BASEBALL—NATIONAL LEAGUE held a 3�-hour draft session for new teams. Houston Colts and New York Mets, at Cincinnati. The Colts, leaning heavily to younger men, spent $1,850,000 for 23 players, picked Bob Aspromonte, Al Spangler and Paul Roof, added seasoning with Pitchers Sam Jones and Bobby Shantz, First Baseman Norm Larker. The Mets. looking for familiar names to draw nostalgic New Yorkers, paid $1,800,000 for 22 players, including old Brooklyn Dodgers Gil Hodges, Don Zimmer, and Roger Craig, but made a notable exception in selecting Cincinnati's temporary World Series hero, 24-year-old Elio Chacon.
BOATING—MRS. JANE SMITH, 32-year-old housewife accelerated her Class A stock hydroplane to an average 49.4 mph, won the New York-New Jersey competition and the national championship of the American Powerboat Association, at Madison, N.Y. The victory gave her 5,225 points, four more than Gordon McCrady, who finished second in the race and was runner-up for the national title.
BOXING—ALEJANDRO LAVORANTE, cutting a quick, wide swath through the heavyweight division (he beat Alonzo Johnson three weeks ago and knocked out Zora Folley and Willi Besmanoff earlier in the year) made short work of Gerry Gaines with a second-round TKO, at Los Angeles. Now fourth-ranked, he may have to postpone his November TV fight with Billy Hunter because his right hand was at least badly bruised in knocking Gaines down four times in the second round.
Ralph Dupas, the second-ranked but poor welterweight who recently filed bankruptcy proceedings, gained a small purse and a modest victory with a unanimous 10-round decision over Del Flanagan, at New Orleans.
Jorge Fernandez, 26-year-old Argentine welterweight, traded punches with Cecil Shorts for six rounds, bled furiously from a cut over his right eye, lost his mouthpiece, but won on a sixth-round TKO, at Madison Square Garden, N.Y. Fernandez is now negotiating for a title match with Champion Benny Paret.
Sonny Liston, leading contender for the heavyweight title, applied for reinstatement of his Pennsylvania boxing license. State Athletic Commissioner Al Klein indicated the request would be approved, enabling Liston, in all likelihood, to meet Germany's unranked Albert Westphal in a match scheduled for Philadelphia in December.
GOLF—MICKEY WRIGHT scored a 287 for 72 holes, won the $15,000 LPGA and her 10th tournament of the year, at Las Vegas.
Peter Thomson, Australian professional, put together par-shattering rounds of 64-65-69-69 to win the New Zealand Open with the record total of 267. Another Australian, Kel Nagle, was second, 9 strokes back.
Eric Monti broke a three-way tie with an 8-foot birdie putt on the second extra hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the $20,000 Ontario, Calif. Open. Monti, George Bayer and Bobbie Nichols completed the final round tied with scores of 277.
HARNESS RACING—ELAINE RODNEY ($8.10), despite an earlier break in stride, came on in the stretch and won the $32,324 United States Harness Writers' Trot at Roosevelt Raceway, Westbury, N.Y., by 1� lengths over Hickory Pride. Clint Hodgins drove the 4-year-old mare in 2:33 2/5 for the 1� miles, bringing her earnings to $224,489. APEX HANOVER, with Jimmy Arthur in the sulky, twice broke the Arden Downs, Pa. track record (2:07 1/5, set three years ago by Brogue Hanover) for 2-year-old colt trotters, by winning consecutive mile heats of 2:06 4/5 and 2:06. Henry T. Adios won the 3-year-old colt pace, and Air Medal the 3-year-old filly trot.