BOATING—DE COURSEY FALES, 74, skippered the equally ageless 34-year-old schooner Ni√±a to victory in the Newport-Bermuda race (see page 44). Ni√±a on corrected time became the first schooner since 1932 and first big Class A boat since 1950 to win this 635-mile biennial event. First across the finish line was A. Lee Loomis Jr.'s Northern Light, taking 80 hours 46 minutes 32 seconds. Other top finishers: Class A: Fales's Ni√±a (with corrected time of 74:45:32), A. Lee Loomis Jr.'s Northern Light (76:12:44), Clayton Ewing's Dyna (78:52:08); Class B: C. W. Ufford's Gaylark (76:04:52), Rod Stephens' Mustang (77:46:18), S. A. Long's On-dine (79:09:40); Class C: Arthur Hughes's Lady Linden (78:03:36), Gifiord Pinchot's Loon (79:11:28), Henry Chance's Hirondelle (79:37:03); Class D: Van Alan Clark's Swamp Yankee (75:46:13), New-bold Smith's Reindeer (78:12:43), Danforth Miller Jr.'s Bllxtar (78:19:55); Class E: J. A. Mulcahey's Burgoo (75:24:38), Edouard Michel's Pherousa (76:19:20), John Robinson's Diablo (76:59:49).
The coast guard academy displayed skillful handling of both sloops and catboats to amass 337 points and win the North American intercollegiate sailing championships at Newport Beach, Calif. Harvard finished second with 294 points, the University of British Columbia was third with 292, but neither team ever threatened the future professional sailors from the academy. John Wuestneck, who led his team to victory, won the Robert M. Allan Jr. Perpetual Trophy with highest individual score of 179 points.
BOXING—HAROLD JOHNSON of Philadelphia retained his world light heavyweight title by outpointing West Germany's Gustav Scholz in a 15-rounder witnessed by 35,000 fans in Berlin's Olympic Stadium. There were no knockdowns in the first world title fight ever held on German soil. The 33-year-old champ dominated the fight by scoring mainly with hard left-right combinations to the German's body and won his 18th straight victory.
Flash Elorde of the Philippines gained a split decision over Auburn Copeland of Los Angeles to keep the world junior lightweight crown in a slow 15-round fight in Manila. It was Elorde's fourth successful defense of the title and his toughest. Copeland came out of retirement for the title bid.
GOLF—DOUG FORD stroked a par 72 on the last round of the $35,000 Eastern Open at the Mount Pleasant course in Baltimore to win by one stroke over Bob Goalby. Ford won his first Eastern Open in 13 straight tries when Goalby failed to sink a 15-foot putt on the last green.
Betsy Rawls of Spartanburg, S.C. won what is fast becoming a tradition in tournament golf—a playoff, this time sudden death—to take the $9,000 McAuliffe Memorial in Plainfield, N.J. Betsy started the final round two strokes behind Kathy Whitworth but shot a two-under-par 71 to tie her at 295. After both Betsy and Kathy bogeyed the first playoff hole, Betsy parred the second with a 12-foot putt, as Kathy, trying desperately to win her first pro tournament missed a three-foot putt and bogeyed the hole.
Kermit Zarley, in an all-Houston final, took the lead from the first green and trimmed his highly favored No. 1 teammate, Homero Blancas, to win the National Collegiate title in Durham, N.C. 5 and 4. The 20-year-old junior from Yakima, Wash. was one under par at the end of 32 holes and is the fifth Houston champion in six years.
Carol Sorenson, 19-year-old Arizona State University freshman, defeated defending champion Judy Hoetmer of the University of Washington 5 and 4 in the Women's Collegiate championship on the University of New Mexico course in Albuquerque. Carol, the daughter of a Janesvillc, Wis. golf coach, was two under par through 32 holes.
HARNESS RACING—STEPHAN SMITH ($14.10) took command in the stretch for an upset win in the $65,300 Good Time pace at Yonkers Raceway. Gene Sears drove the 6-year-old bay over the mile and a quarter in 2:31⅖ only a second off his own world record. Favorite Henry T. Adios ran second by 2¼ lengths. In third place, 2 lengths farther back, was Vicki's Jet.
HORSE RACING—BRAMALEA ($39), owned by Mr. and Mrs. John W. Galbreath and beautifully ridden by Bob Ussery, registered one of the upsets of the year when she rallied in the stretch to beat Cicada by half a length and win the $120,125 Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont. Cicada, seeking the third jewel in the Triple Crown for Fillies, nosed out Firm Policy. Flaming Page, a Canadian lass, was a tired fourth at the end of the mile and a quarter. Time: 2:02[3/5].
Crimson Satan ($3.60) ran straight and true for Larry Gilligan and won the $42,500 Leonard Richards at Delaware Park by a handy length and a quarter over Noble Jay. The big red colt was timed in a moderate 1:50 4/5 over the nine furlongs.
Armistice, a 15-to-1 shot, trailed through most of the $151,050 Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp but came on in the stretch and edged out Picfort by a comfortable 2½ lengths. Montfleur was third, another two lengths back, and Gracieux was fourth, with favorite Val dc Loir a poor fifth. A fashionable crowd of 50.000 was on hand to watch the 13-horse field run the mile and 7 furlongs.
MOTOR SPORTS—PHIL HILL of Santa Monica. Calif. and OLIVIER GENDEBIEN of Belgium nursed their Ferrari to victory—their third in five years—in the 24-hour Le Mans (France) Grand Prix of Endurance, the world's premier road race. The two drivers traveled 2,766.454 miles but, because of clutch trouble, couldn't better their own track record of 2,779.95 miles set last year. Hill, however, was able to set a lap record of 3 minutes 57.3 seconds earlier in the race. Italian-built Ferraris also placed second and third, with Pierre Noblet and Jean Gui-chet of France second (third in 1961), and L. D. Elde and Jean Beaurlys of Belgium third.
TENNIS—ROD LAVER. in what could be a dress rehearsal for the big show at Wimbledon, beat fellow Aussie Roy Emerson 6-4,7-5 for the singles title in the London grass-court championships, while two other countrymen, Bob Hewitt and Fred Stolle, easily won the doubles crown, 6-4, 6-2, over India's Ramanathan Krishnan and Australia's Bob Howe. Rita Bentley, former British field-hockey star, conquered Mrs. Lorna Cawthorn, also of England, 7-5, 7-5 in a closely fought women's singles final. Margaret Smith of Australia and Justina Bricka of St. Louis played nearly flawless tennis to whip the strong team of Darlene Hard, America's No. 1 player, and Maria Bueno of Brazil 6-3, 6-2.
Rafael Osuna led USC to a record 22 points and the team title in the National Collegiate championships in Stanford, Calif. The Mexican Davis Cupper rallied to defeat Northwestern's Big Ten champion, Marty Riessen, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 for the singles title and later successfully teamed with Ramsey Earnhart to defend the doubles crown against Rod Mandelstam and John Karabasz of the University of Miami (Fla.) 6-2, 6-2, 6-4. UCLA finished second in the team standings with 12 points. Arizona, with 10 points, was third.
TRACK & FIELD—JIM BEATTY was one of four Americans to break the once magic four-minute mile in the best race of the 74th National AAU Championships in Walnut, Calif. (see page 14). Beatty ran the mile in 3:57.9, equaling the meet record set by Herb Elliott in 1958. He was followed by helpful teammate Jim Grelle (3:58.1), Cary Wcisiger (3:58.1) of the U.S. Marines and Bill Dotson (3:59) of the University of Kansas. Paul Drayton, 23, equaled the world record by running the 220 in 20.5. He was one of five champions to successfully defend his title. Other champions were: 100-yard dash, Bob Hayes, 9.3; 440-yard dash, Ulis Williams, 45.8; 880, Jerry Siebert, 1:47.1; three-mile run, Murray Halberg, 13:30.6; six-mile run, Bruce Kidd, 28:23.1; 120 high hurdles, Jerry Tarr, 13.4; 220 low hurdles, Jerry Tarr, 22.6; 440 hurdles, Willie Atterberry, 50.5; 3,000-metcr steeplechase, George Young, 8:48.2: two-mile walk, Ron Zinn, 14:35.8; high jump, John Thomas, 6 feet 10 inches; broad jump, Ralph Boston, 26 feet 6 inches; hop, step and jump, Bill Sharpe, 52 feel 1¼ inches; pole vault, Ron Morris, 16 feet¼ inch; hammer, Al Hall, 219 feet 3 inches; discus, Al Oerter, 202 feet 2 inches; shotput, Gary Gubner, 63 feet 6½ inches; javelin, Dan Studney, 246 feet 6 inches.
Pentti Nikula, 23-year-old gym teacher from Finland, bettered the world pole-vault mark by scaling 16 feet 2½ inches in the Finnish Championships at Kauhava. Nikula, using a fiber-glass pole, surpassed the pending records made by the three U.S. 16-foot-or-over vaulters. Don Bragg holds the listed world record of 15 feet 9¼ inches. Bragg's leap was made with an aluminum pole in 1960.
WRESTLING—RUSSIA won three individual titles and held off a last-minute bid by Japan and Iran to win the freestyle team championship in the world amateur wrestling tournament in Toledo. The U.S. matmen were not able to win or place in a single division but managed to finish sixth in the standings.
MILEPOSTS—DIED: MRS. MABEL SHAW, 81, retired co-owner of the Inglewood Daily News, in Inglewood, Calif. Except for two days in 1954, Mrs. Shaw attended every day of every race meeting at Hollywood Park since its opening in 1938 and bet heavily every day.