WHA: Defeating Birmingham 6-0 and Indianapolis 7-0, New England increased its second-place lead to four points over Houston. Birmingham broke the major league record of 1,980 penalty minutes when Gilles Bilodeau was assessed with a fighting infraction at 18:21 in the second period at New England. The Whalers went on to snap Cincinnati's four-game win streak 6-2, while Edmonton did the same to Winnipeg with a 6-2 victory.
HORSE RACING—ESOPS FOIBLES ($30.20), Chris McCarron up, won the $124,750 Louisiana Derby by a head over Quadratic at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. The 3-year-old colt covered the 1? miles in 1:50[4/5], two seconds off the track record.
MARATHON—MARTY COOKSEY won the first Avon International women's event, held in Atlanta, in 2:46:16 (page 24).
MOTOR SPORTS—Averaging 142.520 mph in his Thunderbird, BOBBY ALLISON raced to a one-lap victory ahead of Dave Marcis' Chevrolet in the $205,800 Atlanta 500 at Hampton, Ga.
SWIMMING—ARIZONA STATE'S women's team out-scored runner-up Florida 533-464 to win its second straight team title in the AIAW national championship meet in Durham, N.C.
TENNIS—EVONNE GOOLAGONG beat Chris Evert 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 to win the $100,000 Virginia Slims tournament in Boston (page 68).
Harold Solomon and Vitas Gerulaitis won the final two singles matches to complete a 4-1 victory over South Africa in Nashville that sent the U.S. to the American Zone Davis Cup finals.
WRESTLING—IOWA won its third NCAA title in College Park, Md. The individual champions: Jimmy Jackson ( Okla. St.), heavyweight; Ron Jeidy ( Wisconsin), 190 pounds; Mark Lieberman (Lehigh), 177; Keith Stearns ( Oklahoma), 167; Lee Kemp ( Wisconsin), 158; Mark Churella ( Michigan), 150; Dan Hicks ( Oregon St.), 142; Ken Mallory (Montclair St.), 134; Mike Land ( Iowa St.), 126; Andy Daniels ( Ohio U.), 118 (page 76).
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: DICK HARTER, 47, to replace John Bach, who resigned as basketball coach at Penn State. Harter coached at the University of Pennsylvania in 1966-71 and had an 88-44 record. He was 113-81 during his seven years at Oregon. JIM HANEY, 29, as basketball coach at Oregon. Haney has been an assistant to Harter for the past seven seasons. DON DEVOE, 36, as basketball coach at Tennessee, succeeding Ray Mears, who resigned because of ill health. DeVoe coached at Wyoming for the past two seasons and had a 29-25 record.
FIRED: As basketball coach at Auburn University, BOB DAVIS, 50. Davis' teams have had a 70-61 record since 1973.