BICYCLING—DUCIEN AIMAR, a 25-year-old French carpenter, won the 53rd Tour de France, covering the grueling 2,641 miles in 117 hours, 34 minutes, 21 seconds. He was just one minute, seven seconds ahead of runner-up Jan Janssen of The Netherlands. Earlier on the homestretch, with only about three days to go, Jacques Anquetil, 32, the nonpareil of bicycle racing, announced. "I'm finished," and dropped out of the race. Anquetil, who has won the Tour five times (more than any other rider), had not wanted to compete this year, but yielded to the urging of fans.
BOATING—ALLAN BROWN, 31, of Miami, drove Broad Jumper, a 28-foot Donzi owned by Bill Wishnick of Scarsdale, N.Y., to victory in offshore powerboat racing's 250-mile Around-Long-Island Marathon in an elapsed time of four hours, 42 minutes, finishing one boat length ahead of Maltese Magnum, driven by Don Aronow, also of Miami (page 16).
The King Olav Cup added a Texas name when ERNEST FAY of Houston sailed his Pride to a win and two seconds in international competition for 5.5-meter yachts near Hank√∂, Norway.
BOXING—Middleweight Champion EMILE GRIFFITH, the Virgin Islander who doubles as the welterweight titleholder and styles ladies' hats for a New York garment-district firm, outpointed Joey Archer, the Bronx challenger, to retain his title in a 15-rounder in Madison Square Garden (page 14).
July 24, 1966
Heavyweight veteran EDDIE MACHEN, 34, of Berkeley, Calif., handed 21-year-old Jerry Quarry, from Bellflower, Calif., his first defeat in 21 professional fights (including 10 KOs and three draws) when he won a 10-round unanimous decision at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles.
It was his 38th birthday, and Former Middleweight Champion CARL (Bobo) OLSON of San Francisco celebrated by winning a split decision over Italy's Piero Del Papa, 27-year-old European light heavyweight champion, in a San Francisco 10-rounder. "I hope to get a fight with Torres after a short rest." said Olson. The last time they met, two years ago, current Light Heavyweight Champ José Torres knocked him out in the first round.
Bleeding from cuts over and under his right eye, HORACIO ACCAVALIO, the WBA world flyweight champion from Argentina, fought back in the closing rounds in Buenos Aires to retain his title with a 15-round decision over Hiroyuki Ebihara of Japan.
FENCING—GHERMAN SVESHNIKOV of Russia defeated France's Jean-Claude Magnan, the defending champion, 5-4, to take the world foil championship in Moscow. Teammate ALEXEI NIKANCHIKOV, a 26-year-old Soviet Army officer, won the épée title by beating France's Claude Bourquard in a fence-off. Poland's JERZY PAWLOWSKI retained his saber crown, as Tibor Pezsa of Hungary placed second. RUSSIA gained its eighth straight team foil championship, defeating the Hungarian team easily 9-1, but HUNGARY came back to win the saber title with a 9-7 victory over the Soviets. FRANCE then beat the Russians for the épée team title.
GOLF—BOBBY NICHOLS took the lead from Jacky Cupit in the third round and held on to win the $100,000 Minnesota Classic in St. Paul by one stroke over John Schlee of Sun City, Ariz., who shot a final round 66. Nichols shot a final 70 for a 14-under-par 270, as Cupit and Terry Dill tied for third with 272s.
Monty Kaser, 24, payroll timekeeper at a Wichita aircraft factory, defeated Dave Ojala, 21, a pharmacy student at the University of Minnesota, 6 and 5 in the final to win the National Public Links Championship in Milwaukee.
HARNESS RACING—With both Canada's Armbro Flight and France's Roquepine scratched, LORD GORDON ($12.20), driven by John Patterson, beat Noble Victory in the last stride to win Roosevelt's $25,000 Gold Division of the Challenge Cup Trot.
HORSE RACING—Mrs. Peter Duchin's bay colt MR. RIGHT ($8.20), ridden by apprentice Ernest Cardone, took the $82,350 Dwyer Handicap at Aqueduct, beating Mrs. Ethel D. Jacobs' Exhibitionist by a nose. King Ranch's Buffle finished third, and the favorite, Amberoid, Reginald N. Webster's Belmont winner, came in fourth.
Aunt Edith, England's No. 1 filly last year, defeated favored Sodium, the Irish Derby winner, by half a length to win the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot, England. American George Pope Jr.'s Hill Rise finished fourth of five.
Top-weighted NATIVE DIVER ($4.80), with Jerry Lambert up, easily won the $162,100 Hollywood Gold Cup for the second consecutive year as he defeated Greentree Stable's O'Hara by 4¾ lengths. Travel Orb, who had beaten the Diver twice in recent weeks, was a neck back of O'Hara in third.
When JOLLY JET ($5.60), Ambassador Raymond Guest's 3-year-old. and Alfred Vanderbilt's SENSE OF RHYTHM ($8.40) finished in a dead heat in the first of New Hampshire's two sweepstakes races, the $89,250 Rockingham Special in Salem, N.H., confusion reigned. Everything had to be split—mutuel payoffs, purse money, prizes to sweeps ticket holders and even the blanket of roses, which was placed first on Jolly Jet, then on Sense of Rhythm.
MOTOR SPORTS—Out front all the way, Australian JACK BRABHAM won the British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch, England, wheeling at an average 95.48 mph over 212 miles and solidly moving into the lead (by 10 points) for the world driving championship. DENNIS HULME was second, GRAHAM HILL third, JIMMY CLARK fourth, and American DAN GURNEY ran just seven laps before retiring with engine trouble.
SKIING—Canada's NANCY GREENE won the women's special slalom with a combined time of 1:48.23 in Farellones, Chile in warmup races for the FIS World Ski Championships coming up in Portillo next month. Members of the U.S. team, Penny McCoy of Mammoth Lakes, Calif., Jean Saubert of McCall. Idaho and Wendy and Cathy Allen of San Pedro, Calif., captured the next four places.
SOCCER—HUNGARY, the last team to defeat Brazil in World Cup competition 12 years ago, did it again, breaking Brazil's record with a 3-1 upset victory in Liverpool, England (page 32). The Brazilians, however, were playing without Pelé, their superstar.
SWIMMING—TWO Russian girls set world records, but the U.S. TEAM, headed by Olympian Don Schollander, who won the 100-and 200-meter freestyles, won 11 of the 17 events for an easy victory over the Soviets in Moscow. IRINA POSDYNAKOVA, a 13-year-old Muscovite, clipped 2.4 seconds off her teammate Galina Prozumenshchikova's 200-meter breaststroke mark with a 2:43. Then, the next day, MISS PROZUMENSHCHIKOVA, an Olympic gold medalist, broke the 100-meter breast-stroke record with a 1:15.7.
TENNIS—The Richey family swept the national clay courts in Milwaukee as CLIFF defeated Wall Street businessman Frank Froehling, 13-11, 6-1, 6-3, for the men's title, and his sister, NANCY, won her fourth straight championship, beating Stephanie DeFina of Hollywood, Fla. 6-2, 6-2.
Australian ROD LAVER won the $23,500 U.S. professional championship when he beat countryman Ken Rosewall, then teamed with EARL (Butch) BUCHHOLZ of St. Louis to defeat Rosewall and Lew Hoad in the doubles.
TRACK & FIELD—Kansas freshman JIM RYUN cut 2.3 seconds off Michel Jazy's world mile record with a 3:51.3 at the All-American track meet in Berkeley, Calif. (page 10).
MILEPOSTS—BORN: to Mary Bunning, wife of Phillie Pitcher JIM BUNNING, twins, a 4-pound 15½-ounce boy and a 7-pound 4-ounce girl, in Ft. Thomas, Ky. The Bunnings have seven other children, including another set of twins.
HIRED: Veteran Fullback JOHN HENRY JOHNSON, 37, who played out his option with Pittsburgh last year (although he missed most of the season with a knee injury), by the AFL's Houston Oilers. Johnson began his pro career 12 years ago, playing with San Francisco from 1954 to 1956, Detroit 1957 to 1959 and Pittsburgh 1960 to 1965.
FIRED: Cincinnati Reds Manager DON HEFFNER, 55, by his longtime friend, Club Owner Bill DeWitt, who said coolly, "We believe a change at this time is in order." Coach DAVE BRISTOL, 33, will serve as interim manager.
RETIRED: Cleveland Brown Fullback JIMMY BROWN, 30, who gained more yardage (12,312) than anyone else in the history of professional football and never missed a game in nine seasons, to a new career involving movies and Negro advancement, near London (page 18).