MOTOR SPORTS—RICHARD PETTY won a 400-mile Grand National event in Brooklyn, Mich., driving his Buick at 123.457 mph around the two-mile Michigan International Speedway oval. He finished a car length ahead of Darrell Waltrip, also in a Buick.
Jacques Laffite, averaging 133.949 mph in a Talbot-Ligier, won the Austrian Grand Prix in Zeltweg by 5.17 seconds over Rene Arnoux, who drove a Renault. The winner took 1:27:36.47 to cover 54 laps of the 3.7-mile circuit.
SOCCER—NASL: Several streaks ended last week as most of the league's 15 playoff positions were spoken for. The Cosmos, 23-8 and the first club to qualify for post-season play, and Toronto, 6-25 and one of the first to be disqualified, both broke losing streaks on the same night. The Blizzard ended a nine-game skid as Alex Cropley's two goals helped down Montreal 4-3 in OT, and the Cosmos snapped a three-game skein, their longest since 1974, by thumping Washington 4-2. The top two playoff-bound clubs in the West met, and San Diego's bid to win 10 in a row was foiled by Los Angeles, which beat the Sockers 3-1 and crept within five points of them with one game left. Although Socker Striker Mike Stojanovic kept a personal run alive in that game, scoring in his league-record-tying 10th straight game, his streak ended three nights later in a 3-2 Socker defeat of San Jose. Tulsa dealt Minnesota its first loss in six games, 2-0, and clinched a playoff berth. Others surely in the playoffs, which begin on Aug. 20, include Calgary, Atlanta, Northwest Division-leading Vancouver and Central leader Chicago, which got three goals from Arno Steffenhagen in a 7-2 drubbing of Minnesota, another playoff-bound club.
ASL: Pennsylvania and Carolina, leaders in their conferences virtually all season, began feeling heat from New York United and Detroit respectively. United picked up three wins, 4-1 over Cleveland on three goals by Forward Redmond Lane, a 1-0 forfeit over the defunct New England Sharks and 2-1 over Pennsylvania, which was just three points ahead of United in the Liberty Conference at week's end. Meanwhile, Freedom Conference leader Carolina lost to the New York Eagles 2-0 as Bill Bolevic scored twice, and Detroit pulled to within three points of the Lightnin' by tying Rochester 2-2 in OT before losing to Pennsylvania 1-0.
SWIMMING—MARY F. MEAGHER lowered her own women's 200-meter and 100-meter world butterfly records at the U.S. Long Course Championships in Brown Deer, Wis., swimming the 200 in 2:05.96, .41 faster than her old mark and the 100 in 57.93, 1.33 better than her previous record (page 24).
Jon Erikson, a 26-year-old phys-ed teacher from Chicago, became the first swimmer to cross the English Channel three ways nonstop. He began at Dover, England and finished 38 hours and 27 minutes later at Wissant, France. Canadian law student Cindy Nicholas (SI, Aug. 10) gave up her three-way crossing attempt three days earlier after two legs.
TENNIS—MARY LOU PIATEK defeated Sue Barker 6-4, 6-1 in a $100,000 event in Richmond, Va.
In three $75,000 Grand Prix tournaments, BRIAN TEACHER defeated John Austin 6-3, 6-2 in Grove City, Ohio; BRIAN GOTTFRIED beat Tony Graham 6-3, 6-3 in Stowe, Vt.; and GENE MAYER downed Dave Siegler 6-1, 6-1 in Cleveland.
TRACK & FIELD—ANTOANETA TODOROVA of Bulgaria set a women's world javelin record of 235'10" in Zagreb, Yugoslavia. The previous mark of 229'11" was held by Tatyana Biryulina of the U.S.S.R.
MILEPOSTS—DECLARED: After 68 days, a mistrial in the federal case between Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission, and the NFL, over Davis' attempt to move the Raiders to Los Angeles (page 16).