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A roundup of the sports information of the week


BOATING—Skipper HARRY C. (Bud) MELGES JR. of Zenda, Wis. and Crewman Dr. William Bentsen of Beloit, Wis. sailed Widgeon to victory in the Flying Dutchman class Olympic trials on Sandy Hook Bay, N.J. The three-time North American sailing champion piled up 8,013 points with finishes of 1-3-4-2-1-3 in his best-six-of-seven races over the 10½-mile Olympic course. Harry Sindle of Ware Neck, Va., the 1960 Olympic representative, placed second, 1,125 points behind Melges, in the 35-boat fleet.

In a surprising finish, CHUCK KOBER of Long Beach, Calif. skippered his 29-foot sloop Nokken to the North American Dragon class title on Alamitos Bay off Long Beach. His chances seemed crushed after he fouled out in the first and placed 12th in the third race of the five-race series, but he came back with a first and a second in the final two heats to gain 4,481 points and edge Sid Exley, also of Long Beach, by 215. Bob Mosbacher of Houston, who had led the field of 25 after the first two races, finished a disappointing third.

BOXING—Fifth-ranked Heavyweight ERNIE TERRELL of Chicago, fighting with a 19-pound weight advantage, extended his current victory streak to 11 as he overpowered Bob Foster of Washington, knocking him out in the seventh round of a scheduled 10-rounder in Madison Square Garden.

GOLF—After stroking a one-over-par 73 on the first 18 holes, TONY LEMA came back with rounds of 68-68-70 on the St. Andrews Old Course for a nine-under-par 279 and victory in his first assault on the British Open championship, in St. Andrews, Scotland (see page 16).

Mickey Wright defeated Ruth Jessen by two strokes in an 18-hole playoff to capture the $10,000 U.S. Women's Open for an unprecedented fourth time, in her native San Diego. The two had finished the regulation 72 holes tied at a two-under-par 290, and in the playoff Miss Wright shot a three-below-par 70 for her best round of the tournament.

HARNESS RACING—Competing against older horses for the first time in his career, SPEEDY SCOT, 1963's Harness Horse of the Year, defeated 6-year-old Duke Rodney in the $14,200 Titan Cup free-for-all trot at Historic Track in Goshen, N.Y. Guided by Ralph Baldwin, Speedy took the first mile heat with ease, but in the second he broke stride in the backstretch and the older horse went on to win in 2:00 3/5—a new track record, season record and stake record. Unimpressed, the Castleton Farm 4-year-old won the race-off by three lengths.

The two outstanding 3-year-olds at Goshen, Castleton Farm's Dartmouth and John Bianchi's Big John, met in the Historic-Dickerson Cup trot, a race whose last two winners (A.C.'s Viking and Speedy Scot) have taken both the Yonkers Futurity and The Hambletonian. Driven by Eddie Wheeler, BIG JOHN came out on top with a win in the first heat and victory by a neck in the race-off (he broke at the start of the second heat).

HORSE RACING—In a spectacular finish, Paul Mellon's QUADRANGLE ($3.40), Manuel Ycaza aboard, caught up with front-running Malicious in the stretch and beat him by a neck to take the $81,000 Dwyer Handicap for 3-year-olds at Aqueduct. The favorite's winning time of 2:01 2/5 for the mile and a quarter equaled the race record at that distance, set 22 years ago by Valdina Orphan.

Mr. and Mrs. Elwood B. Johnston's REAL GOOD DEAL ($6), guided by Johnny Longden, set the pace and led all the way to win the $116,100 Hollywood Derby by 1½ lengths over Rex Ellsworth's Close By at Hollywood Park. In winning his seventh race in 12 starts this season, the big bay colt covered the mile and a quarter in an impressive 2:00 4/5.

The $56,250 Monmouth Oaks for 3-year-old fillies went to Harry S. Nichols' MISS CAVANDISH ($5.60), who burst from the pack in the final strides and finished first by a length over Castle Forbes. Howard Grant guided the favorite in the second stakes victory of her career (she won the Coaching Club American Oaks at Aqueduct last month).

MOTOR SPORTS—World Champion Driver JIM CLARK of Scotland increased his 1964 total to 30 points when he averaged 94.11 mph in a Lotus to win the European Grand Prix at Brands Hatch, England. Runner-up was Britain's Graham Hill, second in this year's drivers' standings with 26 points, who was beaten to the finish line by a frustrating three seconds.

ROWING—At the Olympic trials in New York City (see page 12), the VESPER BOAT CLUB of Philadelphia stroked a steady 38 over the 2,000-meter course on the Orchard Beach Lagoon to beat Harvard's eight by a length in an impressive 6:01.3. Previously unbeaten California came in third, a length behind Harvard, and Yale finished fourth. The Olympic single-sculls berth went to U.S. Champion DON SPERO of the New York AC (a former Cornell oarsman), who outdistanced Henley Champion Seymour Cromwell by more than two lengths to win in 7:18.2.

SHOOTING—The 10 members of the U.S. Olympic team were selected during two weeks of tense competition at Fort Benning, Ga. Qualifying for the Tokyo trip were the top two finishers in each of the five Olympic events. They were: Captain TOMMY POOL and 1st. Lieut. LONES WIGGER of the Army in the small-bore rifle; 2nd Lieut. GARY ANDERSON and Sergeant MARTIN GUNNARSSON of the Army in the free rifle; Captain FRANKLIN GREEN and Captain THOMAS SMITH of the Air Force in the free pistol; Captain WILLIAM McMILLAN of the Marine Corps and Staff Sergeant EDWIN TEAGUE of the Air Force in the rapid-fire pistol; and civilian FRANK LITTLE of Endicott, N.Y. and 1st Lieut. WILLIAM MORRIS of the Army in the clay-pigeon shooting.

SWIMMING—With the Olympic trials still six weeks away, three world and seven American women's records were shattered at the Los Angeles Invitational championships. MARILYN RAMENOFSKY, 17, of Phoenix, Ariz. churned to a 4:42.0 victory in the 400-meter freestyle, carving 2.5 seconds off Chris von Saltza's world mark set in 1960 in Detroit; and the second-and third-place finishers, Terri Stickles (4:42.1) and Pokey Watson (4:44), both of the Santa Clara (Calif.) Swim Club, also bettered Miss Von Saltza's record. A third Santa Clara team member, 14-year-old CLAUDIA KOLB, raced to a world record 1:17.9 in the 100-meter breaststroke, chopping .3 second off the mark set by Germany's Barbara Goebel in 1961 (Ann Bancroft of the Foothill Aquatic Club, runner-up in the event at 1:19.3, surpassed the American record of 1:20.3). A day earlier Miss Kolb had breaststroked 200 meters in 2:50 flat, lowering by 1.4 seconds the U.S. mark set in 1960 by Ann Warner. Another world record went to 15-year-old SHARON STOUDER of the City of Commerce (Calif.) Swim Club, whose 2:28.1 victory in the 200-meter butterfly beat by a full second the standard set by Sue Pitt last year. Earlier Miss Stouder and Santa Clara's DONNA DE VARONA each established two American records at the meet: Miss de Varona coolly bettered her own previous times—by 1.7 seconds in the 200-meter individual medley (2:30.1) and by 1.4 seconds in the 200-meter backstroke (2:29). Miss Stouder sprinted to a 1:00.8 win in the 100-meter freestyle, surpassing another Chris von Saltza record (1:01.3, set in 1960), and then she sliced .4 second off Kathy Ellis' U.S. mark when she splashed to a 1:06.1 victory in the 100-meter butterfly. Finally the Santa Clara team of Miss Watson, Sharon Finneran, Miss Stickles and Miss de Varona swam to a new U.S. record of 9:13.4 in the 800-meter freestyle relay.

TRACK & FIELD—Two American records and two U.S. citizens' records fell at the three-day Women's National AAU Championships in Hanford, Calif. JANELL SMITH of the Fredonia (Kans.) Track Club edged Una Morris of Jamaica, W.I. to win the 400 meters in 54.7—.1 second lower than her own pending mark (Miss Morris also was clocked in 54.7). The Oakland Oakettes "A" team of Theon Berkeley, Lanova Turnbow, Lynda Bradshaw and Jenny Lowe flashed to a 1:45.5 victory in the 800-meter medley relay, bettering by 1.4 seconds the record held by the Mayor Daley Youth Foundation of Chicago. In the 88-meter hurdles ROSIE LEE BONDS of the Pasadena Athletic Association sliced .2 second off Tammy Davis' American Citizen's standard as she sped to a 10.8 triumph over Cherrie Sherrard in a photo finish. (Russia's Irina Press holds the American record of 10.7, set two years ago at the U.S.-U.S.S.R. meet in Stanford, Calif.) A second American Citizen's record went to RANAE BAIR of San Diego when she heaved the javelin 173 feet 4½ inches to beat by 5 feet 6 inches the mark held by Frances Davenport. However, her throw was exactly 10 feet short of the American record set by Russia's Eljvira Ozolina at the 1962 dual meet. Other AAU champions are: WYOMIA TYUS, 100 meters (11.5); EDITH McGUIRE, 200 meters (23.6); SANDRA KNOTT, 800 meters (2:10.4); SALLY GRIFFITH, 200-meter hurdles (28.2); EARLENE BROWN, shotput (46 feet 11 inches); OLGA CONNOLLY, discus (158 feet 4 inches); WILLYE WHITE, broad jump (21 feet 1 inch); ELEANOR MONTGOMERY, high jump (5 feet 8‚⅛ inches); and the COMPTON (Calif.) TRACK CLUB "A" team in the 400-meter relay (47.2). The top two finishers in each event will compete against the Russians on July 25 and 26 in Los Angeles.