David Pearson, averaging 120.534 mph, won the Southern 500 stock-car race at Darlington, S.C. in his Mercury. Pearson, who had won the Daytona 500 and World 600, took the lead with 56 miles to go and held off runner-up Richard Petty. Pearson collected $16,155.
Cale Yarborough resisted a late challenge by Bobby Allison to win a car-length victory in the Capital City 400 Grand National stock-car race at Richmond. Driving a Chevrolet, Yarborough averaged 77.993 mph on the half-mile track and won $9,250.
Ronnie Peterson of Sweden, driving a March Ford, won the Italian Grand Prix on the 3.7-mile Monza course before a crowd of 140,000. Peterson covered the 187 miles in 1:30:35.6 (an average speed of 124 mph) to defeat Switzerland's Clay Regazzoni, who was driving a Ferrari. In his first race since he was seriously injured in a crack-up in West Germany, Niki Lauda finished fourth.
TENNIS—JIMMY CONNORS defeated Bjorn Borg in the men's singles final of the U.S. Open at Forest Hills (page 10). Connors fought off four set points in a third-set tie breaker as he won the $30,000 top money 6-4, 3-6, 7-6, 6-4. CHRIS EVERT took the women's title, beating Evonne Goolagong 6-3, 6-0 for $30,000. MARTY RIESSEN and TOM OKKER won the men's doubles title, defeating Paul Kronk and Cliff Letcher 6-4, 6-4. BILLIE JEAN KING and PHIL DENT beat Betty Stove and Frew McMillan 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 in mixed doubles.
VOLLEYBALL—The SAN DIEGO BREAKERS, led by league MVP Dodge Parker, defeated defending champion Los Angeles 2-12, 12-3, 12-9, 12-6 to win the IVA title at the San Diego Sports Arena.
MILEPOSTS—ACQUIRED: By the New York Nets, Guard NATE (Tiny) ARCHIBALD from Kansas City in exchange for Guard BRIAN TAYLOR, Center JIM EAKINS and the Nets' first-round draft choices in 1977 and 1978. The 6'1" Archibald has averaged 25.2 points and 8.1 assists in his six NBA seasons.
PURCHASED: By the New York Knicks, Forward JIM McMILLIAN from Buffalo for a reported $200,000. The 6'5" McMillian has a 15.9 points-per-game average for his six NBA seasons. At the same time Knick Forward BILL BRADLEY confirmed reports that he would retire at the end of the 1976-77 season.
SIGNED: By the Buffalo Bills, O.J. SIMPSON, to three one-year contracts at a reported salary of $2.5 million plus substantial fringe benefits. Simpson, 29, had requested to be traded to a West Coast team in order to be closer to his family, but the Bills were unable to come to terms with either the Los Angeles Rams or the Oakland Raiders. The new contract makes Simpson the highest-paid player in NFL history.
RULED: By U.S. District Court Judge WILLIAM B. BRYANT, that the National Football League's annual college draft violates federal antitrust laws.