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A roundup of the sports information of the week


BOATING—ERNEST FAY of Houston skippered his 5.5-meter Pride to victory in three of the four races for the Scandinavian Gold Cup on Long Island Sound. The cup, a competition among Norway, the Bahamas, Canada and the U.S. in which the victor is the first boat to win three races, had been won three times previously by Fay. The fourth race was taken by Crown Prince Harald of Norway, who had defeated Fay for the U.S. 5.5-meter championship a week earlier.

The four-race series for the first National Shields class championship off Greenwich, Conn. was won by PATRICK O'NEAL of Larchmont, N.Y., the high scorer with 51¾ points. Michael Dunleavy of Oyster Bay, N.Y., who was leading going into the final race, fouled O'Neal's boat and withdrew to wind up eighth in the field of 18 entrants.

With finishes of 3-8-7-1-1, JACK GLOVER of Mobile, Ala. took the National Rhodes-19 class championship over a six-mile triangular course on Long Island Sound. Alan Watkins of Port Washington, N.Y. came in second with 8-4-3-3-3 finishes.

BOXING—For the third time this year SUGAR RAY ROBINSON, 45, defeated Young Joe Walcott of Bridgeton, N.J. The fight, at the Philadelphia Athletic Club, was a unanimous 10-round decision for the former champion.

Fighting in Liverpool, England, BRIAN LONDON, the ex-British Empire heavyweight champion now ranked No. 7 by the WBA, scored a one-round knockout of Roger Rischer of Oakland, Calif., the No. 8 contender. Rischer went down three times, all within 52 seconds.

Buster Mathis, a former 300-pound AAU heavyweight champion and now a 273-pound professional with four straight victories, took a unanimous six-round decision from Bob Stalling in his home-town debut in Grand Rapids.

FOOTBALL—NFL: GREEN BAY slipped by Baltimore 20-17 on a last-minute 37-yard TD pass from Zeke Bratkowski to Max McGee (page 76). Charley Johnson evened ST. LOUIS' record at 1-1, with 11 completions in 19 attempts for 310 yards and six touchdowns (one short of the NFL record) against Cleveland for a 49-13 victory. It was the Browns' worst beating since 1959. DALLAS took over first place in the East with a 27-7 defeat of Washington, as Bob Hayes, the Olympic 100-meter champion, scored three times—twice on short runs and once on a pass from Don Meredith, which he ran in from the 45. Andy Stynchula's 11-yard field goal with 16 seconds remaining gave NEW YORK a 16-14 win over Philadelphia; John Brodie led SAN FRANCISCO to its second straight—27-17 over Pittsburgh—with a 20-yard TD pass to John David Crow in the first quarter and a TD plunge from the four in the final period; Milt Plum's 48-yard TD pass to Amos Marsh, with 22 seconds to go, lifted DETROIT to a 31-29 win over Minnesota; and Bill Munson saved LOS ANGELES with two touchdown passes and a scoring plunge in the fourth quarter that squeezed the Rams past Chicago 30-28.

AFL: Jack Kemp completed 22 out of 37 passes for 292 yards, and Pete Gogolak kicked four field goals to give BUFFALO a 33-21 win over New York, leaving the Bills the only 3-0 team in the league. Overshadowed by the defeat was Jet Joe Namath's 19 completions for 282 yards. DENVER beat Boston 27-10, as Cookie Gilchrist carried 32 times for 142 yards and rookie Wendell Hayes scored twice on runs from the six and the 12. With less than a minute to play, Tom Flores threw five yards to Fullback Alan Miller for the score that gave OAKLAND a 21-17 victory and Houston its first loss. KANSAS CITY and SAN DIEGO tied 10-10 when the Chiefs' Tom Brooker, who had failed on two earlier field-goal attempts, kicked a 21-yarder in the final minutes.

GOLF—After finishing the 72 holes of the $45,000 Greater Seattle Open in a tie with Doug Sanders at 279, GAY BREWER parred the first hole of a sudden-death playoff for his first victory on the PGA tour since 1963.

Sandra Haynie shot a five-under-par 279 to win the LPGA Championship in Las Vegas by one stroke over Clifford Ann Creed.

HARNESS RACING—BRET HANOVER ($2.20) beat Tuxedo Hanover in two straight heats 10 win the $70,000 Little Brown Jug pacing classic at the Delaware County Fairgrounds (page 72). In the first heat Bret broke the world record for pacers on a half-mile track, set by Overtrick in the same race in 1963, with a clocking of 1:57. Adios Vic, the only pacer ever to have beaten Bret, finished fourth in the heat.

Ambro Flight, driven by Joe O'Brien, broke the mile world record for a trotter on a half-mile track when she won the Breeders Filly Stake at Delaware County Fairgrounds by 11 lengths in 1:59 1/5. The old record of 1:59 4/5 was set by Darn Safe at Saratoga in 1957.

HORSE RACING—The $151,350 Futurity at Aqueduct ended in an upset, when PRICELESS GEM ($6.80), the only filly in the field of nine 2-year-olds, took the lead early and held off the favorite, Buckpasser, to win by half a length. Indulto finished third.

Kelso ($2.60) drew $17,842 closer to the $2 million mark ($1,977,396) with an eight-length win in the Stymie Handicap at Aqueduct. Carrying top weight of 128 pounds and ridden by Milo Valenzuela, Kelso took the lead on the final turn to beat Ky. Pioneer for his third victory in six starts this year.

MOTOR SPORTS—A. J. FOYT, driving a Sheraton-Thompson rear-engine special, finished the 200 miles of a national championship race for Indianapolis cars at the Trenton (N.J.) Speedway in 2:03:37 seconds for an average speed of 99.95 mph.

Driving the only car with an automatic transmission in the 250-mile Canadian Grand Prix in Mosport, Ont., JIM HALL of Midland, Texas overtook Bruce McLaren on the 93rd lap and beat him by a fifth of a second. Hall's time, 2:27:27.6, bettered the race record by 11:10.8. England's JOHN SURTEES, the 1964 world champion driver, was seriously injured during practice for the race when his car left the track and rolled, pinning him underneath.

SOFTBALL—Joe Lynch pitched five straight victories, striking out 58 batters in 35 innings, as AURORA, ILL., won its third World Amateur Fast Pitch Championship. In the final game Aurora defeated the host team, Clearwater, Fla., 2-0.

SWIMMING—"I'm fine and dandy. Never felt better in my life," said TED ERIKSON, a Chicago chemist, after swimming the English Channel from England to France and back to England in 30:03:00. The only other swimmer ever to make the round trip was Argentina's Antonio Albertondo, who finished in 43:05:00 in 1961.

TENNIS—DENNIS RALSTON broke the powerful service of Arthur Ashe twice in the first set and once in the second to win the men's final at the Pacific Southwest tournament in Los Angeles, 6-4, 6-3. Top-seeded Roy Emerson was eliminated in the quarter-finals by Charles Pasarell, 6-0, 6-4 who was in turn defeated in the semis by Ashe.

MILEPOSTS—APPROVED: By the U.S. Senate, a resolution authorizing Vice-President Hubert H. Humphrey to appoint a five-member, independent arbitration board to settle the feud between the NCAA and the AAU once the two groups have agreed to submit their problems to arbitration. The resolution also suggested that both organizations drop any proposed disciplinary action, that all facilities be made available for scheduled tournaments and that restraints on participation be stopped pending settlement of the dispute.

NAMED: President of the Washington Redskins, officially replacing Redskin Founder George P. Marshall, who has been inactive since April, 1963, EDWARD BENNETT WILLIAMS, the noted Washington attorney, who has been acting president since the death of Robert P. De Orsey last spring (page 52).

NAMED: To the board of directors of California Sports, Inc. (the corporate title for the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers), BRANCH RICKEY, 83, a former baseball person.

ENDED: Professional baseball in Chattanooga, when the Chattanooga Lookouts, in residence for more than half a century, announced they would not operate in the Class AA Southern League next season. Attendance for the last season fell to 25,000, a new low.