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Original Issue

A roundup of the sports information of the week

BASEBALL—ARIZONA STATE defeated Ohio State 2-1 in the finals of the College World Series in Omaha to win the national title. The Sun Devils—53-8 for the season, an NCAA record for victories—got their runs when Rick Monday (No. 1 selection in professional baseball's free-agent draft) hit a homer in the first inning and Sal Bando scored on a sacrifice fly after tripling in the sixth. Bando, a third baseman who hit .480 and set series records for total bases, runs and hits, edged Ohio State's sophomore right-hander, Steve Arlin, for the Most Valuable Player award. Arlin won a 15-inning 1-0 game against Washington State (20 strikeouts, 3 hits allowed) and struck out 29 in 26½ innings in the tournament (2-0, 1.03 ERA).

BOATING—Skillful spinnaker handling over the last 300 yards of the concluding race for the 5.5-meter world championship in Naples Bay enabled Olympic Star class gold medalist AGOSTINO STRAULINO of Italy to overtake Australia's leading Southern Cross, skippered by Norman Booth, and gain the title by seven points. Complex V, sailed by Gardner Cox of Villanova, Pa., finished third overall in the seven race series.

Kialoa II, John B. Kilroy's 73-foot aluminum ocean racer (SI, Feb. 3, 1964), won the California Cup in a series of three races off Los Angeles against Columbia, the victorious 1958 America's Cup 12-meter sloop.

CREW—Philadelphia's VESPER crew handily defeated Cornell's Eastern sprint lightweight champion shell by four lengths to win the senior eight-oared title at the American Henley Regatta in Worcester, Mass.

GOLF—Britain's MIKE BONALLACK, 30, won his second British Amateur title (the other came in 1961) by edging 19-year-old Clive Clark 2 and 1 on the Welsh seaside course of Royal Porthcawl.

Dan Sikes of Jacksonville, whose best previous finish this year was a second in the Los Angeles Open, sank a 35-foot putt on the final hole for a birdie to win the $135,000 Cleveland Open. Sikes, who collected $25,000 and jumped from 12th place to third in official earnings, finished at 272, a stroke ahead of defending champion Tony Lema.

HARNESS RACING—SPEEDY COUNT ($52.10), guided by Billy Haughton, pulled away to an early lead and held on to win by three-quarters of a length over Big John in the $25,000 Rodney Mile at Roosevelt Raceway. Ralph Baldwin's Speedy Scot, the overwhelming favorite, broke stride and finished last in the six-horse field, while Ayres, the 1964 triple crown winner and second choice, came in fifth.

HORSE RACING—Mrs. Wallace Gilroy's MARSHUA ($7.60), a daughter of Nashua, led all the way under Jockey Ray Broussard to easily win the 1-mile, $129,500 Coaching Club American Oaks, the third leg of New York's Triple Crown for Fillies, at Aqueduct by 2½ lengths over What A Treat. Cordially and Ground Control, the winners of the first two parts of the filly series, finished fourth and sixth, respectively.

MOTOR SPORTS—The 279.7-mile Belgian Grand Prix at Francorchamps was taken by Indy winner JIM CLARK of Scotland, when he drove his green Lotus around a shower-slippery track at an average speed of 117.159 and finished more than a minute ahead of Britain's Jackie Stewart in a BRM.

TENNIS—The two top-ranked U.S. players, DENNIS RALSTON of Bakersfield, Calif. and NANCY RICHEY of Dallas, swept the West of England singles finals in Bristol. Ralston put down Clark Graebner of Beachwood, Ohio 6-2, 6-2 in a 35-minute match, but Miss Richey needed more than an hour to defeat Britain's Elizabeth Starkie 7-5, 6-2.

South Africa upset Great Britain 3-2 in the Davis Cup European Zone quarter-finals, marking the first time in 15 years that England has failed to survive the early cup round. In another upset CZECHOSLOVAKIA defeated Italy 3-2 to move into the European Zone semifinals.

TRACK & FIELD—Toronto's BILL CROTHERS, who had lost to Peter Snell of New Zealand in all four of their previous races, finally beat Snell by two yards (1:48.4) in the 880 at an international meet in Toronto (page 26). Australia's RON CLARKE, who a week earlier had broken his world record for three miles (13:00.4), ran the second fastest race for that distance with a 13:03.4. Clarke beat Ron Larrieu of Los Angeles by 50 yards, but Larrieu's clocking of 13:11.4 set an American record. JIM GRELLE of Portland, Ore. easily won the mile in 3:58.3, HARRY JEROME of Vancouver defeated Mel Pender of Atlanta by a yard in the 100-yard dash (9.3) and OLLAN CASSELL of Nutley, N.J. upset world-record-holder Adolph Plummer of Albuquerque in the 440 (47.2).

France's MICHEL JAZY, 29, lowered the world record for the mile to 3:53.6 with a well-paced run in Rennes that shaved .5 of a second from Peter Snell's seven-month-old mark of 3:54.1. Within the week Jazy also broke the European record for the 5,000-meter run twice, with clockings of 13:34.4 and 13:29, plus the three-mile, with a 13:05.6.

Britain's ALAN SIMPSON, who plans to race Peter Snell in the mile at the fast John F. Kennedy track in Dublin on July 5, set a British mark for the distance with a 3:56.6 at London's White City Stadium.

In the U.S. Track and Field Federation meet at Bakersfield, Calif., BOB DAY, a UCLA junior, broke the collegiate mile record with a 3:56.4 clocking, half a second better than the mark set by Tom O'Hara of Loyola of Chicago two years ago.

San Diego State, with winners in four events, gathered 67 points to take the NCAA college-division championships in Long Beach, Calif. North Carolina College's extraordinary two-man entry of EDWIN ROBERTS and NORM TATE finished fourth with 44 points and missed by only two points from being the runner-up in a championship meet for the second week in a row (seven days earlier the two scored 40 points in the NAIA championships). Tate won the broad jump (24 feet 10 inches) and the hop, step and jump (51 feet 7½ inches), and finished fourth in the 220 and fifth in the 100. Roberts took the 220 (20.6) and came in second to Fresno State's DAREL NEWMAN (9.5) in the 100. JIM KEMP of Kentucky State equaled the best 440 time of the year with a meet record 46.1.

The 24-year-old Japanese winner of the 1965 Boston Marathon, Morio Shigematsu, posted the fastest time ever for the 26-mile, 385-yard distance when he ran it in 2 hours 12 minutes in the London Polytechnic Marathon. While no official records are kept for the event because the terrain varies at each locale, Shigematsu's time was 11.2 seconds faster than the previous best—Abebe Bikila's Tokyo Olympic victory.

WRESTLING—A revitalized U.S.S.R. team, making a comeback from a lone victory in the Tokyo Olympics, swept all but one of the titles in the Greco-Roman world championships in Tampere, Finland.

MILEPOSTS—TRADED: RON STEWART, the Toronto Maple Leafs' durable center for 13 seasons, to the Boston Bruins for Defenseman Pat Stapleton plus Forwards Orland Kurtenbach and Andy Hebenton.

TRADED: GARY LOWE, a defensive back with the Detroit Lions for nine seasons, to the Minnesota Vikings, for an undisclosed draft choice.

RETIRED: JACQUES PLANTE, 36, the brilliant and often tempestuous goalie who was the NHL's most valuable player in 1962. Plante introduced the face mask to hockey, helped the Montreal Canadiens to a record string of five Stanley Cups and won the Vezina Trophy as the lowest-scored-upon goalie six times. He began his career with the Canadians in 1952 and spent the last two seasons with the New York Rangers.

MISSING: Former NBA basketball player PHIL JORDAN, 31, a 6-foot-10 center who played with New York, Detroit, Cincinnati and St. Louis (1956-64), when a homemade raft broke up while he and three others were practicing for a community race on the Puyallup River near Tacoma, Wash.

DIED: GENE BRITO, 39, former defensive end for the Los Angeles Rams and Washington Redskins, after a four-year fight against paralysis, in Duarte, Calif. Brito played in the NFL 10 years (1951-60) and was named to the All-Pro team five times. From 1951 through 1958 he played 84 consecutive games with the Redskins.