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A roundup of the sports information of the week

BASEBALL—JAPAN, with Masahiro Miyahara, a 104-pound right-hander, pitching a three-hitter, won the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. for the first time in the 21-year history of the tournament, as the West Tokyo team defeated Roseland North of Chicago 4-1 in the final game.

Pitcher Randy Moffitt, the 18-year-old brother of Wimbledon champion Billie Jean King, led LONG BEACH to a 6-2 win over Portland, Ore. in the finals of the Connie Mack League World Series in Farmington, N. Mex., while in Anchorage, Alaska, NEW ORLEANS shut out Levittown, Pa. 6-0 to win the Babe Ruth League World Series.

BOATING—INTREPID was selected to defend the America's Cup against Australian challenger Dame Pattie (page 28).

France almost swept the 5-0-5 Class world championships by taking eight of the first nine places as winning crewmen Bernard Moret and René Morch accumulated 34 points for the five-race series in La Baule, France.

U.S. Merchant Marine Midshipman CHARLIE BARTHROP won the North American Singlehanded Championship on Great South Bay, Long Island with a high total of 160 points.

Sandy Douglass of Oakland, Md., the designer of the Flying Scot Class boat, totaled a low of 10¼ points to beat his nearest rival, Ralph Manee of New York, by 24¾ points for his fifth North American Flying Scot Class Championship in nine years, in Montreal.

Trailing Houston's Bob Mosbacher going into the final race, Skipper BUDDY FRIEDRICHS JR., a 27-year-old stockbroker from New Orleans, retained his North American Dragon Class championship when he finished the four-race series in Toronto with three firsts and a sixth.

Britain's brother team of Charles and Jimmy Gardner guided their powerboat SURFURY to a 3:33:30 victory over the 198-mile course from Cowes to Torquay, England in the seventh international offshore race.

CHESS—Defending co-titleholder PAL BENKO of New York (11-1) beat Hoosier Edward Vano in a 35-move final round to win the U.S. Open Championship at the American Hotel in Atlanta. Dr. Anthony Saidy of Los Angeles, who was tied for the lead going into the last round, posted a 10½-1½ record for second place.

GOLF—With three consecutive birdies on the last three holes, BOB SMITH, 24, of Sacramento defeated former NCAA Champion Marty Fleckman 3 and 1 for his second Western Amateur Championship in three years, in Kansas City.

HARNESS RACING—France's International Trot winner, Roquepine, came in first in the mile-and-a-half Gold Division of the $25,000 Challenge Cup at Roosevelt Raceway but was disqualified for interference and placed sixth as the No. 2 finisher, PERFECT FREIGHT ($17.60), driven by Jim Dennis, was declared the winner by a neck over Oscar R L.

HORSE RACING—Braulio Baeza rode Wheatley Stable's WHAT A PLEASURE ($9) to his fourth victory in six starts this year, and his second stakes win, with a head victory over Royal Trace in the six-and-a-half-furlong $113,975 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga (page 16).

Three days earlier at Saratoga, Ogden Phipps's unbeaten QUEEN OF THE STAGE ($3.60), with Braulio Baeza aboard, posted her fifth straight victory when she defeated Dream Path by half a length in the stake's record time of 1:10[1/5] in the six-furlong $80,375 Spinaway sprint for 2-year-old fillies.

MOTOR SPORTS—Aussie JACK BRABHAM, three-time winner of the world driving championship, drew within nine points of leader Denis Hulme of New Zealand for the 1967 title when he drove his self-designed Brabham-Repco to a 1:01 win over runner-up Hulme in the 220-mile Canadian Grand Prix in Mosport, Ont., Can.

ROWING—The NEW ZEALAND heavyweight crew, winners in the North American championships two weeks ago, rowed to a fast 5:43.9 victory over the 2,000-meter Olympic course in Philadelphia, defeating Harvard by three-quarters of a length for the U.S. championship. Earlier, the Down Under four-oared crew, competing for the first time, edged the Aussie Hobart crew by less than a second.

SOCCER—NPSL: In the last week of regular-season play BALTIMORE (162), the Eastern Division champion, was defeated by Pittsburgh, 3-2, while PHILADELPHIA (157) clinched second place with 2-1 victories over Oakland and New York. NEW YORK (143) tied one and lost one, ATLANTA (135) won one and PITTSBURGH (132), in last place, won one. In the Western Division, champion OAKLAND (185) dropped both its games—to Philadelphia 2-1 and Atlanta 1-0. ST. LOUIS (156) gained second place by tying Toronto 4-4 and beating Chicago 2-1 (before the third largest crowd of the season—13,561), while CHICAGO (142) played a 3-3 tie with New York before losing to St. Louis. TORONTO (127) escaped the cellar by tying St. Louis and defeating Los Angeles as Center Forward Yanko Daucik booted in three goals to become the league's leading scorer with 20 goals and eight assists for 48 points—nine points ahead of Chicago's Willie Roy. LOS ANGELES (113), with a loss to Toronto, finished in last place.

SOFTBALL—The RAYBESTOS BRAKETTES of Stratford, Conn. successfully defended their national women's fast-pitch title by defeating the Redwood City (Calif.) Jets 6-0 on Joan Joyce's one-hitter (she also smashed a home run) in the finals in Stratford. It was the Brakettes' sixth championship in 10 years.

SQUASH—Aussie GEOFFREY HUNT, 20, gained the first International Squash Rackets Federation Singles Championship by beating Cameron Nancarrow 9-3, 9-2, 9-0 in the all-Australian finals in Melbourne.

SWIMMING—ADA KOK, of The Netherlands, broke the women's 200-meter and 220-yard butterfly marks with a time of 2:21.0 at a dual meet with Britain in Blackpool, England. Then, paced by Miss Kok, a Dutch team of Coby Buter, Klenie Bimolt and Nel Bos swam to a 440-yard medley relay world record of 4:38.8.

TRAPSHOOTING—HERMAN WELCH, a 46-year-old General Motors factory foreman from Downers Grove, Ill., competing in his first Grand American Championship, hit a perfect 100 straight targets from the 20-yard line to win first-place money of $12,000 for the handicap division in Vandalia, Ohio, beating Sam Knotts of Kansas City by one point. The Champion of Champions title went to Miamian SONNY HEWES, who blasted 100 consecutive targets, plus 125 more in a shootoff with Edgar Kyle, to win by one point. In the men's doubles event, University of Kansas junior CHRIS BISHOP and Airman Ira Eyler each broke 100 straight targets—the first time in the 56-year history of the event—but in the ensuing shootoff, Bishop edged Eyler 20-19 for the championship.

WATER POLO—Defending Champion NORTHERN VIRGINIA AQUATIC CLUB finished unbeaten in the round-robin finals in Wilmington, Del. to take the National AAU Women's Championship over runner-up Wilmington Aquatic Club.

MILEPOSTS—DIED: MIKE McKEEVER, 27, former All-America guard at USC; of brain injuries suffered in an automobile accident December 3, 1965, in Montebello, Calif.

DIED: Executive vice-president and public-relations director of the Baltimore Bullets HERB HEFT, 42; of a cerebral blood clot, in Baltimore. Heft formerly had been the P.R. man for the Washington Senators, Minnesota Twins and the New York Mets.