MOTOR SPORTS—DAVE MARCIS averaged 157.542 mph in his Dodge to win the Talladega ( Ala.) 500 Grand National stock-car race, his first superspeedway triumph.
SOCCER—NASL: Defending champion Tampa Bay moved past New York into first place in the East with a 2-1 win over Minnesota. Minnesota still leads the Western Division, while Seattle beat Hartford 1-0 and Portland 3-0 to clinch second place. San Jose holds a nine-point lead over second-place Dallas in the South.
ASL: Jose Neto scored his 11th and 12th goals of the season as Rhode Island beat New York 2-0 and regained first place in the East, two points ahead of second-place Connecticut and five ahead of third-place New York. In the West, first-place Los Angeles defeated Sacramento 5-2 to increase its lead over second-place Tacoma to eight points. Cleveland beat Chicago 1-0; Connecticut downed New York 2-1; and Tacoma defeated Cleveland 3-2 as Pepe Fernandez scored all three goals. Off the field, Commissioner Bob Cousy suspended the franchise of the Utah Golden Spikers for violating franchise requirements and directives.
SWIMMING—TINA BISCHOFF, 17, of Columbus, Ohio, swam the English Channel from Dover, England to Cap Gris Nez, France in 9 hours, 3 minutes, which was 33 minutes better than the women's record set by Lynne Cox of the U.S. in 1973. Her time was 32 minutes faster than the one-way record set by England's Barry Watson in 1964 when he swam from France to England.
TENNIS—HAROLD SOLOMON of Silver Spring, Md., scored a 6-2, 7-5 victory over Wotjek Fibak of Poland to win the $125,000 Louisville (Ky.) International.
WTT: The Sets clinched first place in the East and the home-court advantage in the division playoff as they won four matches, beating Hawaii 29-20, Cleveland 28-22 and Indiana twice, 27-23 and 24-21. Pittsburgh leads Cleveland by one game in the battle for second place. In the West, Phoenix extended its first-place lead to 3� games with a 30-19 win over the second-place Golden Gaters. Then the Racquets beat San Diego 28-17 to clinch a playoff berth and the homecourt advantage.
TRACK & FIELD—DWIGHT STONES, who won only a bronze medal at the Montreal Olympics, broke his world high-jump record by one-quarter inch with a leap of 7'7�" at the Bicentennial Meet of Champions in Philadelphia (page 18).
The U.S. men beat the Soviet men 115-107, but the Soviet women won all 14 events as they routed the U.S. women 104-42 to give the U.S.S.R a 211-157 victory over the U.S. in their 14th dual meet, at College Park, Md. LUDMILLA BRAGINA, 33, set a world record of 8:27.1 in the rarely run 3,000 meters, while FRANCIE LARRIEU's third-place time of 8:55 was an American record. The Soviet women's mile relay team of SVETLANA STYRKINA, INTA KLIMOVICHA, NATALYA SOKOLOVA and NADEZHDA ILYINA established a world record of 3:29.1. MADELINE MANNING JACKSON, running the last race of her career, set an American record of 1:57.9 while finishing third in the 800.
MILEPOSTS—PURCHASED: By JOHN Y. BROWN, former owner of the defunct ABA Kentucky Colonels, a 50% interest in the NBA's Buffalo Braves. Brown will become chairman of the club's board of directors.
SENTENCED: World Middleweight Champion CARLOS MONZON of Argentina to 18 months in jail for beating up a photographer in 1967. Monzon's lawyer has appealed the sentence.