AUTO RACING—JACKIE STEWART, in a Lola-Chevy, interrupted the run of McLaren successes in the Can-Am challenge series by defeating Denis Hulme at St. Jovite, Quebec (page 22).
BOATING—SORCERY, a new 61½-foot sloop owned by James French Baldwin of Locust Valley, Long Island, won the biennial Annapolis-to-Newport race with a corrected time of 68:15.39. Ted Turner's American Eagle finished second.
BOWLING—DON JOHNSON of Akron took his 13th PBA title by edging Mick McMahon 208-205 in the final game of the Seattle Open tournament.
CREW—The heavyweight UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON crew won the right to represent the U.S. at the Pan-American Games by beating a combination eight from the Vesper Boat Club and University of Pennsylvania on Onondaga Lake, N.Y.
FENCING—The Cziszar Club of Philadelphia upset the New York Athletic Club 5-4 to win the saber title at the U.S. championships in Berkeley, Calif. The NYAC, however, went on to win the overall team trophy 47-18.
FOOTBALL—CHUCK HIXSON of SMU, subbing for Heisman Trophy winner Jim Plunkett, tossed a 23-yard touchdown pass in the final seconds to give the WEST a 33-28 victory over the East in the 11th annual Coaches All-America Game in Lubbock, Texas.
GOLF—BOBBY MITCHELL, a 28-year-old Virginian, gained his first victory after six years on the tour with a 22-under-par 262 in the $150,000 Cleveland Open at the par 71 Beechmont Country Club course. In the last round Mitchell birdied the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 6th holes on the front nine and picked up two more birdies on the back nine to top Masters champion Charles Coody by an overwhelming seven strokes.
JoAnne Gunderson Carner, Rookie of the Year in 1970 and one of the longest hitters on the tour, ran away with the $33,000 U.S. Women's Open at the Kahkwa Club outside of Erie, Pa. with an even-par 288. The husky blonde from Lake Worth, Fla. was the only woman to finish near par. Kathy Whitworth was second, seven strokes back. Donna Caponi, seeking an unprecedented third straight Open title, tied for third.
Ben Crenshaw of Texas shot a final round seven-under-par 65 to win the individual honors and lead the Longhorns to their first team title in the NCAA championships at the Tucson National Golf Club (page 46).
HARNESS RACING—GALLANT MAN ($8.60), driven by Herman Graham, pulled away from Bang Hanover and Savoir in the stretch to take the race by a head in the $18,668 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for 3-year-old trotters at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
At Blue Bonnets in Montreal, QUICK PRIDE ($3.60), guided by Stanley Dancer, won the $30,000 Tie Silk on a rain-drenched track. Lansdowne finished second by half a length.
HORSE RACING—IRISH BALL, a bay colt ridden by Alfred Gibert of France, earned $149,688 for English Owner Emile Littler and $120,000 for holders of winning Irish Sweepstakes tickets by taking the Irish Derby at The Curragh, Ireland by three lengths. Lombardo finished second and Guillemot third. The favorite, Linden Tree, balked at the start and was one furlong behind before joining the chase.
Salem ($6.40), Jacinto Vasquez aboard, won the $56,500 Saranac at Belmont Park by a neck over Farewell Party.
Favored COUGAR II ($4.60), with Bill Shoemaker up, rallied to take the $125,000 Invitational Turf Handicap at Hollywood Park in California. Fort Marcy, the 1969 winner, finished second—by a neck—for the second consecutive year with Divide and Rule 1½ lengths farther back in third.
After an unspectacular start, favored RHEFFIC came from the rear of the pack to win the 103rd Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp by a neck. Point de Riz finished second and Valdrague third.
PARACHUTING—CLAYTON SCHOELPPLE, a member of the U.S. Army team, took the overall title for men at the national championships in Tahlequah, Okla. with a second place in style and a ninth in accuracy. The women's overall title went to SUSIE NEUMAN of Portland, Ore., who was fifth in style and second in accuracy.
TRACK & FIELD—JOHN SMITH of UCLA broke the world record for the 440-yard dash with a 44.5 clocking at the 83rd annual AAU championship in Eugene, Ore. (page 18). ROD MILBURN of Southern University bettered the 12-year-old world record of 13.2 in the 120-yard high hurdles with a 13-flat clocking in the semifinals and came back to take the finals with a wind-aided 13.1. SID SINK, NCAA champion from Bowling Green, set an American record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with an 8:26.4, equaling the eighth fastest time ever. MARTY LIQUORI logged his fifth sub-four-minute mile of the year with a sparkling 3:56.5, and DR. DELANO MERIWETHER won the 100-yard dash in a wind-aided 9 seconds flat. Local favorite STEVE PREFONTAINE won the three-mile run.
Kenya's KIPCHOGE KEINO won the 1,500-meter run in 3:36.9 at an international meet in Aarhus, Denmark, the fastest time in the world this year.
WEIGHT LIFTING—Poland's world title holder, VALDEMAR BASZANOWSKI, established a world lightweight record with a total lift of 992 pounds at the European championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. VASILY ALEKSEEV of the Soviet Union established three world records in the press, hoisting 496 pounds, in the clean-and-jerk with 507 pounds and in his total lift of 1,384 pounds.
MILEPOSTS—MODIFIED: The NBA's "four-year rule" that permits collegiate "hardship cases" to be signed up while still undergraduates. Like the ABA, which raided colleges at the end of last season, the older league now bases a case of hardship on what Commissioner Walter Kennedy calls "financial condition, family, academic record or lack of it and ability to obtain employment in another field." In other words, most restraints are off.
NAMED: JOE MULLANEY, recently fired coach of the Chamberlain-dominated Los Angeles Lakers, to head another club with a giant center, the ABA Kentucky Colonels, who welcomed 7'2" Artis Gilmore to rookie camp.
NAMED: LaDELL ANDERSEN, 41, Utah State University basketball coach, to head the ABA champion Utah Stars. Andersen led the Aggies to a 176-96 record in 10 years. He replaces Bill Sharman, who won his release from the Stars through court action after announcing his intention to seek the head coaching post with the Los Angeles Lakers.
NAMED: PHIL ESPOSITO, the Boston Bruins' record-breaking center, as recipient of the first Lester B. Pearson Award for the outstanding player of the year. The winner is chosen by the players in the NHL and the award is given by the Players' Association. Runner-up to Esposito was teammate Bobby Orr.
RESIGNED: EARLE EDWARDS, football coach at North Carolina State for 17 seasons. Edwards' Wolfpack teams won or shared five Atlantic Coast Conference titles, finished second four times and had an overall record of 77-88-7. Longtime defensive aide AL MICHAELS was named to succeed Edwards as interim head coach.
RETIRED: GAIL COGDILL, a wide receiver who played 11 years in the NFL with the Detroit Lions (1960-68), Baltimore Colts (1968-69) and Atlanta Falcons (1969-70).
REVERSED: The judgment of a lower court that had found Muhammad Ali guilty of draft evasion, by the Supreme Court in a unanimous decision.
SOLD: The NBA's SAN DIEGO ROCKETS, to a group in Houston for $5.6 million. The team, which will be called the Houston Rockets, will play most of its games in the new Hofheinz Pavilion at the University of Houston.
SOLD: Derby and Preakness winner CANONERO II, the colt who was picked up for a mere $1,200 as a yearling at the Keeneland Sales, to Robert J. Kleberg Jr., master of the King Ranch in Texas, for $1 million and other considerations.
SUSPENDED: ALEX JOHNSON, last year's American League batting champion, by the California Angels, for an indefinite period (page 12).
DIED: KENNY WASHINGTON, 52, halfback for UCLA and the Los Angeles Rams, of a heart and respiratory condition, in Los Angeles. He played in the same collegiate backfield as Jackie Robinson, set a Bruin three-year record (1937-39) by rushing for 1,915 yards and passing for 1,300 and in 1946 became the first black to play in the NFL in 13 years.