SOCCER—NASL: Derek Smethurst's overtime goal kicked the Tampa Bay Rowdies past Chicago 1-0. In other shutouts Vancouver handed Dallas its first loss 2-0 while Seattle clipped San Diego 1-0; Dallas topped Portland 2-0; and Rochester, San Jose and Boston registered 3-0 victories over Miami, St. Louis and Hartford, respectively. The New York Cosmos played a pair of games at Yankee Stadium, beating Hartford 3-1 but losing to Philadelphia 2-1. San Antonio defeated Los Angeles 3-2 on Jim Henry's final penalty kick in a sudden-death tie breaker.
ASL: The Los Angeles Sky hawks remained unbeaten by downing Tacoma 2-1 for their second win. After losing to Tacoma 3-2 and Sacramento 3-1, New York ended its Western swing with a 2-1 win in Utah, Ted Nahorski scoring both goals for the Apollos. Cleveland split shutouts, defeating Connecticut 1-0 but losing to Rhode Island 2-0 as 1975 scoring champion Jose Neto booted his first goal of the season for the Oceaneers. Connecticut also lost to Chicago 3-1. Otey Cannon had a goal and an assist as Sacramento edged Oakland 3-2.
TENNIS—BJORN BORG, runner-up in 1974 and 1975, defeated Guillermo Vilas 1-6, 6-1, 7-5, 6-1 to win the WCT Finals at Dallas (page 24).
WTT: The idle New York Sets held first place in the East with a 3-1 record. In spite of tendinitis, Evonne Goolagong led the Pittsburgh Triangles past the Los Angeles Strings 32-19. Hawaii's Ilie Nastase lost his WTT debut match to San Diego's Rod Laver as the Friars topped the Leis 29-19. Laver also defeated Tom Okker of the Golden Gaters as San Diego scored its third victory in four matches to tie for first in the West. The Phoenix Racquets beat Hawaii 27-26 when Chris Evert and Tony Roche teamed to win the super tie breaker.
TRACK & FIELD—East Germany's ROSEMARIE ACKERMANN high-jumped 6'5" at an Olympic qualifying meet in Dresden to top her own world record by � inch. CHRISTINA BREHMER, an 18-year-old East German, set a world record of 49.77 for the 400 meters. The previous mark of 49.9 was held by Irena Szewinska of Poland.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: K.C. JONES, coach of the Washington Bullets. In his three seasons Jones had a 155-91 record, second only to that of Boston's Tom Heinsohn among active NBA coaches.
HIRED: TAYLOR (Tates) LOCKE, 39, as head coach of the Buffalo Braves, replacing the fired Jack Ramsay. Locke was Ramsay's assistant for one season after leaving Clemson when its basketball program was being investigated by the NCAA for recruiting irregularities.
SENTENCED: SHELBY JORDAN, 24, New England Patriot offensive tackle, to a four-year indeterminate prison term for selling cocaine. Jordan could be released on probation at any time.
SIGNED: ARCHIE GRIFFIN, two-time Heisman Trophy winner, to a reported five-year, $500,000 contract with the Cincinnati Bengals.
DIED: DAN BANKHEAD, 55; of cancer; in Houston. The first black major league pitcher, Bankhead played for the Brooklyn Dodgers for three seasons (1947, 1950, 1951), compiling a 9-5 record.