David Pearson, driving a Mercury, got his 101st career victory in the Mason-Dixon 500 in Dover, Del. Pearson, who had an average speed of 114.664, finished 12 seconds ahead of defending champion Cale Yarborough's Oldsmobile.
SOCCER—NASL: Portland ruined the Cosmos' chance to tie the league record of eight consecutive wins with a 2-1 victory. The Timbers also beat San Jose 3-2 to take over first place in the Western Division and extend their winning streak to four games. New England downed Chicago 3-2, the Sting's ninth consecutive loss. But to demonstrate their confidence in their coach, the Sting's owners gave Malcolm Musgrove a raise and a new contract through the end of the 1979 season. Minnesota ended Vancouver's five-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory. Paul Cannell scored both of Washington's goals, but the Diplomats lost to Fort Lauderdale. The Strikers won 3-2. Oakland, which had a 4-4 record, fired Coach Mirko Stojanovic the night before its game with Memphis, which the Stompers then won 1-0. Three days later Memphis won its first game after nine losses, 3-1 over Dallas. Giorgio Chinaglia treated a crowd of 71,219, the largest in regular-season league history, to his second hat trick of the year, to lead the Cosmos past Seattle 5-1. Chinaglia leads the league in scoring, with 28 points.
ASL: Jack Howarth scored all three goals as Southern California defeated the Indy Daredevils 3-0 for its first win of the season. Until they met the New York Apollo last week, the New York Eagles were the league's only undefeated team, but Mike Mancini scored the first and last goals as the Apollo handed the Eagles a 3-2 loss in overtime.
TENNIS—GUILLERMO VILAS won the $175,000 German Open in Hamburg, defeating Wojtek Fibak 6-2, 6-4, 6-2. MIMA JAUSOVEC of Yugoslavia beat top-seeded Virginia Ruzici of Romania 6-2, 6-3 to win the women's title.
WTT: Rod Laver came from behind five times to defeat Vitas Gerulaitis 7-5 and lead San Diego to its seventh straight victory, 27-26 over New York. The next night Laver lost 3-6 to Andrew Pattison, but San Diego took its eighth win, 27-17 over New Orleans. Los Angeles managed to defeat Seattle 25-23 even though Marita Redondo upset Chris Evert 6-3 and Tom Gorman defeated Ilie Nastase 7-6. Two nights later Los Angeles defeated Indiana 30-19 as Evert avenged an earlier loss to Dianne Fromholtz with a 6-2 win and Nastase beat Allan Stone 6-4. Playing without two of their top players, Ray Ruffels and Billie Jean King (both were out with viruses), the Apples still defeated New Orleans 30-20 for their first victory in four meetings with the Nets this season. Renee Richards beat JoAnne Russell 7-5 for New Orleans' lone win in the match.
TRACK & FIELD—MIKE TULLY of UCLA surpassed the world record in the pole vault at the Pac 8 championships in Corvallis, Ore. Tully's leap of 18'8�" was one-half inch higher than the record set by Dave Roberts in 1976 but may not be accepted because of a technicality (page 11).
MILEPOSTS—DIED: JOIE RAY, 84, former American middle-distance and distance runner; in Benton Harbor, Mich. A member of the 1920, '24 and '28 U.S. Olympic teams, Ray tied a world indoor record in the mile (4:12) in 1925 and set an American outdoor record (4:14.6) in 1919.