the stoic from California, stroked a five-under-par 67 in the final round of
the $100,000 Thunderbird tournament on the Upper Montclair ( N.J.) course to win
golf's biggest cash prize. $25,000, and his second tournament of the season
(see page 16). Littler forged relentlessly ahead with six birdies to beat
newcomer Jack Nicklaus by two strokes. Nicklaus, who shot the tournament's
lowest round, a 65, the day before, was in the same threesome with the winner
but could not take advantage of Littler's brief faltering moments on the last
nine. Steady Dow Finsterwald came in third tied with Wes Ellis at 280, and
always-favored Arnold Palmer finished a miserable 35th.
Sandra Haynie of
Fort Worth won the Austin (Texas) Civitan Open with a 72-hole total of 289,
finishing one stroke ahead of Mickey Wright, who was just unsteady enough to
allow Miss Haynie, 19, to capture her first tournament victory since she became
a professional last year.
RACING—HENRY T. ADIOS ($3.20) set a new world record for the mile on a
five-eighths-mile track while winning the $121,500 HTA pace at Scioto Downs in
Columbus, Ohio. The brilliant 4-year-old, who had established the record of
1:58 1/5 only two weeks earlier, clopped home this time in 1:58 fiat, under
good handling by Driver Stanley Dancer. The rest of the eight-horse field all
finished in less than two minutes, making this one of harness racing's finest
RACING—JAIPUR ($7.70) barely nosed out Admiral's Voyage in a rousing finish to
the $153,300 Belmont Stakes at Belmont, biggest and last purse of the Triple
Crown (see page 14). Crimson Satan, developing a habit of finishing just behind
the leaders, did so again, taking third a length and a quarter in back of
Admiral's Voyage. Derby winner Decidedly couldn't go the longer (mile and a
half) distance, and pulled up in fourth, while Preakness winner Greek Money
ended up seventh.
22-to-1 shot, skittered around a seven-horse pileup at Epsom Downs to win an
English Derby in which the fallen caused more excitement than the victorious.
The seven—including the favored Hethersett—crashed to the ground when leader
Crossen tired, slowed down and caused Romulus, right on his heels, to stumble.
They both went down in front of the pounding 26-horse field just as it was
crowding into the downhill dash to Tatten-ham Corner. One horse. King Canute
II, had to be destroyed, and six jockeys were hurt in the 183-year-old Derby's
worst accident. Larkspur is almost a medley of racing traditions: Irish bred
and trained, owned by New York Businessman Raymond R. Guest (Winston
Churchill's cousin), and ridden by Australian Neville Sellwood.
($2.80), owned by Canadian Multimillionaire E. P. Taylor, won the $39,154
Canadian Oaks by a relaxing 4� lengths after taking charge in the stretch at
Toronto's Woodbine track. The filly turned the mile and an eighth in 1:52.
took command of the field in the traditional all-star game against the North in
New Brunswick, N.J., winning a rough-and-tumble contest, 14-4. Buddy Beardmore,
All-America midfielder from the University of Maryland, led the onslaught with
a goal in each quarter.
CHAMPIONSHIP in Chile went down to its last week with two South American
countries and two Iron Curtain teams still in contention. When attendance fell
far below expectations, officials hastily switched the schedule and promised to
let the home team play in the bigger Santiago stadium in the semifinals, if it
got that far. Thus inspired. Chile went out and licked the Russians 2-1. But
the schedule change apparently dismayed the West Germans, who would have been
briskly rerouted to smaller Vina del Mar. They slumped against a younger
Yugoslavian team, losing 1-0. Czechoslovakia, handed a stunning upset by a
scrubby Mexican team earlier (3-1), bounced back with a victory over Hungary,
1-0, and Brazil overcame England, 3-1. In the semifinals Brazil faces Chile and
Czechoslovakia plays Yugoslavia.
BALDASARE. 38, of Cocoa, Fla. set a world record—to be sure, no one had ever
done it before—by swimming the three-mile Strait of Messina from Sicily to
Calabria in three hours and 42 minutes, underwater.
HARD, the U.S.'s best woman amateur, displayed every bit of her championship
form in a brilliant show of mid-court volleying to quickly subdue Judy Tegart
of Australia in the Northern England grass court women's finals, a tuneup for
this week's Wightman Cup matches at Wimbledon. The blonde Californian brought
down Miss Tegart, who has embarked on a tennis tour of the world, in a quick
two sets, 6-3, 6-2. Top-seeded Margaret Smith, the Aussie powerhouse, was upset
in the quarter-finals—her first loss in nine months—by unknown Carole Caldwell
of Santa Monica, ranked No. 9 in the U.S. Mike Sangster became the first
Englishman to win the men's singles title at the tournament since 1949, as
Australia's awesome aces were busy taking surprising beatings in Barcelona.
Neale Fraser and Roy Emerson lost in the semifinals, Fraser to the surprisingly
agile Manuel Santana of Spain, 7-5, 6-4, 6-3, and Emerson to India's Ramanathan
Krishnan, 6-0, 6-2, 6-2. Santana went on to win, 3-6. 6-3, 6-4, 8-6, over
Krishnan. Aussie Rod Laver, however, was pressing on regardless, in a cooler
climate. He won the Norwegian open in Oslo, his fourth straight European title
this spring (he already has the Swiss, French and Italian) with a victory over
Jan Erik Lundquist. 6-1, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Then a few days later in Stockholm he
too lost, while trying for the Swedish championship.