Mickey Wright won the $7,500 Miami Women's Open with a 54-hole total of 220. Marlene Bauer Hagge, Mary Lena Faulk and Louise Suggs tied for second with 226.
HOCKEY—With two weeks left, MONTREAL started its final push, beat New York 6-1 to tie Toronto for first place, defeated Boston 7-5 to take a one-point lead, held on to it, after Toronto shut out Boston 5-0, with a 6-2 victory over Chicago. Montreal's Bernie (Boom Boom) Geoffrion scored his 49th goal, with three games left can still break Maurice Richard's 50-goal record set in 1944-45.
Canada narrowly won the world championships in Geneva (see page 22). Both Canada and Czechoslovakia tied with six victories and one tie; both scored 17 goals against top four opponents. Canada won the title by allowing only five goals to Czechoslovakia's eight. As a consolation prize the Czechs were crowned European champions. The U.S., defending champions, won their first game on the last day, beat Finland 5-2, wound up with one victory, one tie and five defeats.
University of Denver and Minnesota qualified to represent the West in the NCAA championships in Denver. To do so, Denver beat Michigan Tech 9-1 and 8-2 in the playoffs, while Minnesota beat Michigan 3-1 and tied 3-3 in the best total goal series. RPI and ST. LAWRENCE, both in the Tri-State League, were picked to represent the East in the championships.
HORSE RACING—DONT ALIBI ($12.40) swept down the middle of the stretch to win the $113,100 San Juan Capistrano Handicap at Santa Anita in a blanket finish over Prince Blessed and Notable II. Under Willie Shoemaker the Santoro Stable's 5-year-old ran the 1� miles over grass in 2:48.
Idolater ($4.40) and ROAD HOUSE ($4.40), after a furious stretch duel, finished in a dead heat in the $28,000 Bowie Handicap. The winners covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:45 3/5. Sammy Boulmetis up on Idolater, Sandino Hernandez up on Road House.
Tudor way ($3.70), in a warmup for Saturday's $100,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap, ran away to a 10-length victory over Nickle Boy in the $17,350 Appleton Handicap at Gulfstream Park. With Bill Hartack up, the 5-year-old son of Tudor Castle covered the mile and one furlong in 1:48 2/5.
MOUNTAIN CLIMBING—While hundreds watched through telescopes at the Alpine resort of Kleine Scheidegg, Switzerland, four daredevil climbers made the first winter ascent ever up the mile-high north wall of Eiger Mountain, one of the most dangerous and difficult climbs in the world. The climbers, Toni Hiebeler. Toni Kinshofer, Andreas Mannhardt of Munich and Austrian Walter Almberger, took six days to complete the ascent up the highest rock wall in the Alps. They spent each night in nylon sleeping bags, standing up and secured to the rocks with steel hooks and ropes.
POLO—CORNELL routed Yale 10-4 in the finals to regain the National Intercollegiate title in New York. Cornell's Ben Baldwin scored four goals, won the outstanding-player award.
SKIING—France's ski marvel GUY PERILLAT won the combined title of the famed Arlberg Kandahar at M�rren, Switzerland, to continue France's domination of international skiing (SI, March 13). Austria's Josef Stiegler was second, France's Albert Gacon third. West Germany's Heidi Biebl won the women's combined over Austria's Marianne Jahn.