BILLIARDS—LARRY LISCIOTTI of Old Saybrook, Conn. won the $50,000 World Open Pocket Billiard Championship in Asbury Park, N.J., beating Steve Mizerak of Perth Amboy, N.J. 150-108 (page 68).
BOWLING—JIM FRAZIER of Spokane, Wash. won his first PBA title when he defeated Mark Roth of Staten Island, N.Y. 233-215 in the $60,000 New England Open in Cranston, R.I.
Patty Costello of Scranton, Pa. beat Jeanette Robinson of Flint, Mich. 246-221 to win the $20,000 Greater Miami PWBA Classic.
DIVING—CYNTHIA McINGVALE of Dallas won her 23rd and 24th national titles at the AAU outdoor diving championships in Decatur, Ala., as she successfully defended her one-meter springboard crown and won the three-meter championship. Jenni Chandler, the three-meter gold medalist at Montreal, did not qualify for the finals in her specialty and placed seventh in the one-meter. JIM KENNEDY of Findlay, Ohio took the men's three-meter and one-meter springboard championships. KENT VOSLER, who was second in the three-meter springboard, won the men's 10-meter platform, and BARBARA WEINSTEIN of Cincinnati won the women's 10-meter.
PRO FOOTBALL—Replacing the injured Larry Csonka at fullback, Marsh White bolted through Pittsburgh for 100 yards as the New York Giants stunned the Steelers 17-0 to gain their third exhibition victory in 10 days. The New York Jets finally won their first game for new Coach Lou Holtz, beating Houston 27-24. Bob Griese threw touchdown passes on Miami's first three possessions as the Dolphins spoiled Tampa Bay's home debut, defeating the Buccaneers 28-21 before 71,718. Denver cruised to a 38-7 halftime lead and crushed Seattle 52-7, for the Seahawks' fourth straight defeat. New Orleans beat Baltimore 26-20 on Mike Strachan's three-yard touchdown run after 11:20 of overtime; and Buffalo routed Green Bay 37-0. Fran Tarkenton's 32-yard touchdown pass to rookie Sammy White with 24 seconds left to play led Minnesota past Cincinnati 23-17, while John Cappelletti's two touchdowns powered Los Angeles over Oakland 23-14. Rookie Danny White threw two touchdown passes to rookie Duke Fergerson as Dallas won its first exhibition, trouncing Detroit 36-16; Jan Stenerud's 36-yard field goal with 14 seconds to play enabled Kansas City to beat Washington 23-20. St. Louis handed Chicago its first loss after three victories, 20-14; New England defeated winless Atlanta 28-17; and Quarterback Jim Plunkett led San Francisco to a 17-16 victory over San Diego in Honolulu.
GOLF—RIK MASSENGALE finished birdie-birdie for a final-round 66 and an 18-under-par total of 266 to score a two-stroke victory over J. C. Snead and Al Geiberger in the $210,000 Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open.
Kathy Whitworth had a seven-under-par 212 to win the $55,000 Patty Berg Classic in St. Paul, two strokes ahead of Sandra Post.
Donna Horton of Jacksonville moved ahead with a 10-foot birdie putt on the 31st hole and beat Marianne Bretton of San Diego 2 and 1 to win the 76th U.S. Women's Amateur championship at Sacramento.
HARNESS RACING—KEYSTONE ORE ($5.00), driven by Stanley Dancer, clocked the fastest mile ever by a 3-year-old pacer at Yonkers Raceway to win the $200,000 Cane Pace in 1:57[1/5]. Favored Armbro Ranger placed sixth.
Long shot TROPICAL STORM ($86.20), with Ralph Baldwin in the sulky, won the $145,000 Empire State Trot in 1:57[3/5] at the Syracuse Mile.