BOATING—Ticonderoga, the 72-foot ketch owned, skippered and navigated by Robert Johnson of Portland, Ore., sailed from San Pedro, Calif. to Honolulu in 9 days 13 hours 51 minutes 2 seconds, to finish the Transpacific Yacht Race just 5 minutes 48 seconds ahead of the 73-foot South African ketch Stormvogel. The finish was the closest in the race's 24 years, as Big Ti broke by one hour 14 minutes 8 seconds the elapsed-time record set 10 years ago by Morning Star. The winner on corrected time was PSYCHE, a 40-foot sloop owned and skippered by Don Salisbury of the Los Angeles Yacht Club. Her official time was 8 days 22 hours 44 minutes 30 seconds.
CYCLING—The Tour de France, Europe's annual 23-day, 2,600-mile race through Germany, Belgium, France and Spain, ended in an upset as an Italian novice, 23-year-old FELICE GIMONDI, who turned professional just a few months ago, finished the 22 laps in 194:02:06, almost 3 minutes ahead of France's favored Raymond Poulidor, last year's runner-up.
GOLF—Thirty-five-year-old GENE LITTLER shot a final-round 66 on the par-70 Mississaugua Golf and Country Club course in Toronto to win the Canadian Open with a 273, one stroke ahead of Jack Nicklaus, who closed with a 67. While the rest of the contenders fell back, rookie Homero Blancas came up with a final-round 66 to finish in a five-way tie for third at 278.
Arne Dokka, a 21-year-old student from Studio City, Calif., beat Leo Zampedro of Warren, Ohio 10 and 9 on the North Park course in Pittsburgh, to win the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship by the largest margin in its 40-year history. Dokka's one-under-par 70 in the morning round of the 36-hole final tied the competitive record for the 6,781-yard course.
Kathy Whitworth's five-stroke lead going into the final nine of the Yankee Open in Grand Blanc, Mich. was enough to withstand a rush by Carol Mann, U.S. Women's Open champion. She finished with 213 for 54 holes, leaving Miss Mann two strokes behind after the latter three-putted the 17th hole.
Ramon Sota of Spain took the French Open with a 268 for four rounds on the 6,684-yard Saint Nom-la-Bret√®che Club's Blue course, beating Cobie LeGrange of South Africa by one stroke. Peter Thomson, the British Open winner, posted an eight-under-par 65 in the third round that put him into a tie for first, but shot up to a 71 in the fourth for 272 and third place.
HARNESS RACING—In one of the easiest races of his career SPEEDY SCOT ($3.20) won the 1½-mile, $25,000 Challenge Cup at Roosevelt Raceway by three lengths over Italy's Steno. The win did much to erase the disappointment of his fifth-place finish after he broke stride in the International two weeks ago. Quioco of France was third.
Bret Hanover paid only $2.20 (the minimum permitted by law for a $2 bet), as Frank Ervin drove him to his 32nd straight victory in the Adios Pace at Vernon Downs. He won by two lengths over Rivaltime in 1:57.
HORSE RACING—California's leading active money winner, NATIVE DIVER ($4.40), took the 1-mile, $162,100 Hollywood Gold Cup by five lengths over the Argentine-bred Babington for his longest and richest win (page 43). Hill Rise was third.
Meadow Court (6-5), Bing Crosby's 3-year-old chestnut colt who won the Irish Derby, added $87,379 to his winnings by taking the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot, England by two lengths. Soderini was second and Oncidium third, another three lengths back.
In his first start since the Belmont on June 5 TOM ROLFE ($3), winner of the Chesapeake and the Preakness, got off last in the $51,500 Citation Handicap at Arlington Park but caught the field going into the far turn, was second at the head of the stretch and pulled away to win by 3½ lengths over Mr. Clown.
Leading all the way for a mile and a quarter, REPEATING ($20.40), with Hedley Woodhouse aboard, won the $108,300 Monmouth Handicap at Monmouth Park by 2½ lengths. Tenacle and Am-pose were the place and show horses, while Smart, the favorite and bearer of the 122-pound topweight, finished fourth.
Staunchness ($7.40), a son of Bold Ruler who was claimed for $25,000 two months ago by Red Oak Stable, won the $82,150 Dwyer Handicap at Aqueduct, his first stakes race, by four lengths over Due de Great, while Hail to All, the favorite, finished third, a head back.
MOTOR SPORTS—Jim Clark virtually clinched his second world driving championship with a victory in the Dutch Grand Prix at the North Sea resort of Zandvoort. Driving his green Lotus, he finished the 208.41-mile. 80-lap race in 2:03:59.1, averaging 100.86 mph, nine seconds ahead of another Scot, Jackie Stewart, who drove a BRM. Dan Gurney, of Costa Mesa, Calif., placed third driving a Brabham.
Marvin Panch of Daytona Beach, Fla. scored his third and fourth NASCAR Grand National circuit victories of the season in the 250-lap event in Islip, N.Y., where he averaged 43.838 mph on the [1/5]-mile paved track, and in the 66-lap race at Watkins Glen, N.Y., where he averaged 98.182 mph, breaking a mark set last year by the late Billy Wade. Panch led from the 14th lap to the finish, nearly lapping second-place Ned Jarrett of Camden, S.C.
TENNIS—Cliff Richey grabbed an early lead in each set in the men's singles final of the National Clay Court championship at Chicago's River Forest Club, but DENNIS RALSTON, the nation's top-ranked player, came back three times to win the first, third and fourth sets and capture the title for the second time 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Ralston's service ace at match point ended the hard-fought duel. Cliff's 22-year-old sister NANCY RICHEY won an unprecedented third straight women's title after two hours eight minutes, when her opponent, Julie Heldman of New York City, double faulted at match point. The score was 5-7, 6-3, 9-7.
Wimbledon champion and No. 1 Australian ROY EMERSON defeated his Wimbledon finals opponent. No. 2 Aussie Fred Stolle, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, in the men's singles final of the Welsh championships in Newport, Wales.
TRACK & FIELD—Top track-and-field men were running, jumping, hurdling and tossing weights all over the world last week. In Oslo, Norway, RON CLARKE of Australia ran 10,000 meters in 27:39.4, to become the first runner ever to break 28 minutes (page 24) and the first to run six miles in 26:47. Two days later in Paris, Clarke finished his triumphant European tour with a winning 13:32.4 in the 5,000 meters on the rain-soaked track of Charlety Stadium. Lieut. BILLY MILLS of the U.S. Marines ran the two best 5,000 meter races of his career, one in Oslo, where he beat teammate Bob Schul, and one in Berlin, both in 13:41.4. RON WHITNEY of Los Angeles was a double winner at Oslo (400-meter run and 400-meter hurdles) and a winner again (400-meter hurdles) in Berlin. JIM RYUN, the high school runner from Wichita, Kans., won twice in Jamaica: the mile in 4:04.3; the half mile in a slow 1:50.5. He was beaten at three miles by BILL MORGAN of San Francisco.
The somewhat less than triumphant "farewell" tour of New Zealand's Olympic champion PETER SNELL continued, with defeats at 2,000 meters by Josef Odlozil in Czechoslovakia, at 800 meters by Bill Crothers in Oslo and at 1,500 meters by Jim Grelle in Berlin. At week's end Snell's losing streak stood at 12 straight.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: By Davis Cup Captain George MacCall to represent the U.S. in the American zone finals of the Cup competition, DENNIS RALSTON, ARTHUR ASHE, HAM RICHARDSON and MARTY RIESSEN with CLARK GRAEBNER and FRANK FROEHLING as alternates. Noteworthy by his absence from the list was 18-year-old Cliff Richey, who was passed over by MacCall and simultaneously withdrawn from consideration by his coach and father, George, as both men squabbled over which was to have the last word on the young man's play.
APPROVED: By the Senate Judiciary Committee, along with a bill to exempt professional sports from antitrust laws, an amendment barring any pro team from signing a college prospect before his four years of college eligibility have expired, even if the athlete in question has dropped out of school.
DROPPED: By Polish sports officials, their plan to include East German athletes in a track meet August 7 and 8 at Warsaw, where American and Polish teams will compete. The change was apparently made in anticipation of a U.S. Government protest based on its policy of nonrecognition of the East German government.