MOTOR SPORTS—In the first leg of the International Race of Champions—a series that pits USAC, Formula I and NASCAR drivers against each other in identical Chevrolet Camaros—stock car driver BUDDY BAKER beat Indy 500 champion Johnny Rutherford over the 100-mile course at Brooklyn, Mich. James Hunt (page 28) was knocked out of the race after a collision with Gordon Johncock.
Cale Yarborough overtook Richard Petty with 21 laps remaining in the $129,175 Delaware 500 stock car race at Dover Downs Speedway to win his second straight NASCAR event. Despite a black flag that cost him a lap, Yarborough, the NASCAR point leader this season, averaged 115.74 mph and finished with a 7.2 second margin over Petty.
TENNIS—BRIAN GOTTFRIED and RAUL RAMIREZ defeated Phil Dent and Alan Stone 6-1, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 to win the $100,000 U.S. professional doubles championship at Woodlands, Texas.
Virginia Wade of England, down match point, won the last five games of the second set and went on to defeat Betty Stove of the Netherlands 5-7, 7-5, 7-5 for the $14,000 winner's check in the National Women's Indoor Championship at Atlanta.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As commissioner of World Team Tennis, EARL (Butch) BUCHHOLZ, 36, a former Davis Cup player and coach of WTT's Hawaii Leis. Buchholz replaces Larry King.
NAMED: BILL SHARMAN, who was replaced last month as head coach by Jerry West, General Manager of the Los Angeles Lakers. Sharman succeeds Pete Newell.
RETIRED: Detroit Red Wings Forward MICKEY REDMOND, 28, who twice had 50-goal seasons in the NHL. Redmond had a back operation two years ago, played briefly last season but quit when he experienced numbness in his right leg.
SIGNED: By the Los Angeles Lakers, Guard Don Chaney, 30, to a three-year, no-cut contract. A defensive specialist, the 6'5" Chaney played with the Boston Celtics for seven years and with the Spirits of St. Louis last season. He became a free agent with the merger of the ABA and NBA.