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A roundup of the sports information of the week

Aug. 28, 1967
Aug. 28, 1967

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Aug. 28, 1967

Yesterday/Drawn and Quartered
The Gentle Irish
People
Modern Pentathlon
Harness Racing
Where The Fun Was
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
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A roundup of the sports information of the week

BOATING—At the end of the first week of the America's Cup final-selection trials in Newport, R.I., INTREPID and COLUMBIA both were undefeated, with 3-0 records (page 26).

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U.S. entries, led by LOU POCHARSKI of Marble-head, Mass., swept the first five spots and nine of the first 10 at the Lightning Class world championship on Lake Ontario in Canada.

Britain, with Skippers Chris Smith and Paul Bateman at the helms of their 30-foot Shields sloops, beat the U.S. in five of eight races to win the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy in Newport Harbor, Calif.

Veteran racer ODELL LEWIS of Fond du Lac, Wis. piloted his 32-foot, gas-turbine-powered Maritime Mona Lou II, at a 57-mph average—an offshore record—in winning the 300-mile Long Beach-San Diego-and-return Hennessy Cup Race by 23:07 over Don Aronow, driving Maltese Magnum.

BOXING—Lightweight champion CARLOS ORTIZ retained his world title with a 15-round unanimous decision over Ismael Laguna of Panama at New York's Shea Stadium.

GOLF—LOU DILL, 19, of Deer Park, Texas, became one of the youngest players ever to win the USGA Women's National Amateur championship when she upset runner-up Jean Ashley, 28, of Chanute, Kan. 5 and 4 in the scheduled 36-hole final in Pasadena, Calif.

Kathy Whitworth of Coronado Springs, N. Mex. cut one stroke off the tournament record when she shot an 11-under-par 289 at the $10,000 Women's Western Open in Pekin, Ill. The victory—Miss Whitworth's sixth of the year—boosted her season earnings to $21,067, tops on the LPGA tour.

Charles Sifford, 44, of Los Angeles shot a final-round seven-under-par 64 and edged fellow Californian Steve Opperman by one stroke with a 72-hole total of 272 at the $100,000 Greater Hartford Open in Wethersfield, Conn.

HARNESS RACING—France's ROQUEPINE ($3.40) coasted to a¾-length victory over Canada's Fresh Yankee in the 1-mile $100,000 International Trot at Roosevelt Raceway (page 60).

HORSE RACING—DAMASCUS ($2.40) just about clinched the 3-year-old crown when he defeated Reason to Hail by 22 lengths in the $80,100 Travers Stakes at Saratoga (page 66).

Handsome boy ($5.40), the 4-year-old brown colt who defeated Buckpasser by eight lengths a month ago in the Brooklyn Handicap, gained his 14th victory in 44 starts when Jockey Eddie Belmonte guided him to a length's win over Pretense in the one-mile $113,000 Washington Park Handicap at Arlington Park.

MODERN PENTATHLON—BJORN FERM of Sweden won the national championship in Newtown Square, Pa. (page 58).

SOCCER—NPSL: With only one week left of regular-season play BALTIMORE (160) clinched the Eastern Division Championship by tying Atlanta 0-0, following a 1-0 loss to Philadelphia. PHILADELPHIA (141) strengthened its hold on second place with two 1-0 victories—over Baltimore and St. Louis—while NEW YORK (136), in a tie for second at the beginning of the week after a 6-4 win over Los Angeles, dropped to third following a loss to Oakland. ATLANTA (128) drew with Baltimore, and PITTSBURGH (123), in the cellar, had no games scheduled. In the Western Division OAKLAND (184) gained the title with two victories—3-1 over Chicago as Ilija Mitic scored the hat trick and 4-2 over New York. ST. LOUIS (142) split two games; CHICAGO (135) dropped two; LOS ANGELES (111) lost one; and TORONTO (112) won one, lost one.

SWIMMING—Nine new world records were set at the women's National AAU Outdoor Swimming and Diving Championships in Philadelphia. CLAUDIA KOLB of the Santa Clara Swim Club bettered her own marks in the 200- and 400-meter individual medleys with times of 2:25 and 5:08.2; DEBBIE MEYER of the Arden Hills Swim Club clocked a 4:29 and a 17:50.2 in the 400- and 1,500-meter freestyles; CATIE BALL of Jacksonville, Fla. was timed in 1:14.6 and 2:39.5 for the 100- and 200-meter breaststrokes; TONI HEWITT of the Corona Del Mar Swim Club won her first national title with a 2:23.6 in the 200-meter butterfly; PAM KRUSE of the Fort Lauderdale Swimming Association swam the 200-yard freestyle in 2:09.7; and the SANTA CLARA A TEAM of Linda Gustavson, Nancy Ryan, Laura Fritz and Pokey Watson cut the 1964 U.S. Olympic team's 400-meter freestyle relay record with a time of 4:03.5.

TENNIS—The U.S. won the Wightman Cup, 6-1 over Britain, for the seventh consecutive time and the 33rd in the 39-year series, in Cleveland.

Fourth-seeded BILL BOWREY defeated No. 2 seed Owen Davidson, the winner of the Southampton invitational earlier in the week, 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 in the all-Australian finals of the Newport Hall of Fame Invitation tournament in Newport, R.I.

Wimbledon champion JOHN NEWCOMBE defeated Australian Davis Cup teammate Tony Roche 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 12-10 in the finals of the Nassau Bowl Tournament of Champions in Glen Cove, Long Island.

TRACK a FIELD—The U.S., holding only a seven-point lead going into the final day's competition, took nine of 12 events and defeated West Germany 132-100 in a two-day international dual meet in D√ºsseldorf, Germany. World record-holders JIM RYUN, RANDY MATSON and RALPH BOSTON won their events—Ryun with a 3:38.2 in the 1,500-meter run, Matson with a 68'1½" shotput and Boston with a 25'10¼" broad jump—while BILL TOOMEY edged Germany's Hans Nerlich 7,938-7,636 in the decathlon and VINCE MATTHEWS led his teammate Lee Evans across the finish line in the 400-meter run with a clocking of 45.3.

Two days later at a triangular meet in Viareggio, Italy—the final stop on the European tour—the U.S. won 17 of 21 events to defeat Spain 136-76 and Italy 133-90. Jim Ryun and Randy Matson each finished second in their events, as Ryun, running the 5,000-meter for the first time, lost to TRACY SMITH of Arcadia, Calif., who was clocked in 13:41, while Matson was defeated by NEIL STEINHAUER of Eugene, Ore. in the shotput (65'8½") and by SILVANO SIMEON of Italy in the discus (188'2¼").

WATER SKIING—CHUCK STEARNS of Bellflower, Calif. gained the men's overall title, for the seventh time, at the national championships in Austin, Texas, while the women's trophy went to 19-year-old WESLIE WALKER of Cypress Gardens, Fla.

MILEPOSTS—MARRIED: Former world heavyweight boxing champion MUHAMMAD ALI, 25, to Belinda Boyd, 17, of Blue Island, Ill.; in Chicago.

SOLD: To A. B. (Bull) Hancock Jr., QUILL, an 11-year-old broodmare who was voted the 2-year-old champion in 1958, for $365,000—a world record price for a Thoroughbred at auction—at the Saratoga (N.Y.) sales.

TRADED: By the Houston Astros, veteran Third Baseman EDDIE MATHEWS, 36, to the Detroit Tigers for a player or players yet to be named. Mathews, who has slugged 10 home runs this season and 503 in his career (seventh on the alltime list), joined the Astros last winter after 15 seasons with the Boston-Milwaukee-Atlanta Braves.

FIRED: Kansas City Athletics Manager ALVIN DARK, 45, by the club's president, Charles O. Finley. Dark, an All-Star shortstop with the old New York Giants (1950-1956), managed the San Francisco Giants for four years and won the 1962 National League pennant before taking over in Kansas City in 1966. He will be replaced by Hall of Famer LUKE APPLING, 58, who has served as coach, scout and instructor for the Athletics for the past four years. Appling won the American League batting championship twice during his 20-year career as a shortstop with the Chicago White Sox.