BASEBALL—Willie McCovey of the Giants and Johnny Bench of the Reds slugged the NATIONAL LEAGUE to a 9-3 win over the American League in the All-Star Game in Washington. Frank Howard and Bill Freehan hit homers for the losers (page 12).
BICYCLING—EDDY MERCKZ, 24, won the 56th annual Tour de France, pedaling the 2,556-mile distance in 116:16:01. He was the first Belgian to win in 30 years and the first contestant to win all three major categories: the general classification, the mountain prize and the green jersey—a symbol of consistency.
BOATING—Black-hulled DIAVOLO, a Columbia 50 sloop skippered by Peter Stern of Chicago, won the Class A and overall titles in the Port Huron-to-Mackinac-Island yacht race, on a corrected time of 48:29:17, as WINDIGO, a Grand Rapids entry, crossed the finish line first among the 200 starters. Don Snyder's FLYING JENNY of Port Huron and Bud Greiner's GRETCH II of Grosse Pointe won the Class B and C titles in the often-becalmed 235-mile race.
Frenchman JEAN-MARIE GUILLOU captured the 5.5-meter world yachting championships when he took first place in the seventh race at Sandhem, Sweden. Charles Shumway of Providence, who led in points after the sixth race, dropped out before the final event and lost his bid for the honors.
Thor H. Ramsing of Greenwich, Conn., sailing his 50-foot sloop SOLUTION, won the 42nd annual Edgartown Yacht Club Regatta off Martha's Vineyard. It was the regatta that brought Senator Edward Kennedy and his nephew Joseph to the island on the weekend that Mary Jo Kopechne was drowned. The Senator's boat, Victura, finished in ninth place in its class.
HARNESS RACING—According to Del Insko, who drove OVERCALL ($2.80) to first place by a head over Nardin's Byrd in the $25,000 Margaret Lloyds Memorial Pace at Roosevelt Raceway, "the finish came just in time," as Hodgen Special, Rum Customer and finally Nardin's Byrd made unsuccessful attempts to pass the season's best pacer. In his 11th straight win, which fattened his career earnings to $578,048, Overcall was clocked over the mile in a fast 1:59.
HORSE RACING—In the $117,280 Sorority at Monmouth, the season's first $100,000-plus race for 2-year-old fillies, 13 skittery entries jostled their way through the six-furlong race, as Jacinto Vasquez, one of the four jockeys flown in by helicopter from New York, guided BOX THE COMPASS ($8.20) to a one-length victory over Royal Crisis. Two foul claims were disallowed.
In the $58,300 Tidal Handicap at Aqueduct, gelding FORT MARCY ($7.20), with Manuel Ycaza up, overtook the pacesetter, Baitman, on the outside and won the mile-and-an-eighth race by half a length, with favored Hawaii third in a field of eight. It was Fort Marcy's fourth victory in eight races and boosted his season's earnings to $177,595.
Christiana Stable's Pit Bunny, who crossed the finish of the $59,950 Delaware Oaks at Delaware Park 1¼ lengths in front of King Ranch's GALLANT BLOOM ($3.40), was put down to second place when the foul claim lodged by Jockey Johnny Rotz on the runner-up was upheld, Shuvee, expected to pose a threat to Gallant Bloom in the 1‚⅛-mile running, straggled in fourth.
Park Top ($4.50), owned by the Duke of Devonshire and ridden by Lester Piggott, surged past the pack in the stretch of the $110,000 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot, finishing 1½ lengths ahead of Crozier. The bay, co-favorite in a field of nine, is the second mare to win this prestigious 1½-mile event.
MOTOR SPORTS—DAVID PEARSON, 34, became the first NASCAR driver to win more than $100,000 in two consecutive seasons when he gained his ninth Grand National circuit victory, the Volunteer 500, at Bristol, Tenn. in a Ford. In the 30th lap of the 250-mile race he narrowly missed joining a five-car pile-up, which eliminated much of his competition: Bobby Allison, Buddy Baker, Richard Petty (who took over as relief driver for Pearson) and Cale Yarborough. Bobby Isaac, driving a Dodge, was second, three laps back, and Donnie Allison third.
The killing pace and 88° temperature of Belgium's 24-hour Francorchamps forced half the 60 entries out of the race as Porsche 911s captured the four top spots. In the winner's car were drivers GUY CHASSEUIL and CLAUDE BALLOTLENA of France.
SOCCER—Ron Newman of the Dallas TORNADOS rammed in two goals against the Atlanta Chiefs during the first half of a North American League game in Atlanta, leading his team to a 2-1 victory.
TENNIS—ZELJKO FRANULOVIC of Yugoslavia, top-seeded foreign player, upset Arthur Ashe of the U.S. to take the men's singles title at the National Clay Courts Championship 8-6, 6-3, 6-4 at the Woodstock Club in Indianapolis. BILL BOWERY of Australia and CLARK GRAEBNER of New York beat Aussies Allan Stone and Dick Crealy 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. In the women's division GAIL CHANFREAU of Australia defeated Linda Tuero of Metairie, La. 6-2, 6-2 for the singles, then teamed with LESLEY TURNER BOWERY against Miss Tuero and Emily Burrer of San Antonio for the doubles title, 6-0, 10-8.
TRACK & FIELD—Americans monopolized the international track meet at Malmoe, Sweden, as John Carlos won the 100-meter dash in 10.3 seconds and the 200 in 21 flat; Bill Toomey took the 400 meters in 47.2; Carl Wood of the University of Richmond ran the 400-meter hurdles in 56.6, and Gary Powers of Los Angeles took the 110 hurdles in 13.9. John Pennel leaped 17'[7/10]" to victory in the pole vault, and the U.S. team won the 400-meter relay in 41.4.
Karin Balzer, 31, of East Germany, ran the women's 100-meter hurdles in 13 seconds flat, breaking the previous world record by .3 second.
MILEPOSTS—MARRIED: In Las Vegas, ART MODELL, owner of the NFL Cleveland Browns, to Actress Patricia Breslin, at the home of a friend.
INDUCTED: Into the National Baseball Hall of Fame: STAN MUSIAL, first baseman with the St. Louis Cardinals; ROY CAMPANELLA, catcher for the old Brooklyn Dodgers; and pitchers WAITE HOYT and STAN COVELESKI.
RETURNED: The ABA PIPERS to Pittsburgh, their original home, from Minnesota, where they moved last year in search of a larger audience and greener financial pastures. During the 1967-68 season at Pittsburgh the Pipers played before an average crowd of only 3,208 on their way to the league championship and lost $334,532. But out West they doubled their losses, and Owner Gabe Rubin, who signed a three-year lease with Pittsburgh's Civic Arena, announced that this time the move is permanent.
RESENTENCED: CASSIUS CLAY by Federal Judge Joe Ingraham to the original five-year prison term and $10,000 fine he received June 20, 1967 for refusing to be inducted into the armed forces, after unsuccessfully appealing his conviction on the grounds that illegally obtained wiretapped conversations given as evidence at his trial led to the judgment. Clay plans to carry the appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
DIED: At his apartment in Reno, KEN OVERLIN, 59, recognized as the world middleweight boxing champion by the powerful New York State Athletic Commission after he outpointed Ceferino Garcia in 1940. Less than a year later he lost the title to Billy Soose by a decision. In 12 years as a professional (1932-44) he won 127 bouts, lost 13 and drew seven.