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A roundup of the week Sept. 5-11
September 19, 1977
BOXING—ALFREDO ESCALERA of Puerto Rico successfully defended his WBC junior lightweight crown for the 10th time, gaining a unanimous 15-round decision over Mexico's Sigfrido Rodriguez in San Juan.
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September 19, 1977

A Roundup Of The Week Sept. 5-11

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Neil Bonnett, driving a Dodge, won the $71,735 Capital City 400 at Richmond, Va., averaging 80.644 mph on the �-mile track. Bonnett finished five seconds ahead of Richard Petty's Dodge.

TENNIS—GUILLERMO VILAS won the U.S. Open men's championship, beating Jimmy Connors 2-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-0 at Forest Hills (page 12). CHRIS EVERT took her third consecutive women's title, defeating Wendy Turnbull 7-6, 6-2. BOB HEWITT and FREW MACMILLAN beat Raul Ramirez and Brian Gottfried in the men's doubles, 6-4, 6-0. MARTINA NAVRATILOVA and BETTY STOVE won the women's doubles from Renee Richards and Bettyann Stuart 6-1, 7-6.

TRACK & FIELD—KATHY SCHMIDT of Los Angeles set a women's world record in the javelin with a throw of 227'5" in F�rth, West Germany. The previous record of 226'9" was held by Ruth Fuchs of East Germany.

VOLLEYBALL—The ORANGE COUNTY STARS, led by Player-Coach Dodge Parker, won the IVA championship in El Paso, defeating the El Paso-Juarez Sol 12-3, 13-15, 10-12, 12-6, 6-4. El Paso's Lino de Melo (Caveman) Gama came off the bench after a disabling knee injury to Spiker Ed Skorek in the second game and made 14 kills in 25 attempts in the second and third games. But in the fifth-game tie-breaker, Bob Stafford led the Stars to the title with four kills. To reach the final, Orange County beat Santa Barbara 11-13, 12-9, 12-4, 8-12, 6-3 and El Paso-Juarez upset Denver 12-4, 12-14, 8-12, 17-15, 6-5.

MILEPOSTS—TO BE PAROLED: From the Rhode Island Adult Correctional Institute, MARVIN BARNES, Detroit Pistons' 6'9" forward, after serving five months of his one-year sentence for probation violation. Barnes will be released Oct. 14, four days before the NBA season opens.

RESTRAINED: By Clark County ( Nev.) District Court Judge James Brennan, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas from suspending Basketball Coach JERRY TARKANIAN, pending a Sept. 21 hearing. The NCAA recently placed UNLV on two years' probation for alleged violations in its basketball program.

SOLD: Guard ERNIE DiGREGORIO, by the Buffalo Braves to the Los Angeles Lakers. In 1974 DiGregorio was the NBA Rookie of the Year, the league leader in assists and free-throw percentage, and scored 15.2 points a game. In another NBA deal, the Indiana Pacers sent All-Star Guard DON BUSE, last season's steals and assists champion, to the Phoenix Suns for Guard RICKEY SOBERS.

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