BICYCLING—LUIS OCANA of Spain won the 20-day Tour de France, finishing ahead of France's Bernard Thévenet. Defending champion Eddy Merckx did not compete.
BOATING—The 1969 winner BAY BEA took the 66th Chicago-to-Mackinac yacht race with a corrected time of 54:43.15 for the 333-mile course. Scaramouche was second in 55:19.56. E. R. Schmidt's Sassy crossed the finish line first but was placed fourth on a corrected-time basis.
BOWLING—DON JOHNSON won the $37,500 Houston-Sertoma Open for his 21st PBA title as he out-rolled Matt Surina of Longview, Wash. by 98 pins overall.
GOLF—SUSIE MAXWELL BERNING gave herself a 32nd birthday present with a two-over-par 290 victory in the U.S. Women's Open at Rochester, N.Y. (page 18).
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A victory in the $210,000 St. Louis Children's Hospital Classic brought 43-year-old GENE LITTLER his first PGA win since being operated on for cancer 16 months ago. A final-round 68 enabled him to beat the tour's leading money-winner, Bruce Crampton, by a stroke. His 268 total was 12 under par.
HARNESS RACING—KEYSTONE SMARTIE ($61), driven by Bill Vaughan, took the Hanover-Hempt Stakes at Pocono Downs in Wilkes Barre, Pa., beating Otaro Hanover by a nose.
The $25,600 Queen City Pace at Greenwood Raceway in Toronto went to MELVIN'S WOE ($6.40), who won by a length over Armbro Nadir. The winner was driven by Joe O'Brien.
HORSE RACING—Rokeby Stable's KEY TO THE MINT ($3.40) won the 87th running of the $109,500 Suburban Handicap at Aqueduct (page 16). Braulio Baeza rode the 4-year-old colt to a 1¾-length victory over True Knight. Favored Riva Ridge was scratched at the last minute because of soggy track conditions.
1972 American Derby winner DUBASSOFF ($5), ridden by! Jacinto Vasquez, won the $117,750 Arlington Handicap by 1½ lengths over Jogging. It was Dubassoff's first stakes victory this season.
Making it five straight wins, CENTURY'S ENVOY ($3.60) won the $136,050 Juvenile Stakes at Hollywood Park by four lengths over Such a Rush. Jerry Lambert rode the 2-year-old colt to a 1:09 in the six-furlong dash.
MOTORCYCLING—Sweden gained its first world title as KENT ANDERSSON, driving a Yamaha, placed second in the Swedish Grand Prix at Anderstorp and clinched the 125-cc.-class world crown. B√ñRJE JANSSON of Sweden won the race on a Maico.
MOTOR SPORTS—The French team of HENRI PESCAROLO and GERARD LARROUSSE drove a Matra to victory in the 10th world manufacturers' race, the Watkins Glen Six Hours of Endurance. Averaging a record 111.895 mph for 672.023 miles, the team racked up its fifth win in the 11-race series and Matra leads Ferrari 124-115 in Championship points. Jacky Ickx and Brian Redman, in a Ferrari, were second.
David Pearson, in his Wood Brothers Mercury, took the $16,150 winner's purse with a one lap and 23 second victory in the Dixie 500 at Hampton, Ga. Pearson, who has won nine of his last 10 races, led the last half of the event, averaging 130.211 mph. Cale Yarborough, in a Junior Johnson Chevrolet, finished second. Three-time Dixie winner Richard Petty dropped out on the 72nd lap when his Dodge engine blew.
Mark Donohue posted his second victory this season, driving his turbocharged Porsche to an impressive win in the $75,000 Glen Can-Am at Watkins Glen. Leading both 101-mile legs from flag to flag, he broke Jackie Stewart's race-lap record during the first event when he was clocked at 122.096 mph for the fourth lap. The previous mark was 119.610. Britain's David Hobbs, in a Carling McLaren-Chevrolet, finished second in both races.
TENNIS—Women pros will compete for equal prize money ($25,000 to the singles champion) for the first time in a major tournament, as Ban Deodorant contributed $55,000 to the female cause for the U.S. Open at Forest Hills. A spokesman for Ban said, "We feel that the women's game is equally as exciting and entertaining as the men's." Chris Evert added, "Thank goodness for Billie Jean King."
Top-seeded ILIE NASTASE beat Roy Emerson 6-4, 6-3 for the men's singles title of the Swiss International Championships. JULIA ANTHONY of Los Angeles won the women's 6-4, 7-5 over Rachel Giscafre of Argentina.
The Dutch were the masters in the Netherlands Open at Hilversum, as TOM OKKER and BETTY STOVE won the singles titles. Okker downed Spain's Andre Gimeno 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-3, and Stove defeated West German Helga Masthoff 7-5, 6-4. Stove then joined Masthoff for the women's doubles, winning 6-2, 7-6 over Trudy Walhof and Brigitte Cuypers. Gimeno lost again, this time with Antonio Munoz in the doubles, to Ivon Molina and Allan Stone 4-6, 7-6, 6-4.
Patti Hogan defeated Sharon Walsh 11-9, 4-6, 6-4 for the women's singles title of the North of England championships in Hoylake. BOB GILTINAN of Australia upset countryman Owen Davidson 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 for the men's crown.
TRACK & FIELD—East German RENATE STECHER broke her own world record for the 100-meter dash with a 10.8 in the East German championships in Dresden. She set the old mark of 10.9 last month in Czechoslovakia and equaled it in a heat at Dresden. Stecher set her second world record in as many days, streaking to a 22.1 in the 200 meters. She shared the previous mark of 22.4 with Chi Cheng of Taiwan.
World junior men's (19 and under) records continued to fall as the American 400-meter relay team broke by three-tenths the world mark they had tied last week with 39.6 in Warsaw, Poland. The American 1,600-meter relay team of HERMAN FRAZIER, BRIAN MONDSCHEIN, JIM ROBINSON and KEITH TINNER also set a new record of 3:08.2, bettering the old mark, which they had equaled last week, by 3.1.
In London, Sweden's INGER KNUTSSON established a women's junior (18 and under) mark in the 3,000-meter run with 9:08. She beat her own record of 9:16.60.
In Turin, Italy, RICK WOHLHUTER, who holds the world mark for the 880-yard run, beat Marcello Fiasconaro, the 800-meter record holder, at the Italian's own distance in 1:45.3. The U.S. men's team finished the two-country event with 143 points to Italy's 78. The American women also won 84-49.
MILEPOSTS—ANNOUNCED: The retirement of NBA Commissioner WALTER KENNEDY, when his contract expires in June 1975.
RETIRED: Jockey MANUEL YCAZA, 35, winner of 2,368 races, including the Laurel International three times, to become consul general for the Republic of Panama in New York.
RETIRED: As of Nov. 15, COUGAR II, to stand at stud at Leslie Combs' Spendthrift Farms in Lexington, Ky. The Chilean-bred 7-year-old will finish his racing career in the East this fall.
SELECTED: By major league scouting directors, EDDIE BANE, as college baseball player of the year. After setting an NCAA record for career strikeouts (535 in 379‚Öì innings) at Arizona State, the junior pitcher signed with the Minnesota Twins.
TRADED: NFL stars DUANE THOMAS and BUBBA SMITH, from San Diego and Baltimore to Washington and Oakland. Thomas, who never played for the Chargers, went to the Redskins for two high future draft choices. Smith, who sat out last season with a knee injury, was swapped for the Raiders' star tight end, RAY CHESTER.