Jay Springsteen's second-place finish in the final event of the American Motorcycle Association's pro series at Ascot Park in Gardena, Calif. earned him 260 points for the year and his second straight championship. Rookie of the Year honors went to GARTH BROW, who took the 20-lap, half-mile-oval race in a track-record 7:32.8, 3.8 seconds under the mark Springsteen set last year.
MODERN PENTATHLON—JANUSZ PECIAK of Poland won the men's senior world championship at Fort Sam Houston, Texas with 5,484.68 points, giving Poland a 2.23-point victory over the Soviet Union in the senior team competition. The U.S. finished fourth, missing the bronze medal by less than a point. Standouts for the U.S. were NEIL GLENESK, who set a world pentathlon record of 3:16.5 in the 300-meter freestyle swim and scored an American-record 5,347 points, and MIKE BURLEY, who won the 4,000-meter run. GINA SWIFT of Marble Falls, Texas won the women's world title with 4,660.55 points.
SWIMMING—JOHN YORK, 16, of Manhattan Beach, Calif., crossed the 21-mile Catalina Channel in 8:31.29, lowering by 38.31 the men's one-way record set in 1956 by Tom Parks. After resting for five minutes, York headed back to the mainland in an attempt to break the two-way record set last month by Penny Dean, but with less than 100 yards to go, became disoriented and had to be hauled out of the 63� water. York's body temperature at the time was 88� and he was in an early stage of hypothermia. The 5'7", 125-pound boy was rushed to the hospital, but he recovered.
TENNIS—ILIE NASTASE defeated Vitas Gerulaitis 6-2, 6-2 to win the $83,000 World Star tournament in Rotterdam. JIMMY CONNORS and CHRIS EVERT had little difficulty disposing of their opponents, Connors winning 6-2, 6-0 over Brian Gottfried in the $100,000 Island Holidays Classic on Maui in Hawaii, and Evert beating Dianne Fromholtz 6-3, 6-2 in the $75,000 Atlanta Women's classic.
MILEPOSTS—AUTHORIZED: By the Baseball Hall of Fame Board of Directors, a change in the process of selecting players from the old Negro baseball leagues for the Hall of Fame. The special committee for that purpose having been dissolved, selection will now be made by the Veterans Committee. In another ruling, major-leaguers who were unable to complete the 10-year-eligibility requirement for enshrihement because of illness or death will now be considered.
PENALIZED: By the NCAA in its latest series of rulings, the University of Houston, Portland State and Western Carolina University, each receiving a one-year probation, for various infractions and violations in the conduct of their intercollegiate athletic programs.
TRADED: To the Cleveland Cavaliers, Guard WALT FRAZIER, 32, after 10 years and two NBA championships with the New York Knicks, as compensation for New York's acquisition of free agent Guard Jim Cleamons.