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A roundup of the sports information of the week

BOATING—Jim Kilroy's Kialoa II crossed the finish line first in the 635-mile Newport-to-Bermuda race to take the Stone Trophy, but overall honors went to THUNDERBIRD, a Cal-40 sloop owned by T. Vincent Learson of Rye, N.Y. (page 32).

BOXING—Lightweight Champion CARLOS ORTIZ, 29, a Puerto Rican-born New Yorker who is campaigning for a seat in the New York Senate, retained his world title with a TKO over Johnny Bizzarro, 27, of Erie, Pa. in the 12th round of a scheduled 15-round bout in Pittsburgh's Civic Arena. "They are going to call me the fighting senator," said Ortiz.

Undefeated KIM KI-SOO, a 26-year-old South Korean, outpointed world junior middleweight champion Nino Benvenuti, 28, of Italy in a 15-round bout in Seoul, Korea, to become the first Korean ever to win a world title. The victory was Ki-Soo's 35th as a professional.

Argentinian OSCAR BONAVENA, 23, the South American heavyweight champion who wanted to play his mandolin and sing his national anthem before his 10-round bout in Madison Square Garden (Local 802 of the musicians' union said no), scored an upset when he won a split decision over George Chuvalo, the 28-year-old Canadian. In a preliminary six-rounder, BUSTER MATHIS of Grand Rapids, down to a svelte 240 pounds and unbeaten as a professional, stopped Everett Copeland of Brooklyn in 2:27 of the second round for his 10th victory.

GOLF—JOYCE KAZMIERSKI, a 20-year-old coed from Michigan State, won the women's collegiate championship by defeating the University of Georgia's Bobbie Jo Gabrielsen 2 and 1 in the 36-hole final at Columbus, Ohio (page 56).

Bill Casper, still in top form after his win in the U.S. Open a week earlier, defended his Western Open title at the Medinah (Ill.) Country Club by firing a final-round 70 to win with a one-under-par 283. Gay Brewer Jr. finished second, three strokes behind.

Florida's BOB MURPHY, the national amateur champion, shot a four-under-par 67 in the final round to win the NCAA title in Stanford, Calif. with a one-under-par 283, two strokes better than Vinny Giles of the University of Georgia.

Carol Mann, with a 54-hole total of 214, finished two strokes ahead of Kathy Whitworth to take the LPGA Waterloo (Iowa) Women's Open.

HARNESS RACING—ABC Stables' PERFECT FREIGHT ($47.00), a 23-to-l shot driven by Del Insko, took the $89,111 Realization Trot at Roosevelt by two lengths over All Aflame and set a new world record for 1[1/16] miles on a half-mile track with his time of 2:08[3/5]. "How about that?" said Insko, who admitted he didn't know much about Perfect Freight because he was asked to replace regular driver Jim Dennis only the day before.

Bret Hanover ($2.20) won his 50th of 54 starts as he took the $71,418 Maturity Mile at Chicago's Sportsman's Park with ease, finishing six lengths ahead of Larry Byrd. The victory, worth $34,995, lifted Bret's career earnings to $712,132, making him the world's leading money-winning pacer.

HORSE RACING—Ogden Phipps's BUCKPASSER ($3.40), with Braulio Baeza up, won the $108,000 Arlington Classic by 1¾ lengths over Creme dela Creme, covering the mile in world-record time of 1:32[3/5] seconds (page 18).

With Walter Blum up, LADY PITT ($5.40), a chestnut daughter of Sword Dancer, won the $119,875 Coaching Club American Oaks at Aqueduct by ¾ of a length over Greentree Stable's Gentle Rain.

Titled Hero ($2.50) earned $52,113 for his owner, Peter Marshall of Toronto, when he won the 107th running of the Queen's Plate, the oldest North American stakes race, at Woodbine, Ontario, by three lengths over Conn Smythe's Bye and Near.

French-owned DANSEUR, ridden by Yves Saint-Martin, took the Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp by three lengths over Hauban.

Bill Shoemaker, 34, the alltime money-winning jockey, gained the 400th stakes victory of his career when he rode Howard Keck's DRIN ($5.40) to a ¾ length win over Tragniew in Hollywood Park's Cinema Handicap.

MOTOR SPORTS—MARIO ANDRETTI of Nazareth, Pa., who set a world record for a 1½-mile track when he averaged 169.014 mph in qualifying for the Atlanta 300, drove his rear-engined Ford to a wire-to-wire victory, averaging 139.319 mph. The win was Andretti's third straight (Milwaukee and Langhorne, Pa.) on the USAC championship circuit.

John (Buck) Fulp, a 27-year-old textile manufacturer from Anderson, S.C. driving a Lola-Chevrolet at an average speed of 101.46 mph, won the SCCA Watkins Glen 200-mile sports car grand prix and took the lead in the series (four races to go) for the U.S. Road Racing Championship.

TENNIS—San Francisco State's CECILIA MARTINEZ upset top-seeded Jean Danilovich of California 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 to win the national collegiate women's championship in Stanford, Calif.

TRACK & FIELD—Kansas freshman JIM RYUN, the 19-year-old holder of the U.S. mile record and the world half-mile mark, won the mile in 3:58.6, finishing 10 yards ahead of Dyrol Burleson of Eugene, Ore., at the AAU outdoor championships on Randalls Island, N.Y. (page 22).

France's MICHEL JAZY, the world mile record holder, missed Herb Elliott's world 1,500-meter mark (3:35.6) by .7 second when he registered a 3:36.3 at a meet in Sochaux, France (page 25).

A British relay team, made up of Grahame Grant, Mike Varah, Chris Carter and John Boulter, clipped 2.8 seconds off the world two-mile relay record with a 7:14.6 clocking at a meet in London. The previous mark (7:17.4) was set in May by a University of California relay team.

WRESTLING—RUSSIA won its 13th consecutive World Greco-Roman team title with 39 points in Toledo, but the Soviet wrestlers were far off the seven of eight division gold medals they collected last year. Only three Russians, VIKTOR IGOUMENOV (171.5 pounds), VALENTIN OLENIK (191.5) and ROMAN ROUROUA (138.5) were winners this year in the championships, which their coach, Alexander Senatorov, a 55-year-old former world titlist, called "tough." Runner-up was Bulgaria, with 19 points and two gold medals won by ANGEL KERESOV at 114.5 pounds and BOYAN RADEV at 213.5. The U.S., which had never scored in international Greco-Roman competition, gained 1½ points on JIM HAZEWINKEL's sixth-place finish in the 114.5-pound division and RON FINLEY's tie for sixth in the 138.5-pound class.

MILEPOSTS—HIRED: PAUL RICHARDS, 57, former manager of the Chicago White Sox, general manager and manager of the Baltimore Orioles and general manager of the Houston Astros, as head of the Atlanta Braves' newly created department of instruction and development.

SOLD: To the New York Rangers by the Montreal Canadiens. Right Winger BERNIE (Boom Boom) GEOFFRION, 35, the NHL's most valuable player in 1961. Geoffrion, who won the scoring title twice in 14 seasons with the Canadiens, spent the past two years as a nonplaying coach in the American Hockey League. Said Geoffrion: "I'm confident that I have three or four more years left in the NHL."

RELEASED: By the Pittsburgh Steelers, 11-year NFL veteran fullback JOHN HENRY JOHNSON, 36, who sat out last season after injuring his leg in the first game. Said Johnson, who had already signed his 1966 contract but was dissatisfied with the terms, "You don't play ball if you're unhappy with the organization. I'm looking to play for anybody that will give me the most money."

DIED: J. K. (Bud) KENNEDY, 59, head basketball coach at Florida State University for the past 18 years, of cancer, in Tallahassee.