Cricket stages its first World Cup in England and West Indies are the winners. Australia retain the Ashes through the bowling might of Jeff Thompson and Dennis Lillee.
The Third Test at Headingley, Leeds, has to be abandoned after activists from the ‘Free George Davies’ campaign destroy the wicket.
Arthur Ashe (left) wins Wimbledon, beating the favourite, Jimmy Connors, in a thrilling final to become the first black man to take the singles title. Connors had cruised to the final without dropping a set and Ashe had never beaten him before.
The British Grand Prix at Silverstone is run in torrential rain and there are several crashes. The eventual winner is Brazilian Emerson Fittipaldi, (left).
The sport is marred by violence and bad behaviour from both crowds and players. Leeds United captain Billy Bremner and four others of the Scotland squad are banned from ever playing for their country again.
Royal Ascot is marred by a strike of Newmarket stable lads who are campaigning for an improvement in their pay and conditions. Their union, the TGWU, had called the stoppage after the Newmarket Trainers’ Association had refused its call for a wage increase of £4-75 per week.