WHA: Quebec wrapped up its best-of-seven quarterfinal playoff series by defeating Houston 11-2. The confident Nordiques then took on the New England Whalers, whom they had beaten four straight in regular-season play, in the first game of the semifinals. But the Whalers prevented league scoring leader Marc Tar-dif (154 points) from getting any shots on goal and beat Quebec 5-1.
HORSE RACING—ALYDAR ($2.20), a 1-to-10 favorite with Jorge Velasquez up, won the $119,000 Blue Grass Stakes by 13 lengths. The Calumet Farm 3-year-old covered the 1? miles in 1:49[3/5] (page 28).
SOCCER—NASL: Jeff Bourne scored both goals as Dallas handed second-place Washington its first loss in six games, 2-0. In the West, Peter Anderson had his second hat trick of the season to lead San Diego to a 5-3 win over Portland. Chicago lost 1-0 to Minnesota. Tulsa gave Memphis its fifth loss in as many games, 2-0, as Forward Bill Sautter scored both goals.
ASL: Cleveland's Tony Tiselj scored an unassisted goal at nine minutes into overtime as the Cobras defeated the Indy Daredevils 1-0. Cleveland is tied for first with New York in the East. In the Western Division, California moved into first place as Andy Chapman scored the second and third goals in a 3-1 win over Sacramento. Los Angeles defeated Southern California 2-0.
TENNIS—HAROLD SOLOMON won the $250,000 Alan King Classic in Las Vegas after Corrado Barazzutti was forced to retire during the second set because of stomach pains, with Solomon leading 6-1, 3-0.
WTT: First-place Boston rallied to defeat San Diego 27-26, and then beat Golden Gate 31-15. CHRIS EVERT of Los Angeles defeated Virginia Wade 7-6, and teamed with TRACY AUSTIN to down Marise Kruger and liana Kloss 6-4 as the Strings beat Golden Gate 28-23. Evert is undefeated this season. RENE RICHARDS teamed with MARTY RIESSEN to defeat Ray Ruffels and JoAnne Russell 6-1, as New Orleans crunched the Apples 25-18.
TRACK & FIELD—VILLANOVA won five events at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, repeating its performances of 1968, '69 and '70 (page 80).
WEIGHT LIFTING—SERGEI RAKHMANOV of the Soviet Union set a world record of 442 pounds in the snatch for super heavyweights in Kiev. KHRISTO PLACHKOV of Bulgaria held the previous record of 440.92.
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: DICK VITALE, 37, as coach of the Detroit Pistons, replacing interim Coach Bob Kauffman. Vitale, who was a former coach at the University of Detroit, signed a three-year contract.
OBTAINED: By the Houston Oilers from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the No. 1 NFL draft pick that the Oilers will use to acquire Heisman Trophy winner EARL CAMPBELL. In return, the Buccaneers got Tight End Jimmy Giles, plus Houston's first-and second-round picks this year and its third and fifth selections next season.