchdown pass to Ed Marshall that won the game 37-33. The Birmingham Vulcans erupted for three second-half touchdowns to defeat the Hawaiians 29-16. The Jacksonville Express bolted by the Portland Thunder 32-29 on a late 37-yard touchdown pass from George Mira to Alferd Haywood. The Shreveport Steamer was defeated by the Charlotte Hornets 39-14.
GOLF—JOHNNY MILLER played the final round of the $175,000 Kaiser International Open at Napa, Calif. in a 3-under-par 69, giving him a winning 272 total and a three-stroke edge on Rod Curl.
HARNESS RACING—NOBLE ROGUE ($4.80) combined wins in the second and third heats of the 83rd $100,000 Kentucky Futurity to win the third jewel of trotting's Triple Crown at the Red Mile in Lexington, Ky. Billy Herman guided the winner in the final heats, substituting for James Arthur, who developed a sore shoulder after the first heat.
HORSE RACING—STAR APPEAL, a 119-to-1 shot, broke away from the international field of 24 to win the $561,000 Prix de l' Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp and collect $352,144. The only American entry, Intrepid Hero, placed 10th.
Braulio Baeza rode OPTIMISTIC GAL ($2.80) to a 3�-length victory over Artfully in the 28th running of the Frizette, for 2-year-old fillies, at Belmont. Her time was 1:36[4/5].
LACROSSE—NLL: The QUEBEC CARIBOUS defeated the Montreal Quebecois 4-2 in the best-of-seven series to claim the Nations Trophy, in Quebec City.
MOTOR SPORTS—World champion NIKI LAUDA, driving a Ferrari, cruised to an easy victory in the U.S. Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, N.Y. (page 67).