A roundup of the sports information of the week

June 08, 1970
June 08, 1970

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June 8, 1970

Up And Away
Brother Al's Indy
Horse Racing
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

A roundup of the sports information of the week

BOATING—Huey Long's ONDINE look advantage of her new fore triangle rig to take the Storm Trysail Club's 25th annual race around Block Island—with most of the 173 starters still struggling in the light winds long after Ondine had finished. Ondine won trophies as first to finish, first in Class A and best on corrected time.

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BOWLING—BOBBY COOPER of Houston won the men's championship of the National All-Star Tournament in Northbrook, Ill., averaging 234 pins for 48 games for a total of 34 wins. MARY BAKER of Central Islip, N.Y. took the ladies' title with an average of 210 and 23 wins in 36 games.

COLLEGE BASEBALL—MINNESOTA won its third straight Big 10 championship, finishing its season 15-3. Ohio State had led with 13-1, two games with Michigan State having been canceled due to campus unrest, but lost a doubleheader and the title when the games were made up last week.

GOLF—Playing in a steady drizzle, DAVE HILL won his third $150,000 Danny Thomas-Memphis Open in four years, finishing with a 72-hole total of 267—13 under par and lowest total on the pro tour this year. Homero Blancas, winner of the Colonial National two weeks ago, tied for second, one stroke back, with lefthander Bob Charles and Frank Beard. South African Harold Henning turned in a stunning final round 62, eight under par, scoring a hole in one on the 181-yard 17th hole, but still finished eight strokes behind the winner.

Donna Caponi sank a five-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win the $20,000 Bluegrass Invitational in Louisville, finishing with a two-under-par 214, one stroke ahead of Mary Mills. Miss Mills sank a 20-foot putt for an eagle 3 on the 18th hole to take second.

HARNESS RACING—Messenger Stable's BYE BYE SAM ($11.80) held off the late charge of Tempered Yankee to take the $98,835 Realization Pace at Roosevelt by 1¼ lengths, Stanley Dancer drove the winner in 2:07[4/5] for the 1[1/16] miles. Going Thru finished third as odds-on favorite Laverne Hanover faded to fourth.

The 3-year-old pacers made their first major appearances, with Louis Resnick and Max Hochberg's TRULUCK ($2.40), the 1969 2-year-old champion and early favorite for the Little Brown Jug, pacing the first two-minute mile of the year in a three-length win over Don Baker in the $16,276 Arden Downs Stake at The Meadows. COLUMBIA GEORGE ($3.20) bettered this clocking in the $25,000 American National Stake at Sportsman's Park, Roland Beaulieu bringing him home in 1:59⅖ one length ahead of Steady Star.

Eileen Eden, owned by Regalo and Danilo Fossati, repeated her 1968 victory in the $46,000 Elite Trot in Stockholm, Sweden's richest race. She was driven by Hans Fromming to a neck victory over Canadian-owned Fresh Yankee in 2:01[3/5] for the mile.

HORSE RACING—Verna Lea Farm's top-weighted NODOUBLE ($13.60) outdueled Reviewer in a long stretch run to take the $114,600 Metropolitan Mile by a head at Belmont. Jorge Tejeira rode the winner home in 1:34⅗ a track record, with Dewan closing to take third, three lengths back.

Office Queen ($14.60) streaked to a three-quarter-length victory over Cathy Honey in the $119,625 Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont, the second leg of the filly Triple Crown. Carlos Marquez kept the Stephen Calder entry on the lead most of the way, finishing the 1‚⅛ miles in 1:49[4/5]. Missile Belle was third, two lengths back.

Mrs. Ethel D. Jacobs' Preakness winner PERSONALITY ($4.40) galloped to an easy victory in the $128,400 Jersey Derby at Garden State, leading Corn Off The Cob by 1¼ lengths at the end of the 1‚⅛ miles. Eddie Belmonte rode him home in 1:48[1/5]. Silent Screen was third, 2½ lengths back (page 63).

Finally, at Newmarket, England, hunch-bettors cleaned up in the Matthew Dawson Stakes for 3-year-olds over a mile and six furlongs. Lacroma was the favorite at 5-2 when the race began two hours before the start of the Indy 500 back in the U.S. But the winner—by eight lengths—turned out to be INDIANAPOLIS, at 100-8 odds.

HORSE SHOWS—Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Huffman's DREAM LOVER. 1969 world champion five-gait-ed mare, won the championship for the fifth year in a row at Devon (Pa.), the country's largest outdoor horse show. Mr. and Mrs. J. Markley Freed's BEST CHANCE swept the second-year green working hunter division, taking every class. Shelagh Pew's THE SPOILER took the intermediate jumper stake and title under Olympian Frank Chapot.

William Steinkraus, captain of the U.S. Equestrian Team, and SNOWBOUND captured their first international event since the horse was injured while winning the individual gold medal in the 1968 Mexico Olympics, taking a Class A time event in Lucerne, Switzerland.

KARATE—PAT WORLEY, 21, of Fort Worth, won the title at the seventh annual National Championships in Washington, as Californian Joe Lewis, winner of the tournament for the last four years, was upset in the second round. Worley defeated Byron Jones of Akron in the finals.

LACROSSE—After trailing by four goals late in the third quarter, NAVY rallied to edge Army 8-7 at West Point, assuring itself of a share in the national collegiate championship with Johns Hopkins and Virginia.

MOTOR SPORTS—AL UNSER motored easily to victory in the Indianapolis 500, averaging 155.749 mph and leading for all but 10 of the 200 laps (page 30).

Hannu Mikkola of Finland and GUNNAR PALM of Sweden took first place, finishing one hour and 18 minutes ahead of Brian Culcheth and Johnstone Syer of Britain in the 16,000 mile London-to-Mexico City World Cup auto rally. The race started April 19, the drivers crossed 22 countries and three continents and only 26 of the 96 starters officially finished.

TRACK & FIELD—Sturdy RANDY MATSON unleashed the second-best shotput of his career—and in history—to win the event at the Kennedy Games in Berkeley, Calif. His 71'4¼" was 1¼" short of the world record he established in 1967, leaving him the only athlete to put the shot farther than 70 feet. CHUCK LABENZ of Arizona State clocked the fastest mile in the U.S. this year, 3:56.9, with the next three finishers all breaking four minutes. GEORGE FRENN of the Pacific Coast Club bettered his own meet record in the hammer throw by 21 feet with 232'7".

Villanova captured the team title with 60 points at the IC4-A meet in Philadelphia, as MARTY LIQUORI led the way with a 3:58.5 for the mile. DICK BUERKLE took both the three-mile and six-mile runs in times of 13:34.2 and 28:34.7. DES McCORMACK set a meet record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase of 8:46.1.

WEIGHT LIFTING—JAN TALTS of the Soviet Union set a world heavyweight record in Tallin, Estonia, lifting a total of 1,212.5 pounds to beat by 2.5 pounds the mark set last year by American Bob Bednarski. Belgian Super Heavyweight SERGE REDING broke the world press record at Zwevegem with 481.7 pounds, more than five pounds over the listed record.

MILEPOSTS—RESIGNED: DON COMBS, trainer of the Kentucky Derby winner Dust Commander, after a dispute with tiger-hunting Owner Robert Lehmann over training methods.

RETIRED: Rokeby Stable's 1969 Horse of the Year, ARTS AND LETTERS, now to Stand at stud at Greentree Farm in Kentucky, after injuring a leg in the Californian Slakes two weeks ago.

NAMED: As head coach of the U.S. Alpine ski program, WILLY SCHAEFFLER, 54, whose Denver University teams have won nine of the last 10 NCAA ski titles. His motto: "I believe first in winning medals and talking about them afterward."

RENAMED: The ABA's Dallas Chaparrals will now be called the TEXAS CHAPARRALS in an attempt to establish regional support for the team, an idea tried successfully this year by the Carolina Cougars (SI, Jan. 19).

RETIRING: After 14 years as football coach at Harvard, JOHN YOVICSIN. New England Coach of the Year in 1961, 1966 and 1968, who announced that the coming season will be his last.

DIED: New York Ranger Goalie TERRY SAWCHUK, 40, considered one of the giants of the game with 103 shutouts in 21 years of NHL action. He was admitted to the hospital in April for injuries suffered while "horseplaying" with teammate Ron Stewart, underwent three emergency operations and succumbed to cardiac arrest.