Ralph Dupas, 12-round decision over 2nd-ranked welterweight Rudell Stitch, Sydney, Australia.
BRIDGE—FRANCE won men's title when Spingold Two held challenging Britain to draw; UNITED ARAB REPUBLIC, women's title, Olympiad world tournament, Turin, Italy (see page 26).
CHESS—MIKHAIL TAL, brash young (23) Latvian, forced draw in 21st game, pushed lead to 12�-8�, successfully concluded his two-month-long challenge for Mikhail Botvinnik's world title, Moscow.
GOLF—JERRY BARBER, Los Angeles, finished with dazzling 67 for 268 total, won Tournament of Champions and $10,000, Las Vegas.
Wiffi Smith, St. Clair, Mich., Peach Blossom Open, with 212 for 54 holes, Spartanburg, S.C. COBBY WARE, Georgia, with pressure 67 on last 18 holes, tied LSU's Don Essig at 283, was awarded title when Essig passed up playoff to make plane schedule, Southern Intercollegiates, Athens, Ga. Team champion: LSU, with 573.
Army, Eastern Intercollegiate title, with 754, Pittsburgh. Runner-up and Ivy League champion: Penn, with 757.
HARNESS RACING—MESSENGER STAKES, first of triple crown pacing events, fleshed out 11-horse field in mile trials at Roosevelt Raceway. Surprisingly enough, Major Goose (2:02 1/5) and Betting Time (2:03 2/5) finished on top in respective divisions, put favored Bright Knight on notice for Saturday's $142,786 pace for 3-year-olds. The ladies, too, got ready for Friday's $26,972 Lady Maud, filly counterpart of Messenger. Billy Haughton-trained Hodge Podge and Rapid Transit stepped out handsomely in trials, became generally regarded as sidewheelers to beat.
HOCKEY—NHL continued to hand out postseason goodies to its stars. Latest to receive awards worth $1,000 each: Detroit's Gordie Howe, voted Hart Trophy as most valuable player—for fifth time; Montreal's rough-tough Doug Harvey, named outstanding defenseman and winner of James Norris Memorial Trophy—also for fifth time.
HORSE RACING—VENETIAN WAY, under expert hands of Bill Hartack, strode resolutely away from Bally Ache to win $158,950 Kentucky Derby by 3� lengths at Churchill Downs (see page 21).
Make Sail, Harry Guggenheim's lightly campaigned 3-year-old filly stirred up own breeze with late speed, finished neck in front of Quaze to give owner second straight win in $40,550 Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs.