PRO BASKETBALL—Portland overcame a two-game deficit and beat Philadelphia four straight to win the NBA championship (page 30). The Trail Blazers swept Games Three and Four at Portland by a total of 54 points, upset the 76ers 110-104 in Philly, then toppled the Sixers 109-107 in Game Six on Bill Walton's 20 points, 23 rebounds and eight blocked shots. Walton was named the MVP of the playoffs, and Oregon had its first championship in a major professional sport.
GOLF—TOM WEISKOPF shot a final-round 70 and finished at 11-under-par 277 to win the $250,000 Kemper Open by two strokes over George Burns and Bill Rogers at Charlotte, N.C. It was Weiskopf's third Kemper triumph and first tour victory since 1975.
Joanne Carner fired a four-under-par 284 to win the $100,000 Talk Tournament at New Rochelle, N.Y. by five strokes over Kathy McMullen.
Peter McEvoy, a 24-year-old London law student, won the 91st British Amateur by beating Hugh Campbell of Scotland five-and-four over 36 holes at Ganton. For the first time in 20 years no American qualified for the last 16 positions.
HARNESS RACING—GREEN SPEED, driven by Billy Haughton, won the $100,000 Beacon Course for 3-year-old trotters at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J., covering the mile in 1:59[1/5] (page 62).
Nat Lobell, driven by Jack Kopas, and GOOSE FILTER, Jerry Graham in the sulky, took divisions of the $113,000 Oliver Wendell Holmes Pace at the Meadowlands. During the program, SHADYSIDE TRIXIE paced a mile in 1:54[3/5] to break the world record for pacing geldings set last year by Young Quinn.
HORSE RACING—Guided impeccably by Lester Piggott, THE MINSTREL outdueled favored Blushing Groom around the last turn, then nailed front-running Hot Grove by a neck at the wire to win the 198th English Derby and $184,950. The victory was Piggott's eighth in the Epsom classic, two more than any other jockey.
Forego ($3), ridden by Willie Shoemaker, won the $114,400 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont, running the mile in 1:34[4/5] to top a field of 12. The victory boosted career earnings of the three-time Horse of the Year to $1,738,857, which is $259,039 short of Kelso's all-time record.
Favored CORMORANT ($4.80), under Jockey Danny Wright, won the $124,200 Jersey Derby at Atlantic City, covering the 1? miles in 1:50[2/5] to beat Iron Constitution by 3� lengths.
Vigors ($28.20), Jerry Lambert up, came from last place in a field of 12 to win the $200,000 1�-mile Hollywood Invitational at Hollywood Park in 2:26[4/5], scoring an upset over favored Caucasus by three-quarters of a length.