BOATING—Three hundred and forty entries got off to a staggered start in the 16th running of the Newport Beach to ENSENADA yacht race, but the finish resembled a log jam as 80 ocean racers tried to crowd all at once through a channel just wide enough for a dozen. When the battered and damaged boats were all sorted out, the 40-foot sloop Vela, skippered by Herb Riley and Fred MacDonald, was declared overall winner, with Ash Bowen's Carousel in second place for the second straight year.
BOXING—Middleweight PAUL PENDER, 32, quit the ring because of "the practically impossible situation of trying to solve dual claims ( Pender and Dick Tiger of Nigeria) to the middleweight title." The former Brookline, Mass. fireman also was miffed at the inability of promoters to obtain television rights for his scheduled bout with Joey Giardello. He leaves the ring with a record of 40 victories (20 KOs), 6 losses and 2 draws.
FLYING—"I'm coming home in the back seat of an airliner," said MRS. BETTY MILLER, after landing her Piper Apache in Brisbane at the end of the fourth leg of a record 7,000-mile flight across the Pacific. Mrs. Miller, 36, whose route followed in approximate reverse that mapped by Amelia Ear-hart when she disappeared somewhere over the ocean in 1937, set a new mark as the first woman to fly solo from the U.S. to Australia.
FOOTBALL—"I've had it," growled BOBBY LAYNE, "I just can't do it anymore." The colorful quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers, a 36-year-old veteran of 15 seasons in the NFL, says he is hanging up his helmet for good.
GOLF—Former National Open Champion JULIUS BOROS took the lead on the second day and kept it to win the $60,000 Colonial National Invitation tournament in Fort Worth. The 43-year-old pro shot a closing 1-over-par 71 for a 279 total and collected $12,000 first-prize money. The sum boosted his total earnings to $27,525 and fifth place among this year's money winners. Little Gary Player shot a blazing 67 to finish second with a 283 and leaped into second place in money winning, too, with $36,765. Jack Nicklaus, the leading money winner at $52,715, added $3,500 more with a third-place finish. Meanwhile, last year's winner Arnold Palmer ended up out of the money with a dismal 299 total—his highest score in the Colonial since starting the pro tour in 1955.
Long-hitting MICKEY WRIGHT, female version of "Jack the Mighty," shot a 3-over-par 75 for a 219 total to capture the $8,500 Alpine Civitan Open in Alexandria, La. Jo Ann Prentice missed a crucial 10-foot putt on the 18th hole and finished second, one stroke back. Rookie Patsy Hahn of Wilmington, Del., the first day leader, had to settle for third with a 222 total.
HARNESS RACING—In a field reduced by a virus epidemic (coughing horses) rife on harness tracks in the East and South, ROYAL RICK ($17.20) stayed healthy and won the $62,800 Good Time Pace at Yonkers. With George Sholty in the sulky, the 7-year-old pranced to a length-and-a-quarter victory over Henry T. Adios for his first triumph of the current season.
Brandywine Raceway in Delaware was so severely hit by the virus that racing was suspended for one week. During the 14 racing days at the spring meeting, 157 horses were scratched, betting was off by more than $3 million and attendance was down by more than 60,000.
HOCKEY—With the ice long since melted off the rinks the NHL was limited to handing out trophies. For a record sixth time Detroit Right Winger GORDIE HOWE, 35, won the Hart Memorial Trophy as "the player adjudged to be most valuable to his team." The trophy for the league's most outstanding defenseman, presented in memory of the late James Norris by his four children, including Chicago Black Hawk Co-owner James Norris, finally went to a Chicago player. Captain PIERRE PILOTE.
HORSE RACING—Jacnot Stables' COUNTRY SQUIRE ($5.40), with Wayne Chambers aboard, won the Preakness Prep and a probable starting position in the Preakness when he beat Rural Retreat by a comfortable three lengths. In the $24,500 Black-Eyed Susan co-feature at Pimlico NALEE ($5) edged Medici to the wire by a nose with Batteur third, a length back.