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A roundup of the sports information of the week


BOXING—In a fight that marked the end of 20 years of televised boxing from Madison Square Garden, veteran HENRY HANK, 29, of Detroit held eighth-ranked Light Heavyweight Johnny Persol, 24, of Brooklyn to a 10-round draw.

FISHING—ZACK WILLSON JR. and IMELDA GAVIN, both from St. Louis, won the men's and women's titles of the American Casting Association's championship in St. Louis by defeating a field of 169 fly casters from 20 states.

GOLF—BARBARA McINTIRE of Colorado Springs took her second Women's Amateur championship by beating three-time winner Jo Anne Gunderson of Kirkland, Wash. 3 and 2 in the finals in Hutchinson, Kans. (see page 56).

U.S. Open Champion KEN VENTURI followed up rounds of 71, 66 and 69 with another 69 to win the $50,000 American Golf Classic in Akron by five strokes. Venturi's 275-stroke total broke the Firestone Country Club course record (set by Arnold Palmer in 1962 and tied by Johnny Pott last year) by one stroke and raised his earnings this year to $53,840, good for fifth place in the pro tour standings.

Marilynn Smith gained her second LPGA victory this season when she shot a par 216 to take the 54-hole Albuquerque (N. Mex.) tournament.

HARNESS RACING—Castleton Farm's SPEEDY SCOT ($2.70), driven by Ralph Baldwin, covered the mile and a quarter in 2:32 3/5 to easily defeat Su Mac Lad and six foreign entries in the $50,000 International Trot at Roosevelt Raceway (see page 58).

Before heading for next week's Hambletonian, Arthur Nardin's SPEEDY COUNT ($3.20) humbled a fine field of free-for-allers in a $12,000 invitational at Roosevelt Raceway, winning by two and one-half lengths in a track record 2:01 3/5 over the mile course. Trainer-Driver Billy Haughton had some anxious moments prior to the race, however, when the black colt developed a quarter crack in his right hind hoof, but it was patched, and after his easy victory in the invitational Haughton still had his eye on The Hambletonian. "I hope I can keep him this good," he said.

The tiny Hambletonian favorite, AYRES, owned by Mrs. Charlotte Sheppard, took the prestigious Review Futurity at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield in two straight heats over Dartmouth. The time in the first heat over the mile oval was 2:01 2/5, and in the second 1:59.

HORSE RACING—GUN BOW ($3.40), with Walter Blum up, enhanced his chances of replacing Kelso as Horse of the Year by romping to a two-length win over Lemon Twist, a 59-to-1 longshot in the $114,750 Washington Park Handicap at Arlington Park. It was the brilliant 4-year-old's first race for the John R. Gaines syndicate, which purchased him earlier in the month for $1 million, and the victory paid a handsome $69,750 first dividend to his new owners.

Paul Mellon's QUADRANGLE ($2.60) ran to a half-length victory over Knightly Manner in the muddy $80,050 Travers Stakes at Saratoga (see page 60).

Brookfield Farm's INBALANCE ($5.80), with Joe Culmone in the saddle, equaled the track record (1:56 1/5) for the mile and three sixteenths as the 6-year-old handily won the $33,150 Atlantic City Handicap by six lengths. Montpelier's Mongo, the crowd's favorite and top-weighted at 133 pounds, wound up fifth in the six-horse field, 21½ lengths off the winner's pace.

MOTOR SPORTS—LORENZO BANDINI of Italy and Richie Ginther of California finished one, two—driving the only two cars able to go the full 208.8-mile distance—in the Grand Prix of Austria. Averaging 99.2 mph in a Ferrari, Bandini took 2 hours 6 minutes 18.23 seconds to complete the 105-lap course, with BRM Racer Ginther seconds behind. The victory gave Bandini 15 points toward the world driving championship and boosted him into fifth place overall. Graham Hill and Jim Clark, current leaders in the standings, were among those forced out of the race with mechanical troubles.

Averaging 104.54 mph in his Lotus-Ford, PARNELLI JONES of Torrance, Calif. roared to the finish line nearly two and a half laps ahead of Rodger Ward, driving a rear-engine Ford, to take the 200-mile big-car race at the Wisconsin State Fair in Milwaukee. Jones's time broke Jim Clark's record set last year when he drove a Lotus-Ford to an average 104.483 mph in winning the race.

A. J. Foyt, also driving a Lotus-Ford, won his seventh straight major race this season and his 24th overall (one short of Rodger Ward's record 25) when he took the 100-mile Tony Bettenhausen Memorial race at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield.

The first 500-mile endurance race for production sports cars in the U.S. was won by ED LOWTHER, a house builder from McMurray. Pa., and BOB NAGEL, an airline pilot from Pittsburgh, when they drove an average 89.95 mph over a wet 2.3-mile track at Watkins Glen, N.Y. It took the two, who alternated driving their Ford Cobra. 5 hours 46 minutes and 3.8 seconds to cover 218 laps.

SWIMMING—Twenty-year-old Scotsman BOBBY McGREGOR, Great Britain's best bet for an Olympic gold medal in Tokyo (SI, July 20), swam the 110-yard freestyle in 53.9 at the British championships in London, to lower his own world record by 1/10 second.

TRACK & FIELD—Two-time Olympian JOHN J. KELLEY, 32, outran a record field of 174 to win the Milk Run for the senior national AAU 25-km. championship. His time for the event which started and ended at the New York World's Fair, was 1:29:00.8.

WEIGHT LIFTING—Lightweight TONY GARCY, a 25-year-old schoolteacher from York, Pa., set four American records, exceeded three Olympic records and tied a fourth in qualifying for the U.S. Olympic weight-lifting squad at the New York World's Fair. After two days of trials at the World's Fair Pavilion, the selection committee also picked ISAAC BERGER, 27, the 1956 Olympic featherweight champion and two-time Olympian: NORBERT SCHEMANSKY, 40, a three-time Olympic competitor; and GARY CLEVELAND, 22, light heavyweight, to represent the U.S. in the Tokyo Games. The judges, under their option, bypassed Middle Heavyweight Lou Riecke, Middleweight Joe Puleo and Bantamweight Gary Hanson, both divisional winners in the trials, but special trials will be conducted Sept. 6 to fill the three remaining berths on the team. Shot-putter Gary Gubner, beaten by Schemansky in the trials, probably will compete for one of them.

MILEPOSTS—ELIMINATED: NEFERTITI and COLUMBIA, the two veteran U.S. 12-meter yachts, from the America's Cup trials by a decision of the New York Yacht Club selection committee.

MARRIED: Los Angeles Rams' quarterback, TERRY BAKER, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S Sportsman of the Year and the Heisman Trophy winner in 1962, to his college sweetheart, Marilyn Davis, in Las Vegas.

REJECTED: Veteran Australian Swimmer MURRAY ROSE, 25, who earlier this month set a world record of 17:01.8 in the 1,500-meter freestyle, by both the Australian and English Olympic teams. Rose, a winner of four gold medals for Australia in the 1956 and 1960 Games and now studying at USC, was turned down first by his homeland, because he did not compete in the national championships in Sydney, and then by the British, even though he was born in England and claims dual citizenship.

TRADED: Hard-running JON ARNETT, 29, an All-League halfback with the Los Angeles Rams in 1958, to the Chicago Bears for Roger Davis, a starting offensive guard with the Bears for four years; Frank Budka, a rookie defensive back; and Joe Wendryhoski, a rookie center from the Canadian League.

DIED: OSCAR (Happy) FELSCH 73, one of the eight Chicago White Sox players banished from baseball as a result of the 1919 World Series Black Sox scandal, of a liver ailment, in a Milwaukee hospital.

DIED: J. L. WILKINSON, 86, the founder of the all-Negro Kansas City Monarchs baseball team, in a Kansas City, Mo. nursing home. Wilkinson's Monarchs helped develop such baseball players as Satchel Paige, Ernie Banks and Jackie Robinson, while Wilkinson himself helped originate night baseball when he used are lights to illuminate playing fields for the traveling Monarchs.