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A roundup of the sports information of the week


BOATING—AMERICA'S CUP 12-meter candidates spent a week racing in the first series of observation trials oft" Newport, R.I., and on the sixth day the tally sheet read: Nefertiti, 5-1, Weatherly, 4-2, Columbia, 3-3, Easterner, 0-6, Ted Hood's Nefertiti thus emerged a front-runner, having dropped only one race, to Weatherly, skippered by Bus Mosbacher, after losing time on the windward legs in a strong wind. Interested bystanders included Australians Jock Sturrock and Archie Robertson, who will skipper Gretet, the challenger, in the September contest.

GOLF—BILL COLLINS, lanky Miami pro. stroked a par 72 in the soggy final round of the $50,000 Buick Open at Flint. Mich., to keep his one-stroke lead over Dave Ragan of Orlando, Fla. and win with a 284 total.

Paul Runyan, bespectacled 54-year-old pro from La Jolla, Calif., kept his world senior professional title by whipping England's Sam King, age 51,2 and 1, over a par-72 course in Prestwick. Scotland. Behind until midway of the final round, Runyan rallied with almost flaw less chipping and putting to overcome King, who was his opponent for the same title last year.

HARNESS RACING—HENRY T. ADIOS ($3) joggled along to the mile a disappointing fourth in an eight-horse field for the $50,000 H.T.A. Final pace at Yonkers; then, beautifully handled by Stanley Dancer, the 4-year-old pacer stepped free in the stretch to win by a length. Time for the mile-and-a-quarter distance was 2:31 4/5. Well Away was, but Driver Joe O'Brien couldn't quite get the California pacer to hold the lead and finished second. The winner brought $25,000 to Owners Dr. and Mrs. Nicholas Derrico of Pelham Manor, N.Y., making the bay colt's career earnings a tidy $295,667.

A. C.'s Viking ($6.50 and $3.40) didn't disappoint the 4,860 spectators who had made the colt a favorite for me $5,500 Historic-DicKerson Cup trot at Goshen, N.Y. Taking both mile heats in this warm-up for the big summer stakes races for 3-year-olds, the colt twice outdistanced Happy Newport, driven by Del Cameron. Canny Sanders Russell guided the winner, who is owned by Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Peterson of West Hartford, Conn.

HORSE RACING—DRILL SITE ($88) bore through a field of eight in the $113,900 Hollywood Derby for 3-year-olds at Hollywood Park for the first stakes victory of his career. Nimbly ridden by Ralph Neves, Drill Site took over from Admiral's Voyage in the stretch, completing tne mile-and-a-quarter distance in 2:00 and defeating the favorite by a head. Ralph Lowe of Midland, Texas owns the upset winner, who brought him $68,900 (Drill Site earned less than $30,000 in 15 previous starts), former jockey Johnny Adams trained him, and Willie Shoemaker bred him.

Beau Purple ($12.60) was another surprising winner (see page 50), beating Kelso in the $105,200 Suburban Handicap at Aqueduct. Trained by Allen Jerkens and ridden by Bill Boland. Jack Dreyfus' 5-year-old came in 2½ lengths ahead of the favorite, who was ridden by Willie Shoemaker. His time for the mile and a quarter was 2:00 3 /5, a track record.

MOTOR SPORTS—DAN GURNEY, sandy-haired racing driver from Riverside, Calif., took 2 hours, 7 minutes and 35.5 seconds to get his Porsche through a twisting, 54-lap Rouen course of 219.5 miles to win the Grand Prix of France. He averaged 102.8 mph. Gurney took the lead on the 41st lap from England's Graham Hill whose BRM broke down going through a hairpin turn. Tony Maggs of South Africa in a Cooper was second, two laps behind Gurney. Notably absent from the Rouen course were the Ferraris and Driver Phil Hill. Brooding Enzo Ferrari had kept his cars home, perhaps for new engines, perhaps forever.

Glenn (Fireball) Roberts lived up to his popular nickname in his hometown of Daytona Beach Fla. at a Fourth of July observance called the Firecracker 250, a $25,000 NASCAR race which Roberts cherry-bombed with a cracking 153.688 mph average in a Pontiac. Wide open most of the way, he finished 12 seconds ahead of Junior Johnson of Ronda, N.C., also in a Pontiac.

Rune Svensson of Englewood Cliffs, N.J., with Co-driver Art Tattersall of Seekonk. Mass., took the lead and kept it for eight hours in the Little Le Mans endurance race at Lime Rock, Conn. Except for two of the 369 laps, the winners, driving a Volvo 122S, stayed in front over a mile-and-a-half course, averaging a smart 69.075 mph for 553.5 miles. It was a sweep for Swedish cars. Second, three laps behind, was another Volvo 122S, driven by Charles Cunningham of Brunswick, Me. and Jack Walsh of Haverhill, Mass., and third overall, first in FIA Class Five, was a SAAB, guided by Louis W. Braun Jr. of Pompton Lakes, N.J. and Hal Mayforth of Burlington, Vt.

ROWING—RUSSIA exploded shells all over the Schuylkill on July 4th, rocketing to a clean sweep of the annual Independence Day Regatta in their first appearance on American waters, as U.S. crews fizzled in their wake (see page 16). The Soviet eight, sprinting at 37 strokes for part of the 2,000-meter distance, came in a length ahead of a surprising Vesper Boat Club crew, with Cornell, the IRA champion, and the University of Washington both astern. Russia's time was 6:09.8. Vesper's was 6:14.4 and Cornell's 6:16.9. In the single sculls, Olympian Vyacheslav Ivanov won as expected in 7:40.9 over 2.000 meters, with Riverside B.C.'s Seymour Cromwell a gasping second in 7:45.4. Ivanov teamed with Yuri Tyukalov in the double sculls along the same course, winning in 6:58, with Vesper's David Wilmerding and William Knecht behind in 7:00.6.

Russia's Navy crew retained the Grand Challenge Cup in Henley. England but it was close. The Soviet eight finished just a third of a boat length ahead of a powerful Moto Guzzi Rowing Club crew of Italian motorcycle-factory workers. They are the European champions, and in Henley they shattered U.S. hopes by eliminating a strong University of Pennsylvania crew in an early heat. The last American entry to be defeated was a scrappy Washington-Lee High School crew from Arlington, Va., beaten in the finals for the Thames Challenge Cup by England's National Provincial Bank shell. Australian Stuart Mackenzie pulled off his sixth straight Diamond Sculls victory (no one else has ever won it so many times) but only after a wildly disputed umpire's decision in the semi-final that went against Poland's Eugeniusz Kubiak and caused the Polish team to withdraw from the regatta.

SWIMMING—DONNA DE VARONA, 15-year-old Californian who holds a collection of American records, broke two world marks in the Redding Invitational meet in Redding, Calif. She churned through the 220-yard backstroke in 2:36.8 and the 440-yard individual medley in 5:30.

Al Kubeluis, 20-year-old Baltimore college student, swam across five miles of choppy Chesapeake Bay in 1½ hours to win in the first cross-bay contest to be held in over 20 years.

TENNIS—ROD LAVER methodically took apart countryman Marty Mulligan on Wimbledon's Center Court, 6-2, 6-2, 6-1, in a 53-minute exhibition of merciless playing that brought Laver the English men's title, and young Karen Hantze Susman of Chula Vista, Calif. sparkled through the final round against Czechoslovakia's Vera Sukova, 6-4, 6-4, to win the women's crown (see page 45). Karen Susman and Billie Jean Moffitt carried of the women's doubles title, putting down Sandra Reynolds Price and Renee Schuurman of South Africa. 5-7, 6-3,7-5. And the U.S. shared a third title as seemingly ageless Margaret du Pont paired with Aussie Neale Fraser to battle 2-6, 6-3, 13-11 for a win over England's Ann Haydon and Dennis Ralston of California in the mixed doubles. The men's doubles went to Bob Hewitt and Fred Stolle, redoubtable Australians who held off strong pressure from an unseeded Yugoslavian duo of Boro Jovanovic and Nicola Pilic, to win 6-2, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4.

TRACK & FIELD—PAUL HERMAN of Westmont College took the AAU pentathlon title away from defending champion Bill Toomey in Boulder. Colo., totaling 3.389 points for the five events. Toomey, of the Santa Clara (Calif.) Youth Village, scored 3.177.

Leah Bennett set an American record (2:12.3 for the 880) and VIVIAN BROWN ran the 220-yard dash at a record 24.1 in the national women's AAU finals in Los Angeles as they and 14 others, including Wilma Rudolph Ward and Olga Connolly, placed on the team that will meet the visiting Russians in Palo Alto next week (see page 19).

Wyoma Tyus, newest protégée of Tennessee State's Ed Temple, who developed Wilma Rudolph Ward, stood out like a peach in a melon patch in the girls' AAU division. The 16-year-old Georgia runner put together :05.8 in the 50 and :08.3 in the 75 and clocked a fine 11.0 in the 100. Tammy Davis of Frederick, Md. sped over the 50-yard hurdles in 6.9 for the meet's only new record.

MILEPOSTS—LANDED: AT A DOCK IN NEW YORK after a 33-day voyage, Francis Chichester, 61-year-old Londoner who set sail from Plymouth, England in a 40-foot cutter. Gipsy Moth III, thus breaking his own transatlantic solo record by seven days.

On the ground in tracy, Calif., after tumbling out of a plane 22,500 feet up, Susan Pol, a 24-year-old Berkeley, Calif. secretary, who wafted down 20.300 feet before pulling the rip cord, for the first U.S. women's free-fall parachute record.