EQUESTRIAN—Four riders were chosen for the U.S. Olympic Prix des Nations jumping squad: BILL STEINKRAUS of Noroton, Conn., who has been on four previous Olympic squads; FRANK CHAPOT of Wallpack, N.J., who has competed in three Olympics; Chapot's wife, the former MARY MAIRS; and KATHY KUSNER of Monkton, Md. Both women were on the 1964 team.
GOLF—BILLY CASPER of Peacock Gap, Calif. shot a final-round 68 to finish with a 72-hole total of 275 and a five-stroke victory over Gene Littler at the Colonial National Invitation in Fort Worth.
HANDBALL—BILLY YAMBRICK of St. Paul won the senior men's National AAU four-wall singles championship, beating Buzz Shumate of Dallas 21-10, 21-13 at the New York AC.
HARNESS RACING—FLAMBOYANT ($2.80), with Billy Haughton at the reins, won the $100,000 Hilltop Trot at Yonkers by 1½ lengths over Dazzling Speed.
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HORSE RACING—FORWARD PASS ($4.20) finished six lengths in front of Out of the Way to win the $195,200 Preakness at Pimlico as Dancer's Image, finishing third, was again disqualified (page 18).
Dr. Fager ($4.40), racing for the first time on the West Coast, was brought home by Braulio Baeza to a three-length win over Kissin' George in the $119,600 Californian Stakes at Hollywood Park.
LACROSSE—JOHNS HOPKINS won the national championship by defeating Maryland 10-8 in Baltimore (page 59).
MOTOR SPORTS—JOE LEONARD of San Jose, Calif. won the pole position and Englishman Graham Hill the No. 2 spot at the qualifying trials for the Indianapolis 500 (page 24). Both Leonard, who set qualifying records for one lap (171.953) and four laps (171.559), and Hill drove turbine-powered Lotuses owned by Andy Granatelli.
Vic Elford of Great Britain and Jo Siffert of Switzerland drove a Porsche to first place in the 1,000 kilometers of N√ºrburgring race in Adenau, Germany. Their victory, which was achieved with a record average speed of 95.06 mph, coupled with a second-place finish by another Porsche, clinched the world auto manufacturers' championship for Porsche.
ROWING—WASHINGTON, leading from the start, finished a length ahead of both Stanford and UCLA at the Western Sprint Regatta in Seattle.
SOCCER—WEST BROMWICH ALBION won the English Football Association Cup, defeating Everton 1-0 when Jeff Astle scored from 12 yards out after 2½ minutes of overtime play.
NASL: Home teams had all the better of it, winning eight games, tying two and losing three. KANSAS CITY took the lead from Houston by one point in the Gulf Division of the Western Conference. There were 10,362 fans in Kansas City to see the Spurs score four times in the first half—twice on shots by Manfred Rummel—in a 4-1 win over Detroit. HOUSTON lost its lone game, ST. LOUIS had a loss and a tie and DALLAS dropped two. In the Pacific Division, OAKLAND sliced SAN DIEGO's first-place lead to 11 points. Oakland beat last-place VANCOUVER 1-0, San Diego lost to third-place LOS ANGELES 1-0 and then the top two clubs collided. San Diego went ahead of Oakland 2-0 at half time on Pepe Fernandez' 12th and 13th goals, giving him a league-leading total of 28 points. The Clippers tied the game late in the second half and, with 3:20 left, Ilija Mitic made good on a penalty kick to give Oakland a 3-2 win. For the first time in the league's brief existence a game was cut short because of bad weather. This was an Eastern Conference contest between Atlantic Division leader ATLANTA and second-place NEW YORK. The game, played in Atlanta, wound up 1-1 when heavy rain and ankle-deep mud forced officials to call a halt after 70 minutes, 20 minutes ahead of schedule. Earlier in the week, Atlanta had beaten Boston 4-1, and New York, after a loss to Toronto, had defeated St. Louis 4-0. In that 4-0 win, George Kirby, the Generals' leading scorer a year ago, got his first two goals of the season. At week's end Atlanta led the division by 12 points. A WASHINGTON player scored a goal for Boston when he accidently deflected a corner kick into his own goal, but the third-place Whips scrambled back for a 3-2 victory. BOSTON, which also lost to Atlanta, fell into last place as BALTIMORE advanced to fourth by beating Houston 3-1 and Dallas 3-0. CHICAGO moved into the lead in the Lakes Division as John Kowalik put in four goals during the Mustangs' 6-1 win over Dallas. That gave the Mustangs a total of 39 points, five better than CLEVELAND, which played one tie. DETROIT lost one, and TORONTO, playing for the first time in 16 days, defeated New York 3-2.
TENNIS—Fourth-seeded TOM OKKER of The Netherlands upset Bob Hewitt of South Africa 10-8, 6-8, 6-1, 3-6, 6-0 to win the Italian men's singles title in Rome. In an all-Australian women's final, MRS. LESLEY TURNER BOWREY beat Mrs. Margaret Smith Court 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Rod Laver, after dropping the opening set of the finals to Ken Rosewall by a 4-6 score, came back to win 6-3, 9-7, 6-3 at the Madison Square Garden $30,000 professional tournament. Laver's cut of the purse came to $7,000. Britain's MRS. ANN HAYDON JONES earned $2,200 in the women's competition by upsetting Mrs. Billie Jean King 6-4, 6-4.
WRESTLING—In the windup of Olympic elimination bouts at Ames, Iowa, JESS LEWIS of Corvallis, Ore. became the only double winner. Lewis, competing in the 213.5-pound class, added a first-place finish in Greco-Roman wrestling to his earlier victory in freestyle. Other winners in the Greco-Roman competition were: DICK TAMBLE of Alamosa, Colo., 114.5-pound class; DAVE HAZEWINKEL of Coon Rapids, Minn., 125.5; JIM HAZEWINKEL, Dave's twin brother, 138.5; WERNER HOLZER of Des Plaines, Ill., 154; BOB ANDERSON of Santa Monica, Calif. 171.5; WAYNE BAUGHMAN of Colorado Springs, Colo., 191.5; and Heavyweight BOB ROOP of Carbondale, Ill. The eight winners, plus the runners-up and a few others who missed the tournament for medical reasons, will compete in a final round of matches in Alamosa, Colo. late this summer to determine who will compete in the Olympics.
MILEPOSTS—AWARDED: The Conn Smythe Trophy for the most valuable player in the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup playoffs, to Goalie GLENN HALL, 36, of the St. Louis Blues. Hall played all 1,092 minutes of the Blues' 18 playoff games—eight of which went into overtime—and had a 2.47 goals-against average.
NAMED: As coach of the U.S. Davis Cup team, DENNIS RALSTON, 25, a former Davis Cup player who turned professional 1½ years ago. Ralston represented the U.S. in Davis Cup competition from 1960 through 1966 and had a 14-5 record in singles play and an 11-4 record in doubles.
NAMED: As head basketball coach at Harvard, BOB HARRISON, 40, whose teams at Kenyon College compiled a 93-120 record during the past decade. Harrison was twice named to the Big 10 All-Star team when he played center at Michigan and played for nine years in the NBA with Minneapolis, Syracuse and St. Louis.
NAMED: As athletic director at Sacramento (Calif.) State College, FRED LEWIS, 47, the head basketball coach at Syracuse the past six years (91-57 record).
NAMED: As special pitching coach and scout for the Seattle Pilots, who will play in the American League next season, SAL MAGLIE, 51, who had a 119-62 record during his major league career with the Giants, Indians, Dodgers, Yankees and Cardinals (SI, April 15). Maglie lost his job as pitching coach of the Boston Red Sox at the end of last season.
TRADED: Quarterback BILL NELSEN, 27, and Defensive Back JIM BRADSHAW, 29, by the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Cleveland Browns for Quarterback DICK SHINER, 25, Defensive Tackle FRANK PARKER, 28, and a high draft choice.
REPLACED: As track-and-field coach by the Kenya AAA, Briton JOHN VELZIAN, 40 (SI, Dec. 19, 1966), whose job was handed over to former Kenya Olympic Team Manager Charles Mukora. KAAA President Charles Mbathi said, "I know that there have been rumors that Velzian has been dropped because he is a white man, but this is not true."
RETIRED: ETHAN ALLEN, 64, the baseball coach at Yale for 23 years, during which time his teams had 327 wins, 318 losses and 15 ties. Allen was a major league outfielder from 1926 through 1938 with the Reds, Giants, Cardinals, Phillies, Cubs and Browns and had a lifetime batting average of .300.