ARCHERY—DARRELL PACE, 19, of Reading, Ohio, scored 2,570 points to lead the qualifying at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Oxford, Ohio. Joining him on the men's team will be RICK McKINNEY, 22, of Muncie, Ind. The two women qualifiers were LUANN RYON, 22, of Riverside, Calif., and LINDA MYERS, 29, of York, Pa.
COLLEGE BASEBALL—ARIZONA won its first collegiate national championship by beating Eastern Michigan 7-1 in the finals of the 30th College World Series in Omaha, Neb. (page 51).
BASKETBALL—After nine years of war, the NBA agreed to a merger with the ABA by absorbing—for a hefty price—four of the six surviving ABA clubs—the New York Nets, Indiana Pacers, Denver Nuggets and San Antonio Spurs (page 64).
BOXING—GEORGE FOREMAN scored a TKO over Joe Frazier at 2:26 of the fifth round of a scheduled 12-rounder on Long Island. Frazier subsequently announced his retirement (page 68).
June 27, 1976
Alexis Arguello, 24, of Nicaragua, knocked out Mexico's Salvador Torres at 1:25 of the third round in Los Angeles to retain his World Boxing Association featherweight championship.
Eckhard Dagge, 28, won the world junior middleweight title in his hometown of Berlin when the champion, the Bahamas' Elisha Obed, quit fighting in the 10th round.
CYCLING—At the U.S. Olympic Track Trials in Northbrook, Ill., PAUL DEEM, RONALD SKARIN, ROGER YOUNG and JIM OCHOWICZ were selected for the 4,000-meter pursuit team (page 60). Other qualifiers included LEIGH BARCZEWSKI in the 1,000-meter match sprints, BOB VEHE in the 1,000-meter time trials and LEONARD NITZ in the 4,000-meter individual pursuit.
FOOTBALL—STEVE MYER, a draft choice of the Seattle Seahawks from the University of New Mexico, completed 12 of 15 passes, two for touchdowns, and was named player of the game as he quarter-backed the West to a 35-17 win over the East in the 16th annual Coaches All-America game in Lubbock, Texas.
GOLF—JERRY PATE shot a three-under-par 277 to win the U.S. Open at the Atlanta Athletic Club by two strokes (page 18).
HORSE RACING—PAY TRIBUTE, Marco Castaneda up, the longest priced horse in the field, won the $250,000 Hollywood Gold Cup at Hollywood Park by 3¼ lengths and paid $29.80 (page 56).
Jockey JORGE TEJEIRA tied a North American record set by Hubert Jones in 1944 when he rode eight winners in a single day, three of them at Keystone during the afternoon and five at Atlantic City at night.
SOCCER—NASL: The New York Cosmos lost to Boston 3-2 on a tie breaker, which they protested, but rallied later to beat Toronto, the league's best defensive team and the Northern Division leader, 3-0 and move past Washington into first place in the East. The Cosmos' cause was aided by a 3-0 Washington loss to Minnesota that helped the Kicks move into a first-place tie with Vancouver in the West. St. Louis broke out of a 10-game losing streak with consecutive 3-1 wins over Rochester and Portland but remained in the Western Division cellar. George Best scored both Los Angeles goals as the Aztecs beat Tampa Bay 2-1 in overtime. Of the seven goals Best has scored this season, six have been game-winners.
ASL: Jose Neto, the league's top scorer in 1975, booted the winning goal as Eastern Division leader Rhode Island defeated New York 3-2. In the West, front-running Los Angeles shut out New Jersey 4-0 and limited Oakland to just one shot in a 1-1 tie, but second-place Utah kept close by beating New Jersey 3-1.
SWIMMING—At the U.S. Olympic Trials in Long Beach, Calif. BRIAN GOODELL, a 17-year-old Californian, set a world record in the 400-meter freestyle (3:53.08) and John Naber added another in the 200-meter backstroke (2:00.64) (page 26).
TENNIS—In English preliminaries to Wimbledon, CHRIS EVERT defeated Virginia Wade 8-6, 6-3 to win the Eastbourne championship, while Jimmy Connors and Ilie Nastase shared prize money of $31,062 in the John Player event in Nottingham when rain forced abandonment of their finals match. Each had won a set and they had split the first two games of the third set.
TRACK & FIELD—At the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore. STEVE WILLIAMS, aiming for a gold medal in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, suffered a leg injury, did not qualify for the U.S. team in either event but will accompany the team to its training site in Plattsburg, N.Y. Qualifiers for the men's 100 were HARVEY GLANCE (10.1), HOUSTON McTEAR and STEVE RIDDICK. Other qualifiers: men's shotput—AL FEUERBACK (69'3½"), GEORGE WOODS and PETE SCHMOCK; men's 20-kilometer walk—TODD SCULLY (1:25:28.6), RON LAIRD and LARRY WALKER; women's long jump—KATHY McMILLAN (22'3"), SHERRON WALKER and MARTHA WATSON; women's javelin throw—KATHY SCHMIDT (213'5"), SHERRY CALVERT and KARIN SMITH.
MILEPOSTS—ANNOUNCED: A series of three "dream" miles to be held this summer after the Olympics. The participants will be New Zealand's mile world-record holder, JOHN WALKER; Tanzania's FILBERT BAYI, the 1,500-meter record man; New Zealand's ROD DIXON; MIKE BOIT of Kenya; THOMAS WESSINGHAGE of West Germany; EAMONN COGHLAN of Ireland; RICK WOHLHUTER and MARTY LIQUORI of the U.S.; plus the winner of the Olympic 1,500 meters should he not be among this group.
NAMED: As head coach of the Quebec Nordiques of the World Hockey Association, MARC BOILEAU, who was fired last year by the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins.
NAMED: As vice-president and general manager of Toronto's new, unnamed American League baseball team, PETER BAVASI, 33, son of E. J. (Buzzie) Bavasi, president of the San Diego Padres, whom the younger Bavasi had served since 1973.
RETIRED: Tackle CHARLIE COWAN, of the Los Angeles Rams. Cowan's retirement follows by one week that of JOE SCIBELLI, a guard and also a Ram 15-year man.
SOLD: By Oakland A's Owner Charles O. Finley, Pitcher VIDA BLUE to the New York Yankees for a reported $1.5 million and Outfielder JOE RUDI and Reliever ROLLIE FINGERS to the Boston Red Sox for $1 million apiece. Three days later Commissioner BOWIE KUHN voided the deal (page 22).
SYNDICATED: Nelson Bunker Hunt's Epsom Derby winner EMPERY and French Derby winner YOUTH for $6 million apiece. Only three thoroughbreds have been syndicated for more—What A Pleasure ($8 million), Wajima ($7.2 million) and Secretariat ($6.08 million). The two 3-year-olds will continue to race until the end of the 1976 season and then be retired to stud in Kentucky.
TRADED: By the Baltimore Orioles, Pitcher KEN HOLTZMAN to the New York Yankees as part of a 10-player swap. In other deals prior to the June 15 trading deadline St. Louis sent Outfielder REGGIE SMITH to Los Angeles for Catcher-Outfielder JOE FERGUSON and San Francisco and Atlanta completed a four-player trade in which the Giants gave up Infielder WILLIE MONTANEZ for Braves Infielder DARRELL EVANS.
TRADED: By the NBA's Atlanta Hawks, 6'5" Guard TOM VAN ARSDALE to the Buffalo Braves for Guard KEN CHARLES and Forward-Guard DICK GIBBS. Van Arsdale has averaged 16.2 points a game in an 11-year career.
WAIVED: Quarterback JOE GILLIAM, by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Gilliam was the Steelers' starter, with a 4-1-1 record, at the beginning of the 1974 season. Then he was replaced by Terry Bradshaw, who led the team to its two straight Super Bowl wins. Last year Gilliam was demoted to third string and there were reports that he had been fined several thousand dollars for missing team meetings. He was claimed last week by the New Orleans Saints after 15 other teams had passed him over. Subsequently, Gilliam was arrested near Nashville, Tenn. on charges of possessing cocaine, carrying a weapon and reckless driving.
DIED: JIMMY DYKES, 79, a major league baseball player, coach and manager for almost 50 years. An infielder, he played 22 seasons and had a lifetime batting average of .280. He piloted six teams—Detroit, Cleveland, the Philadelphia A's, the Chicago White Sox, the Baltimore Orioles and the Cincinnati Reds—and set an American League record for managers by being thrown out of 62 games. Dykes never won a pennant.