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A roundup of the week Aug. 8-14

Aug. 21, 1972
Aug. 21, 1972

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Aug. 21, 1972

Red Man
Rigby
  • Gymnastics may be the one sport—diving might be the other—which should be performed in the nude. Gymnastics is simply and wholly grace, beauty, strength, a glorification and exaltation of the human body. Thus, Cathy Rigby, the best U.S. hope for a medal at the Olympics

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Baseball

A roundup of the week Aug. 8-14

AUTO RACING—EMERSON FITTIPALDI of Brazil started from the pole and drove his Lotus to victory in the Grand Prix of Austria, covering 198 miles at a speed of nearly 133 mph. Denis Hulme of New Zealand and Peter Revson of the U.S., driving McLarens, finished second and third.

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Joe Leonard, defending USAC point champion, widened his lead over teammates Al Unser and Mark Donohue in this year's race for the driving title by finishing first in the 200-mile Tony Bettenhausen Classic in Milwaukee. Leonard averaged 111.652 mph and his Samsonite Special-Offenhauser beat Bill Vukovich's Eagle-Offy by four laps.

CHESS—BOBBY FISCHER of the United States widened his lead to 8-5 over Boris Spassky of the U.S.S.R. in the world championships in Reykjavik, Iceland. On Sunday Spassky, the defending champion, took the second of his three allotted sick leaves, presumably to spend time with his wife and to recuperate from the strain of a winless week. Fischer, who accepted a draw on Wednesday and then forced Spassky to resign after 75 moves Friday, needs only 4½ points in the remaining 11 games to win.

PRO FOOTBALL—DALLAS continued to win exhibition games but lost MVP Quarterback Roger Staubach for eight to 12 weeks when he suffered a shoulder separation trying to run the ball in for a touchdown against Los Angeles. Craig Morton took over and threw three touchdown passes to beat the Rams 27-13. KANSAS CITY dedicated its new 78,000-seat Arrowhead Stadium with a 24-14 victory over St. Louis. The Chiefs' third straight win was set up within a 38-second burst during the second quarter when Larry Marshall returned a punt 75 yards and Jim Marsalis returned an interception 28 yards, both for touchdowns. PITTSBURGH again had fun at New York's expense, this time beating the Jets 22-3 on Roy Gerela's five field goals, one a 51-yarder. Joe Namath completed only three of 15 passes and had one intercepted. MINNESOTA's Clint Jones ran back the opening kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown as the Vikings took San Diego 24-13. WASHINGTON Coach George Allen proved once again he does not like to lose even an exhibition game, as the Redskins put it to Denver 41-0 (page 20). Sonny Jurgensen, who missed most of last season with a shoulder injury, threw a 65-yard touchdown pass to Tommy Mason and another of 16 yards to Jerry Smith. NEW ORLEANS lived, then died by the field goal. When Saint Toni Linhart kicked one with nine seconds left against Philadelphia in a game early in the week, it produced a 13-10 win. But when BUFFALO'S John Leypoldt kicked one from 38 yards out with five seconds left in a game later in the week, it spelled a 24-21 loss for the Saints. CHICAGO needed two boots to score one field goal. Mac Percival was short on a 45-yard attempt, the Bears covered the free ball and Percival's second try, from the seven-yard line with three seconds left, edged Houston 20-17. CINCINNATI rookie Tommy Casanova made his second long punt return (this one for 58 yards) in as many weeks as the Bengals defeated Detroit 28-20. PHILADELPHIA beat New England 29-20 as rookie Quarterback John Reaves directed three second-period touchdown drives. GREEN BAY won its second preseason game, and Miami lost its second 14-13 when a high snap from center prevented Garo Yepremian from kicking the tying extra point with less than two minutes to go. SAN FRANCISCO beat Cleveland 20-13 in a case of John Brodie besting young Mike Phipps.

GOLF—JACK NICKLAUS, still three strokes ahead at the end despite Jim Colbert's eagle and hole in one during a closing-round 65, won the $250,000 Westchester Classic in Harrison, N.Y. His 72-hole total of 270 was 18 under par and the lowest score on the tour this year. It was Nicklaus' fifth victory in 15 starts and increased his earnings to $240,415 for the year (page 70).

Marilyn Smith easily won her 20th LPGA tour event, the $30,000 Pabst Classic in Columbus, Ohio, firing a 6-under-par 210, including a hole in one. She finished six shots ahead of Jan Ferraris.

HARNESS RACING—STRIKE OUT ($2.80) and JAY TIME ($5.40) sped to a dead heat in 1:59[2/5] in the $92,110 Adios, a classic for 3-year-old pacers at The Meadows, near Pittsburgh (page 74).

Howard Beissinger drove SPEEDY CROWN ($4.80), winner of the Roosevelt International and the Challenge Match Race with France's Une de Mai in July, to victory in the $60,400 Maple Leaf Trotting Classic at Greenwood Raceway in Toronto. The winning time was 2:00[3/5]. Flower Child finished second and Une de Mai third.

Albatross ($3), driven by Stanley Dancer, set a track record of 1:57[4/5] for the mile in the $25,000 Cardigan Bay Pace at New York's Yonkers Raceway. The victory made the 4-year-old the top money-winning pacer ever with $1,016,008 in earnings.

HORSE RACING—SUMMER GUEST ($3), with Ron Turcotte aboard, outran Light Hearted and three other 3-year-old fillies in the $54,400 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga (page 18).

Shecky Greene ($2.80), an unbeaten 2-year-old colt named for the night-club comedian and ridden by Carlos Marquez, scored a nine-length victory over Sunny South in the $186,700 Arlington-Washington Futurity in Chicago.

Sparkalark ($9), Angel Cordero Jr. up, passed Juke Joint in the stretch and won the $116,195 Sorority Stakes by a length at Monmouth Park, N.J.

Blessing Angelica ($11.80) won the $114,000 Delaware Handicap at Delaware Park for the second consecutive year, beating Grafitti by 3¼ lengths. Favored Numbered Account finished third and Chou Croute fourth.

TENNIS—CHRIS EVERT won her first major tournament, the $60,000 U.S. Clay Court in Indianapolis, defeating Evonne Goolagong 7-6, 6-1. Miss Evert, who did not lose a set in five matches, beat Margaret Court in the semifinals and Miss Goolagong, for the second time in three tries, in the finals. BOB HEWITT of South Africa defeated Jimmy Connors of Belleville, Ill. 7-6, 6-1, 6-2 in the men's finals.

Mark Cox of Great Britain beat Australia's Roy Ruffles, 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, to win the $50,000 Cleveland Indoor Classic.

VOLLEYBALL—The UNITED STATES, having once failed to qualify for the Olympics in Cuba a year ago, missed a last opportunity for a Munich berth by finishing behind Poland, Rumania, Holland and France in a qualifying tournament in Paris.

MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As coach of the ABA's new San Diego franchise, K.C. JONES, 40, former Boston Celtic and last year an assistant coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. In the space of two days the team not only selected a head coach but a nickname, the Conquistadors; a general manager, Alex Groza; and 17 draft picks, including Carolina's Larry Miller, who set a league single-game scoring record of 67 points last season.

SIGNED: By the NBA's Seattle SuperSonics, JOHN BRISKER, 25, thereby solving the mystery of why he was waived out of the ABA after having averaged 28.9 points per game with the defunct Pittsburgh Condors. Brisker had purchased his own contract from the ABA's Dallas Chaparrals in order to become a free agent.

DIED: EDDIE MACHEN, 40, heavyweight contender in the late '50s and early '60s who won 50 fights in his career against only 11 losses and three draws but never fought for the championship; of a fall from a second-story apartment window; in San Francisco.

DIED: GEORGE WEISS, 78, New York Yankee farm director from 1932-47 and general manager from 1947-60, during which time the Yankees won 10 pennants and seven World Series; after a long illness; in Greenwich, Conn. Upon being fired by the Yankees, Weiss became president of the New York Mets in 1961, retiring in 1966.