Noble Dancer II ($5.00), Steve Cauthen riding, scored a six-length victory over Upper Nile in the $125,000 United Nations Handicap at Atlantic City. The 6-year-old horse covered the 1[3/16] in 1:56[2/5].
Moon Lark ($5.60), Jackie Martin in the saddle, finished �ths a length ahead of Osage Juana to win the $1.28 million All-American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico. The 2-year-old colt ran the 440-yard quarter-horse event in 21.84 seconds and won $437,500.
MOTOR SPORTS—MARIO ANDRETTI clinched the World Driving Championship in a crash-and-controversy-marred Italian Grand Prix at Monza. Andretti's Lotus was first across the finish line, but he and second-finisher Gilles Villeneuve were each penalized one minute for jumping the starting signal and third finisher Niki Lauda was awarded the win.
Don Garlits, in a Dodge-powered dragster, won the Top Fuel title at the NHRA Nationals in Indianapolis with a quarter-mile time of 5.903 seconds and a top speed of 241.28 mph. Tom McEwen, in a Corvette, was tops in the Funny Car class with a 6.052 at 235.60 mph, and Bob Glidden won Pro Stock with an 8.617 at 146.81 mph in his Ford.
SOCCER—The New York Apollo, the highest-scoring team in the ASL, won the league championship game 1-0 over the Los Angeles Skyhawks. Rupert DeLosreyes intercepted a pass and kicked an unassisted 45-yarder at the 44-minute mark for the only goal.
TENNIS—JIMMY CONNORS won the U.S. Open men's title, defeating Bjorn Borg 6-4, 6-2, 6-2, and CHRIS EVERT became the first woman since 1935 to win the women's championship four straight years, beating 16-year-old Pam Shriver 7-5, 6-4 (page 18).
VOLLEYBALL—Santa Barbara won the IVA title, defeating Tucson in a super tie-breaker. The Spikers trailed 4-0 during the tie-breaker, but rallied for a 12-8 victory and the championship.
MILEPOSTS—ACCEPTED: Guard JOHN LUCAS and $100,000, by Golden State as compensation for losing free agent Rick Barry to the Houston Rockets.
APPOINTED: As matchmaker for Madison Square Garden Boxing, Inc., GIL CLANCY, 56, former manager and trainer of boxers, most notably two-time middleweight champion and three-time welterweight champion Emile Griffith. Clancy replaces Teddy Brenner, who held the job for 20 years.
RETIRED: After 12 seasons in the NBA, DAVE BING, 34, from the Boston Celtics. Bing, who averaged 20.3 points per game, also played with the Detroit Pistons (1966-75) and the Washington Bullets (1975-77).