BOATING—The Admiral's Cup, a four-race series for ocean-racing yachts in British waters, was won by GREAT BRITAIN for the fourth time. The British team of three boats compiled 420 points to runner-up Australia's 376, despite an Australian victory in three out of the four races. The 605-mile Fastnet Rock, the last race and the longest, had a surprise winner when RABBIT, a new 24-foot sloop from the Boston Yacht Club, owned, designed and skippered by Dick Carter, won on corrected time. Rabbit, one of the smallest of the 151 yachts entered, was too small to be eligible for the American team, and sailed independently.
The outstanding individual in the world championships for kayaks and canoes on the Lieser River near Spittal, Austria was Austrian KURT PRESLMAYER, who earned two gold medals in the men's single kayak slalom and the downriver run. The EAST GERMAN team led in the team standings with five slalom and four downriver firsts, followed by Czechoslovakia with three and three, and West Germany with a first in each category. For the first time in the history of the championships no fabric-covered crafts were entered—all the kayaks and canoes were made of fiber glass.
BOXING—Honolulu's STAN HARRINGTON won a unanimous 10-round decision over former champion Sugar Ray Robinson, 45, for the second time in 10 weeks in a poorly attended middleweight bout at the Honolulu International Center.
GOLF—DAVE MARR, the small Texan who finished dead last after 72 holes in last year's PGA, assumed the stature of a giant-killer in the same tournament this year at the Laurel Valley course in Ligonier, Pa. when he shot a four-under-par 280 to hold off the closing rush of Jack Nicklaus and Billy Casper, who finished in a tie for second at 282 (page 24). In 12 years on the pro tour Marr had won only three tournaments, the last three years ago.
HARNESS RACING—NOBLE VICTORY's ($2.40) 17th straight victory was by 2½ lengths over Perfect Freight in the $122,236.25 Yonkers Futurity, the first leg of the Triple Crown of trotting.
Unbeatable BRET HANOVER ($2.20), guided as usual by Frank Ervin, won his 35th straight race, the $16,915 Arden Downs stake at The Meadows, by 3¼ lengths over Geedee Hanover.
HORSE RACING—George D. Widener's WHAT A TREAT ($7.60), Johnny Rotz up, withstood an interference protest after defeating Discipline by a neck and was declared the winner of the 1-mile $63,000 Alabama Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Saratoga. The place and show positions were officially reversed, however, making Terentia second and Discipline third.
The American record for a mile on turf, set by Vimy Ridge in 1962, was broken at Atlantic City Race Course by PORTSMOUTH ($9.60), winner of the Expressway Handicap, by six lengths in 1:34[1/5].
ROWING—Nineteen-year-old BILL MAHER, competing for the Detroit Boat Club, upset two-time champion Don Spero of the New York Athletic Club by a four-inch margin to win the single-sculls final at the National Championships on New York's Hunter's Island Lagoon. The favored VESPER BOAT CLUB easily won the eight-oar event by 4½ lengths over St. Catharines of Canada.
SWIMMING—BERNIE WRIGHTSON, an Arizona State senior, swept the men's one-meter, three-meter and platform diving titles at the National AAU Outdoor Championships in suburban Toledo, STEVE KRAUSE knocked .1 second off the world 1,500-meter free-style record with a 16:58.6, and THOMPSON MANN of Chapel Hill, N.C. was a double winner, taking the 100-and 200-meter backstroke titles. But the girls provided most of the action. Fourteen-year-old PATTY CARETTO of City of Commerce, Calif. swam the 1,500-meter freestyle in world record time for the second year in a row. Her 18:23.7 bettered the mark she set at the women's nationals last year by 6.8 seconds and beat Sharon Finneran, who finished second, also in subrecord time. Sharon Stouder's 200-meter butterfly mark fell to KENDIS MOORE, 16, of Phoenix, Ariz., who moved into the world-record class with a 2:26.3, a .1 second improvement. CLAUDIA KOLB, 15, of the Santa Clara Swim Club, the only triple winner, improved her own meet record in the 200-meter breaststroke with a 2:48.6, then bettered the listed world mark of Russia's Svetlana Babanina in the 100-meter breast-stroke with a 1:17.1 (Miss Babanina has a 1:16.5 pending, however) and finished with a winning 200-meter individual medley. Pennsylvania high schooler MARTHA RANDALL, swimming for the Vesper Boat Club, beat Marilyn Ramenofsky in the 400-meter freestyle with a 4:39.2 clocking that bettered Miss Ramenofsky's world mark by .3 second, and set an American record (2:12.3) in the 200-meter freestyle. JUDY HUMBARGER of Fort Wayne, Ind. tied world-record holder CATHY FERGUSON in the 200-meter backstroke, setting a meet mark of 2:28. Two new marks also were recorded in the relays: the men's 800-meter freestyle was an American club record of 8:04.6 by the Santa Clara Swim Club, and the women's 800-meter freestyle was a 9:00.1 world record by a City of Commerce team that included Miss Caretto.
In other waters the ladies performed just as well. KAREN MUIR, a 12-year-old South African competing in the British swimming championships in Blackpool, not only won three girls' events, an unprecedented feat for one her age, but she also set a world mark in the 110-yard backstroke (1:08.7) to become the youngest person ever to hold a major world record. ADA KOK of The Netherlands, who was second to Sharon Stouder in the 100-meter butterfly at the Tokyo Olympics, broke Miss Stouder's world record in that event with a 1:04.5 in a dual meet between Hungary and The Netherlands in Budapest. LINDA McGILL, lacking competition because of her suspension by the Australian Swimming Union, took on the English Channel and in her first attempt swam from Gris-Nez to Dover in 11 hours 12 minutes, the second fastest crossing by a woman and the sixth fastest on record.
TENNIS—Britain's MRS. ANN HAYDON JONES won a difficult match from America's first-ranked woman, Nancy Richey, 6-4, 9-7, and was voted the outstanding player of the Wightman Cup matches in Cleveland, but the U.S. squad retained the cup for the fifth straight year with five victories to Britain's two.
In a change of pace the Meadow Club invitation grass-court championship in Southampton, N.Y. produced an ail-American singles final between last year's winner, CHUCK McKINLEY, and Gene Scott of St. James, N.Y. McKinley dropped the first set but recovered to win 3-6, 6-3, 8-6, 10-8. ROY EMERSON and FRED STOLLE, the top-ranked Australians who had been upset in early rounds of the singles, teamed to take the doubles 6-2, 4-6, 8-6, 6-4 from Roger Taylor and Mark Cox of Britain.
TRACK & FIELD—In the last event of their European tour the U.S. men's team defeated the West Germans 142-91, winning 16 of 21 events in Augsburg's Rosenau Stadium. The Americans had one-two sweeps in the 800-meter run (TOM FARRELL, 1:48.8), the 1,500 meter run (JIM RYUN, 3:41.6), the 110-meter hurdles (BLAINE LINDGREN, 13.8), the 400-meter hurdles (RON WHITNEY, 50.2), the 200 meters (ADOLPH PLUMMER, 20.8) and the shotput (JOHN McGRATH, 62 feet 3). BILLY MILLS beat German Distance Champion Lutz Philip by more than 100 meters in the 10,000 meters in 28:17.6 (only Ron Clarke has run it faster), and the U.S. 1,600-meter relay team, anchored by Rex Cawley, recorded the fastest time of the year (3:04.8). Gerry Lindgren and a limping Bob Schul finished second and fourth respectively to HA-RALD NORPOTH of Germany in the 5,000-meter run (13:47.8), and the U.S. 400-meter relay team pulled out their first victory of the tour (39.5). The Americans won seven of the eight field events.
The U.S. women's team, competing a day later in Munich, won seven of 11 events for a final score of 62-55, their first victory over West Germany in dual-meet competition. They swept the sprints as Olympic champions WYOMIA TYUS and EDITH McGUIRE took the 100 and 200 meters respectively in 11.4 and 23.1 and JANELL SMITH won the 400 in 54 seconds. Germany's ANTJE GLEICHFELD, running the 800 meters in 2:09.5, beat out Sandra Knott and left Marie Mulder far behind in fourth. WILLYE WHITE took the broad jump with a 21-foot-1½-inch leap and ran the opening leg of the winning 400-meter relay team (44.9). INGE SCHELL of Germany was clocked in the fastest 80-meter hurdles run by a German girl this year (10.7), and Cherrie Sherrard of the U.S., who was second, tied the American citizen's record of 10.8.
Russia's TAMARA PRESS extended her world discus record by 1 foot 3¾ inches to 195 feet 10 inches while qualifying for the Soviet Trade Union Games in Moscow.
WATER SKIING—CHUCK STEARNS OF Bell-flower, Calif. won the men's overall title for the sixth time at the 23rd national championships on Lake of the Isles, Minn. while DICKSIE ANN HOYT repealed as the women's champion.