AUTO RACING—Albuquerque's AL UNSER followed up his Indy 500 victory with a narrow win over teammate Joe Leonard in the Rex Mays 300 at Milwaukee.
BASKETBALL—If BILL SHARMAN bought a round-trip ticket when the Stars moved from Los Angeles to Utah, he may now be able to use the other half. Sharman is a prime candidate to coach the Los Angeles Lakers, replacing JOE MULLANEY, who was removed. The Stars, ABA champions, have filed suit against Sharman for $5 million, alleging that he would break his contract.
BOATING—To end an America's Cup impasse, the New York Yacht Club named the Royal Thames Yacht Club of England as challenger-of-record for the next series and postponed it from 1973 to 1974. The Britons will conduct elimination trials off Newport between their contender and one 12-meter each from France, Australia and Canada.
BOXING—JOSÉ NAPOLES scored an eighth-round knockout over welterweight champion Billy Backus to regain his world title (page 22).
Light heavyweight VICENTE PAUL RONDON of Venezuela knocked out Piero del Papa of Italy at 2:30 of the first round of a 15-round bout in Caracas, Venezuela to retain the World Boxing Association version of the championship.
CHESS—BOBBY FISCHER of the U.S. completed his series with Mark Taimanov of the Soviet Union by taking his sixth straight game. Fischer now meets BENT LARSEN of Denmark, who earlier defeated Wolfgang Uhlmann of East Germany 5½-3½. In other quarter-finals leading to a world title challenge, TIGRAN PETROSIAN of the U.S.S.R. had already defeated Robert H√ºbner of West Germany when H√ºbner defaulted while trailing 4-3, and Russia's VIKTOR KORCHNOI beat his countryman Yefim Geller 5½-2½.
GOLF—GARDNER DICKINSON, 43-year-old tour veteran, survived a sudden-death playoff in the hot, hilly and humid Atlanta Golf Classic to take the $25,000 first prize from Jack Nicklaus. Nicklaus and Dickinson were tied at 13 under par at the end of regulation play, and Nicklaus bogeyed the first extra hole by missing a 2½-foot putt. Dickinson parred the hole.
Kathy Whitworth won her fourth Lady Carling Open with a nine-under par 210, six strokes ahead of Jane Blalock on the Pine Ridge municipal course in Baltimore. Margie Masters and Mary Mills tied for third. It was the 57th career victory for Miss Whitworth, the all-time women's money winner. She carded three sub-par rounds.
Steve Melnyk, former U.S. amateur champion, defeated Jim Simons 3 and 2 in the 36-hole final to become the first American since 1967 to win the British Amateur, at Carnoustie, Scotland (page 65).
GYMNASTICS—Favorite YOSHIAKI TAKEI, of Japan, twice an AAU all-round champion, took only one first place—in the parallel bars—at the World Cup championships at Miami Beach for a poor seventh place. Swiss national team captain PETER ROHNER won the overall men's title. KATHY RIGBY of Long Beach, Calif. won gold medals in balance-beam, vaulting, floor exercise and uneven parallel bars, for an unprecedented total of 38.35 of a possible 40.
HARNESS RACING—LAVERNE HANOVER ($4.20) and Rum Customer gave the Billy Haughton Stable a one-two finish in the $100,000 Martin Tananbaum International at New York's Yonkers Raceway. The veteran George Sholty drove the winner to a 2½-length margin over the Haughton-driven Rum Customer.
Albatross ($2.80) won his third straight stakes with a 2½-length victory in the $50,000 Battle of the Brandywine at Wilmington, Del. Stanley Dancer drove the winner in ahead of Nansemond and Dexter Hanover.
HORSE RACING—A record crowd of 81,036, who had come to see Canonero II go for the Triple Crown, witnessed the surprise victory of PASS CATCHER ($71) in the $162,850 Belmont Stakes. Ridden by Walter Blum, he crossed the finish line three-quarters of a length ahead of Jim French, with Bold Reason next and the Venezuelan horse fourth (page 18).
Tunex ($10.20) of the Hobeau Farm, the "wrong" part of a two-horse entry, won the $121,600 Metropolitan Mile at Belmont Park, beating Protanto by a nose.
Bold reasoning ($4) captured the $134,400 Jersey Derby at Garden State Park by half a length over Pass Catcher. Twist The Axe was third. Eastern Fleet fourth.
American-bred MILL REEF, owned by Paul Mellon, came out of the pack in the final furlong to win the 192nd running of the Epsom Derby, two lengths ahead of an English colt, Linden Tree. France's Irish Ball finished third.
LACROSSE—CORNELL turned back Maryland 12-6 in the inaugural NCAA championship at Hofstra Stadium on Long Island (page 58). Al Rimmer scored six goals for the Big Red, and Goalie Bob Buhmann made 22 saves.
TENNIS—EVONNE GOOLAGONG, the 19-year-old Australian prodigy, defeated Helen Gourlay, also of Australia, 6-3, 7-5 for the French Open crown in Paris. Miss Goolagong is the first woman to win the French title on her first attempt since the late Maureen Connolly in 1953. The men's championship went to JAN KODES of Czechoslovakia, for the second consecutive year, 8-6, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 over Ilie Nastase of Rumania. FRANCOISE DURR and GAIL CHANFREAU of France took the doubles title—also a repeat performance—from Miss Gourlay and Kerry Harris of Australia, 6-4, 6-1. Arthur Ashe and Marty Riessen beat Tom Gorman and Stan Smith 6-8, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 11-9.
TRACK & FIELD—JORMA KINNUNEN of Finland threw the javelin 288 feet at the Kennedy Games in Berkeley, Calif.—the longest throw in the world this year. DORIS BROWN of Seattle set an American record of 4:41.3 in the mile at the Northwest Women's AAU meet in Tacoma, Wash.
MILEPOSTS—APPOINTED: As head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, FRED SHERO, a veteran minor league coach, to replace Vic Stasiuk.
Marv Harshman, head basketball coach at Washington State University, to the same post at the University of Washington. He succeeds Tex Winter, who left to coach the NBA's San Diego Rockets.
DISCIPLINED: DAVE HILL, by the PGA Tournament Players Division, which placed him on probation for one year. Hill was recently fined $500 for "conduct unbecoming a professional golfer" and responded by filing suit against the PGA. His probationary status means that further incidents could bar him from tournament play.
RETIRED: BAILEY HOWELL, 12-year pro basketball veteran, with a career of 18.7 points per game. Howell, from Mississippi State, broke into the NBA with the Detroit Pistons and afterward played for Baltimore, Boston and Philadelphia.
Personality, the 1970 3-year-old thoroughbred champion, who last year won the Wood Memorial, Preakness, Jersey Derby, Jim Dandy and Woodward. He will go to stud at Gainesway Farm in Lexington, Ky.
SCHEDULED: A 12-round fight between MUHAMMAD ALI, former heavyweight champion, and JIMMY ELLIS, former World Boxing Association champion, on July 26 in the Astrodome.