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A roundup of the sports information of the week

BOATING—Ondine, a 73-foot ketch owned by S. A.(HUEY) LONG of New York, was first across the finish line in the 3,524-mile Bermuda-to-Travem√ºnde, West Germany race, but not without incident. Rumors of mutiny aboard Ondine were heightened by Long's request at one time to withdraw from the race. But, according to one of the crew, the only problem was to keep some of the younger hands from raiding the galley and the cookie jar, which the cook kept under his bunk. Ondine finished in an elapsed time of 21 days, 7 hours, 42 minutes and won the Chancellor's Cup. The President's Cup went to overall winner Indigo, skippered by SAMUEL K. WELLMAN of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, which had a corrected lime of 17:11:59.21.

BOWLING—Nearly eight months after it began, the Petersen Classic in Chicago came to an end. First place went to MIKE BERLIN, who rolled an eight-game high of 1,654 and took home with him to Muscatine, Iowa the biggest purse in the history of the sport—$35,600 out or a pot worth $483,840.

BOXING—Welshman Howard Winstone, defending his portion of the world featherweight title for the first time, was stopped by JOSÉ LEGRA of Spain at 2:02 of the fifth round in Porthcawl, Wales. Legra's win earned him recognition as champion of sorts, though not in the eyes of the World Boxing Association, which still regards Raul Rojas as the No. 1 boxer in that weight class, or Ring magazine, which has declared the title vacant.

A slimmed down—to 226½ pounds—BUSTER MATHIS of Grand Rapids, Mich. twice floored 6'9" 244½ pound Jim Beattie as he earned a seventh-round TKO in Bloomington, Minn.

HORSE RACING—When the $58,800 Tidal Handicap at Aqueduct was over, MORE SCENTS ($8.00) was a two-and-a-half-length victor over Go Marching, taking the 1‚⅛ mile race over the turf in a stakes-record time of 1:47.6.

Reviewer ($4.60) was a two-length winner over Night Invader in the $114,725 Sapling Stakes at Monmouth Park, a six-furlong sprint.

Another two-length winner was DARK MIRAGE, who won her ninth consecutive race, the 1‚⅛-mile Delaware Oaks at Delaware Park, a nonbetting race in which she beat Sale Day to the finish line.

HORSE SHOWS—American riders, led by BILL STEINKRAUS of Noroton, Conn., came through with a series of victories at the Royal International at Wembley. Steinkraus and his mount, 8-year-old Snowbound, won the Prince of Wales (Nations) Cup and the Daily Mail Cup. MRS. MARY CHAPOT of Wallpack, N.J., aboard White Lightning, took the Queen Elizabeth II Cup, and KATHY KUSNER of Monkton, Md., riding Fru, won the Nizefela Stakes.

SOCCER—NASL: DETROIT accomplished the theoretically impossible by outscoring the opposition 3-2 and winding up with a tie and a loss. The Cougars looked like they might pick up some ground in the Lakes Division of the Eastern Conference, but then Cleveland scored twice within 90 seconds and heavy rains ended the game, which wound up 2-2. Then, against St. Louis, Andy Burgin of the Cougars got the only goal of the day. Alas, he put the ball in his own net and last-place Detroit was a non-winner for the 13th time in a row. First-place CHICAGO lost once and had its lead cut to two points over CLEVELAND, which played two ties, and to seven points over TORONTO, which had a win and a tie. In the Atlantic Division, ATLANTA, a 4-1 winner over Chicago, regained the lead by seven points over WASHINGTON, which lost its only game. NEW YORK and BALTIMORE each had one tie, BOSTON a tie and two defeats. SAN DIEGO won twice, as did OAKLAND, which advanced to within 21 points of the top in the Western Conference's Pacific Division. Selimir Milosevic of Oakland scored three goals for the second game in a row, setting a league record with five straight goals during one stretch. LOS ANGELES did not play. VANCOUVER wished it had not, losing to San Diego 2-1 even though outshooting the Toros 31-16. KANSAS CITY tied New York 2-2, whipped Boston 7-1 and took a 23-point lead in the Gulf Division. Runner-up HOUSTON won its only contest, last-place DALLAS lost once and ST. LOUIS, with the help of that gift goal from the Cougars, got a win after two losses.

SWIMMING—Two world freestyle records belonging to Australians were rendered obsolete. The fastest 880 yards ever was swum by JACK HORSLEY, 17, of Seattle, when he covered the distance in 8:51.8 in his home town, and ANGELA COUGHLAN, 15, of Canada swam 1,650 yards in 18:47.8 in Hamilton, Ont. The old marks were held by Murray Rose (8:55.5 in 1964) and Kathy Wainwright (18:49.3 last year).

TENNIS—The Pennsylvania Lawn Tennis Championships in Haverford were won by ARTHUR ASHE of Richmond, Va., who defeated Marty Riesscn 6-2, 6-3, 6-3, and KRISTY PIGEON of Danville, Calif., who got by Vicky Rogers 9-7, 6-0.

TRACK & FIELD—Some of America's prime Olympic candidates began to show their stuff. JIM RYUN, running competitively for the first time since coming down with mononucleosis in May, ran a 1:47.9 half-mile in Flagstaff, Ariz. There were also some notable performances at the U.S. Olympic training site in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. TOM FARRELL lowered the American mark for 600 meters by half a second with a 1:16.5, and Ron Whitney was just three-tenths second behind him. And three-time Olympic Gold Medalist AL OERTER threw the discus more than 200 feet for the first time this year—205'10", to be exact. In Werdohl, West Germany, the women's world discus record was broken by LIESEL WESTERMANN, a West German, with a throw of 205'2".

MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As basketball coach at Michigan, JOHN ORR, 41, succeeding DAVE STRACK, 45, who was appointed business manager of athletics. Orr, an assistant coach for the Wolverines last season, was head coach at Massachusetts from 1963 through 1966. Strack had an eight-year record of 113-89, won three straight Big Ten titles (1963-65) and finished second in the 1965 NCAA tournament, losing to UCLA 91-80.

NAMED: As coach of the track and field and cross-country teams at Penn State, HARRY R. GROVES, 38, whose teams at William and Mary during the past 13 years won 230 meets and lost 70.

AWARDED: To the San Francisco 49ers, rookie Linebacker KEVIN HARDY of New Orleans, plus the Saints' first-round draft selection next year. These were the arrangements worked out by Commissioner Pete Rozelle to compensate San Francisco for the loss of End Dave Parks, who had signed with the Saints after playing out his option with the 49ers last season.

SIGNED: By MARTY RIESSEN, 26, a two-year contract to play professionally for World Championship Tennis Inc. of New Orleans.

TRADED: Pitcher DON McMAHON, 38, by the Chicago White Sox to the Detroit Tigers for another righthander, DENNIS RIBANT, 26. For McMahon, who had a 2-1 record and a 1.96 ERA this season, this was the sixth team he has been with in a major league career spanning a dozen years. McMahon, now strictly a reliever, has appeared in 610 games and has a lifetime record of 55 wins, 47 defeats and an ERA of 2.87. Ribant broke in with the Mets in 1964, was traded to the Pirates after the 1966 season and last year was sent to the Tigers. His 2-2 record this season left him with an overall won-lost mark of 24-27.

UNRETIRED: Kicker MIKE CLARK, 27, who had announced last week that his playing days were over. Clark was traded by the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Dallas Cowboys for a future draft pick.

RETIRED: ROOSEVELT GRIER, 36, a 6'5", 290-pound defensive tackle for the Los Angeles Rams, and BOB DEE, 33, a 6'3", 240-pound defensive end for the Boston Patriots. Grier, who played for the New York Giants for seven years before being traded to the Rams in 1963, sat out last year with a ruptured Achilles' tendon. He gained off-field prominence as a vocalist, guitar player and, most recently, as one of the men who helped subdue Sirhan Sirhan after he had allegedly assassinated Robert F. Kennedy last June. Dee, who began his career with the Washington Redskins in 1957, joined the Patriots when the AFL was founded in 1960 and had played in every one of the team's 112 games.

DIED: CHARLES (BABE) ADAMS, 85, who pitched 46 shutouts and had a 196-139 record with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1907 through 1926; after a long illness, in Silver Spring, Md.

DIED: British Driver CHRIS LAMBERT, 24, when his car crashed during a Formula II race in Zandvoort. The Netherlands.

DIED: DONALD C. LILLIS, 66, who became president of the New York Jets late in May when he and three partners bought out Sonny Werblin; of a heart ailment, in Westerly. R.I.