BOATING—ERGO, a 35-foot sloop owned by Conrad Jones of Marion, Mass. won E class and overall honors in the 24th annual Block Island race. Ergo's corrected time of 31.3844 hours outdid 130 other entrants, mostly bigger boats hampered by a lack of wind.
BOXING—DICK TIGER, the 39-year-old Biafran who has been the middleweight and light-heavyweight champion, won a 10-round decision from Italy's Nino Benvenuti, 31, in a nontitle fight at Madison Square Garden. When asked if he plans to return to the middleweight division for another title attempt. Tiger said, "I have to think about that. Life has its ups and downs. I fought tonight at 166 pounds. Maybe I'm just an overblown middleweight." Benvenuti, the middleweight champ, broke a knuckle in his right hand early in the bout and will be unable to train for a few weeks. "I was in terrible pain," he said. "Tiger was strong, I knew he would be, so my training was preparation to punch with him. But after I hurt my hand I could not move in close. I had to jab and move."
GOLF—DAVE HILL of Jackson, Mich. scored a five-under-par 65 on the final round of the $150,000 Memphis Open for a winning 265, two strokes ahead of Lee Elder. Tommy Aaron tied Charlie Coody for third, and Bert Yancey fell out of contention on the final nine. Hill admitted he was lucky on the sixth hole, after his approach overshot the green and landed in the gallery, where "it hit some guy square in the stomach. Then he started kicking it toward the hole, which I appreciated." However, officials called this unfair, and Hill had to drop the ball on the fringe of the green.
HORSE RACING—ARTS AND LETTERS ($5) carried a mere 111 pounds against older horses lugging heavier burdens as he won the $116,500 Metropolitan Mile at Aqueduct by 2½ lengths over Nodouble in a tightener for this week's Belmont Stakes.
June 8, 1969
Al Hattab ($13.80), ridden by Michael Hole, tied the stakes record of 1:48 in winning the 1‚⅛ mile $137,100 Jersey Derby at Garden State by 2½ lengths over Ack Ack. Al Hattab's regular rider, Ray Broussard, had switched to Night Invader, who finished fourth.
Victory in the $87,075 Mother Goose at Aqueduct gave SHUVEE ($4.20) the second segment of the Triple Crown for 3-year-old fillies and kept alive the possibility that a colt (Majestic Prince) and a filly could win Triple Crowns in the same year.
HORSE SHOWS—KATHY KUSNER, twice an Olympic participant who had hoped to be the first woman jockey—she was the first to receive a license, then broke her leg during a fall show—rode That's Right to the open jumper championship at the Devon (Pa.) show. It was Miss Kusner's second major championship in the two weeks she has been back on the show circuit.
LACROSSE—ARMY manhandled Navy 14-4 to wind up the season in a tie with JOHNS HOPKINS for the national collegiate title (page 30) as Coach Jim (Ace) Adams closed out his 12-year career at West Point. He moves on to Penn.
MOTOR SPORTS—MARIO ANDRETTI won the $809,627 Indianapolis 500 in a Hawk-Ford entered by Andy Granatelli, giving each his first victory (page 24). Dan Gurney finished second for the second straight year.
Porsche took the first five spots in the annual 1,000-kilometer race on the N√ºrburgring in Germany to win the manufacturer's world championship for the first time. JO SIFFERT and BRIAN REDMAN, who drove the winning car at a record average speed of 101.6 mph, led all the way.
Bruce McLaren of New Zealand and his countryman Denis Hulme finished one-two in the season's first race for the Can-Am Challenge Cup, at Mosport Park, Ontario, McLaren averaging 105.901 mph. Each drove a new McLaren-M8B-Chevy.
TENNIS—Serving powerfully, New York's CLARK GRAEBNER defeated Erik van Dillen of San Mateo 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-0, 7-5 in the men's singles final of the Central California national hard-court championships in Sacramento. The women's title went to Liza Pande of Palo Alto, 7-5, 6-4 over Kristen Kemmer, Los Angeles.
TRACK & FIELD—BYRON DYCE of New York University ran the fastest 880 ever clocked in the East—1:47.4 as MARYLAND won the team title by one point over Villanova in the IC4A meet at New Brunswick, N.J. In Houston's Meet of Champions, FELIX JOHNSON of Prairie View was a tick faster than Dyce, running the 880 in 1:47.3. RODNEY MILBURN of Opelousas, La. won the 120-yard high hurdles (13.7) at Houston, lowering the national prep record held by Richmond Flowers by a 10th. Other notable winners were AL COFFEE of LSU in the 440 (46.4), ANDY HOPKINS of the Houston Striders in the 100 (9.2) and the Striders in the 440-yard relay (39.7), in which Hopkins ran the first leg. Johnson flew on to Berkeley and, though fatigued, finished second to Pat Collins of Oregon State (1:48.9) in the 880 at the first Kennedy Memorial Invitational Games. In other Kennedy events CHUCK LA BENZ of Arizona State ran the mile in 3:58.4, with Sam Bair of the Kent (Ohio) Track Club so close he was credited with the same time. Then came two other sub-four-minute men: Bob Day of the Army (3:58.6) and John Lawson of the Pacific Coast Club (3:59.5). Jim Ryun announced his withdrawal due to a knee injury just before the mile. JORMA KINNUNEN of Finland defeated the American recordholder, Mark Murro of Arizona State, in the javelin with a 282'11" throw. WILLIE DAVENPORT, back in winning stride, took the hurdles in 13.5, LEE EVANS the 440 in 45.8 and CHI CHENG of Los Angeles the women's 100-yard dash in 10.5. RICE UNIVERSITY won the mile relay in 3:05.1 (Bill Askey, 46.5; Conley Brown, 45.9; Steve Straub, 47.0; Dale Bernauer, 45.7), the world's fastest time this year. In Los Angeles, RON LAIRD of the New York Athletic Club set American records in the three-mile and 5,000-meter walks at the Southern Pacific AAU district championships, with times of 20:49.4 and 21:38.8, respectively.
In Antwerp, Australian DEREK CLAYTON ran an international marathon in 2:08:33.6, which is thought to be the fastest ever for the event. In another foreign meet, in Moscow, NADEZHDA CHIZHOVA of Russia put the shot 64'8¼" for a world record, 4¼" better than the one set by Margitta Gummel of East Germany during the Mexico City Olympics.
West Germany's HEIDE ROSENDAHL broke her three-week-old record in women's pentathlon, scoring 5,023 points in a dual meet with the U.S.S.R. Heide had a 13.6 100-meter hurdles, 43'10" shot-put, 5'4" high jump, 20'4½" long jump and 24.8 200-meter run.
MILEPOSTS—FRANCHISED: By the Montreal Canadiens, an AHL farm team—the Muskies—to share the ice in the Forum, marking the first time in hockey history that one city will have both NHL and AHL clubs.
REACTIVATED: By the New York Knickerbockers, DAVE STALLWORTH, a 6'7" forward who suffered a heart attack in 1967 after two years with the Knicks. Stallworth was the Knicks' second draft choice (after Bill Bradley) in 1965 and has recently coached the Wichita Builders amateur team.
DIED: Auto Racer PAUL HAWKINS, 31, winner of the Targa Florio in 1967 and Monza 1,000 kilometers in 1968; in a crash in a sports car race at Oulton Park, England. Hawkins, an Australian living in London, was running sixth in a Lola, traveling about 100 mph, when it spun into a tree at trackside, exploded and burned.