BOXING—South Korean SOO HWAN HONG won the WBA bantamweight championship, scoring a decision over the defending 118-pound titlist, Arnold Taylor, of South Africa in a 15-round bout in Durban.
GOLF—Leading all the way, ED SNEED triumphed easily in the $130,000 Greater Milwaukee Open at Tuckaway Country Club, finishing at 276. He was 12 under par and four strokes up on Grier Jones, who was second.
Sue Roberts, of Columbus, Ohio, gained her first tour victory and $5,000, in the $35,000 Niagara Frontier Classic at River Oaks Country Club in Grand Island, N.Y. Her 54-hole total of 213, six under par, put her two strokes ahead of second-place finisher JoAnne Carner.
HANDBALL—ARTIE REYER and MIKE DIKMAN, representing the Rockaway (N.Y.) Hartman Handball Club, upset the No. 1-seeded team of Ruby Obert and Joel Wisotsky, of the New York Athletic Club, 21-13 and 21-16 to take the National AAU one-wall doubles championship at the Brighton Beach Baths in Brooklyn.
July 14, 1974
HARNESS RACING—SIR DALRAE ($17.80), driven by Jim Dennis, took the $52,500 first leg of the U.S. Pacing Championship series at Roosevelt Raceway, which he swept last year. Sir Dalrae covered the distance in 1:59, with Steady Airliner three-quarters of a length back and favored Armbro Nesbit third.
HORSE RACING—FOREGO ($2.80), Heliodoro Gustines aboard, overtook Billy Come Lately in the stretch of the $111,000 Brooklyn Handicap at Aqueduct to win the mile and 3/16ths race by three-quarters of a length in 1:54[4/5].
MOTOR SPORTS—Doing last-lap tricks in his Mercury, DAVID PEARSON nipped Richard Petty in a Dodge to win the Firecracker 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Pearson's average speed was a slow 138.302 mph (page 20).
Sweden's RONNIE PETERSON steered his JPS-Lotus to a narrow victory in the French Grand Prix at Dijon averaging 119.35 mph around the two-mile circuit. Ferrari Drivers Niki Lauda, of Austria, and Clay Regazzoni, of Switzerland, finished two-three, moving them into the top two spots in the Formula I championship standings.
ROWING—The SOVIET UNION took top honors at the Henley Royal Regatta at Henley on Thames, England. Russian rowers won trophies in the heavyweight eights, coxless fours and two pairs. The Porcellian Boat Club of Harvard won the other coxless fours race, and Holy Spirit High, of Absecon, N.J., took the schoolboy eights.
SOCCER—WEST GERMANY brought the World Cup home for the first time in 20 years with a 2-1 victory over the favored Netherlands at Olympic Stadium in Munich. In the consolation, Poland took third place, beating defending champion Brazil 1-0.
NASL: On the strength of seven straight wins, Seattle is closing in on Los Angeles in the Western Division race. The Sounders won a tie breaker against San Jose 3-2 and shut out St. Louis 1-0, while the Aztecs suffered losses at the feet of Baltimore 2-1 and Dallas 3-0. The shutout gave Dallas sole possession of the Central Division lead, ahead of Denver, which dropped New York 2-0. Rochester made it four straight, with a 1-0 win over Toronto, and moved up to challenge Boston in the Northern Division after the Minutemen were shaken by the San Jose Quake 2-1. Vancouver dumped New York 2-0, but the Cosmos came back to surprise Washington 3-1. In other action, Philadelphia defeated San Jose 2-1 and Miami beat Washington 2-1 in a tie breaker.
SWIMMING—ANNE-KATRIN SCHOTT, 14, shaved .6 second off the women's 200-meter breaststroke world record, with a 2:37.9 performance in the East German championships at Rostock. Schott eclipsed the mark of 2:38.5 set in 1968 by American Catie Ball.
TENNIS—A London bookie sent the "Love Duo" off at 36-1, and prescient early Wimbledon bettors collected handsomely. In the men's singles final JIMMY CONNORS crushed a weary Ken Rosewall in straight sets 6-1, 6-1, 6-4, and CHRIS EVERT won the women's final 6-0, 6-4 over Russia's Olga Morozova (page 16). JOHN NEWCOMBE and TONY ROCHE took the men's doubles 8-6, 6-4, 6-4 over Stan Smith and Bob Lutz, while EVONNE GOOLAGONG and PEGGY MICHEL beat Karen Krantzcke and Helen Gourlay in the women's doubles 2-6, 6-4, 6-3. BILLIE JEAN KING earned her 18th Wimbledon title, teaming with OWEN DAVIDSON to win the mixed doubles 6-3, 9-7 from Mark Farrell and Lesley Charles.
TRACK & FIELD—The Soviet Union defeated the U.S. 192-184 in their 12th annual outdoor meeting, but the 38,500 fans in Durham, N.C. cheered nonetheless as REGGIE JONES completed a spectacular triple, overcoming a poor start in the 200-meter dash to beat Olympic gold medalist Valery Borzov, who finished third behind Mark Lutz, with a time of 20.8 seconds. Earlier, Jones had captured the 100 meters in 10.2 and anchored the 440-yard relay team to victory in 39.3. Jones' heroics contributed to the U.S. men's 117-102 edge over the Russians. RICK WOHLHUTER triumphed easily at 800 meters, loping home in 1:44; DARWIN BOND took the 400 meters in 46.1; and Lieut. TOM HILL won the 110-meter hurdles in 13.5. The 400-meter hurdles went to YEVGENY GAVRILENKO in 49.6, but JIM JOHNSON clocked an 8:33.3 to win the 3,000-meter steeplechase, and DICK BUERKLE outclassed the 5,000-meter field, winning in 13:26.1. SAM COLSON (285'4") and Fred Luke (271'5") finished ahead of former world-record holder Janis Lusis in the javelin, but ALEKSEY SPIRIDONOV set a U.S. all-comers record in the hammer throw with a heave of 244'11". In a repeat of last year's 800-meter race, MARY DECKER outkicked Niole Sabaite, hitting the tape in 2:02.3. LYUDMILLA BRAGINA broke her 3,000-meter world record with a time of 8:52.7. American women's victories by JONI HUNTLEY in the high jump (six feet), DEBRA SAPENTER in the 400 (52.1) and RENAYE BOWEN in the 100 (11.6) could not offset the Soviet women's power, the Russians romping 90-67.
East German REINHARD THEIMER extended the world record in the hammer throw to 251'4" at Leipzig, breaking the record of 250'8" set in 1971 by West Germany's Walter Schmidt.
MILEPOSTS—RETIRED: San Diego Charger Running Back MIKE GARRETT, 30, eight-year pro veteran and 1965 Heisman Trophy winner, in order to work with a drug rehabilitation program. As a pro, Garrett twice exceeded 1,000 yards rushing in a season. He ranked fourth in running yardage (5,481) among active players and 11th overall.
SOLD: The second of four lots of the late Jack Dick's collection of English sporting paintings (SI, June 3) for $1,413,360, at an auction conducted by Sotheby's of London.
DIED: CHARLEY LOFTUS, 55, sports information director of Yale University from 1943 to 1968, when he retired to form his own public relations firm; of a heart attack; in New Haven, Conn.
DIED: GEORGE WILLIAM (Mule) HAAS, 70, star outfielder for the 1929 and 1930 world champion Philadelphia Athletics; of a heart attack; in New Orleans. Haas, who retired in 1938 with a .292 lifetime batting average, was best remembered for hitting key home runs in the fourth and fifth games of the 1929 World Series against the Chicago Cubs.
DIED: DEL E. WEBB, 75, who with the late Dan Topping owned the New York Yankees from 1945-1964; of complications following surgery for lung cancer; in Rochester, Minn. Webb, a former semiprofessional baseball player who parlayed an off-season building company into a multimillion-dollar construction empire, was responsible for bringing Casey Stengel from the Pacific Coast League to manage the Yankees in 1949.