BOATING—FALCON II, a 45-foot sloop belonging to 76-year-old Detroit industrialist and former Olympic pole vaulter ('08), Clare Jacobs, beat a 104-boat fleet in the 235-mile Port Huron to Mackinac race, much to the delight and surprise of its owner, who had entered the race 19 limes with no previous hint of success.
BOXING—CASSIUS CLAY, the Louisville slugger, made his usual flamboyant prediction before a fight with Alejandro Lavorante in Los Angeles, calling for a kayo in the fifth. Good as his word, confident Cassius knocked out the big Argentinian in the fifth with a battering barrage of lefts and rights.
GOLF—GARY PLAYER, the compact South African with a liking for health foods, tenaciously held on to a slim lead through the final holes of the $72,500 PGA Championship in Newtown Square, Pa., to become the first foreigner to win the title since 1947 (see page 16).
HARNESS RACING—A.C.'s VIKING ($3.70) briskly stepped out in front of a field of nine to win the $105.423 Yonkers Futurity, first race in trotting's Triple Crown. Ably handled by veteran Sanders Russell, the 3-year-old bay led convincingly through most of the mile and a sixteenth, winning in a near-record time of 2:10 4/5 (see page 42).
HORSE RACING—BEAU PURPLE ($10.20) took the lead from the gale and held it all the way to win the $109,600 Brooklyn Handicap in the track record time of 2:00 for the mile and a quarter. Smartly handled by Bill Boland, the 5-year-old swept in 3� lengths ahead of Garwol, with Polylad third and favored Carry Back fourth. Carry Back earned $5,480 for his finish, which boosted him past Citation to third place in the ranks of the world's top money winners. He trails Round Table and Nashua.
Y Flash ($18) and Noti ($16.40) gave Owner-Breeder J. Kel Houssels a day to remember by winning both sections of the $102,100 Hollywood Juvenile Championship in Inglewood, Calif. The 2-year-olds earned a total purse of $138,200 for the Las Vegas hotel man. Y Flash, with Rudy Campas up, outdistanced the favorite, Space Skates, in the first race in 1:10 2/5 for six furlongs. Speedier stablemate Noti was 1/5 of a second faster, taking the second sprint under Eddie Burns.
Ahoy ($5.70), ridden by Herberto Hinojosa. proved to be the steadiest 2-year-old in the half dozen that raced for the $28,050 Great American Stakes at Aqueduct. Dr. Leon Levy's colt, unbeaten in four races, covered a sloppy five and a half furlongs in the respectable time of 1:04 3/5. The favorite, Near Man, was far back for most of the race, but closed the gap to half a length at the wire.
MOTOR SPORTS—JIM CLARK led all the way in the British Grand Prix in Aintree, England. The 26-year-old Scottish sheep farmer steered a Lotus through 225 miles at a dashing 92.25 mph. Clark is now one point behind Graham Hill in the race for the world driving title. Phil Hill's indifferent Ferrari, the only one entered by the famous Italian firm, broke down, and last year's champion dropped back to fourth place in the standings.
ROWING—ST. CATHARINE'S ( Ont.) upset a heavily favored Vesper Boat Club of Philadelphia in the eight-oared race in the National Championships in Buffalo. Rowing through a heavy rainstorm, the Canadian crew swept the 2,000-meter course in 6:22.3, a half length ahead of Vesper. The Detroit Boat Club successfully defended its team title with a close win over St. Catharine's, 96�-94.
TENNIS—DONNA FLOYD, 21, from Arlington, Va., a former national collegiate champion, pounced on Carole Caldwell, 19, of Santa Monica, Calif., 6-3, 6-1, to win the national clay-court women's singles title in River Forest, Ill. The women's matches were marked by upsets that saw all of the seeded players disappear before the semifinals. Darlene Hard, ranked nationally No. 1. lacking polish and control, lost to Miss Caldwell, 7-5, 6-4, and Wimbledon Champion Karen Hantze Susman defaulted with a thumb injury. The men's events were held up by rainstorms, but not before the top-ranked U.S. player, Whitney Reed, suffered a surprising first-round defeat by unknown Mike Belkin of Miami Beach. Later, Captain Bob Kelleher temporarily dropped the unpredictable Reed from the Davis Cup team, replacing him with Northwestern's Marty Riessen for the coming match against Mexico.