AUTO RACING—MARK DONOHUE drove a Javelin to victory in the 200-mile Trans-Am at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut through a downpour lasting the entire two hours, 39 minutes of the race. He averaged 75.041 mph.
Britain's GRAHAM HILL won his first Formula One victory since smashing both legs in a 1969 crack-up. The 42-year-old Hill, oldest man in Grand Prix racing, drove a Brabham in the Daily Express International Trophy Race in Silverstone, England.
BASKETBALL—Home was where the victories lay in the finals of the ABA championship as Utah started with a pair and Kentucky countered with two of its own. Utah hit 50 points in the second quarter of its opening 136-117 win; Zelmo Beaty scored 40 points and had 15 rebounds in the next (138-125). Then up popped the Colonels with a 116-110 win and subsequently a 129-125 overtime victory despite the loss of the entire front line (Dan Issel, Cincy Powell and Jim Ligon) on fouls. Louie Dampier got the decisive last four points and 33 for the game.
BOATING—AQUARIUS, a 35-foot sloop sailed by Dr. John Holiday of Long Beach, Calif., won the Newport-to-Ensenada race on corrected time.
May 16, 1971
BOXING—CARLOS MONZON of Argentina retained his world middleweight title with a third-round TKO of Italy's Nino Benvenuti in Monte Carlo. The fight was stopped by the referee—illegally, critics said—when Benvenuti's manager threw a towel into the ring.
Emile Griffith, former world middleweight champion, outpointed Ernie (Indian Red) Lopez in a close 10-rounder in Las Vegas.
GOLF—JACK NICKLAUS successfully defended his title in the $125,000 Byron Nelson Classic on the Preston Trail Club course in Dallas with a 6-under-par 274. Jerry McGee and Frank Beard finished second at 276.
Sandra Haynie of Texas won her third consecutive LPGA tournament, the Alamo Open at San Antonio, with a 13-under par 206, although a 71 on the final round broke her string of five straight sub-70 rounds. Kathy Whitworth was second, six strokes behind.
HARNESS RACING—QUICK PRIDE, driven by Stanley Dancer, finished half a length ahead of A.C.'s' Orion in the Harness Writers' Association Trot, a nonbetting race, at New York's Roosevelt Raceway.
At Liberty Bell Park in Philadelphia LAVERNE HANOVER ($7.60), driven by Ed Dunnigan, took the Clark Memorial over Rum Customer. Dunnigan also drove the winner, SETON HANOVER ($3.20), in the Bye Bye Byrd Pace at The Meadows near Pittsburgh.
HOCKEY—The final Stanley Cup round between Chicago and Montreal got underway with two Black Hawk victories at home, by 2-1 and 5-3, followed by a 4-2 Canadien win in Montreal. Jim Pappin won the opener with a goal in the second overtime, Chicago's fourth overtime game of the playoffs. In the second game Lou Angotti came off the bench to score two unassisted goals in the final period, both after stealing the puck from Defenseman J. C. Tremblay. In Montreal the Canadiens were down by two after the first period, but dominated the rest of the game in which Frank Mahovlich got two goals, bringing his playoff total to 13 to tie Phil Esposito's record, set last year.
HORSE RACING—SOUND OFF ($11) and EXECUTIONER prepared for the Preakness Stakes by finishing one and two in the $12,000 Preakness Prep at Pimlico.
Bold reasoning ($9.60) splashed to victory in the $58,500 Withers by two lengths over Highbinder at Aqueduct (page 80).
LACROSSE—NAVY defeated Johns Hopkins 9-6 in Houston's Astrodome in what was said to be the first lacrosse game ever played in Texas, before a crowd said to be the largest (18,459) ever to witness such an event. In less exotic settings top-ranked VIRGINIA defeated Maryland 9-8 and YALE routed Princeton 12-2.
SOCCER—ARSENAL scored a 2-1 overtime victory over Liverpool to win the Football Association Cup—and thus become only the second team in this century to achieve an English soccer "double." Arsenal had previously taken the league championship (page 22).
SWIMMING—KAREN MORAS, 17, of Australia, became the first woman to better nine minutes in the 800-meter freestyle with an 8:59.4 clocking in Helsingborg, Sweden. The time will not be considered a world record, however, because the race took place in a nonregulation (25-meter) pool.
TENNIS—EVONNE GOOLAGONG of Australia won her sixth successive tournament in Britain, defeating England's Jill Cooper 6-4, 6-3 for the Surrey championship.
TRACK & FIELD—MOHINDER GILL of India and Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo triple-jumped 55'1¼" at the West Coast Relays in Fresno, Calif., registering the second longest triple jump on American soil. It was only half an inch under the American record held by Art Walker and betters Indian and Asian marks. GEORGE YOUNG continued his comeback by winning the two-mile run in 8:30.05, fastest in the U.S. this season. Australian Kerry Pearce finished second. BILL SKINNER's javelin loss of 277'2" and GEORGE FRENN's hammer throw of 226'4" were also national best marks for 1971.
VOLLEYBALL—Four California teams swept the U.S. championships at Binghamton, N.Y. SANTA MONICA YMCA was tops in the men's division, the LOS ANGELES RENEGADES-RED in the women's, the BALBOA BAY CLUB of Newport Beach in seniors and SANTA MONICA CITY COLLEGE in the college division (page 72).
WRESTLING—The SOVIET UNION, with seven gold medals and three silvers, dominated the World Amateur Junior Greco-Roman championships in Tokyo. BERNIE GONZALEZ, a 132-pounder from Madison Heights, Mich., was the sole American winner.
MILEPOSTS—COACHING CHANGES: DICK (Digger) PHELPS, named as head basketball coach at Notre Dame, succeeding Johnny Dee. In his first year as head coach Phelps led a seemingly so-so Fordham team to a 26-3 season and a berth in the NCAA tournament.
NAMED: As coach of the St. Louis Blues. SID ABEL, who had been with the Detroit Red Wings for nearly 30 years as player, coach and general manager, most memorably as center for Gordie Howe and Ted Lindsay on the Wings' famed "Production Line." He resigned as general mangaer in January.
RESIGNED: DAVID LOCKTON, president and prime mover of the Ontario (Calif.) Motor Speedway, who said his interests were in "creating and developing" the track, not running it once it was established.
SIGNED: GREG BARTON, Philadelphia Eagle quarterback, by the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.
TRADED: CAZZIE RUSSELL of the New York Knicks, to the San Francisco Warriors for JERRY LUCAS.
DIED: Horseman MARION H. VAN BERG, 75; of a heart attack in Omaha. His thoroughbred stable was the nation's leading money-winner five times, including the last three seasons, and had the most winners in each of the last 14 years.