BASKETBALL—ABA: The underdog LOS ANGELES STARS took two of three games during the week, defeating the Indiana Pacers by 109-106 and 117-113 in overtime, forcing the series to at least six games (page 16).
Yugoslavia wrapped up the world amateur basketball championship in Ljubljana by defeating the United States 70-63.
BOATING—Chilean brigantine ESMERELDA won the international Boston Teapot Trophy by sailing the 1,005 miles between Australia and New Zealand in 124 hours—a scant .2 knot faster than the previous record held by the German ship Gorch Fock. One of the conditions of the award requires more than half of the crew to be between 15 and 25 years old.
BOWLING—MILDRED MARTORELLA of Rochester, N.Y. beat Joan Holm of Chicago 807-797 in the Queens Match Tournament of the Women's International Bowling Congress meet in Tulsa, Okla. The 23-year-old lefthander is the first to win the tournament twice.
May 31, 1970
BOXING—Middleweight NINO BENVENUTI bombed out Tom (The Bomb) Bethea in the eighth round at Umag, Yugoslavia to retain his world championship (page 14).
GOLF—TOMMY AARON scored his first U.S. victory after 10 years on the pro tour—the $125,000 Atlanta Classic—finishing with a final-round 69 for a total of 275, one stroke ahead of Dan Sikes. Tom Weiskopf, the early leader, came to the final hole with a chance to win, but drove his tee shot into the water and then hit into a trap. Then he missed his putt, getting a double bogey that dropped him into a four-way tie for third with Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Bert Yancey.
Kathy Hite or Florence, S.C. won her first Southern Women's Amateur golf tournament, beating Mrs. John Griffith of Fort Worth 1 up in a sudden-death playoff on the 39th hole at Pinehurst, N.C.
Betsy Rawls survived gusty winds to card a final-round 69 and win the $25,000 Dallas Civitan women's open with a 54-hole total of 214. Second-round leader Kathy Whitworth suffered a final-round 74 and faded to fifth place. Veteran Mickey Wright finished second, two strokes back, tied with Sandra Palmer and Marilynn Smith.
HARNESS RACING—Red Sheep Stable's FULLA NAPOLEON ($12.40) set a track record in the final event of the International Pacing Series at Yonkers, lasting for a head decision over Canadian entry Horton Hanover—-with Dick Thomas driving the mile in 1:58 for the $50,000 National Championship. Favored Good Chase was third, 1¾ lengths farther back.
Champion trotting mare FRESH YANKEE ($14.10) won the $28,000 Grand Prix of Bavaria in Munich, defeating Sweden's Dart Hanover by half a length. Owned by Duncan MacDonald of Nova Scotia and driven by Joe O'Brien, Fresh Yankee finished the mile and [5/16] in 2:42.8. Tivaty Pelo of France was third, as American Lindy's Pride, last year's Hambletonian winner, broke stride and finished last.
Gallant Prince ($11) of Messenger Stables took the first prep for Hambletonian hopefuls, winning the $20,000 Tompkins Memorial at Hazel Park by 2½ lengths over Nevele Rascal. Del Cameron, subbing for Trainer Stanley Dancer, who also trains and drove the second colt, brought the winner one mile in 2:04⅗ with A La Carte three lengths back in third.
HORSE RACING—Fillies and mares held the spotlight across the country as Mrs. Whitney Stone's 1969 filly Triple Crown winner, SHUVEE ($6.80), won her first race in 1970, drawing out to a four-length win over favored Singing Rain in the $57,500 Top Flight Handicap at Aqueduct. Swiss Cheese was a distant seven lengths back in third. Braulio Baeza brought the winner home in stakes record-tying time of 1:48[3/5] for the 1‚⅛ miles.
The Hat Ranch's COMMISSARY ($11) nosed out heavily favored Pattee Canyon in the $80,750 Vanity Handicap at Hollywood Park, with Tipping Time another four lengths behind in third place. Wayne Harris drove Commissary through the stretch to finish in 1:47[3/5] for the 1‚⅛ miles.
Alfred H. Smith Sr.'s TUSCALEE ($3.60) scored a four-length triumph in the National Steeplechase at Fair Hill, Md. to move within one victory of Elkridge's alltime mark of 32 wins by a 'chaser. Ridden by Joe Aitcheson Jr., the winner covered the two miles in 4:08⅘ with In The Know taking second by 10 lengths over Country Setting.
MOTOR SPORTS—Last qualifiers for the Indianapolis 500 included oldtimer LLOYD RUBY, who finally made the lineup at 168.895 mph after six engine failures, Australia's JACK BRABHAM at 166.397 mph and JIM McELREATH in the end position at 166.821 mph. McElreath made the field twice; after being bumped by Brabham, he borrowed one of A. J. Foyt's Coyote-Fords for another run. Average speed of the 33-car field was 167.139 mph.
Lee Roy Yarbrough jumped into teammate Don Allison's Ford when his own car conked out after 177 laps, then passed leader David Pearson with 239 laps to go to win the $193,080 World 600 Stock Car Race at the Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Only 13 cars managed to finish in the muggy weather, with the winning speed held to an average of 129.680 mph by 10 caution flags during the race.
TENNIS—TOM OKKER of The Netherlands beat Rumanian Ilie Nastase 6-3, 6-4, 0-6, 4-6, 6-4 to win the Brussels International tennis tournament, but NASTASE teamed with countryman ION TIRIAC to take the doubles from American Marty Riessen and Australia's Bill Bowrey 6-2, 3-6, 11-9, 6-2. JULIE HELDMAN defeated Peaches Bartkowicz in straight sets 6-2, 6-1 in the women's final.
Rumania, Yugoslavia, France and Spain reached the semifinals of the Section A European Zone Davis Cup eliminations by taking decisive leads in matches against Greece, Ireland, Austria and Bulgaria respectively. Section B semi-finalists include RUSSIA, WEST GERMANY, BELGIUM and CZECHOSLOVAKIA.
Australia clinched the women's Federation Tennis Cup in Freiburg, Germany by trouncing West Germany in both singles matches. Karen Krantzke beat Helga Hosl-Schultze 6-2, 6-3, and Judy Dalton-Tegart defeated Helga Niessen 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 to take the women's equivalent of the Davis Cup.
TRACK & FIELD—DEBBIE BRILL of Canada, with a version of the Fosbury Flop, high-jumped to an American record 6'¼" at the California Relays in Modesto—more than one inch over the old mark. Two male high jumpers, BILL ELLIOTT of the Pacific Coast Club and REYNALDO BROWN, unattached, each managed 7'3¼", Elliott winning on the basis of fewer misses. LEE EVANS, named an assistant coach at San Jose State for next season, nipped Ralph Mann of BYU in the 440-yard intermediate hurdles in 51.2. JOHN CARLOS, now affiliated with the School of Seamanship, won the 220-yard and the 100-meter dashes, although his time of 10.0 in the latter was disallowed because of a 6.9-mph following wind. The Mills brothers of Texas A&M won the 880 relay in 1:23.8 (page 50). JIM CRAWFORD, unattached, won the mile in 3:59.6, and CHI CHENG of the Los Angeles Track Club won the women's 440 in 53.4 and the 100 in a wind-aided 11.1.
MILEPOSTS—TRADED: Guard GAIL GOODRICH moves from the Phoenix Suns to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for 7-footer MEL COUNTS. Goodrich thus becomes the first player to return to his original club after being lost in an expansion draft, and the maneuver also answers questions as to why the Lakers had left top rookie Guard Dick Garrett available for this year's expansion teams.
SIGNED: To a new five-year contract as head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, BUD GRANT, at a salary said to be upward of $50,000 a year.
RETURNED: To the New York Giants, their former star quarterback Y. A. TITTLE, who led the team in three title games; as the quarterback coach for preseason training.
CALLED OFF: A scheduled tour of England by an all-white South African cricket team, following pressure from Labor Party leaders who feared demonstrations during the June election campaign.
DIED: RAY SCHALK, 77, Hall of Fame catcher for the Chicago White Sox, who played for the 1917 world champions—the last Chicago baseball team to win a World Series. He caught 100 or more games in each of 12 years for a total of 1,760.