AUTO RACING—ANDREA DE ADAMICH of Italy and RONNIE PETERSON of Sweden drove their Alfa Romeo prototype to victory in the Watkins Glen Six Hours of Endurance, the first half of an upstate New York doubleheader. They covered 677.4 miles over the rain-soaked track, for Alfa's third victory over Porsche, which nonetheless had already clinched this season's World Championship of Manufacturers. Jo Siffert of Switzerland and Gijs van Lennep of the Netherlands finished second in a Porsche.
The next day PETER REVSON, in a Gulf-McLaren, won the fourth race of the 1971 Can-Am Challenge Series on the newly remodeled Watkins Glen road course. Revson averaged 128.58 mph over 82 laps. Second, in another McLaren, was Denis Hulme, while Jo Siffert finished third in the same Porsche he drove the previous day. Jackie Stewart, who led through the 27th lap, fell back to third, behind Revson and Hulme, after a fiat tire, and then dropped out because of transmission failure.
Richard Petty, in his 1971 blue Plymouth, boosted his record career earnings to $997,643 and gained his 133rd victory by taking the Nashville (Tenn.) 420 NASCAR race for Grand National drivers.
Dieter Glemser of West Germany and A. SOLER-ROIG of Spain won the 24 Hours Endurance Race of Francorchamps (Belgium) in a Ford Capri 2940 cc. The race was marred by the death of 40-year-old Belgian driver Raymond Mathay, whose BMW went off the road, over a railing and caught fire.
August 1, 1971
BOATING—Roger Derusha's ENDURANCE, a 43-foot sloop, took Section I of the Chicago-to-Mackinac race in a corrected time of 45:29 and was named top performer of the 333-mile race across Lake Michigan.
BOWLING—J. B. BLAYLOCK, an electronic technician from Alamogordo, N. Mex. and a part-time PBA bowler, won his first tour championship when he took the $35,000 El Paso Open.
CHESS—BOBBY FISCHER, who had shut out Mark Taimanov of the Soviet Union in the first elimination round, defeated Bent Larsen of Denmark 6-0 at Temple Buell College in Denver (page 18).
FISHING—MICHELLE SPALDING of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, set a women's world record with a 204½-pound yellowfin tuna caught on 50-pound test line at the Annual Hawaii Invitational Billfish Tournament in Kona, Hawaii.
GOLF—ARNOLD PALMER led from start to finish and set a tournament record in the $250,000 Westchester Classic with an 18-under-par 270 (page 20). Gibby Gilbert and Hale Irwin tied for second, five strokes back.
Ben Crenshaw, NCAA champion from the University of Texas, shot a final-round 72 for a 281 total to win the Southern Amateur Championship at Pinehurst, N.C. Gary Koch of the University of Florida finished second with a 285.
Beth Barry, formerly a member of the varsity team at the University of South Alabama, won the 71st Women's Western Amateur Championship in Chicago. Miss Barry, who also won the Women's Southern Amateur title, defeated Nancy Hager of Dallas 1-up in the 36-hole final.
Neil Coles of Great Britain shot a course record 68 on the final round to win the German Open in Bremen-Garlstedt with a 279 total, four strokes ahead of Australian Peter Thompson.
HARNESS RACING—ALBATROSS ($2.10), with Stanley Dancer driving, scored his ninth victory of the year in the $24,800 Queen City Pacing Stakes, the windup of the Grand Circuit meeting in Toronto. High Ideal finished second, 1¾ lengths back.
Savoir ($4.20), a Hambletonian candidate, won the $20,063 Elbridge T. Gerry Trot for 3-year-olds at Monticello (N.Y.) Raceway. Jimmy Arthur drove him to a two-length win over Lightning Larry.
HORSE RACING—NEVER BOW ($20.60), Bobby Ussery riding, won the 83rd running of the $115,100 Brooklyn Handicap at Aqueduct, the last leg of the Handicap Triple Crown, by a neck over Protanto. Jockey Johnny Ruane, who had won the first two legs, finished seventh on favored Twice Worthy.
Royal Owl ($4.20), ridden by Bill Shoemaker, scored a 3-length victory in the $158,250 Hollywood Juvenile Championship for 2-year-olds at Hollywood Park. His time of 1:09[1/5] over the six furlongs equalled the stakes record set by Fleet Kirsch in 1968 and Insubordination in 1969. MacArthur Park was second; Wind 'N Sand third.
Brenda Beauty ($14.28) took the $112,280 Sorority Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Monmouth Park, N.J., as Bobby Woodhouse rode her to a fourth straight victory, half a length ahead of Dance Partner. Favored Rondeau finished third, a neck farther back.
American-owned and bred MILL REEF won the 21st running of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot, England. The 3-year-old bay colt, ridden by Geoff Lewis, crossed the finish line six lengths ahead of Ortis, earning $75,739 for Owner Paul Mellon and becoming the first horse since Tulyar in 1952 to complete a sweep of the English Derby, Eclipse Stakes and King George Stakes in the same season.
HORSE SHOWS—BILL STEINKRAUS of the United States won the $2,400 top prize in the richest event at the Royal International show in London, riding Fleet Apple to the only faultless round in a five-horse jump-off.
TENNIS—EVONNE GOOLAGONG, Australian Wimbledon champion, won the women's singles title at the Midland Lawn Championships in Leicester, England, defeating Patti Hogan of La Jolla, Calif. 6-2, 6-1. SIDNEY BALL, another young Aussie, upset top-seeded Bob Hewitt of South Africa 8-6, 6-3 for the men's title.
WEIGHT LIFTING—DAVID RIGERT, a Soviet miner, set a world record in the light-heavyweight division with a snatch of 364 pounds at the USSR's summer Spartakiad championship in Moscow.
MILEPOSTS—JOINED: The Mid American Conference, EASTERN MICHIGAN and CENTRAL MICHIGAN, whose games will count in some conference standings starting in 1972. Other teams in the conference are Toledo, Miami of Ohio, Ohio U., Bowling Green, Kent State, Western Michigan and suspended Marshall.
RESOLVED: By Avery Brundage, president of the International Olympic Committee, a dispute over alleged coaching infractions by 10 Alpine racers, thus erasing the threat of a 1972 Sapporo boycott.
RESIGNED: JOHN RAUCH, as head coach of the NFL Buffalo Bills, after a meeting with Ralph C. Wilson Jr., owner of the team, in which the two argued over remarks Rauch made about two former Bills on a local TV program. Wilson immediately named HARVEY JOHNSON, director of player personnel, as Ranch's successor.
RETIRED: BILLY LOTHRIDGE, after seven years as a punter in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys (1964), Los Angeles Rams (1965) and Atlanta Falcons (1966-70), to attend to business interests. Lothridge led the league in punting with a 43.7-yard average in 1967 and a 44.3-yard average in 1968.
SIGNED: To a multi-year contract with the New Orleans Saints of the NFL, Mississippi Quarterback ARCHIE MANNING, their No. 1 draft choice.
TRADED: DON MAY and HERMAN GILLIAM of the NBA Buffalo Braves for WALT HAZZARD and JERRY CHAMBERS of the Atlanta Hawks. Chambers and May, the Braves second leading scorer last season, are forwards, while Gilliam and Hazzard, a seven-year veteran, are guards. "Hazzard was the key," said Braves General Manager Ed Donovan. "He can run our offense."