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A roundup of the sports information of the week

BOXING—BOB CLEROUX, bulky, 22-year-old Montreal heavyweight, assaulted Roy Harris of Cut and Shoot, Texas with mauling, whirlwind attack, finally trapped him in a corner during the fifth round and delighted a Montreal crowd of 12,530 by knocking Harris out with a vicious, two-handed barrage. Energetic Cleroux supporters bounded into the ring after the knockout singing "IL a gagné ses epaulets [He has earned his spurs]" and carried the winner off on their shoulders.

Mike Dejohn, Syracuse heavyweight, defeated Dick Richardson of Wales, the European heavyweight champion, when daring Referee Eugene Henderson disqualified Richardson in the eighth round at Porthcawl, Wales for butting. Surly, disgruntled Welsh fans hurled beer bottles, chairs, umbrellas and wads of wet newspaper into the ring, tried to attack Henderson as he was escorted from the ring.

CYCLING—Last three Olympic berths were filled by Jack Simes III, 17, Closter, N.J., Herbert Francis, 20, New York, and Jack Hartman, 23, Los Gatos, Calif., who qualified for 1,000-meter match sprint team in final trials at New York.

FOOTBALL—The brand-new AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE got its autumn-in-July program under way with exhibition games in New York and California. At Buffalo, before a crowd of 16,474, the BOSTON PATRIOTS parlayed two fumbles and two pass interceptions into touchdowns, trounced the Buffalo Bills 28-7 as Quarterback Ed Songin tossed two scoring passes. At San Francisco, with a crowd of 12,000 looking on, former TCU Fullback Jack Spikes rammed over for two second-half touchdowns to lead the DALLAS TEXANS to a 20-13 victory over the Oakland Raiders.

Pennsylvania High School All-Stars and the NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL ALL-STARS grappled to a scoreless tie in heavy rain and mud at Hershey, Pa.

GOLF—MRS. ANN CASEY JOHNSTONE, resolute 38-year-old Mason City, Iowa housewife, pushed her way through a strong and youthful field while National Amateur Champion Barbara McIntire, JoAnne Gunderson and Judy Eller fell out in the early rounds, defeated Sandra Spuzich, a 23-year-old kindergarten teacher from Indianapolis, 4 and 2 in the finals, won the Women's Western Amateur at Kansas City.

Patty Berg, 42 but not yet ready to retire, rallied with a 70 in the final round to win the $7,500 American Ladies Open in her home town of Minneapolis, with 72-hole score of 292. It was her first tournament win since this event two years ago. Runner-up: Kathy Cornelius, with 293.

Gene Littler, Singing Hills, Calif., the $25,000 Eastern Open at Baltimore, with score of 273 for 72 holes. Runner-up: Gary Player, South Africa, with 275.

HARNESS RACING—CALEB ($46.20), guided flawlessly by Johnny Simpson, kept his stride while seven horses in a field of 10 were breaking theirs, then closed with a rush in final 100 yards to nose out tiring Mr. Pride by a length, won the $114,119 Hilltop Trot at Yonkers Raceway, in 2:07 2/5 for the mile.

Caduceus ($7.10), $25,000 National Handicap Pace, the first U.S. victory for the 9-year-old New Zealand pacer after five failures, by neck over Victory Dinamic, 1¼ n. in 2:32 2/5 (track record), Yonkers. Billy Haughton, driver.

MISS SARAH RODNEY ($5), $42,168 Blossom Filly Trot, by length over Pensive Hanover, 1 m. in 2:09 3/5, Yonkers. Jimmy Jordan, driver.

HORSE RACING—On the richest day in history (see page 14) long shots won all four major races. At Arlington Park, in the $218,940 Arlington Futurity, PAPPA'S ALL ($9.60), with George Taniguchi up, took the lead coming out of the far turn, held off the closing challenge of Crozier by a half length to win the six-furlong race in a slow 1:11 3/5. In the $131,437 Delaware Handicap at Delaware Park, QUILL ($13.80), Bob Ussery up, loped the 1¼ miles in an easy 2:02 2/5 to score a surprising nine-length victory over favorite Royal Native. In the $115,125 Sorority Stakes at Monmouth Park, Ray Broussard took APATONTHE-BACK ($18.40) into the lead at the start, lost it, then got it back in time to win by a half length over Princess Leeyan in 1:11 3/5 for six furlongs. In the $109,400 Brooklyn Handicap at Aqueduct, ON-AND-ON ($33.20), given vigorous ride by Ismael Valenzuela, sloshed from behind over a rain-soaked track to nip Greek Star by a head in 2:03 for the 1¼ miles. Never in the running: Sword Dancer, First Landing, Bald Eagle. Earlier in the week DOTTED SWISS ($3.20), Eddie Burns up, backed up Hollywood Gold Cup victory with easy six-length win over Nickel Boy in $109,200 Sunset Handicap at Hollywood Park, in 2:40 1/5 for 1 5/8 miles.

MOTOR SPORTS—JOAKIM BONNIER, Sweden, hurled his silver Porsche through heavy, perilous fog and rains at the Nurburgring, surrendered the lead only briefly early in the race, came on to win the Grand Prix of Germany in 1:55:12.1, an average speed of 80.3 mph. Second was Wolfgang von Trips of Germany, also driving a Porsche; third, Australia's world champion, Jack Brabham, driving a Cooper.

Fireball Roberts, Daytona Beach, Fla., the Dixie 300, in a Pontiac, at Atlanta. Winning speed: 112.73 mph. Runner-up: Cotton Owens, Spartanburg, S.C., in a Pontiac.

ROWING—DETROIT BOAT CLUB, Royal Canadian Henley Regatta team title, with 297 points, at Port Dalhousie, Ont. Runner-up: St. Catharines Rowing Club of Ontario, with 246.5.

SWIMMING—High U.S. hopes for an Olympic gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle were badly squelched when JEFF FARRELL of Wichita, Kans., first freestyler ever to beat two minutes for 200 meters, came down with appendicitis, was operated on in Detroit, now appears to be unavailable for Rome.

TENNIS—JULIE HELDMAN, slender, dark-haired New Yorker, abandoned her power game to concentrate on pinpoint placements, exhausted Mimi Henreid of Santa Monica, Calif. in finals, to win National Girls 15-and-under championship 6-1, 6-1 at Cincinnati. The doubles title was won by PATTY BARTH of San Diego and MARGARET TAYLOR of San Marino, Calif., 6-0, 6-2, over Miss Henreid and Joanne Swanson.

Bill Lenoir, Tucson, Ariz, dispatched Frank Frohling, Coral Gables, Fla. 6-2, 6-0, 6-3, in 65 minutes, to win National Junior championship; MIKE BEIKIN, Coral Gables, swept quickly by Mickey Schad, Louisville, 6-1, 6-0, in 35 minutes, for Boys 15-and-under title; at Kalamazoo. ITALY, the European Zone Davis Cup championship, for the sixth time in seven years, 3-2 over Sweden, at Baastad, Sweden. Italy now moves into the next round against the eventual American Zone champion, probably the U.S. The winner will meet Australia in the Davis Cup challenge round this December.

TRAPSHOOTING—ARNOLD RIEGGER, Castle Rock, Wash., and Lieut. JAMES R. CLARK, Bartlesville, Okla. won spots on U.S. Olympic team as Riegger smashed 293 clay pigeons out of possible 300, Clark hit 292, in final trials at Fort Benning, Ga.

YACHTING—FIGARO, owned and sailed by William T. Snaith, Weston, Conn., King of Sweden Cup for transatlantic race from Bermuda to Marstrand, Sweden, in corrected time of 16 days 20 hours 20 minutes 28 seconds.

MILEPOSTS—ELECTED: BETSY RAWLS, of Spartanburg, S.C., four-time winner of the U.S. Women's Golf open, holder of the records for most Ladies PGA tournaments won in a year (10) and most prize money earned ($26,774), both set in 1959, to the LPGA Hall of Fame.

RETIRED: SLATER MARTIN, the smallest (5 feet 10) and oldest (34) player in the National Basketball Association, after 11 years and 745 regular season games as a pro. Martin, a brilliant playmaker and defensive specialist, played on six NBA championship teams and in more playoff games (92) than anyone in NBA history.

HONORED: C. RAY ROBINSON, president of the Golden Gate Fields Track in Albany, Calif.; named the Jockey Guild's "Man of the Year" in racing.

DIED: MARTY KAVANAUGH, 69, infielder with the Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians and St. Louis Cardinals from 1914 to 1918, who set a major league record with 11 successful pinch-hitting appearances in a row; of a heart attack, in Taylor, Mich.

DIED: WELKER COCHRAN, 63, six-time world three-cushion billiard champion who trained for matches with hours of rigorous roadwork and in 1945 defeated Willie Hoppe in a 4,800-point 90-game match that toured 13 cities from coast to coast; of a heart attack, in Belmont, Calif.