BILLIARDS—RAY MARTIN of Fairlawn, N.J. defeated defending champion Allen Hopkins of Cranford, N.J. 200-154 to win the World Open Pocket Billiards championship in New York City (page 84).
BOWLING—MARK ROTH of Staten Island, N.Y. tied the PBA record for most victories in a season when he won his seventh tournament, the $60,000 New England Open at Cranston, R.I. Roth defeated Palmer Fallgren
of Sacramento by 174 pins.
CHESS—World champion Anatoly Karpov assumed a 3-1 lead over Viktor Korchnoi in the World Championships in Baguio City, Philippines, taking less than three hours to win the previously adjourned 13th and 14th games.
GOLF—LEE ELDER shot a final-round 67, four under par, for a 10-under-par 274 total to win the $300,000 Westchester Classic at Harrison, N.Y.
Sandra Post defeated Kathy Whitworth and Pat Meyers on the second hole of sudden death to win the $150,000 LPGA tournament at Dearborn, Mich.
Cathy Sherk of Port Colborne, Ontario defeated Judith Oliver of Sewickley, Pa. 4 and 3 to win her second national amateur tournament in two weeks, the U.S. Women's Amateur at Plymouth Meeting, Pa. Earlier, she had won her second straight Canadian Women's Amateur at Mactaquac Park, New Brunswick.
HARNESS RACING—COUNT'S PRIDE ($7.20), driven by Bill Haughton, won the $120,000 H. M. Zweig Memorial at the Syracuse State Fairgrounds by a head over Florida Pro. The 3-year-old trotted the mile in a track-record 1:56, the fastest time of the year.
HORSE RACING—ALYDAR ($4.00), ridden by Jorge Velasquez, was declared the winner of the $104,800 Travers Stakes at Saratoga when Affirmed, the first-place finisher with Laffit Pincay Jr. up, was placed second following an interference claim (page 20).
MOTOR SPORTS—DAVID PEARSON, driving a Mercury, averaged 129.566 mph at the Michigan International Speedway to win the $142,500 Champion 400 by 10 feet over Cale Yarborough in an Oldsmobile.
SOCCER—NASL: Fort Lauderdale and the defending champion Cosmos each won the first game of their conference final playoffs. The Strikers defeated Tampa Bay 3-2 to take a one-game lead in the American Conference series, while in Portland, Dennis Tueart scored the game's only goal as the Cosmos defeated the Timbers in the first game of the National Conference final. Fort Lauderdale had advanced by beating the Express in sudden death before a record crowd of 32,319 in Detroit. George Nanchoff scored the series-winner at 20:36 to give the Strikers the victory, after the Express had won the regulation game 1-0 on a goal by Alan Brazil, thus forcing the overtime. Franz Beckenbauer had scored in the sixth round of a shootout to give the Cosmos a 1-0 win over Minnesota and a berth in the conference finals, after Tueart and Giorgio Chinaglia each scored a pair of goals to help the Cosmos tie the series with a 4-0 victory in the regulation game. Minnesota had won the first game, rolling to a 9-2 victory before 45,863 at Bloomington. The Kicks' Alan Willey scored a playoff-record five goals; the 11 goals scored by both teams tied a record. Portland had advanced by snapping Vancouver's record 14-game winning streak 1-0, then upsetting the Whitecaps again, 2-1, before a record crowd of 32,266 in Vancouver. Tampa got a goal from Rodney Marsh at 3:41 into sudden death to give the Rowdies a 1-0 win over San Diego, which had tied their series with a 2-1 victory in the second game.