BOATING—MERLIN, a 67-foot yacht skippered by Doug Fryer of Seattle, finished first in the 2,300-mile Victoria, British Columbia-to- Maui race in a record 10 days, two minutes and 37 seconds, breaking the previous record, set in 1974, by more than two days.
Sorcery, a 61-foot sloop skippered by Jacob Wood of the California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey, won the 3,571-mile Los Angeles-to- Tahiti race with a corrected time of 18 days, 22 hours and 53 minutes.
BOWLING—WAYNE CHESTER of San Mateo, Calif. defeated John Handegard of Eugene, Ore. 216-152 to win the $60,000 Salt Lake City Open.
GOLF—JACK NICKLAUS won his third British Open, shooting a final-round 69 for a seven-under-par 281 at St. Andrews, two strokes better than four other golfers (page 14).
Dean Prince of Santa Rosa, Calif. defeated Tony Figueredo of Miami 5 and 4 to win the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship in Bangor, Maine.
Joanne Carner shot a final-round, one-under-par 71 for a total of 209, seven under par, to win the $85,000 Borden Classic at Dublin, Ohio by one stroke over Pat Bradley and Betsy King.
HORSE RACING—TERLINGUA ($2.80), ridden by Darrel McHargue, won the $97,475 Hollywood Lassie Stakes at Hollywood Park by 3� lengths over Joi'ski. The 2-year-old daughter of Secretariat covered the six furlongs in a stakes-record 1:08[4/5].
MOTOR SPORTS—Averaging 116.61 miles per hour in a Ferrari CARLOS REUTEMANN of Argentina won the British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch in England. Niki Lauda, in a Brabham Alfa, finished second. Mario Andretti blew the engine of his JPS Lotus halfway through the race but still retained his lead in the driver standings.
Cale Yarborough, driving an Oldsmobile, averaged 88.924 mph to win the $69,800 Nashville 420. Darrell Waltrip, in a Chevrolet, was second, two laps back.
SOCCER—NASL: Tulsa took over first place in the National Conference Central Division, and the Minnesota Kicks' Alan Merrick could, well, kick himself for it. The Roughnecks defeated the Kicks 1-0, the only score coming at 48:03 when Merrick booted the ball into his own goal, the second time this season Minnesota has lost a game in that fashion. Portland and Vancouver continued their fight for first place in the National Conference West. Vancouver held a one-point lead after beating Memphis 2-1, and Portland defeated Dallas 3-1. New England snapped the Cosmos' 23-game home victory streak, winning 3-1, but had its own seven-game streak ended by Rochester, 3-2. Chicago upset Ft. Lauderdale 4-3 on Arno Steffenhagen's goal with five minutes left. It was the Sting's fourth victory in six games. San Jose tied a league record for futility, losing its 12th straight, 5-1 to Washington. Trevor Francis scored a record-tying five goals, and Detroit set a league record for goals scored by one team as it routed the Earthquakes 10-0 (page 58).