BASEBALL—USC won its third straight NCAA title and its eighth overall, defeating Arizona State 1-0 in the finals at Omaha as Russ McQueen gave up only one hit in five innings of relief (page 55).
This is an article from the June 26, 1972 issue
BOXING—CARLOS MONZON of Argentina retained his world middleweight title in Paris when Jean-Claude Bouttier of France was unable to come out for the 13th round (page 62).
GOLF—JACK NICKLAUS shot a final-round 74 for a 290 total to win the U.S. Open Championship at Pebble Beach, Calif. by three strokes over Bruce Crampton (page 22).
HARNESS RACING—SONGCAN ($3), driven by George Sholty, won the $100,000 Dexter Cup at Roosevelt Raceway by a length over Super Bowl, driven by Stanley Dancer.
HORSE RACING—Leonard Lavin's CONVENIENCE defeated favored Typecast by a head in a winner-take-all 1‚⅛-mile $250,000 match race at Hollywood Park (page 28).
Rokeby Stable's SUMMER GUEST, Ron Turcotte up ($8.20), took the third leg of the NYRA triple crown for fillies—the $110,600 Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont Park—by beating Wanda, winner of the second leg, by four lengths and Susan's Girl, winner of the first leg, by another four lengths.
Victoria Song ($14.60) won the 113th running of the $86,375 Queen's Plate Stakes, North America's oldest uninterrupted stakes race, at Woodbine near Toronto by two lengths over Barachois.
In his first start since the Preakness, BEE BEE BEE ($4) defeated Hustlin Greek by five lengths in the $29,575 Patriot Stakes at Liberty Bell.
Favored Hold Your Peace finished fifth as KING'S BISHOP ($14.20) won the $112,000 Pontiac Grand Prix at Arlington Park by 1½ lengths over Brick Door.
Freetex ($28.80) defeated favored True Knight by 1½ lengths to take the $101,800 Ohio Derby at Thistledown.
Linda's Chief ($4) won the $27,775 Youthful Stakes for 2-year-olds at Belmont Park by 2½ lengths over Sailor Go Home.
ROWING—HARVARD'S heavyweight eight rowed to a five-length win over Yale in the 107th Harvard-Yale Regatta, the nation's oldest intercollegiate athletic event, on the Thames River in New London. Conn. It was the Crimson's 10th straight victory in the series.
SOCCER—WEST GERMANY won its first European Cup of Nations championship, defeating the USSR 3-0 in Brussels, as Gerd M√ºller scored twice and Herbert Wimmer once.
TENNIS—TRINITY won the team title with a record 36 points at the NCAA championships in Athens, Ga. (page 59).
Led by Chris Evert, who defeated Virginia Wade 6-4, 6-4 and Joyce Williams 6-2, 6-3 in singles matches and played in a winning doubles match, the U.S. crushed Great Britain 5-2 at Wimbledon, England to retain the Wightman Cup.
The U.S., defending Davis Cup champion, defeated Mexico 5-0 in Mexico City to win the North American Zone series and the right to meet Chile in the American Zone finals.
Billie Jean King defeated Kerry Melville of Australia 6-3, 6-2 in the finals to win the women's singles title at the W.D. and H.O. Wills Open championships in Bristol, England.
TRACK & FIELD-GREG FREDERICKS, sprinting a 55.2 final quarter, whipped Frank Shorter by 30 yards to set an American record in the 10,000-meter run with a 28:08 clocking at the National AAU outdoor championships in Seattle. Shorter, Tom Laris and Jack Bachelor also went under the old mark of 28:17.6 set by Billy Mills in 1965. DAVE ROBERTS became the second American and only the fourth vaulter in the world to top 18 feet when he cleared 18'¼", while FRED LUKE got oil the best American javelin throw this year with a 277'5" toss. In other outstanding performances, JEROME HOWE sped to the fourth-best 1,500-meter time ever by an American (3:38.2), defeating Howell Michael by less than a yard; JAY SILVESTER set a meet record with a 213-foot discus throw; LEE EVANS won the 400-meter (45.0) by a yard over Vince Matthews; ROD MILBURN left Olympic champion Willie Davenport 2½ yards behind in winning the 110-meter hurdles in 13.4; RANDY MATSON heaved the shot 69'6½", his best of the year; AL SCHOTERMAN beat four-time Olympian Hal Connolly by 10'5" with a 228'1" hammer throw; DAVE WOTTLE took the 800-meter run in 1:47.3; and ARNIE ROBINSON soared to a 26'5¾" long jump.
Kjell Isaksson, who pole-vaulted 18'4¼" four weeks ago, leaped 18'2½", the world's third-best vault, in Helsingborg, Sweden to defeat European champion Wolfgang Nordwig of East Germany by six inches.
MILEPOSTS—ACQUIRED: By the New York Giants, Cleveland Brown Defensive End JACK GREGORY, 27, the Browns' most valuable defensive player in 1970. In compensation for Gregory, who had played out his option, the Giants gave the Browns their No. 1 draft choice in 1973 and a No. 2 draft choice that they had acquired in a trade. The Giants will also receive Defensive Back FREDDIE SUMMERS, 25.
BOUGHT: By Charles O. Finley, owner of the Oakland Athletics of the American League and the California Golden Seals of the NHL, the MEMPHIS PROS of the ABA.
DROPPED: By the ABA, the MIAMI FLORIDIANS and the PITTSBURGH CONDORS, because of financial problems. "We have pruned our league to what we call the varsity," said retiring ABA Commissioner Jack Dolph. The ABA will start next season with nine teams, five in the West Division and four in the East. In a draft of the players from the defunct teams, Guard George Thompson (26.97 average last season) went to Memphis, Guard Warren Jabali (19.94) and Forward Willie Long (11.71) to Denver, Center Mike Lewis (11.40) and Guard Mack Calvin (21.05) to Carolina, Forward John Brisker (28.92) to Dallas and Guard Larry Jones (17.64) to Utah.
HIRED: Boston Bruin Right Winger JOHN McKENZIE, 34, who totaled 474 points in 12 seasons in the NHL, as player-coach of the Philadelphia Blazers of the new World Hockey Association. "If the Bruins had protected me in the draft, I would not have considered talking with the WHA," said McKenzie. "If we keep stealing enough NHL players, pretty soon we may be the NHL."
HIRED: As coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, ROY RUBIN, 46, athletic director and basketball coach at LIU the past 11 seasons (174-94 record), replacing Jack Ramsay, who resigned last March and later signed to coach the Buffalo Braves.
UPHELD: By a 5-3 vote of the Supreme Court, a decision by a lower court in the Curt Flood case which refused to throw out baseball's reserve clause. In the decision delivered by Justice Harry A. Blackmun, the court did conclude that baseball is a business engaged in interstate commerce.
RETIRED: BILL BILDERBACK, 64, after 29 years of coaching athletics at Navy. In his 14 seasons as lacrosse coach, Bilderback compiled a 132-26-2 record and led the Middies to eight straight national titles (1960-67).
DIED: HAROLD (Lefty) PHILLIPS, 53, manager of the California Angels from May 1969 to the end of last season; of the consequences of a severe asthma attack; in Fullerton, Calif.