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A roundup of the sports information of the week

BASEBALL—Behind the pitching of southpaw Dave Sehnem, GRANADA HILLS, Calif, scrambled to a 2-1 extra-inning victory over Stratford, Conn, to win the 17th Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. Sehnem, the son of the Granada Hills' coach, struck out 13, walked one and give up only two hits, while Jimmy Walker hit a single to drive in Fred Seibly with the winning run. It was the third straight title for the state of California.

Tulsa shutout Puerto Rico 9-0 in Farmington, N. Mex. to win the Babe Ruth League World Series, while CHARLOTTE, N.C. defeated San Jose, Calif. 5-3 to take the Colt League World Series in Shawnee, Okla.

BASKETBALL—Paced by Jack Twyman's 18 points and Oscar Robertson's playmaking, the West won its fifth straight MAURICE STOKES benefit game by downing an East NBA all-star team 77-61 in Monticello, N.Y. A crowd of 1,500 contributed nearly $6,000 to the fund for Stokes, the former Cincinnati Royal star, who has been hospitalized with a brain disease since March 1958.

BICYCLING—At the two-day national amateur championships in Northbrook, Ill., JIM ROSSI of Chicago successfully defended his men's title, while EDITH JOHNSON of Buffalo upset defending champion Nancy Burghart in the women's division.

BOATING—In major class championships MAY-NARD MEYER of Pewaukee, Wis. upset defending two-time champion Harry (Bud) Melges to win the national Class E scow title. WILLIS BOYD of Long Beach, Calif, won the North American Dragon championship, and HENRY SCHEFTER of Mamaroneck, N.Y. successfully defended his North American 5-0-5 title. MORT BROMFIELD of Boston Bay, Mass. took his third national 210 championship, ED WALSH of Delanco, N.J. defeated 69 skippers to win the national Thistle event, and co-skippers JIM HOLCOMBE and CHICK MATHEWS took the national catamaran title.

FOOTBALL—In an NFL exhibition game, Heisman Trophy winner and SI Sportsman of the Year, Terry Baker, made a successful pro debut as a starter, throwing a crucial fourth-quarter touchdown pass to give LOS ANGELES a 20-17 victory over Dallas before 29,349 partisan Baker fans in Portland. GREEN BAY survived a slow start and came back in the second half to down Chicago 26-7 for its 21st straight exhibition win over NFL rivals. Unbeaten BALTIMORE stayed that way, but barely, as rookie Grady Wade kicked a 10-yard field goal with six seconds left to give the Colts a 17-14 triumph over Pittsburgh. DETROIT, with Reserve Quarterback Earl Morrall passing for one touchdown and scoring another, defeated St. Louis 22-17, while PHILADELPHIA made good use of the passing of Sonny Jurgensen and his substitute. King Hill, to trounce Washington 41-13. MINNESOTA'S Fred Cox kicked a last-second field goal lo upset New York 17-16, and CLEVELAND handed San Francisco its third straight loss 24-7.

In AFL exhibition games, KANSAS CITY downed Denver 30-16, BUFFALO beat Boston 22-14, SAN DIEGO defeated Houston 21-3 and OAKLAND trounced the hapless New York Jets 43-16.

GOLF—At the 63rd Women's Amateur Championship in Williamstown. Mass., ANNE QUAST WELTS, a Mount. Vernon, Wash, schoolteacher, ousted defending champion JoAnne Gunderson 3 and 2 and then beat 16-year-old Peggy Conley, the youngest finalist since the turn of the century, 2 and 1 to win her third (1958 and 1961) national title (see page 14).

"After being here five years, it feels terrific to finally be the international champion," said stocky DON IVERSON, 17, of La Crosse, Wis. He had just fired a three-under-par 69 to win the 18th International Junior Chamber of Commerce golf tournament by seven strokes with a four-under-par 282 in Midland, Texas.

Casual JOHNNY POTT, 27, scored his first tournament victory of the year when he shot a four-under-par 276 and beat Arnold Palmer by four strokes to win the $50,000 American Golf Classic in Akron. Palmer's second-place money of $4.600 boosted his total earnings to $101,555, making him the first golfer in history to go over the $100,000 mark in one year.

Earlier in the week PALMER beat Phil Rodgers by five strokes and Jacky Cupit by seven in a playoff for a berth in the World Series of Golf where he will meet Jack Nicklaus, Julius Boros and Bob Charles for the $50,000 first prize.

HARNESS RACING—COFFEE BREAK ($3.60), with George Sholty in the sulky, pulled away in the stretch and won the $32,300 Empire Pace at Yonkers by 1½ lengths over Adora's Dream. Coffee Break paced the 1-mile distance for the first time in his career and clipped [2/5] of a second off the track record with a 2:30[4/5] clocking.

At Sportsman's Park in warmup races for The Hambletonian, Keith Waples drove CHOIR BOY ($29.80) to an upset photo-finish win over favorite Glidden Hanover in the $15,000 American National Stake. STAR ACT, handled by Jim Dennis, beat Dee Major to the wire by 2½ lengths in the $6,073 Breeder's Filly Stake.

HORSE RACING—TRAFFIC ($17.60), with Manuel Ycaza aboard, beat favorite and previously undefeated Amastar to the wire by a length to win the $111,375 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga (seepage 48). The victory, worth $72,393.75 to Owner Reginald N. Webster, was Traffic's second in 10 starts.

With Carry Back withdrawn because of a torn ligament in his left ankle, CRIMSON SATAN ($6.80), under Herberto Hinojosa, rallied from last place and survived a claim of foul to win the $113,150 Washington Park Handicap at Arlington Park over Piper's Son.

MOTOR SPORTS—British world champion GRAHAM HILL drove an Italian Ferrari across the finish line a bare car's length ahead of countryman Mike Parkes, also in a Ferrari, to win the 28th Royal Auto Club Tourist Trophy race in Goodwood, England. It was the fourth straight year that the Italian factory had won the T.T. race, the oldest of its kind in the world.

SHOOTING—At the nine-day 64th Grand' American trapshoot in Vandalia, Ohio ALBERT G. KEES, a 61-year-old Richmond, Ind. machinist who had never won anything before in trapshooting, shattered 100 straight targets to win the sport's biggest prize—the Grand American Handicap.

SWIMMING—The powerful UNITED STATES swimming team again dimmed Japanese Olympic hopes by taking 11 of 13 events at a dual meet in Osaka. Three world records were bettered as California's Don Schollander, 17, broke his pending world 200-meter freestyle mark by 1/10 of a second with a 1:58.4 clocking. The U.S. 400-meter medley relay team stroked the distance in 4:00.1, chopping 1.5 seconds off the world record, and Philadelphia's Carl Robie, 18, once again bettered the world 200-meter butterfly time with a 2:08.3.

TENNIS—Repeating their Davis Cup feat (SI, Aug. 26), DENNIS RALSTON and CHUCK McKINLEY outlasted defending champions Rafael Osuna and Antonio Palafox 9-7, 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 11-9 to win the National Doubles title at the Long wood Cricket Club in Brookline, Mass. Aussies MARGARET SMITH and ROBYN EBBERN came back from a first set loss to surprise defending titlists Darlene Hard and Maria Bueno 4-6, 10-8, 6-3 in the women's championship. In the men's senior division, WILLIAM F. TALBERT, 44, and GARDNAR MULLOY, 48, beat Chauncey D. Steele Jr. and Nicholas Sharry 8-6, 6-1.

TRACK & FIELD—"I knew one of these days 17 feet wasn't going to look too high, and it couldn't have happened in a better place than here at home," said JOHN PENNEL, 23, after breaking the world pole vault record for the seventh time this year with a leap of 17 feet¾ inch in Miami (see page 16). The Northeast Louisiana State College senior is the first person to clear 17 feet.

New Zealand's BILL BAILLIE, 29, at a meet in Auckland, shattered two world records set more than a decade ago by Czechoslovakia's Emil Zatopek. He won the 20,000-meter run in 59:28.6, bettering the old 1951 record by more than 23 seconds and, continuing his run for one hour, covered 12 miles and 960 yards. This was 151 yards further than Zatopek's old mark.