Silver Series ($9.60), Larry Snyder aboard, covered the 1[1/16]-mile in 1:41[1/5] to win the $140,800 Hawthorne Derby at Cicero, Ill.
MOTOR SPORTS—GUNNAR NILSSON of Sweden, driving a Lotus, won the Belgian Grand Prix, beating Niki Lauda of Austria by 14 seconds. Mario Andretti, who dominated the qualifying runs, was eliminated on the first lap when his Lotus collided with Briton John Watson's Brabham. Neither driver was injured.
ROWING—The CORNELL varsity eight beat Pennsylvania by 2.5 seconds to win its 20th Varsity Challenge Cup in the 75th IRA Regatta on Lake Onondaga in Syracuse, N.Y. (page 72).
SOCCER—Alan Willey's goal gave Minnesota a 1-0 victory over San Jose in a rematch between last year's NASL Pacific Conference playoff opponents. Las Vegas remained one point behind Los Angeles in the Southern Division. Toronto, a 6-0 loser to the Cosmos (page 28), and Tampa Bay, which lost to Rochester 2-0, held on to first place in the North and East, respectively. Despite the Rowdies' early-season success, Coach Eddie Firmani resigned for "personal reasons."
TENNIS—GUILLERMO VILAS whipped Brian Gottfried 6-0, 6-3, 6-0 in wind and rain to win the French Open, his first major tournament victory. MIMA JAUSOVEC took the women's title, defeating Florenta Mihai 6-2, 6-7, 6-1.
WTT: Sandy Mayer and Ray Ruffels beat Tony Roche and Roy Emerson to help New York (5-0) trim Boston 25-24 as the Apples moved to within .033 of the first-place Lobsters (3-1) in the East. Earlier, Boston defeated West Division leader Phoenix 24-17. Los Angeles ended its 14-game losing streak by routing Sea-Port 32-18. While 3,226 fans turned out at Cleveland, the Nets lost 30-22 to Phoenix in a match that featured reigning Wimbledon champs Bjorn Borg and Chris Evert. "What else can I do?" groaned Net owner Joe Zingale. On Thursday he showed what by signing Dr. Renee Richards; the league has not yet ruled on her eligibility.
TRACK & FIELD—ARIZONA STATE won the 56th NCAA outdoor championship in Champaign, Ill. with 64 points, 14 more than Texas-El Paso, which edged defending champion USC by two points for second place (page 77). Meet records were set by San Jose State's RON LIVERS, who leaped 55'3�" in the triple jump; MARK ENYEART of Utah State, who ran the 800 in 1:45.16; USC's LARRY DOUBLEY, who took the long jump at 26'11�"; and SAMSON KIMOMBWA of Washington State, who ran the 10,000 in 28:10.27.
Houston McTear won the 100-meter dash in 10.14 at the Muhammad Ali invitational in Norwalk, Calif., beating a field that included Olympic champion Hasely Crawford, Steve Williams, Steve Riddick and Don Quarrie. It was the fastest 100 of the year.
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: As basketball coach and athletic director at the University of New Orleans, BUTCH van BREDA KOLFF, 54, who was fired last December as coach of the New Orleans Jazz, his sixth pro team. He last coached basketball at Princeton from 1963 to 1967.
HIRED: As manager of the Mets, JOE TORRE, 36, who played for Milwaukee, Atlanta, St. Louis and the Mets during his 17-year career and was NL MVP in 1971. He replaces Joe Frazier, who will be a scout.