BASEBALL—Franchises were awarded by the National League to SAN DIEGO and MONTREAL. Both will commence to play next season, the West Coast club in a new 45,000-seat park, the Canadian team in Autostade (Expo Stadium), where the seating capacity will be upped from 25,000 to 40,000 and where the club will compete until a proposed 55,000-seat domed stadium is opened, hopefully in 1971. Thus the National League and the American League, which granted franchises to Kansas City and Seattle last fall, will have 12 teams each next season. The American, however, will be divided next year into East and West divisions of six teams each and will play 156 games. There will be a playoff between the two winners to determine who will face the champion of the National, which will play either 162 or 165 games but will not split into two halves. Under its realignment, the American League's eastern division will consist of Baltimore, Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, New York and Washington, while the western division will be comprised of California, Chicago, Kansas City, Minnesota, Oakland and Seattle.
BOATING—The new and ultra-safe hydroplane Smirnoff (page 65) remained upright, but failed to qualify for the finals of the Dixie Cup race in Guntersville, Ala., where MISS EAGLE ELECTRIC, driven by Warner Gardner and owned by Dave Heerensperger of Spokane, was the winner.
BOXING—LEOTIS MARTIN of Philadelphia floored Thad Spencer of San Francisco twice en route to scoring a TKO at 2:28 of the ninth round of their heavyweight fight in London.
GOLF—BOB LUNN of Sacramento, who had not won a tournament until this month, made it two in a row with a 72-hole total of 280, which was good for $23,000 first-place money and a three-stroke margin over Lee Trevino.
June 9, 1968
HORSE RACING—The Belmont Stakes was won by STAGE DOOR JOHNNY ($10.80), a 1-length victory over Forward Pass (page 32).
Johnny Rotz rode IN REALITY ($3.20) to a 1-length victory over Advocator in the $107,900 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont.
The $134,700 Jersey Derby at Garden State was taken by OUT OF THE WAY ($14.20), who finished 2½ lengths in front of Captain's Gig, who, in turn, was a neck ahead of favored Iron Ruler.
Sir Ivor, an American-bred colt owned by U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Raymond Guest and ridden by Lester Piggott, won the $210,360 Epsom Derby by 1½ lengths over Connaught.
In another race at Epsom Downs, the English Oaks was won by 11-to-8 favorite LA LAGUNE, a French filly owned by Henri Berlin and trained by Fran√ßois Boutin, who beat Irish-trained Glad One by five lengths.
MOTOR SPORTS—BOBBY UNSER of Albuquerque finished first in the Indianapolis 500 with a record average speed of 152.882 mph (page 34).
Mark Donohue drove his Camaro to victory in the three-hour Lime Rock (Conn.) Trans-American sports-car race, winding up with a 3.04-mile lead over Jerry Titus, who drove a Mustang.
Richard Petty led all the way in a 1968 Plymouth as he won the 100-mile NASCAR Grand National in Asheville, N.C. Buddy Baker and Bobby Isaac, both driving Dodge Chargers, were second and third, respectively.
SOCCER—NASL: There were new first-place teams in all four divisions, but two of the displaced leaders regained their No. 1 spots before the week ended. NEW YORK bumped Atlanta from the lead in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division with a 1-0 win against Boston. ATLANTA, though, moved back on top by four points, beating Dallas 1-0 and holding the runner-up Generals to a scoreless deadlock. In all there were nine shutouts in 12 games. BALTIMORE set a league record by running its winning streak to six straight with a pair of 1-0 wins and took third place from WASHINGTON, which had a win and a loss. BOSTON lost twice. CLEVELAND, a 2-0 winner over Toronto, replaced idle CHICAGO by one point atop the Lakes Division. DETROIT lost once and TORONTO had a win and a loss. SAN DIEGO was the other club to regain its lead after briefly falling to second place in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference. The Toros, who had been displaced by OAKLAND, which had a tie and a loss, leapfrogged back to first place with a 2-2 tie against last-place LOS ANGELES, which lost its other game. VANCOUVER did not play. In the Gulf Division, HOUSTON took a three-point lead over KANSAS CITY, defeating Oakland 1-0 on Luiz Juracy's goal with 3:05 to play, while the Spurs lost to Toronto by the same score. Third-place ST. LOUIS got by Los Angeles 3-2 as Casey Frankiewicz scored twice. DALLAS had a tie and a loss.
Three goals in the first 11 minutes of overtime enabled MANCHESTER UNITED to defeat Benfica of Portugal 4-1 and thus become the first English club to triumph in the European Soccer Cup finals, which were held in London.
TRACK & FIELD—Five milers finished in less than four minutes at the IC4A championships in Philadelphia, with Villanova's DAVE PATRICK (SI, June 3) breaking the tape in 3:56.8. Behind Patrick, who bettered his year-old meet record of 4:04.9, came Brian Kivlan of Manhattan (3:57.4), Jerry Richey of Pittsburgh and Frank Murphy of Villanova (both 3:58.6) and Jack Fath of Fordham (3:59.5). Two meet marks were broken by LARRY JAMES and ERV HALL, both of Villanova, which won its ninth title in 12 years. James ran the 440 in 45.5 and Hall took the 120-yard high hurdles in 13.5. Other record setters were TERRY DONNELLY of William and Mary (8:46.2 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase), STEVE STAGEBERG of Georgetown (13:32.6 for three miles) and DAVE HEMERY of Boston University (50.4 in the 440-yard intermediate hurdles). For the second week in a row Australian Ron Clarke, holder of the world two-mile mark of 8:19.8, was defeated, this time by GEORGE YOUNG at the Champions meet in San Diego. Young, running the second-fastest two-mile ever, lowered the American record by 3.2 seconds to 8:22.0, six-tenths of a second better than Clarke. Sprinter JIM HINES was involved in two judges' decisions, winning one and losing the other. He beat Tommie Smith in a 220-yard race in which both were clocked at 20.3 and lost to CHARLIE GREENE in the 100-yard dash, which both ran in 9.3. LEE EVANS was first in the 440 in 45.8, JAY SILVESTER won the discus with a toss of 205'7", BOB BEAMON took the long jump with a leap of 26'9¾" and RANDY MATSON was the best of the shot putters with a heave of 68'7½". OLIVER FORD of Southern University tied the world mark of 10.0 for the 100-meter dash at the NAIA championships in Albuquerque, where the team title was won by PRAIRIE VIEW A&M.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As successor to George Halas, who retired after 40 years as head coach of the Chicago Bears, JIM DOOLEY, 38, an assistant coach with the team for the past five years and an offensive end for the Bears for nine seasons prior to that. Last year Dooley came up with the Dooley Shift, a defensive move in which he used five backs (one playing in place of a linebacker) in long-yardage situations.
NAMED: As coach of the Detroit Red Wings, BILL GADSBY, 40, succeeding Sid Abel, 50, who remains as general manager. Gadsby, who played for Chicago, New York and Detroit and was an All-Star defenseman seven times, ended his 20-year playing career two years ago.
NAMED: As head basketball coach at Weber State, PHIL JOHNSON, 26, who replaces DICK MOTTA, 36, the new coach of the Chicago Bulls of the NBA.
TRADED: Defenseman BOB BAUN, 31, and Forward RON HARRIS, 25, by the Oakland Seals to the Detroit Red Wings for Defensemen HOWIE YOUNG, 30, and GARY JARRETT, 25, plus Rightwinger DOUG ROBERTS, 25, and an unnamed amateur.
TRADED: Offensive End BUCKY POPE, 27, by the Los Angeles Rams for Linebacker BOB SANDERS, 25, and Guard JIM WILSON, 26, of the Atlanta Falcons.
RETIRED: By Owner Peter Fuller, DANCER'S IMAGE, the star-crossed 3-year-old colt, because of an ankle ailment. Dancer's Image, disqualified as winner of the Kentucky Derby after traces of phenylbutazone were found in his system and dropped from third place to eighth in the Preakness because of bumping, will be syndicated for breeding.
DIED: OSWALD TOWER, 84, who helped codify the rules of basketball and was a member of the NCAA rules committee from 1910 through 1960; at his home in West Caldwell, N.J.