BOATING—Pam, an Australian entry skippered by Gordon Ignate, won the Scandinavian Gold Cup for 5.5-meter yachts at Hankoe, Norway. Nemesis of the United States sailed in second, and Fram IV, with Norway's Crown Prince Harald at the helm, was third.
S. A. (Huey) Long's famed Ondine, second in the Annapolis-to-Newport race two weeks ago, won the 2,790-mile Newport-to-Cork transatlantic race, finishing far ahead of the field, then ran aground on a sandbank. It took 20 minutes to get her out of trouble, undamaged.
Windward Passage, the scratch boat, was the early leader in the transpacific race between San Pedro and Hawaii as five yachts dropped out in gusty winds and heavy seas.
BOXING—The WBA flyweight champion, HIROYUKI EBIHARA of Japan, knocked out Mexico's Jose Garcia Lopez in the second round of a scheduled 10-round nontitle bout, in Okayama, Japan.
July 13, 1969
GOLF—Lee Elder's borrowed putter swung sweetly as he led the second and third rounds of the $125,000 Buick Open at Warwick Hills Country Club in Grand Blanc, Mich., but on the last 18 he lost his chance for one of the tour's rare victories by a black golfer as DAVE HILL took over to win with a final round 70 for a 277 total, 11 under par. Frank Beard finished alone in second place, two strokes back, and Homero Blancas, who twice tied Hill in the last round, double-bogeyed the 18th hole and finished at 280 for third place. Elder wound up at 286 after a final-round 80.
HARNESS RACING—In the annual Grand Circuit meeting at the Historic Track, Goshen, N.Y., SIR CARLTON won the Goshen Cup for 2-year-old pacers, BETTY HANOVER the Debutante Stake for 2-year-old pacing fillies, NARDIN'S GAYBLADE (page 46) the Historic-Dickerson Cup for 3-year-old trotting colts and FLOWING SPEED the Coaching Club Trotting Oaks for 3-year-old fillies. The Titan Cup for free-for-all trotters went to LADY B. FAST.
Nevele Pride set a world trotting record of 1:58 for the mile on a ‚Öù-mile track while winning the Laurel Raceway Invitational.
HORSE RACING—In the 1-mile $107,000 Suburban Handicap at Aqueduct, Angel Cordero Jr. kept Dansar Stable's 6-year-old MR. RIGHT ($8) on top from wire to wire, withstanding a late surge by heavily favored Dike, to win by a head in a slow 2:04[4/5].
Lester Piggott rode Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin's WOLVER HOLLOW (8-1) to an upset victory worth $61,989 in the Eclipse Stakes at England's Sandown Park over the Duke of Devonshire's Park Top. Widow of a famous American yachtsman, Mrs. Iselin is 101 years old and on the point of dispersing her racing stable.
In the two divisions of the $50,000-added American Handicap at Hollywood Park, both favorites obliged the bettors. An Argentinian 4-year-old, FIGONERO ($4.60), won the first division by half a length on the 1‚⅛-mile course; in the second, POLEAX ($3.40) came from last place in a field of seven on the final turn to win by 1½ lengths. In another Hollywood feature, the $54,650 Cinema Handicap for 3-year-olds on the turf, NOHOLME JR. ($12.60) gained a head victory, beating out Tell at the wire.
Hawaii ($5), a South African entry in the $57,600 Stars and Stripes Handicap at Arlington Park, survived a foul claim to gain his second victory in three American starts and $35,100 for his owner, Cragwood Stable.
MOTOR SPORTS—LEE ROY YARBROUGH slipped his white Ford Talladega past Buddy Baker's red Dodge Charger with 17 laps to go in Daytona's 160-lap Firecracker 400 and beat Baker by just .9 second in one of the season's most exciting finishes. Yarbrough averaged 160.875 mph for the 400 miles and earned $22,175, which made him NASCAR's leading money winner with a total of $120,315.
In the French Grand Prix at Clermont-Ferrand, Scotland's JACKIE STEWART won his fourth world-championship victory in five races this year and not only became a near cinch for the 1969 title but also moved closer to his goal of equaling or breaking the late Jim Clark's 1963 record of seven wins in a season.
ROWING—EAST GERMANY held its lead against a late challenge by the University of Pennsylvania varsity eight and won the mile-and-550-yard Grand Challenge Cup, the premier event of the Royal Henley Regatta. HOLLAND won three races: the Stewards Challenge Cup, coxed fours and the ladies eights, and in the schoolboy eights, Washington-Lee High School of Arlington, Va. defeated Britain's Emanuel School for the only United States victory.
SWIMMING—South Africa's KAREN MUIR swam the 100-meter backstroke in 1:05.6, in Utrecht, The Netherlands, lowering by .6 second the world record held by America's Kaye Hall.
TENNIS—Australia's magical little lefthander, ROD LAVER, made it 4 for 4 at Wimbledon with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 victory over his tall, dark, handsome countryman, John Newcombe (page 50). Ron had won the singles in 1961 and 1962, then turned pro and could not return until Wimbledon went open last year. Already the Australian and French champion, Laver will be favored to win at Forest Hills in September and thus repeat his Grand Slam of 1962. In the women's final Billie Jean King lost her bid for a fourth straight Wimbledon singles title to another lefthander, England's ANN JONES, the perennial center-court bridesmaid, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. She is the first Briton to win since 1961. The men's doubles championship went to NEWCOMBE and TONY ROCHE, the women's doubles to MARGARET COURT and JUDY TEGART, the mixed doubles to FRED STOLLE and MRS. JONES and the senior doubles to those durable former singles champions, VIC SEIXAS and JAROSLAV DROBNY.
Meeting at London, the Davis Cup nations voted 21-19 not to open play to professionals (That decision "makes no sense at all," said America's Arthur Ashe) and talked but did not vote on the question of whether South Africa should be barred from Davis Cup participation because of its racial policies.
TRACK & FIELD—National records fell in the AAU women's and girls' championships at Dayton: to TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY with a 1:42.4 in the 880 medley relay; ELEANOR MONTGOMERY of Tennessee State with a high jump of 5'11". In the girls' division Philadelphia's SHARLENE JOHNSON, 10.5 in the 100; FRANCIE LARRIEU, Sunnyvale, Calif., 2:10.6 in the 880; the ATOMS TRACK CLUB of Brooklyn, N.Y., 1:38.8 in the 880 relay, and LINDA LANGFORD of San Jose, Calif., 155 feet in the discus.
At an international meet in Milan, Italy's PAOLA PIGNI, 23, ran to a new women's world record of 4:12.4 in the 1,500 meters. In Paris the French women's 1,600-meter relay team set a world record of 3:34.2 in a dual meet with Poland.
MILEPOSTS—DOFFED: By TED WILLIAMS at Fenway Park in a ceremony honoring him as the greatest Red Sox player, the cap he had never before deigned to tip to the Boston fans.
SIGNED: LEONARD (Red) KELLY, to a one-year contract as coach of the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins, succeeding Red Sullivan. Kelly, who recently quit as coach of the Los Angeles Kings, takes on a team that has failed to make the playoffs in its two years of existence.
INDUCTED: Into the Hall of Fame of the Trotter at Goshen, N.Y.: Trainer-Drivers BILLY HAUGHTON, FRANK ERVIN and DELVIN MILLER and Breeder WALTER J. MICHAEL, president of the U.S. Trotting Association for 11 years.
RETIRED: ERNIE GREEN, 30, running back for the Cleveland Browns since 1962, who averaged 4.9 yards a carry during his first six seasons but was slowed last year by a knee injury suffered in a preseason game. Green will stay on with the Browns as offensive backfield coach.
RETIRED: DON MEREDITH, 31, quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys since the team's inception in 1960, to become a stockbroker. Meredith twice led the Cowboys to the Eastern Conference championship, only to be defeated by Green Bay in spectacularly close NFL title games. Meredith said he had become "halfhearted" about football. "It's like playing a round of golf and not taking all your clubs," he said. "I don't want to play with half a bag."
DIED: TED RHODES, 56, the first Negro to play on the PGA tour and Joe Louis' private pro for many years, apparently of a heart attack, in Nashville. In Grand Blanc, Mich., Lee Elder, a protégé of Rhodes', was the second-round leader in the Buick Open with 135, equaling the 36-hole tournament record.