BOXING—Argentina's CARLOS MONZON retained his world middleweight crown with a 15-round unanimous decision over Emile Griffith, in Monte Carlo. It was Griffith's second fruitless attempt to regain the crown he held twice before.
GOLF—KATHY CORNELIUS won the richest first prize in the history of the LPGA, defeating Judy Rankin on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff in the $100,000 Sealy-Fabergé Open in Las Vegas (page 84).
Tom Weiskopf won his second tournament in three tries, beating Lanny Wadkins by three strokes in the $200,000 Kemper Open in Charlotte, N.C. Weiskopf capitalized on the absence of JACK NICKLAUS, who beat him by two strokes in the Atlanta Classic the week before. The $30,000 first prize had put Nicklaus in the top money-winner's spot with $176,064. Weiskopf, with $87,100 in four weeks, is now fourth.
HARNESS RACING—SONGCAN ($3.20), driven by Jack Quinn, scored a 3-length victory over Modern Yankee in the $55,785 American National Stake for 4-year-old trotters at Sportsman's Park, Chicago.
HORSE RACING—LIFE CYCLE ($9.20), ridden by Laffit Pincay, finished 1¼ lengths ahead of Wing Out to win the $125,000 Hollywood Invitational Turf Handicap at Hollywood Park. Heavily favored Cougar II was third.
Knightly Dawn ($16.40), ridden by Jaime Arellano, won the $131,200 Jersey Derby at Garden State Park by a nose over Pvt. Smiles.
Tentam ($16.60), Jorge Velasquez up, won the $114,300 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont, by 1¼ lengths over Key to the Mint. The 1972 Kentucky Derby and Belmont winner, Riva Ridge, finished next to last.
LACROSSE—Overcoming stalling tactics, MARYLAND gained the NCAA championship with a 10-9 overtime victory over Johns Hopkins (page 26).
The newly selected 1973 U.S. Women's Team defeated Great Britain's Touring Team 6-4 at the USWLA National Tournament in Weston, Mass. The British finished 8-4-2 against American sectional and national teams.
MOTOR SPORTS—JACKIE STEWART tied the late Jim Clark for number of Grand Prix victories—25—as he drove a Tyrrell-Ford to the winner's circle of the 31st Monte Carlo Formula I race. Only 10 of 29 starters finished the 78-lap event, with Brazil's Emerson Fittipaldi in a JPS Lotus right behind Stewart. The winner averaged 80.96 mph and brought his season point standing to 37, four behind leader Fittipaldi.
In the seventh leg of the World Manufacturers Championship series, JACKIE ICKX and BRIAN REDMAN drove a Ferrari 312P to victory in the 621-mile race at N√ºrburgring. The pair averaged 111.8 mph for the 44 laps and the win increased Ferrari's point standing to 95 and its lead over second-place Porsche to 23.
Driving a Dodge, BUDDY BAKER averaged 134.890 mph to win his second consecutive NASCAR World 600 in Charlotte, N.C. and the $25,200 first prize. David Pearson, in a Wood Brothers Mercury, was second.
ROWING—WISCONSIN swept the varsity, junior varsity and freshman eights in the 71st Intercollegiate Rowing Association regatta on Onondaga Lake in Syracuse, N.Y. (page 90).
TENNIS—MARGARET COURT captured her fifth French Open title in 12 years, downing Chris Evert 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 in Paris. COURT and VIRGINIA WADE won the women's doubles 6-2, 6-3 over Fran√ßoise Durr and Betty Stove, while JOHN NEWCOMBE and TOM OKKER beat Jimmy Connors and Ilie Nastase 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 for the men's.
TRACK & FIELD—Olympian and former Notre Dame star RICK WOHLHUTER broke Jim Ryun's seven-year-old half-mile-run record with a time of 1:44.6 in the Vons Classic at Los Angeles Coliseum. The Chicago Track Club member who, like Ryun, fell during his heat in Munich, bettered Ryun's mark by .3.
Rick Wohlhuter continued his impressive performances with a 3:58.8 mile victory at the U.S. Track and Field Federation Championships in Wichita. JEFF BENNETT won the USTFF decathlon with 8,040 points, the highest total in the world this year.
At the Kennedy Games in Berkeley, Calif., KATHY SCHMIDT broke her American women's javelin record with a throw of 208'1". It was the third meet this season in which the Long Beach City College sophomore has bettered her own mark. AL FEUERBACH tossed the shot 71'1½", the fourth-best effort in history. Only Feuerbach and Randy Matson have done better.
Steve Prefontaine turned in the fastest time this year for the two-mile run with an 8:24.6 in Eugene, Ore.
NCAA College Division meet records were set in Crawfordsville, Ind. as NORFOLK STATE won its first title with 54 points, six more than runner-up Lincoln University. ROD MILBURN of Southern University broke the 120-yard high hurdles record with a 13.2 in the semifinals, the fastest time for that event this year. REYNALDO BROWN of California Poly SLO high-jumped 7'2", Norfolk State's ANTHONY HALL threw the javelin 258'7" and KNUTE HJELTNES of Western Maryland threw the discus 183'. STEVE RIDDICK, also of Norfolk, won three events, turning in a 9.3 for the 100-yard dash, a 20.6 for the 200 and anchoring the 440-yard-relay team to a 40.0 finish.
MILEPOSTS—INSTITUTED: By the United States Auto Club at a special meeting, several new rules stemming from the accident-ridden Indy 500 (page 30). Among the major changes, which should go into effect June 18, are reduced race car wingspan, from 64" to 55", and reduction of on-board fuel supply from 75 gallons to 40. Fuel will be carried on the left side of the car and the right side now must be filled with an "energy-absorbing" material. Also, the signal man stationed at the pit wall must remain at his post through the race.
NAMED: As vice-president and general manager of the ABA New York Nets, DAVE DeBUSSCHERE, forward for the NBA New York Knicks, effective June 1, 1974.
NAMED: As coach of the NHL New York Rangers, LARRY POPEIN, 42, formerly general manager and coach of the Providence Reds, the New York farm team. He replaces Emile Francis, who will retain his general-manager post.
RETIRED: Seven-time All-Pro Linebacker CHUCK HOWLEY, 36, of the Dallas Cowboys. A 14-year NFL veteran, he was Most Valuable Player of the 1971 Super Bowl. He suffered a knee injury late last season.
SOLD: The National League SAN DIEGO PADRES to a Washington, D.C. syndicate for $12 million, contingent on the Padres' ability to terminate their lease with San Diego Stadium and the unanimous approval of the National League club owners.
SWITCHED: Ownership and team name of the New York Raiders of the World Hockey Association. The new Golden Blades are owned by a 14-member syndicate.
VOTED: By the AAU, to recommend reinstatement of football great Jim Thorpe's amateur status for the years 1909 through 1913 including the 19th Olympics. Final decision rests with the AAU Board of Governors which meets in October.