AUTO RACING—MARK DONOHUE, in a McLaren, won the inaugural Pocono 500-mile race at the Pocono (Pa.) International Raceway by 1.6 seconds over Joe Leonard (page 18).
HARNESS RACING—Stanley Dancer won his fourth Yonkers Futurity, the first leg in trotting's triple crown, when he drove QUICK PRIDE ($8.60) to a nose victory over fast-finishing Savoir. "The wire didn't come quick enough for me," said Dancer after winning the $110,795 one-mile trot at Yonkers Raceway. Favored Keystone Hilliard was third, three-quarters of a length back of Savoir.
HORSE JUMPING—HARTWIG STEENKEN of West Germany, riding Simone, defeated Britain's Harvey Smith by two points, 11.5 to 13.5, to win the European horse jumping championship at the Aachen International Equestrian Tournament in West Germany. The UNITED STATES team won the Prize of Nations event over Britain in a jumpoff.
HORSE RACING—PRINCESS POUT ($10.60), Jean Cruguet up, won the $58,900 Sheepshead Bay Handicap for fillies and mares at Aqueduct by three lengths over Tanagra.
Le Pontet, a 6-year-old bay stallion, took the $116,390 Grande Course de Haies d'Auteuil in Paris, the world's longest, richest and most difficult hurdle race, by 2½ lengths. Ridden by Fran√ßois Bonni, Le Pontet covered the 3[3/16]-mile, 18-obstacle course in 6:02. Depou finished second, Next Time third.
I found gold ($9.80), Marty Fromin up, won the $12,000 WRLB Purse at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J. by three-quarters of a length over previously unbeaten Bold Reasoning.
ROWING—World champion ALBERTO DEMIDDI of Argentina took the Diamond Challenge Sculls at the Henley Royal Regatta at Henley-on-Thames, England, beating Jim Dietz of the New York Athletic Club. HARVARD ended a five-year losing streak by winning the Thames Challenge Cup for lightweight eights, holding off the fast-finishing Kingston Rowing Club of England. The Crimson also took the Wyfold Challenge Cup for coxless fours. The UNIVERSITY OF LONDON crew earned the Ladies' Challenge Plate by topping Trinity of Hartford, and England's TIDEWAY heavyweight eight won the Grand Challenge Cup by defeating Egypt's Cairo Police Rowing Club. A crew of British naval cadets from PANGBOURNE COLLEGE outrowed St. Andrews School of Middleton, Del. for the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup for schoolboy eights.
SOCCER—At the midpoint of the season the ROCHESTER LANCERS led the Northern Division of the North American League with a 6-3-4 record and 71 points, followed by the New York Cosmos with 61 points (5-6-2). In the Southern Division, the ATLANTA CHIEFS, the only team in either division able to beat both international teams, the Hearts from Scotland and the Lanerossi Vicenza from Italy, are solidly in first place with 85 points (9-3-2), while the Dallas Tornado trail in second with 62 points (5-3-5). The league's leading scorer, Rochester's Carlos Metidieri, has 11 goals and four assists for 26 points in 13 games. Mitko Stojanovic of Dallas, the top goalie, has allowed only two goals in 510 minutes of play.
TENNIS—EVONNE GOOLAGONG scored a major upset in the All-England Championships at Wimbledon when she defeated Mrs. Margaret Court of Australia 6-4, 6-1 for the women's singles title (page 14). In the men's finals, JOHN NEWCOMBE retained his title with a 6-3, 5-7, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over surprising Stan Smith of the U.S. It was Newcombe's third victory in the years and the 10th for an Australian in the past 12. ROY EMERSON and ROD LAVER took the men's doubles title by beating Arthur Ashe and Dennis Ralston 4-6, 9-7, 6-8, 6-4, 6-4, while ROSEMARY CASALS and BILLIE JEAN KING of the U.S. prevented an Australian sweep by winning the women's doubles title with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Mrs. Court and Miss Goolagong.
TRACK & FIELD—the U.S. men's team beat the U.S.S.R. 126-110 at the U.S.-Russia World All-Star meet at the University of California in Berkeley (page 20), as PAT MATZDORF broke Valeri Brumel's 1963 high jump record with a 7'6¼" leap. The U.S. women suffered a 76-60 defeat.
West Germany's FRANZ-JOSEF KEMPER, the European 800-meter and world 1,000-meter record holder, nipped Marty Liquori by four-tenths of a second with a 2:18.6 clocking in the 1,000-meter run at an international meet in Cologne. The following day, in Milan, Italy, Liquori ran the 1,500 meters in 3:36, the best time of the year for the event, as he beat Franco Arese of Italy, who set a national record with his time of 3:36.3. World record-holder Jay Silvester of the U.S. was upset in the discus by GEZA FEYEER of Hungary, who won with a toss of 209'4".
At the World Games in Helsinki, Finland, RALPH MANN of the U.S. won the 400-meter hurdles in 48.9, the world's fastest time this year, while JAY SILVESTER took the discus with a throw of 203'2½". Finland's PEKKA VASALA upset Kenyan Olympic champion Kipchoge Keino in the 1,500-meters, setting a national record with a 3:38.6 clocking.
MILEPOSTS—ABOLISHED: By representatives of the Davis Cup nations, the Challenge Round in the international tennis tournament. Next year, the defending nation will have to compete in the tournament from the first round, instead of playing just one match against the winner of the Interzone Final.
NAMED: To the U.S. Wightman Cup tennis team, which will compete against Great Britain in Cleveland on Aug. 21-23, Captain CAROLE GRAEBNER, JULIE HELDMAN, PEACHES BARTKOWITZ, KRISTY PIGEON, MARY ANN CURTIS, VALERIE ZIEGENFUSS and CHRIS EVERT. Not included were Billie Jean King, Rosemary Casals and Nancy Richey Gunter, America's three top-ranked players, who declined because of personal reasons.
PLANNED: For Chicago, a $55 million football Stadium seating 75,000 people to be built on the Lake Michigan shoreline within the next two years. Mayor Richard J. Daley, whose original idea called for a $218 million domed football-baseball stadium, announced that the stadium is to be financed by a bond issue, acknowledged that the Cubs and the White Sox had expressed disinterest in leaving their own baseball parks and invited Big Ten schools, Notre Dame, Army and Navy to schedule games in the new stadium. The Chicago Bears, currently playing at Soldier Field, have promised that they will play there.
RETIRED: Los Angeles Rams Safety ED MEADOR, 33, who first announced his retirement before the 1970 NFL season but agreed to play one more year at the club's urging. A 12-year veteran, Meador holds the Rams' career pass-interception record with 46 and was selected for the Pro Bowl in 1960 and '64-67.
SELECTED: For the U.S. Ryder Cup team that will face the British on Sept. 16-18 in St. Louis, JACK NICKLAUS, ARNOLD PALMER, LEE TREVINO, CHARLES COODY, BILLY CASPER, MILLER BARBER, FRANK BEARD, GENE LITTLER, DAVE STOCKTON, J. C. SNEAD, GARDNER DICKINSON and MASON RUDOLPH. It is the first time that Nicklaus and Palmer have qualified for the same Ryder Cup squad.
DIED: LEROY COBB, 21-year-old, 6'6" basketball forward, who recently graduated from the University of Southern California; following open-heart surgery in Houston.