AUTO RACING—Scotland's JACKIE STEWART drove his Tyrrell-Ford to victory in the British Grand Prix in Silverstone, England (page 14).
Two-time Grand National Champion RICHARD PETTY won three NASCAR races in five days: the Grand National at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway, a 250-lap race at the Islip (N.Y.) Speedway and the Northern 300 at the Trenton Speedway. His $9,760 prize money for the week left him only $6,682 short of becoming the first NASCAR driver to top the $1 million mark in career earnings.
BOATING—TED HOOD became the first skipper to win the biennial Marblehead-to-Halifax yacht race twice when his new 54-foot yawl Robin was declared the winner in a corrected time of 51:49.36. Hood won the 360-mile race in 1961 in his 37-foot Robin.
Windward Passage, a 73-foot ketch skippered by Robert Johnson of Hawaii's Lahaina Yacht Club, set a record for the Trans-Pacific Yacht Race, covering the 2,225-mile course from Los Angeles to Honolulu in nine days, nine hours and six minutes.
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BOWLING—-JIM GODMAN, a righthander from Lorain, Ohio, won his first PBA championship in almost two years by taking the $40,000 Tucson Open.
CYCLING—EDDY MERCKX of Belgium won his third straight Tour de France, taking four of 20 individual legs en route to the overall championship.
FENCING—The world championships ended a two-week stand in Vienna, where for the first time in history a doping check was carried out among finalists—with negative results. In the men's individual events, WASSILIJ STANKOVICH of the U.S.S.R. placed first in the foil competition, his countryman GRIGORY KRISS in the épée and Italian MICHELE MAFFEI in the saber. The women's foil title went to MARIE CHANTAL DEMAILLE of France and the team foil title to the Russian women for the eighth time since 1960. In men's team events FRANCE won a surprise gold medal in the foil, Hungary, the defending champion, took the épée and the U.S.S.R., world champions since 1966, won again in the saber.
FOOTBALL—JIM PLUNKETT, the 1970 Heisman Trophy winner from Stanford University and the NFL's top draft choice, signed a multiyear contract with the New England Patriots. Quarterback Plunkett established national collegiate career records in passing (7,544 yards) and total offense (7,887). The following day Quarterback JOE KAPP quit the Patriots' training camp in Amherst, Mass. and returned to his suburban Boston home after refusing to sign an NFL standard player's contract. Kapp had previously signed a temporary agreement when he joined the team as a free agent last October.
The St. Louis Cardinals acquired Wide Receiver HOMER JONES from the Cleveland Browns for a high future-draft choice. Jones, starting his eighth NFL season, had his greatest success with the New York Giants (1964-69), for whom he caught 214 passes for 4,845 yards and 35 touchdowns.
Defensive Lineman PHIL OLSEN joined his brother Merlin, a five-time All-NFL left tackle, on the Los Angeles Rams. Phil, an All-America at Utah State in 1969, had belonged to the New England Patriots but was declared a free agent because of a flaw in his contract.
GOLF—FRED HANEY of Forest Grove, Ore. shot a final-round two-under-par 70 to win the U.S. Publinx Championship in Phoenix (page 54).
Australia's BRUCE CRAMPTON won the $150,000 Western Open in Chicago with a 279, two strokes ahead of Bobby Nichols.
Lu Liang-Huan of Taiwan, runner-up to Lee Trevino in the British Open, won the French Open in Biarritz with a final-round 66 and a 262 total.
HARNESS RACING—ALBATROSS ($2.20) gained the second leg of pacing's Triple Crown with a 1½-length victory over H. T. Luca in the $106,795 Cane Pace at Yonkers Raceway. Stanley Dancer drove the colt to a two-minute mile for his ninth consecutive win and 10th in 11 outings this season.
Fresh Yankee ($4.20) became the second biggest money-winning trotter of all time when she gained a two-length victory over Crain Hanover in the $25,000 Speedy Rodney Trot at Yonkers. Fresh Yankee's career earnings of $957,548 have been exceeded only by Une de Mai of France, who has won $1,116,000
HORSE RACING—BOLD REASON ($6.40), Johnny Rotz up, took the $56,400 Lexington Handicap at Aqueduct by three lengths over Gleaming for his fourth victory in a row and Gleaming's first loss in his last five starts.
Ack Ack ($2.60), ridden by Bill Shoemaker and carrying a stakes record weight of 134 pounds, won the $175,000 Hollywood Gold Cup at Hollywood Park in California by 3¾ lengths over Comtal.
TENNIS—MRS. BILLIE JEAN KING of Long Beach, Calif. won the North of England championship by defeating Rosemary Casals 6-3, 6-3. The men's title went to ANDREW PATTISON of South Africa, who beat Jaidip Mukerjea of India 6-2, 5-7, 6-2.
Australian KEN ROSEWALL, who ousted Rod Laver in the round of 16, defeated Marty Riessen 6-2, 7-5, 6-1 to win the $50,000 Washington Star International tournament in Washington.
TRACK & FIELD—MIRUS IFTER of Ethiopia, after misjudging the finish line in the 5,000-meter run the day before, beat Frank Shorter in the 10,000 meters at the Pan-Africa-U.S. meet in Durham, N.C. (page 20). KIP KEINO, despite the absence of Marty Liquori, ran 3:37.5 in the 1,500 meters, roughly the equivalent of a 3:54.5 mile. The UNITED STATES women's mile relay team (Esther Stroy, Mavis Laing, Gwen Norman and Cheryl Toussaint) set a world record of 3:38.7, while JOHN AKII-BUA of Uganda clocked 49 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles, the second-fastest time in the world this year.
Jim Ryun quit his European tour after a disappointing third-place finish in the 800-meter run at an international meet in Oslo, Norway. Ryun was clocked in 1:49.6 as Chris Fisher of Australia won in 1:47. Ryun has recorded several poor performances on his tour, which he attributes to hay fever. "I want to go home," he said. "I'm not interested in more defeats in Europe."
MILEPOSTS—DESTROYED: BOLD RULER, seven times the nation's leading thoroughbred sire; after a recurrence of cancer; at Claiborne Farm, near Paris, Ky. The sons and daughters of the 17-year-old stallion have won 806 races, with gross earnings of $13,067,404. On the track Bold Ruler won 23 of 33 races and earned $784,204.
NAMED: BILL SHARMAN, 45, former coach of the ABA champion Utah Stars, as coach of the NBA Los Angeles Lakers. He chose former Boston Celtic teammate K. C. Jones as his assistant.
NAMED: T. L. PLAIN, three-year assistant to Adolph Rupp at Kentucky, as basketball coach at Utah State, replacing LaDell Andersen, who recently moved to the ABA Utah Stars.
RANKED—MUHAMMAD ALI, by the World Boxing Association, for the first time since he refused military induction in 1967, as No. 1 heavyweight contender.
RETIRED: DICK TIGER, 41, world middleweight (1962-63, 1965-66) and light-heavyweight champion (1966-68).