Jay Springsteen of Flint, Mich., riding a 750-cc. Harley-Davidson, won the 25-mile San Jose AMA Camel Pro-Series National Championship, defeating defending national points champion Gary Scott for the $5,950 top money. Springsteen averaged 95.384 mph over the one-mile dirt course.
PARACHUTING—GREG SURABKO of the Soviet Union jumped to the men's world championship at the military airport of Guidonia near Rome. Surabko won both the style and precision competitons. Rina Klaburn of East Germany took the women's style event, while M. A. Ledbetter won the accuracy competition.
MODERN PENTATHLON—LAJOR DOBI of Hungary won the junior world championship at Zielona Gora, Poland. Dobi finished with 5,342 points—20 points ahead of Jan Barty of Czechoslovakia.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, who join the American League next season, ROY HARTSFIELD, 51. A second baseman for the Boston Braves during a three-year major league career, Harts-field managed Hawaii the past four years, winning Pacific Coast League championships in 1975 and 1976.
RESIGNED: Effective at the end of the current season, BILL RIGNEY, 58, as manager of the San Francisco Giants. Rigney first managed the Giants in 1956, when the team was still in New York; he was fired after 58 games of the 1960 season. In 1961 he began a nine-year stint as manager of the Angels, first in Los Angeles, then in Anaheim. From 1970 to 1972 he managed the Minnesota Twins, winning the 1970 Western Division championship. He returned to the Giants this season.
SOLD: After four years in receivership, the HOUSTON ASTROS, to their major creditors—General Electric Credit Corporation and Ford Motor Credit Corporation. Terms of the sale were not disclosed, but Astro Owner Judge Roy Hofheinz was given an option to reacquire the team for $20 million.
DIED: JOHN QUINN, 68, general manager of the Boston- Milwaukee Braves (1945-58) and vice-president and general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies (1959-72); after a long illness; in Stanton, Calif.