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A roundup of the sports information of the week


BOATING—DON ARONOW of Coral Gables, Fla., former international ocean racing champion, won the $60,000 Bahamas 500 with The Cigarette, a 32-foot Cary Marine craft with Mercruiser power. Aronow, who narrowly beat Mel Riggs in Mona Lou, averaged nearly 65 mph for the 512 miles.

DOG SHOWS—CH. KISMET'S RED BARON, a 3-year-old Afghan hound, was judged best in show at the 35th annual North Shore Kennel Club event in Topsfield, Mass. It was the first victory for Red, owned by Mrs. Cheever Porter of New York and handled by Jane Forsythe.

GOLF—Muffin-faced ORVILLE MOODY, 35, of Killeen, Texas, a former GI and winner of Korean tournaments but never one in America, shot a steady last-round 72 to pluck the U.S. Open championship from a galaxy of wilting whizzes (page 18).

Defending British Amateur Champion MIKE BONALLACK of Thorpe Bay, England defeated Bill Hyndman, 53, of Huntingdon Valley, Pa. 3 and 2, at Hoylake. Bonallack, captain of England's Walker Cup team, is the first player since 1935 to win the title two consecutive years and the third to win four times.

Kathy Whitworth shot a one-under-par 72 in the final round of the $25,000 Patty Berg Classic at Sutton, Mass. to beat Sandra Haynie by one stroke with a 214. Miss Whitworth leads the women's tour in earnings with $22,775.

HARNESS RACING—NEVELE PRIDE ($2.40), driven by Stanley Dancer, trotted off with a $25,000 race named for his sire, Star's Pride, at Yonkers Raceway, N.Y. in 2:01.2.

HOCKEY—NHL: Convening in Montreal, the NHL reduced the maximum bend in the controversial curved stick but postponed hard decisions on future expansion, and in the annual draft did little to alter the status quo. The St. Louis Blues figured in some of the most active player movement, giving up the 1953 Rookie of the Year, little CAMILLE HENRY, 36, to the AHL's Buffalo Bisons in the "reverse" draft, and acquiring Center PHIL GOYETTE from New York. The Bisons also drafted Toronto's PIERRE PILOTE, 37, the NHL's top defenseman from 1962 to 1965 (at Chicago). The Black Hawks, who urgently need defensive help, picked up Goalie TONY ESPOSITO from Montreal. New York sold its iron man, Defenseman HARRY HOWELL, to Oakland and drafted tough-guy FORBES KENNEDY, the NHL's penalty leader, from Pittsburgh.

HORSE RACING—TELL ($5.40), ridden by Don Pierce, ran away from favored Jay Ray to take the $126,600 Hollywood Derby by 4½ lengths, covering the 1-mile in two minutes.

At Arlington Park in Chicago, favored PROMISE ($4.40), Bobby Ussery up, won the $55,200 Equipoise Mile—also by 4½ lengths—over Info.

HORSE SHOWS—TOM GAYFORD won the first Grand Prix of North America in Toronto, leading CANADA to a sweep of the first four places.

LACROSSE—The SOUTH beat the North 12-11 in the 28th annual College All-Star Game in Baltimore as Joe Cowan and Charlie Goodell of Johns Hopkins led the winners with seven goals and two assists between them.

MOTOR SPORTS—JACKIE ICKX of Belgium and JACKIE OLIVER of England won the 24 hours of Le Mans in a Ford GT40, finishing a mere 100 yards ahead of a Porsche 908 driven by Hans Herrmann of Germany and Gerard Larrousse of France (page 58). Another Ford GT40, that of David Hobbs and Mike Hailwood, finished third. Britain's John Woolfe was killed within the first five minutes of the race when his Porsche 917 crashed and burned.

Denis Hulme and Bruce McLaren finished 1-2 in the $50,000 Can-Am race at Le Circuit Mont Tremblant, Quebec, as they had in the season's first race at Mosport, Ontario, but reversed the order. Each again drove a McLaren M8B-Chevy. Britain's John Surtees was in the fight until he and McLaren collided and Surtees dropped out. Chuck Parsons and Lothar Motschenbacher of California were third and fourth.

The Mercurys of Cale Yarborough and Lee Roy Yarbrough collided on the final lap of the Motor State 500 stock car race at Michigan International Speedway, but Cale survived to win, at an average speed of 139.323 mph. David Pearson was second, in a Ford.

ROWING—PENN won its fourth straight IRA eight-oared varsity championship, finishing the 2,000-meter course on Onondaga Lake, N.Y. in 6:30.4, a length ahead of Dartmouth (page 54).

Harvard's varsity eight beat Yale by eight lengths in their annual race, the 104th, rowing the four-mile upstream course on Connecticut's Thames River in 19:37.2.

TENNIS—Australia's KEN ROSEWALL halted the upset streak of France's Pierre Barthes in the Wills Open championship, Bristol, England, with a 7-9, 6-3, 6-1 victory in the finals. MARGARET COURT defeated Billie Jean King 6-3, 6-3 for the women's title. In the Kent grass court championship at Beckenham, OVE BENGTSON of Sweden dispatched Tom Gorman of Seattle 6-4, 7-5 while DENISE CARTER, an 18-year-old from Los Altos, scored a 6-3, 7-5 upset over Australia's Kerry Melville in the women's singles.

The U.S.S.R. and RUMANIA scored upset victories over Italy and Spain, respectively, to gain the Davis Cup European Zone finals for the first time.

TRACK AND FIELD—Australia's RON CLARKE outran Jack Bacheler of Florida in the two-mile at the Orange County Invitational, winning in 8:30.0 and taking home the outstanding athlete award. In the same meet, Australia's Olympic 800-meter RALPH DOUBELL caught Felix Johnson of Prairie View A&M on the last turn to win the 880 in 1:47.8, and OTIS BURRELL won the high jump at 7'2¼". In the seventh annual USTFF championships at Lexington, Ky., CURTIS MILLS of Texas A&M won the 440 in 46.1, RICHMOND FLOWERS took the 120-yard high hurdles in 13.7 and MARK MURRO won the javelin with a 280'2" throw for a meet record. It was Murro's second-best toss; he is awaiting confirmation of an American record of 292'8". Earlier in the week, in Leicester, England, MARIA GOMMERS of The Netherlands set a world mile record for women with a time of 4:36.8. She already holds the record for the 1,500 meters, at 4:15.0.

In Budapest, ROMUALD KLIM of the U.S.S.R. threw the hammer a world-record 244'6", breaking the former mark by 2'6".

MILEPOSTS—HONORED: By Queen Elizabeth II on her birthday list, ROBIN KNOX-JOHNSTON, the latest Briton to sail solo around the world (C.B.E.), cricketer BASIL d'OLIVEIRA (O.B.E.) and footballer BOBBY CHARLTON (O.B.E.).

TRADED: By the Dallas Cowboys to the New York Giants, PETE GENT, 26, for an undisclosed draft choice. A five-year veteran at flanker, Gent played out his option last season after losing his starting role to Lance Rentzel.

RETIRED: BOB SKORONSKI, 35, captain of the Green Bay Packers' offensive team; to run his school supply business full-time. An 11-year Packer veteran, Skoronski had played both center and left tackle. He is the third Packer interior lineman to retire this year.

DIED: JOE ENGEL, 76, one of the last of baseball's major minor-leaguers; in Chattanooga. A so-so big-league pitcher who later figured in the scouting and signing of Babe Ruth, Joe Cronin and Bucky Harris, Engel bossed the Chattanooga Lookouts of the Southern Association from 1930 to 1965 and earned his niche in showbiz by trading a shortstop for a 25-pound turkey.