BOXING—Italy's NINO BENVENUTI won his 185th straight bout (120 amateur, 65 professional) and retained his European middleweight championship when he scored a TKO over West Germany's Jupp Elze in 1:27 of the 14th round in Berlin. Benvenuti, who gained the welterweight title in the 1960 Olympics in Rome, also holds the world junior middleweight championship.
GOLF—CLIFFORD ANN CREED of Alexandria, La. took the lead in the second round and held it to win the $15,000 Dallas Civitan Open by seven strokes, with a one-over-par 285, over runner-up Judy Torluemke of St. Louis.
HARNESS RACING—BRET HANOVER ($2.10), driven by Frank Ervin, won his 47th of 50 starts with a 2½-length victory over Balenzano in a mile pace at Brandywine in Wilmington, Del.
HOCKEY—ROCHESTER won its second straight American Hockey League championship Calder Cup when it defeated Cleveland 3-2 on three first-period goals and took the best-of-seven playoff series 4-2. During the series the Amerks' goalie, Bob Perreault, shut out the Barons for 143 minutes 25 seconds—more than seven periods. MIKE WALTON, 21-year-old Rochester center who scored 35 goals and had 51 assists for the season, was named the league's Rookie of the Year.
Winner of the National Hockey League's rookie award—the Calder Memorial Trophy—was BRIT SELBY, Toronto's 21-year-old left wing from Kingston, Ont. Selby, who came to the Maple Leafs from the Toronto Marlboros of the Ontario Hockey Association, scored 14 goals and had 13 assists in 61 games this season and drew only 26 minutes in penalties. He led the balloting with 98 points, eight ahead of Detroit Defenseman Bert Marshall.
HORSE RACING—Mrs. Edward Lasker's INDULTO ($6.60), ridden by Johnny Rotz, won Aqueduct's Withers Mile by a nose over favored Creme dela Creme, previously unbeaten in six starts.
At Sportsman's Park in Chicago, MICHIGAN AVENUE ($5.80), owned by Frank C. Rand Jr. and ridden by Manuel Ycaza, scored his first stakes victory when he beat Abe's Hope by three-quarters of a length in the Illinois Derby.
MOTOR SPORTS—MARIO ANDRETTI, 26, of Nazareth, Pa., driving a Brabham-Ford, broke the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's one-lap record with a 166.328-mph run around the 2½-mile oval and the 10-mile qualifying mark for the 500 with an average of 165.899 mph (page 32). During a warmup for the trials CHUCK RODEE, a 38-year-old race car driver from Indianapolis who was well known on the U.S. Auto Club's midget and sprint circuits, was killed when his car crashed into a retaining wall.
Australia's JACK BRABHAM led all the way in his Brabham-Repco to win the International Formula I trophy race at Silverstone, England, by 7.4 seconds over Britain's John Surtees. Brabham, who won the Limburg Grand Prix for Formula IIs in Zolder, Belgium six days earlier, covered the 102.55-mile course in 52:57.6 for an average of 116.06 mph to break the track record (115.95 mph) set last year by Surtees, the 1964 world champion driver.
ROWING—HARVARD's unbeaten heavyweights won their 23rd straight intercollegiate race when they defeated Brown by a length on the 2,000-meter course on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. for the Eastern Sprints championship and Rowe Cup.
Marietta College swept the Dad Vail regatta on the Schuylkill near Philadelphia by winning the varsity, junior-varsity and freshman races. It was the Marietta varsity's ninth win this year, ending its first undefeated season since the college began competing in rowing in the 1930s.
TENNIS—The U.S. won the Federation Cup—the recently minted women's version of the Davis Cup—by defeating West Germany in the singles finals in Turin, Italy as JULIE HELDMAN of New York beat Helga Niessen 4-6, 7-5, 6-1, and Mrs. BILLIE JEAN MOFFITT KING of Long Beach, Calif., the top-ranking U.S. player, defeated Edda Buding 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. In the doubles Mrs. King and Carole Graebner of Beachwood, Ohio beat Miss Buding and Helga Schultze 6-4, 6-2.
Australia's TONY ROCHE, who just turned 21, won his first major singles title when he defeated Nicola Pietrangeli of Italy in straight sets 11-9, 6-1, 6-2 in the final for the Italian championships in Rome. On his way to the title, Roche beat his countryman Fred Stolle in the quarter-finals and Marty Mulligan, an Australian who is now living in Rome, in the semifinals.
TRACK & FIELD—"I had an idea I could run this fast for two miles," said 19-year-old JIM RYUN of Kansas after he set a new American mark (8:25.2) at the Los Angeles Coliseum Relays, finishing less than a yard ahead of second-place Jim Grelle of Portland, Ore., as Kenya's Kipchoge Keino came in third (page 48). USC, anchored by Dennis Carr's 1:47.8 half mile, cut a second off the world record in the two-mile relay with a 7:17.4. The Southern California Striders' BOB SEAGREN, holder of the world indoor pole-vault mark, won at 17 feet¼ inch and, the following night at the West Coast Relays in Fresno, cleared 17 feet 5½ inches to break the world outdoor record (set by Fred Hansen of Rice in 1964) by 1½ inches. In Seattle, Washington State's GERRY LINDGREN ran the three-mile in 12:53—the fastest time ever recorded by an American and just [6/10] second over the world mark recorded last year by Australia's Ron Clarke.
At the Big Eight meet in Columbia, Mo., Oklahoma State's JOHN PERRY ran a 1:47.7 half mile, the fastest in the world this year, and NEBRASKA, led by CHARLIE GREENE, who broke a 36-year-old meet record with a 9.3 in the 100-yard dash and tied the conference 220 record with a 20.8, took its first outdoor title since 1950.
VOLLEYBALL—GENE SELZNICK, a 36-year-old Los Angeles parking-lot operator, led the SAND & SEA CLUB of Santa Monica, Calif. to the senior-division title, then coached the club's Green team to a win in the open over the Honolulu Outriggers at the U.S. Volleyball Association National Championships in Grand Rapids (page 72). The LOS ANGELES RENEGADES, also coached by Selznick, took the women's title from the Long Beach Shamrocks and SANTA MONICA CITY COLLEGE defeated defending champions UCLA for the collegiate championship.
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: HARRY SINDEN, 33, a member of Canada's 1960 Olympic hockey team who directed the Central Hockey League's Oklahoma Blazers to the playoff championship a week earlier, as coach of the NHL's Boston Bruins, fifth-place finishers this year. Sinden replaces MILT SCHMIDT, 48, a member of the Bruin organization for 29 years and coach for 11 of the past 12 seasons, who will take a full-time job in the front office. "I'd like to have a team that skates like the Montreal Canadiens, checks like the Detroit Red Wings and is mean like Toronto," said Sinden.
HIRED: ANDY ROBUSTELLI, 39, former All-Pro defensive end for Los Angeles (1951-1955) and New York (1956-1964), as head coach of the Brooklyn Dodgers in the Continental Football League.
HIRED: Former public relations director of the California Angels, IRV KAZE, 39, as publicity director of the American Football League.
APPOINTED: To the newly created position of director of public relations for Madison Square Garden Corp., BOB WOLFF, 45, who has been a telecaster of Garden events for the past 12 years.
NAMED: TOM CAHILL, 46, West Point's plebe football coach for the past seven seasons, as head Cadet coach, replacing Paul Dietzel, who recently resigned to become head coach at South Carolina.