Matastar trotted the second fastest mile in history, barely missing the world time of 1:55� set by Greyhound in 1938. The 4-year-old finished in 1:55[4/5] at a special time trial in Lexington, Ky.
HOCKEY—TORONTO opened the National Hockey League season where it left off last spring, beating the Black Hawks 3-1 in Chicago. In a rough game marked by 14 penalties, George Armstrong scored twice for the Maple Leafs, Bobby Baun once. Playing on the Toronto side was Left Wing Frank Mahovlich, for whom the Leafs refused a $1 million cash offer by Hawk Owner James D. Norris last week. The next game for Toronto was with Boston, but they were held to a 2-2 tie by the revitalized Bruins, who had opened at home with a memorable 5-0 win over Montreal. Hero of both games was Boston's 31-year-old, wide-as-the-goal rookie goalie, Bobby Perreault. Up from minor league Hershey, Pa., Goalie Perreault (5 feet 7 and 184 pounds) made a remarkable total of 70 saves for both games. Rookie Right Wing Rod Gilbert brightened the New York Ranger line with his adept passing, but the Rangers still lost two in a row, the opener with Detroit 2-1 and to Montreal 6-3, then upset Toronto 5-3. After their opening win, Detroit nervously scrambled to a scoreless tie with Chicago, which went on to play a 2-2 deadlock with Boston. The Wings beat Montreal 3-1 at home to take the NHL lead at the close of the first week's play.
HORSE RACING—NEVER BEND ($2.90) easily won New York's richest race, the $189,675 Champagne Stakes at Belmont. Running a mile for the first time, the Cain Hoy favorite performed effortlessly under Manuel Ycaza, leaving six other 2-year-olds Struggling eight lengths behind him for the runner-up position.
MOTOR SPORTS—ROGER PENSKE, 25-year-old Philadelphia sales engineer who designed his own sports car, a Zerex Special with a 2.7-liter Climax engine, beat an impressive international field at Riverside, Calif. Speeding smoothly through the 200-mile Grand Prix, Penske hit the long, fast straightaways at an average of 95.6 mph, while a gasping crowd of 76,400 watched. Wealthy Texas Oilman Jim Hall came in second in his Chapparal and Masten Gregory third in a Lotus 19 Climax. Graham Hill, the world's leading racing driver on points, dropped out with brake trouble. But the race was marred by a serious accident when Pat Pigott, 37, of Bellingham, Wash, spun out and was fatally injured. Earlier, Indianapolis "500" winner Roger Ward was hospitalized with a spinal injury after he went off the course in a practice run.
TRACK & FIELD—RON MORRIS, 27, Los Angeles College physical education teacher, cleared a lowly 15 feet 9 inches in the pole vault competition during the Japanese national meet in Omiya, but it was good enough to beat the world record holder, Finland's Pentti Nikula (16-2�), who failed to top Morris in three tries.
MILEPOSTS—REDESIGNED: NORANGO, the late Norman B. Woolworth's 153-foot steel luxury yacht built in 1959 for an estimated $1 million along lines that resembled a North Sea fishing trawler—but with air conditioning and wall-to-wall carpeting—into the not-so-posh Sea Search, an oceanographic research vessel based in Florida.
DIED: EMMET T. (RED) ORMSBY, 67, retired baseball umpire whose 19 years as a major league official had their occasional peppery moments, including one police rescue from the field that provoked the officers to publicly declare that it was their duty to assist the blind; following a heart attack, in Chicago.