BOATING—DE COURSEY FALES, 74, skippered the equally ageless 34-year-old schooner Ni�a to victory in the Newport- Bermuda race (see page 44). Ni�a on corrected time became the first schooner since 1932 and first big Class A boat since 1950 to win this 635-mile biennial event. First across the finish line was A. Lee Loomis Jr.'s Northern Light, taking 80 hours 46 minutes 32 seconds. Other top finishers: Class A: Fales's Ni�a (with corrected time of 74:45:32), A. Lee Loomis Jr.'s Northern Light (76:12:44), Clayton Ewing's Dyna (78:52:08); Class B: C. W. Ufford's Gaylark (76:04:52), Rod Stephens' Mustang (77:46:18), S. A. Long's On-dine (79:09:40); Class C: Arthur Hughes's Lady Linden (78:03:36), Gifiord Pinchot's Loon (79:11:28), Henry Chance's Hirondelle (79:37:03); Class D: Van Alan Clark's Swamp Yankee (75:46:13), New-bold Smith's Reindeer (78:12:43), Danforth Miller Jr.'s Bllxtar (78:19:55); Class E: J. A. Mulcahey's Burgoo (75:24:38), Edouard Michel's Pherousa (76:19:20), John Robinson's Diablo (76:59:49).
The coast guard academy displayed skillful handling of both sloops and catboats to amass 337 points and win the North American intercollegiate sailing championships at Newport Beach, Calif. Harvard finished second with 294 points, the University of British Columbia was third with 292, but neither team ever threatened the future professional sailors from the academy. John Wuestneck, who led his team to victory, won the Robert M. Allan Jr. Perpetual Trophy with highest individual score of 179 points.
BOXING—HAROLD JOHNSON of Philadelphia retained his world light heavyweight title by outpointing West Germany's Gustav Scholz in a 15-rounder witnessed by 35,000 fans in Berlin's Olympic Stadium. There were no knockdowns in the first world title fight ever held on German soil. The 33-year-old champ dominated the fight by scoring mainly with hard left-right combinations to the German's body and won his 18th straight victory.
Flash Elorde of the Philippines gained a split decision over Auburn Copeland of Los Angeles to keep the world junior lightweight crown in a slow 15-round fight in Manila. It was Elorde's fourth successful defense of the title and his toughest. Copeland came out of retirement for the title bid.
GOLF—DOUG FORD stroked a par 72 on the last round of the $35,000 Eastern Open at the Mount Pleasant course in Baltimore to win by one stroke over Bob Goalby. Ford won his first Eastern Open in 13 straight tries when Goalby failed to sink a 15-foot putt on the last green.
Betsy Rawls of Spartanburg, S.C. won what is fast becoming a tradition in tournament golf—a playoff, this time sudden death—to take the $9,000 McAuliffe Memorial in Plainfield, N.J. Betsy started the final round two strokes behind Kathy Whitworth but shot a two-under-par 71 to tie her at 295. After both Betsy and Kathy bogeyed the first playoff hole, Betsy parred the second with a 12-foot putt, as Kathy, trying desperately to win her first pro tournament missed a three-foot putt and bogeyed the hole.
Kermit Zarley, in an all-Houston final, took the lead from the first green and trimmed his highly favored No. 1 teammate, Homero Blancas, to win the National Collegiate title in Durham, N.C. 5 and 4. The 20-year-old junior from Yakima, Wash. was one under par at the end of 32 holes and is the fifth Houston champion in six years.
Carol Sorenson, 19-year-old Arizona State University freshman, defeated defending champion Judy Hoetmer of the University of Washington 5 and 4 in the Women's Collegiate championship on the University of New Mexico course in Albuquerque. Carol, the daughter of a Janesvillc, Wis. golf coach, was two under par through 32 holes.
HARNESS RACING—STEPHAN SMITH ($14.10) took command in the stretch for an upset win in the $65,300 Good Time pace at Yonkers Raceway. Gene Sears drove the 6-year-old bay over the mile and a quarter in 2:31[2/5], only a second off his own world record. Favorite Henry T. Adios ran second by 2� lengths. In third place, 2 lengths farther back, was Vicki's Jet.
HORSE RACING—BRAMALEA ($39), owned by Mr. and Mrs. John W. Galbreath and beautifully ridden by Bob Ussery, registered one of the upsets of the year when she rallied in the stretch to beat Cicada by half a length and win the $120,125 Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont. Cicada, seeking the third jewel in the Triple Crown for Fillies, nosed out Firm Policy. Flaming Page, a Canadian lass, was a tired fourth at the end of the mile and a quarter. Time: 2:02[3/5].