BASEBALL—OHIO STATE defeated Oklahoma Slate 8-2 in the finals to win its first NCAA championship in Omaha. Named outstanding player of the College World Series was the Buckeyes' STEVE ARLIN, who beat top-ranked USC twice (on a three-hitter and a two-hitter) and relieved in three other winning games Altogether Arlin pitched 20‚Öî innings, allowed only two runs and struck out 28.
BOATING—Three speedboat drivers, RON MUSSON and REX MANCHESTER, both of Seattle, and DON WILSON of Palm Beach, Fla., all 38, were killed during the President's Cup for unlimited hydroplanes on the Potomac near Washington. Musson, a three-time national class champion, died when his Miss Bardahl exploded during an elimination heat, while Manchester and Wilson were killed a few hours later when their boats collided in the final heat. Officials stopped the race, and later declared Manchester the winner on the basis of points accrued during the elimination heats.
BOXING—West Germany's KARL MILDENBERGER, 28, supposedly the next to get a shot at Cassius Clay's world heavyweight title, retained his European championship when he scored a 15-round decision over Ivan Prebeg, a 33-year-old Yugoslavian, at Frankfurt, West Germans.
GOLF—BILL CASPER, who made up a seven-stroke deficit on the last nine to tie Arnold Palmer and force an 18-hole playoff for the U.S. Open title in San Francisco, again came from behind to win by four strokes with a one-under-par 69 (page 22).
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Kathy Whitworth broke the LPGA mark for a 72-hole tournament when she shot rounds of 68,7 71, 69, 65 for a 273 total to win the Milwaukee Jaycee Open.
Roberta Albers, a 19-year-old University of Miami sophomore, won the Trans-Mississippi women's amateur at Ford Smith, Ark., I up over Spokane's Peggy Conley, also 19.
HORSE RACING—Ogden Phipps's BUCKPASSER ($2.60), the richest horse campaigning in the U S. despite his absence from the Triple Crown races because of an injury, gained his first stakes victory since March as Braulio Baeza rode him to a three-quarter-length win over King Ranch's Buffle (second in the Belmont) in the Leonard Richards Slakes at Delaware Park in Stanton, Del. The victory, which was worth $26,923, increased Buckpasser's career earnings to $709,964.
MOTOR SPORTS—FORD finished one. two, three at the 24-hour endurance race in Le Mans, France, marking the first time an American-made vehicle bested Ferrari (no factory entries finished) at the Le Mans classic (page 28).
ROWING—Dark-horse WISCONSIN, rowing the three miles on Onondaga Lake at Syracuse, N.Y. in 16:03.4, won the IRA varsity championship for the first time in seven years, beating defending champion Navy In half a boat length (page 66).
Harvard's unbeaten varsity eight defeated Yale by six lengths in the annual classic on the Thames near New London. Conn., rowing the four miles upstream in 19:44.0 to break the old mark, set by Yale in 1949, by 8.8 seconds.
TENNIS—Top-seeded CHARLES PASARELL, a UCLA senior and a member of the Davis Cup team, rallied to defeat Stan Smith, a Southern Cal sophomore who holds the national hardcourt title, 6-4, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-1, in the NCAA championship singles final at the University of Miami.
Australia's ROY EMERSON won his fourth consecutive London grass-court championship and his second by default when his countryman, Tony Roche, had to pull out of the final because of an injured ankle. A year ago Emerson was awarded the title when Dennis Ralston forfeited because of a swollen thumb. France's FRANCOISE DURR, a former law student, beat Judy Tegart of Australia in straight sets for the women's title.
TRACK & FIELD—Washington State's GERRY LINDGREN, weighing in at 120 pounds, won the six-mile run and set a meet record in the three-mile, while Texas A&M's RANDY MATSON, at 250 pounds, broke meet marks in both the shotput and discus throw at the NCAA outdoor championships in Bloomington, Ind. (page 64).
WEIGHT LIFTING—GARY GUBNER, the former NYU champion shot putter, won the heavy weight title at the AAU championships in York, Pa. with a three-lift total of 1,170 pounds.
WRESTLING—TURKEY, where wrestling is the national sport, "just had to win," said its coach, Nasuh Akar, 42, an Olympic champion in 1948 and twice world champion in the 125.5-pound class as the Turks took one gold medal (ATALAY MAHMUT, 171.5-pound) and placed in all seven other classes to score 34 points for the team title at the world free-style championships in Toledo. It was Turkey's first world wrestling title since 1957 when the meet was held in Istanbul. Russia, with the most gold medals (three), finished second with 28½ points, followed by the surprising U.S. team, which placed third with 23. "This was by far our best performance in world tournament competition," said the U.S. coach, 37-year-old Bill Smith. The U.S., winner of two silver medals (LARRY KRISTOFF, heavyweight, and BOBBY DOUGLAS, 138.5-pound) and one bronze (RICHARD SANDI RS, 114.5-pound), had never finished higher than fifth in previous world championships.
MILEPOSTS—PROPOSED: A NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL SOCCER LEAGUE, a 10-team circuit, by a group of businessmen, including owners of four National Football League teams (Carroll Rosenbloom and Don Kellett of the Baltimore Colts, Arthur and Dan Rooney of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Charles and Bill Bidwill of the St. Louis Cardinals, Max Winter of the Minnesota Vikings). The members of the league would be New York, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto and Vancouver. Play would start in the cities' major stadiums in April 1967, and most players would be recruited from Europe.
SYNDICATED: Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner KAUAI KING, by his owner Michael Ford—who has been so busy lately that he hasn't had a chance to pick up King's Derby trophy—for $2,520,000, the highest figure in Thoroughbred racing history. "It's quite a deal, isn't it?" said Ford of the transaction, which surpasses Graustark's syndication for $2.4 million 10 days earlier. The Kauai King syndicate is based on 36 shares at $70,000 apiece, and members include Jerold C. Hoffberger, chairman of the board of the Baltimore Orioles and the National Brewing Co., and Alfred G. Vanderbilt. King will race through November 1967 and then be retired to stud at Vanderbilt's Sagamore Farm in Glyndon, Md., where the colt, a son of Native Dancer, was foaled in 1963.
RETIRED: JIM LEMMON, 45, who succeeded the famed Ty Ebright as head rowing coach at the University of California in 1960 and won the IRA championship in 1960, 1961 and 1964, to become dean of men at the university. Lemmon ends his coaching career at Cal with 46 wins, six losses and one dead heat. He will be replaced by MARTY McNAIR, 26, who rowed stroke on the 1961 champion Cal crew.
DESTROYED: Maryland's Pimlico Racetrack CLUBHOUSE, the oldest in the U.S., by a six-alarm fire. "It's a shame.... Something you just don't replace." said Pimlico's Racing Director chick Lang. All that was left of the 96-year-old structure was the symbolic metal-jockey weather-vane atop a blackened brick shaft.
DIED: HAROLD WORST, 37, the world's three-cushion billiards champion for the past 12 years, in Grand Rapids, Mich., of cancer.