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A roundup of the sports information of the week

July 01, 1968
July 01, 1968

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July 1, 1968

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A roundup of the sports information of the week

BOATING—The same boat (Mona Lou III, a 32-foot Maritime inboard) and the same pilot (ODELL LEWIS of St. Cloud, Fla.) won the Bahamas 500 ocean powerboat race for the second year in a row. Odell came in 30 seconds ahead of another St. Cloud resident, Bill Sirois, and his winning time of 11 hours for the 512-mile course was 1:36:20 better than his record of a year ago.

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BRIDGE—The Blue Team from ITALY won the World Team Olympiad (page 51) in Deauville, France, with the U.S. placing second. In the women's competition SWEDEN was first. South Africa second and the U.S. third.

GOLF—The team title at the NCAA championships in Las Cruces, N. Mex. was won by FLORIDA, the individual honors by GRIER JONES of Oklahoma State (page 48).

Lefty BOB CHARLES of New Zealand shot a final-round 66 to wind up with a 72-hole total of 274 and a two-stroke victory over Jack Nicklaus at the Canadian Open in Toronto.

HARNESS RACING—A world record for 3-year-old trotting colts competing on a half-mile oval was set by NEVELE PRIDE, who won the mile-long $15,100 Battle of Saratoga at Saratoga Raceway in 2:01. Nevele Pride's time was two-fifths of a second faster than the previous mark set by Galophone at Delaware, Ohio in 1955 and enabled him to finish 3¼ lengths in front of Fashion Hill.

At Roosevelt Raceway, the American Trotting Championship went to CARLISLE ($4.80), who had a 1½-length edge over Real Speed at the finish line.

HORSE RACING—DARK MIRAGE ($2.20) became the first winner of New York's Triple Crown for Fillies by adding a victory in the Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont to previous ones in the Acorn and Mother Goose. She ran the 1¼ miles in stakes record time of 2:01.8, outdistancing Gay Matelda by a dozen lengths.

Favored Iron Ruler finished three-quarters of a length behind EXCLUSIVE NATIVE ($15) in the $108,000 Arlington Classic at Arlington Park.

The 109th running of the Queen's Plate at Woodbine in Etobicoke, Ont. was taken by MERGER, winner by a neck over Big Blunder.

Haroué finished first in the $150,697 Grand Steeplechase de Paris at Auteuil, coming in eight lengths in front of Parandero.

MOTOR SPORTS—JACKIE STEWART of Scotland drove a Matra-Ford to victory in the 234-mile Dutch Grand Prix in Zandvoort, The Netherlands. Jean-Pierre Beltoise of France was second in another Matra. Stewart's win put him in second place in the overall championship standings with a total of 12 points, half as many as leader Graham Hill of Great Britain.

SOCCER—NASL: Scoring was heavier than usual, with a 6-5 win by CHICAGO over Boston ranking as the most explosive game of the week. John Kowalik and Peter Sulincevski each scored two goals in that game for the victorious Mustangs, who remained atop the Lakes Division of the Eastern Conference. CLEVELAND (0-1-2) picked up two points on the Mustangs, but still trailed by 10. TORONTO had two losses and a tie. DETROIT did not play. In the Atlantic Division, ATLANTA (1-1) held a 19-point lead over NEW YORK, which played two ties. WASHINGTON beat Toronto 3-2 on a goal with two seconds left to play by Antonio deOliveira, who also came up with the only score in a game against Baltimore. Last-place BOSTON had a loss and a tie. Two goals by Guy St. Vil enabled BALTIMORE to upset Atlanta 2-0. No one, though, scored more often than did Eric Barber of KANSAS CITY. He had four goals in a 6-1 win over Dallas, a victory that gave the Spurs a 12-point lead in the Western Conference's Gulf Division. Second-place HOUSTON played one tie. ST. LOUIS won its only game and DALLAS had a loss and a tie. Pacific Division leader SAN DIEGO came from behind to tie New York and led OAKLAND (0-0-1) by 14 points. LOS ANGELES stopped Toronto 3-0 and VANCOUVER lost to St. Louis 3-1.

SOFTBALL—A team of all-stars from leagues across the country won the first slow-pitch tournament, losing to Detroit 27-6 in the opener, then taking the next three games 7-5, 6-0 and 15-9 in Parma, Ohio.

TENNIS—Co-winners were declared in the London grass-court championships after rain forced cancellation of the final round of play. Sharing first place in the men's singles were amateurs TOM OKKER of The Netherlands and CLARK GRAEBNER of the U.S., both upset victors over two of the leading professionals. Okker overcame Australian Rod Laver, who is seeded No. 1 for this week's Wimbledon tournament, 6-4, 6-4. Graebner disposed of Australian Roy Emerson, No. 5 seed for Wimbledon, 11-9, 6-3. NANCY RICHEY of the U.S., an amateur, and MRS. ANN HAYDON JONES of Great Britain, a professional, shared first place in the women's competition.

Stan Smith and Bob Lutz led USC to its third straight NCAA championship, the two of them combining to win the doubles and Smith taking the singles by beating his teammate, who was the defending titlist, 3-6, 6-1, 6-0, 6-2.

TRACK & FIELD—Twelve records—one world, one American and 10 meet marks—were set at the AAU championships in Sacramento (page 32). CHARLIE GREENE, JIM HINES and RONNIE RAY SMITH all ran preliminary heats in the 100-meter dash in 9.9, the first time the 10-second barrier has been broken. Greene then went on to win the finals in 10-flat. It was GEORGE YOUNG, however, who was named the outstanding athlete of the meet. Young ran the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 8:30.5, lowering the year-old American mark of 8:32.4 set by Pat Traynor. Those who set meet records in the running events were TOMMIE SMITH (20.3 for 200 meters). LEE EVANS (45.0 for 400 meters), RON WHITNEY (49.6 for the 400-meter hurdles), WADE BELL (1:45.5 for 800 meters). TRACY SMITH (28:47.0 for 10,000 meters), DON DENOON (12:37.9 for the 3,000-meter walk) and BOB DAY (13:50.4 for 5,000 meters). In the field events meet records were established by ART WALKER (53'9¼" in the triple jump). BOB BEAMON (27'4" in the long jump) and RANDY MATSON (67'5" in the shotput).

Russian Javelin Thrower JANIS LUSIS came up with a world record throw of 301'9¼" at a meet in Saarijarvi. Finland, surpassing the mark of 300'11" set four years ago by Terje Pedersen of Norway.

WEIGHT LIFTING—A world record for the press was set by Russian Middleweight VIKTOR KURENTZOV, who surpassed his own mark of 353 pounds by lifting a total of 354.9 pounds in Leningrad

MILEPOSTS—AGREED: By AAU President David A. Matlin and Executive Director Donald Hull, to sign an application for international approval of Jim Ryun's controversial 1:44.9 for the 880-yard run. The lack of their signatures and subsequent approval by the International Track and Field Federation are all that have kept Ryun's time from being recognized as a world record. He set the mark two years ago. but AAU officials refused to submit it as a world record because the race had been conducted by the rival U.S. Track and Field Federation. The belated approval by Matlin and Hull was prompted by the forceful urging of members of the AAU track and field committee.

NAMED: As general manager of the San Diego Rockets of the NBA, PETE NEWELL, 52, who had been athletic director at California since 1960 and basketball coach there for six years prior to that. Newell, whose 1959 team won the NCAA title, was coach of the U.S. Olympic basketball squad, which went undefeated and took the gold medal in 1960.

NAMED: As athletic director at Navy, CAPTAIN J. O. COPPEDGE, a former letterman in football and wrestling at the academy. He replaces Captain Alan R. Cameron, who completed the standard three-year tour of duty in the job.

TRADED: The New Orleans Buccaneers of the ABA sent DOUG MOE, 29, a 6'5" forward who was second in the league in scoring last season with a 24.2 average, and LARRY BROWN, 27, a 5'9" guard, who led the league in assists with 506, to the Oakland Oaks. In return the Buccaneers received three younger players: RON FRANZ, 22, a 6'7" forward. STEVE JONES, 25 a 6'2" forward, and BARRY LEIBOWITZ, 23, a 6'3" guard.

SIGNED: By the Chicago Bulls of the NBA. 7', 240-pound Center DAVE NEWMARK of Columbia, who, because he had been sidelined by mononucleosis two years ago, had another season of collegiate eligibility left.