BALLOONING—After a lapse of four years the National Hot Air Balloon races got off the ground at the Iowa State Fair. FRANK PRITCHARD of Flint, Mich. was the overall winner, scoring 5,340 out of a possible 6,000 points in the four-event contest.
BASEBALL—Dave Shaver followed consecutive second-inning singles with a double driving in both runs as WAYNE, N. J. defeated Campbell. Calif. 2-0 in the Little League World Series in Williams-port, Pa. It was the third straight shutout for the Wayne team, and the second for Pitcher Steve O'Neil, who had a no-hitter earlier in the week.
BILLIARDS—STEVE MIZERAK of Carteret, N. J. had a high run of 106 balls in defeating defending champion Luther Lassiter of Elizabeth City, N. C. in the U.S. Open championship in Chicago. Mizerak's 150-85 victory was his second over Lassiter in the double-elimination tournament.
BOATING—INTREPID earned the right to repeat its 1967 defense of the America's Cup, against Australian challenger GRETEL II, on Sept. 15 off Newport, R.I. (page 12). She won nine of 10 races in a four-boat runoff, including six straight over her closest U.S. competitor, Valiant. Gretel II swept the first four races in a best-of-seven series against France.
BOXING—Kame de Abrajar came more than 7,000 miles from Ghana to San Antonio to fight local light heavyweight TERRY KRUEGER. Two seconds into the first round de Abrajar was hit and he fell to the canvas, one of the quickest KOs in ring history.
GOLF—With the pro tour's alltime richest first prize—$60,000—at stake, BOBBY NICHOLS dropped a 14-foot birdie on the 72nd hole to win the Dow Jones Open in Clifton, N. J. by one stroke over Labron Harris (page 54).
HARNESS RACING—MOST HAPPY FELLA ($5.20) won the first event in pacing's Triple Crown, passing favored Columbia George in the stretch in the $102,770 Cane Futurity at Yonkers Raceway. The colt clip-clopped the mile in 1:58⅗ taking one-fifth of a second off the mark for 3-year-olds.
HORSE RACING—PROUDEST ROMAN ($10.40) scored by 1½ lengths over Pass Catcher in the Hopeful, a 6½ furlong, $130,950 test for 2-year-olds at Saratoga Springs. His time was 1:18[3/5].
MOTORCYCLING—JIM RICE of Palo Alto, Calif. took the lead on the second lap and held it to the finish in the 10-mile American Motorcycle Association championship race in Peoria, Ill.
POLO—Scoring two goals in the final chukker, Tom Hughes starred as the OAK BROOK. (Ill.) POLO CLUB won its sixth national 20-goal title, defeating Tulsa's Green Hill Farm Club in Milwaukee.
SHOOTING—MARINE CORPS marksmen outshot Navy and Army teams in the National Trophy rifle match at Camp Perry, Ohio. Scoring 2,885 of a possible 3,000 points, the six-man squad beat the Navy by two points and the Army by five.
Meanwhile, in the 71st Grand American Trapshoot in Vandalia, Ohio, CHARLES HARVEY, 30, of Oskaloosa, Iowa broke 98 of 100 targets from 24 yards to win the Grand American Handicap.
SOCCER—NORTH AMERICAN LEAGUE: ROCHESTER'S Carlos Metidieri scored two goals to lead his team to a 3-1 win and the Northern Division title over Kansas City. The Lancers now play Southern Division winner Washington for the league championship.
Northern Division: Rochester (9-9-6), Kansas City (8-10-6), St. Louis (5-17-2). Southern Division: Washington (14-6-4), Atlanta (11-8-5), Dallas (8-12-4).
SOFTBALL—Limited to just one hit, the U.S. lost 1-0 in the finals of the World Women's Softball championship to host JAPAN in Osaka. The winners scored on a walk, a sacrifice and an error.
SWIMMING—FRANK HECKL of the University of Southern California, with four gold medals, and LYNN COLELLA of Seattle, with three, gave the U.S. overwhelming performances in the swimming and diving events at the World University Games in Turin, Italy. Meanwhile, in an exhibition in Tokyo, a U.S. foursome (John Kinsella, Tom Mc-Breen, Gary Hall and Mark Lampert) broke the world 800-meter freestyle relay record with a 7:48.0, breaking the old mark by 4.1 seconds.
TENNIS—The UNITED STATES won its third straight Davis Cup (page 12) when the doubles team of Stan Smith and Bob Lutz, unbeaten in cup competition, defeated West Germany's Christian Kuhnke and Wilhelm Bungert 6-3, 7-5, 6-4.
The UNITED STATES won the Stevens Cup, the senior (45-year-olds and over) equivalent of the Davis Cup, for the seventh straight year, beating Great Britain 3-0 at Forest Hills.
Eliza Pande of Palo Alto, Calif. defeated favored Sharon Walsh of San Rafael, Calif. 3-6, 9-7, 6-2 for the U.S. women's amateur grass court championship at Wilmington (Del.) Country Club.
TRACK & FIELD—In the race-walking competition at the Canadian National Exposition in Toronto, the UNITED STATES team won both the 20- and 12.5-mile races, capturing five of the first six places to defeat Canada 29-15. Dave Romansky of Pennsville, N. J. won the 20-mile by almost a mile in 2:37.02 and Ron Laird of Pomona, Calif. took the 12.5-mile event by 350 yards in 1:35.14.
After running Finland's fastest 400-meter intermediate hurdles (50.1), ARI SALIN then lost his next two starts before home crowds. In Lappeenranta he was defeated by UCLA's WAYNE COLLETT, who had a winning time of 50.3 seconds. And the following day in Kotka RALPH MANN beat Salin in 50.7.
WATER SKIING—World-record holder MIKE SUYDERHOUD of San Anselmo, Calif. took the senior men's title in the national championships in Canton, Ohio. It was his third victory in a row in the event; LIZ ALLAN of Winter Park, Fla. won her third straight women's title.
MILEPOSTS—SUSPENDED: DENNY McLAIN, this time for up to 30 days; by Detroit Tiger General Manager Jim Campbell, for dousing two writers with buckets of water (page 44). McLain exits with a 3-5 record and a 4.75 ERA.
SUSPENDED: Eight of the 10 black members of the Syracuse University football team, including the two top ground-gainers of last year, AL NEWTON (689 yards) and GREG ALLEN (362 yards), when they refused to report for the first preseason practice and sign an agreement with the coaches and captains proposed by Chancellor John Corbally and approved by the Human Rights Commission of Syracuse and Onondaga County.
TURNED PRO: RAY LUNNY, 19, of Redwood City, Calif., National AAU and Golden Gloves featherweight boxing champion.
DIED: NOEL BLACK, 34, of Sacramento, killed while attempting to break a record in the national speed trials on the Bonneville Salt Flats; he lost control of his car in the wind after driving a timed-mile at 330 mph.
DIED: JAMES K. HACKETT, 52, veteran harness-race driver who guided Best of All to victory in the 1967 Little Brown Jug; of an apparent heart attack at Latonia (Ky.) Raceway.
DIED: ED ROMMEL, 72, who spent 45 years in professional baseball—as player, manager, coach and umpire; after a long illness, in Baltimore. As a pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics (1920-32), Rommel posted a 171-119 won-lost record. He was an American League umpire for 22 years and one of the first to wear glasses.