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A roundup of the sports information of the week

BOATING—Offshore Powerboat Champion DON ARONOW of Miami piloted his 27-foot Maltese Magnum to the 180-mile Hennessy Cup. He completed the distance in 3:16:02 off Long Beach, Calif.

Two first-place finishes, three seconds and a third led BUDDY FRIEDRICHS of New Orleans to victory in the U.S. Olympic trials for Dragon Class boats on Galveston Bay off Houston. Friedrichs totaled 14.7 points for the best six of the seven-race series, while second-place finisher O. J. Young, also of New Orleans, had 31.4.

BOXING—Two-time World Middleweight Champion and former Welterweight Champion EMILE GRIFFITH (56-9-0) gave his 22-year-old clownish opponent Gypsy Joe Harris his first defeat in 25 fights with a 12-round unanimous decision at The Spectrum in Philadelphia.

Houston's CLEVELAND WILLIAMS (69-6-1) missed breaking the heavyweight knockout record of 54 that he shares with Joe Louis, but he did win a 10-round unanimous decision over Canadian Jean-Claude Roy at the Sam Houston Coliseum.

CYCLING—Berkeley Wheelman Dave Brink sped over 230 rugged Colorado miles (Aspen-Vail-Leadville-Aspen) in a corrected time of 9:51:01 to win the Aspen Alpine Cup by 16:24 over Mike Carnahan of St. Louis. The two-day competition was considered an Olympic development race because of the high altitude (Independence Pass: 12,095 feet), with the trials scheduled next in Encino, Calif. on August 22-28.

GOLF—JACK NICKLAUS battled through a five-hole sudden-death playoff to finally win the American Golf Classic at the Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. The playoff, which included Lee Elder and Frank Beard, was forced when the three were deadlocked at an even-par 280 for 72 holes.

Peggy Harmon, 17, of Shelbyville, Tenn. won 3- and-2 over Kaye Beard, also 17, of Campbellsville, Ky. in the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship in Flint, Mich. (page 46).

HARNESS RACING—On his way to winning the first race in trotting's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds NEVELE PRIDE (page 44) easily breezed through the $150,000 Yonkers Futurity, taking it by 1½ lengths over Fashion Hill.

At Batavia (N.Y.) the next night, Stanley Dancer drove another of his prides, chasing after another of his hopes, but this time failed when New Zealand-bred Cardigan Bay missed in his bid to become the first Standardbred horse to earn $1,000,000. The 12-year-old pacer, with a lifetime bankroll of $989,571, finished fourth in the $25,000 Invitational, while GOOD TIME BOY ($4.80) was the winner.

Bye and large ($6.00, $5.40), racing in two one-mile heats, won the rich purse of $51,656 for Owner Lloyd S. Lloyds in the $93,920 Adios Stakes at The Meadows by scoring a head victory over his stablemate, Rum Customer, in the first dash and then pulled away by 4½ lengths from the same colt in the second, 90 minutes later.

HORSE RACING—A reversal of the first two positions, when favored Heartland of the King Ranch was disqualified for bumping, enabled Meadow Stable's GAY MATELDA ($5.40) to win the $56,800 Alabama Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Saratoga. Third place was taken by Miss Ribot.

Damascus ($2.40) boosted his career earnings over the $1 million mark ($1,060,431) as Braulio Baeza rode him to a two-length victory over Big Rock Candy in the 1[1/16]-mile $53,700 William duPont Jr. Handicap at Delaware Park.

National Anthem ($7), bred, owned and trained by Sidney Watters Jr. and ridden by Brian Hickey, came to form in the 2[1/16]-mile Saratoga National Hurdle to win his first victory in five starts this year by 30 lengths over Yale Fence.

MOTOR SPORTS—Californian JERRY TITUS drove his Shelby team Ford Mustang to a first-place finish in the 2½-hour Trans-American endurance championship in Watkins Glen, N.Y., as Mark Donohue of Media, Pa., who has already clinched the 1968 driving title, came in second with his Sunoco Camaro of the Roger Penske racing team.

David Pearson of Spartanburg, S.C. finished first, by a length, over Hoosier Charlie Glotzbach, in the Sandlapper 200 Grand National stock-car race at the Columbia (S.C.) Speedway.

ROWING—THE VESPER BOAT CLUB of Philadelphia accumulated a total of 110½ points to 103 for the Potomac Boat Club in taking the overall title at the National Championships on Orchard Beach Lagoon in New York. St. Catharines (Ont.) Rowing Club finished third in the standings, although its eight-oared crew stroked to a course record of six minutes flat for the 2,000-meter course and beat Vesper by nearly two lengths.

SOCCER—NASL: ATLANTA strengthened its hold on the lead of the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division by winning both its games. The Chiefs defeated Boston 2-1 on South Africa's Kaiser (Boy Boy) Motaung's spectacular sliding shot, then shut out Toronto 3-0. NEW YORK moved into second place (19 points back) after tying Boston 2-2, while WASHINGTON, dropping to third, played no games during the week. The Whips instead dismissed Coach André Nagy after a dispute with the management, naming Hicabi Emekli as his replacement. BALTIMORE also was idle and last-place BOSTON lost one, tied one. CLEVELAND remained the Lakes Division leader, splitting two games, and runner-up CHICAGO slipped farther behind (13 points) when the Stokers beat them 2-0. TORONTO played both Eastern Conference leaders, winning over Cleveland 3-2 but losing to Atlanta, while DETROIT rested in the cellar after being taken by San Diego. In the Gulf Division of the Western Conference KANSAS CITY stayed on top. The Spurs split two games that were both played in more than 90° heat before crowds of about 11,500. ST. LOUIS beat the leaders 3-1 in its only game. HOUSTON edged San Diego 2-1 with the aid of a wrong-way goal by Toro Henry Hill. DALLAS was not scheduled. Pacific Division leader SAN DIEGO lost two games before defeating Detroit 4-1, and OAKLAND entrenched itself in second place by scoring a fifth straight victory. The Clippers shut out Los Angeles 4-0, then slaughtered Vancouver 6-1. LOS ANGELES fell to the bottom of the division when VANCOUVER handed them another defeat in a 4-1 game.

MILEPOSTS—HIRED: To replace deposed General Manager Buddy Jeannette of the Baltimore Bullets, JOE SACHS, 34, who has served as a Republican campaign aide in Maryland. Sachs was named executive vice-president and will be in charge of business operations. "Decisions on playing personnel will be left entirely to Coach Gene Shue," said Abe Pollin, sole team owner.

HIRED: As coach of the Minnesota Pipers, the ABA's championship team, JAMES HARDING, 39, coach at La Salle College last year. He succeeds Vince Cazzetta, who resigned last month.

HIRED: As special assistant in the University of Tennessee's Student Affairs Division and as part-time assistant to the athletic department, RALPH BOSTON, 29, world long-jump record holder, and Olympic gold medalist, to begin his new duties September 1.

PLEDGED: To add a Negro coach to his staff during the upcoming year, Iowa State University Football Coach JOHNNY MAJORS, in hopes of meeting a demand of the school's Black Students Organization.

SIGNED: A record three-year contract with the Boston Bruins estimated at $400,000 by Defenseman BOBBY ORR, 20, who just completed two years with the NHL, in which he won Rookie of the Year honors in 1966-67 and was named to the All-Star team last year.

SOLD: For an estimated $2 million by Barry Van Gerbig and Associates, control of the NHL's OAKLAND SEALS, to Potter Palmer, John O'Neil and George Gillett, the owners of the Harlem Globetrotters, who hold interest in baseball's Atlanta Braves, football's Miami Dolphins and soccer's Atlanta Chiefs. The new corporation will be named Puck, Inc.

SPENT: A record total of $6,465,800 for 264 head at the Saratoga Yearling Sales (Page 48).

DISMISSED: By the New York Jets, 330-pound Offensive Right Tackle SHERMAN PLUNKETT, 34, after failing to reduce to Coach Weeb Ewbank's weight standards. Plunkett, a 10-year pro-football veteran, had asked to be placed on waivers in hopes that another team would pick him up.

DIED: LARRY (MOON) MULLINS, 60, starting fullback for three years under Knute Rockne, including the 1930 Notre Dame championship team—the last and greatest that Rockne ever coached; of cancer, in Chicago. It was Mullins who urged that colleges follow the one-platoon system, since "football is a game of ideas."