BOXING—LUPE PINTOR retained his WBC bantamweight title by fighting to a 15-round draw with Eijiro Murata in Tokyo.
GOLF—JACK NICKLAUS shot a record eight-under-par 272 to win his fourth U.S. Open, in Springfield, N.J., by two strokes over Isao Aoki (page 25).
Dale Lundquist, with a 12-under-par 276, beat Amy Alcott by three strokes to win a $150,000 LPGA tournament in Danvers, Mass.
HORSE RACING—STEN ($38.80), ridden by Jeffrey Fell, won the $144,250 Bowling Green Handicap by a neck over John Henry at Belmont. The 5-year-old gelding covered the 1?-mile course in 2:13[1/5].
MOTOR SPORTS—JEAN RONDEAU and JEANPIERRE JAUSSAUD, driving a car built by Rondeau, covered 2,863.4 miles in winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans road race. Their average speed was 119.309 mph. A Porsche driven by Reinhold Jost and Jacky Ickx, who was trying for a record fifth win at Le Mans, came in second, 15 miles behind the winners.
Benny Parsons averaged 131.808 mph in his Chevrolet Monte Carlo to win the $186,280 NASCAR Gabriel 400 in Brooklyn, Mich. by a car length over Cale Yarborough in a Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
SOCCER—NASL: The Cosmos almost lost one game and did lose another. On Wednesday the Cosmos led Rochester 3-2 but seemed to be on the defensive when seldom-used Seninho angled a shot past Lancer Defense-man Craig Reynolds and Goalie Enzo DiPede to ice what turned out to be a 4-2 win. That was New York's eighth consecutive victory, which tied the club record. Then along came Tampa Bay and 54,247 avid Rowdy fans, who comprised the league's largest crowd this season, to break the Cosmos' string. Tampa Bay appeared to have a 3-2 regulation-time win locked up when Giorgio Chinaglia hit the tying goal with only :47 remaining. In the 13 previous games of this rivalry the visiting team had won only once, and the form held this night, the Rowdies winning on a shootout goal by Defense-man Mike Connell. Philadelphia (3-10), Detroit (5-9) and Portland (4-11) all lost twice. The Fury fell 5-0 to Edmonton and 2-1 to the ASC West's last-place club, San Jose. The Express also lost to the Earthquakes 1-0 on a shootout goal by Defenseman Vasa Rutonjski—it was Detroit's seventh one-goal defeat—and fell 3-1 to Atlanta. Portland was beaten 1-0 by San Diego on a goal by Jean Willrich at 76:29 and then was shut out 1-0 by NSC West-leading Seattle (14-2). That victory was the year's 10th shutout for Goalie Jack Brand, two short of the league record set a decade ago. The Sounders' 11-game winning streak had been halted earlier when Minnesota's Chico Hamilton scored at 74:41 for a 3-2 win. It was only the third time this season that Brand had given up more than one goal in a game. Tulsa (9-5) suffered its second straight shutout at home, 3-0 by Los Angeles on Luis Fernando's two goals, but stayed in front of the Kicks and Atlanta in the NSC Central. The Aztecs (8-5) then finished off a perfect week by beating California 5-1 on a Fernando hat trick. Vancouver (7-8) also won twice as Trevor Whymark scored the game winner at 86:53 to beat Toronto 2-1. Two days later Midfielder Alan Ball was fouled by Memphis Goalie Bob Stetler at 85:29 and hit the penalty kick to get a 1-0 victory. Red-hot Chicago (12-3), leader in the ASC Central, whipped New England 5-2 to avenge an earlier 4-3 loss. Sting Forward Karl-Heinz Granitza had two goals and an assist (page 63).
ASL: American Conference leader Sacramento lost 1-0 to National Conference-leading Columbus, then fell to Cleveland 4-3. Nearly every other team in the league won at least once. In addition to holding Sacramento scoreless, Magic Goalie Graham Tutt, who leads the league in goals against average (0.75), had a shutout against Pennsylvania. Unfortunately for him, Columbus couldn't score either, and the game ended at 0-0. The Stoners, second in the National Conference, did better in a rematch as Forward Christian Nwokocha scored the winning goal at 75:38 for a 1-0 victory. Expansion club Golden Gate got its second win of the season, beating Cleveland 2-1 at home, to stay just ahead of the American Conference's third-place team, California, which lost 2-0 to Cleveland. Miami Forward Jean Baptiste scored two goals against New York, but Eagle Forward Paul Kitson hit the winning goal 6:28 into the second half in a 4-3 win.
TENNIS—CHRIS EVERT LLOYD defeated Evonne Goolagong Cawley 6-3, 6-7, 7-5 to win a $100,000 tournament in England.
John McEnroe beat Kim Warwick 6-3, 6-1 to win the $125,000 Queen's Club tournament in London.