BOATING—AMERICA'S CUP 12-meter candidates spent a week racing in the first series of observation trials oft" Newport, R.I., and on the sixth day the tally sheet read: Nefertiti, 5-1, Weatherly, 4-2, Columbia, 3-3, Easterner, 0-6, Ted Hood's Nefertiti thus emerged a front-runner, having dropped only one race, to Weatherly, skippered by Bus Mosbacher, after losing time on the windward legs in a strong wind. Interested bystanders included Australians Jock Sturrock and Archie Robertson, who will skipper Gretet, the challenger, in the September contest.
GOLF—BILL COLLINS, lanky Miami pro. stroked a par 72 in the soggy final round of the $50,000 Buick Open at Flint. Mich., to keep his one-stroke lead over Dave Ragan of Orlando, Fla. and win with a 284 total.
Paul Runyan, bespectacled 54-year-old pro from La Jolla, Calif., kept his world senior professional title by whipping England's Sam King, age 51,2 and 1, over a par-72 course in Prestwick. Scotland. Behind until midway of the final round, Runyan rallied with almost flaw less chipping and putting to overcome King, who was his opponent for the same title last year.
HARNESS RACING—HENRY T. ADIOS ($3) joggled along to the mile a disappointing fourth in an eight-horse field for the $50,000 H.T.A. Final pace at Yonkers; then, beautifully handled by Stanley Dancer, the 4-year-old pacer stepped free in the stretch to win by a length. Time for the mile-and-a-quarter distance was 2:31 4/5. Well Away was, but Driver Joe O'Brien couldn't quite get the California pacer to hold the lead and finished second. The winner brought $25,000 to Owners Dr. and Mrs. Nicholas Derrico of Pelham Manor, N.Y., making the bay colt's career earnings a tidy $295,667.
A. C.'s Viking ($6.50 and $3.40) didn't disappoint the 4,860 spectators who had made the colt a favorite for me $5,500 Historic-DicKerson Cup trot at Goshen, N.Y. Taking both mile heats in this warm-up for the big summer stakes races for 3-year-olds, the colt twice outdistanced Happy Newport, driven by Del Cameron. Canny Sanders Russell guided the winner, who is owned by Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Peterson of West Hartford, Conn.
HORSE RACING—DRILL SITE ($88) bore through a field of eight in the $113,900 Hollywood Derby for 3-year-olds at Hollywood Park for the first stakes victory of his career. Nimbly ridden by Ralph Neves, Drill Site took over from Admiral's Voyage in the stretch, completing tne mile-and-a-quarter distance in 2:00 and defeating the favorite by a head. Ralph Lowe of Midland, Texas owns the upset winner, who brought him $68,900 (Drill Site earned less than $30,000 in 15 previous starts), former jockey Johnny Adams trained him, and Willie Shoemaker bred him.
Beau Purple ($12.60) was another surprising winner (see page 50), beating Kelso in the $105,200 Suburban Handicap at Aqueduct. Trained by Allen Jerkens and ridden by Bill Boland. Jack Dreyfus' 5-year-old came in 2� lengths ahead of the favorite, who was ridden by Willie Shoemaker. His time for the mile and a quarter was 2:00 3 /5, a track record.
MOTOR SPORTS—DAN GURNEY, sandy-haired racing driver from Riverside, Calif., took 2 hours, 7 minutes and 35.5 seconds to get his Porsche through a twisting, 54-lap Rouen course of 219.5 miles to win the Grand Prix of France. He averaged 102.8 mph. Gurney took the lead on the 41st lap from England's Graham Hill whose BRM broke down going through a hairpin turn. Tony Maggs of South Africa in a Cooper was second, two laps behind Gurney. Notably absent from the Rouen course were the Ferraris and Driver Phil Hill. Brooding Enzo Ferrari had kept his cars home, perhaps for new engines, perhaps forever.
Glenn (Fireball) Roberts lived up to his popular nickname in his hometown of Daytona Beach Fla. at a Fourth of July observance called the Firecracker 250, a $25,000 NASCAR race which Roberts cherry-bombed with a cracking 153.688 mph average in a Pontiac. Wide open most of the way, he finished 12 seconds ahead of Junior Johnson of Ronda, N.C., also in a Pontiac.
Rune Svensson of Englewood Cliffs, N.J., with Co-driver Art Tattersall of Seekonk. Mass., took the lead and kept it for eight hours in the Little Le Mans endurance race at Lime Rock, Conn. Except for two of the 369 laps, the winners, driving a Volvo 122S, stayed in front over a mile-and-a-half course, averaging a smart 69.075 mph for 553.5 miles. It was a sweep for Swedish cars. Second, three laps behind, was another Volvo 122S, driven by Charles Cunningham of Brunswick, Me. and Jack Walsh of Haverhill, Mass., and third overall, first in FIA Class Five, was a SAAB, guided by Louis W. Braun Jr. of Pompton Lakes, N.J. and Hal Mayforth of Burlington, Vt.