Cicada ($3.20), with a daring Ismael Valenzuela directing, squeezed herself space along the rail, then forced her way into the lead to win the $80,700 Spin-away Stakes at Saratoga by a neck over George D. Widener's Pontivy. The 2-year-old filly sprinted the six furlongs in a speedy 1:12, fastest time for the stakes in over 10 years.
Shirley Jones ($8.80), carrying top weight of 124 pounds, began to hustle after the stretch turn, came home winner of the $46,600 Arlington Matron Handicap by 1� lengths over Call Card. The filly, owned by James O. McCue and ridden by Howard Grant, ran the mile and a furlong in 1:48, a record for the Matron.
MODERN PENTATHLON—IGOR NOVIKOV, 32-year-old Russian schoolteacher, scored a record 5,217 points in the five events (fencing, shooting, horseback riding, swimming, cross-country running) of the world championships in Moscow, won for the fourth time. Russia took the team title. Hungary was second, the U.S. third.
SHOOTING—STEVE BARRINGER of Russell, Kans. broke 99 out of 100. outshot more than 2,300 of the country's top marksmen to win the Grand American Handicap at the national trapshooting championships in Vandalia. Ohio. JOE HIESTAND of Hillsboro, Ohio, broke 98 out of 100 to win the doubles (simultaneous targets) title for the fourth time. TONY BIAGI of Highland Park, III., after breaking 200 straight, shot a record-breaking 325 straight in a shootoff against Dan Orlich of Reno, to win the North American clay target title.
At Camp Perry, Ohio, Army Sergeant ALFRED FALCON of Wheaton, III. and Navy PO 1/C Charles Bover of Brattleboro. Vt. each shot a 248 out of a possible 250, but Falcon, who placed half his shots in the V ring within the bull's-eye, won the national individual rifle title.
SWIMMING—After first losing and then winning a meet in Holland, the current top crop of touring U.S. girl swimmers crossed the Channel for a meet in London, where five of the U.S. team promptly came down with enteritis. Doubling up, the U.S. won anyway 90-74, and set two world records while tying a third. After Becky Collins swam the 220-yard butterfly in 2:33.6 to lower her own world mark, Donna de Varona did the 440-yard individual medley in 5:37.9, cutting more than two seconds off the world record, and Carolyn Wood did the 110-yard butterfly in 1:10, to equal the pending world record.
Chet Jastremski of Indianapolis, who set two world records at the national outdoor championships the week before, set two more at the San Joaquin Valley championship in Fresno, Calif. when he swam the 110-yard breaststroke in 1:09.6 and the 220-yard breaststroke in 2:34.1. Ted Stickles of San Mateo, Calif. also set a world record with 4:57.1 in the 440-yard individual medley as did Mike Mealiffe with 1:00.2 in the 110-yard butterfly.
WATER SKIING—SYLVIE HULSEMANN, 17, of Luxembourg edged out Defending Champion Vicki Van Hook of Long Beach, Calif. to win the women's over-all title at the world championships at Long Beach. Sylvie had 2,911 points to Vicki's 2,830. BRUNO ZACCADI of Italy won the men's over-all title while LARRY PENACHO, 17, of San Diego soared 150 feet 8 inches to set an international record in men's jumping (old record: 127 feet). The U.S. won the team championship, with France second.
MILEPOST—DIED: DR. DEXTER W. DRAPER, 80, University of Pennsylvania tackle who made the Walter Camp All-America as a junior in 1908, in Lancaster. Pa.