ARCHERY—As expected, the UNITED STATES won both the men's and women's team titles at the four-day world championships in Helsinki, but the totally unexpected occurred when VICTORIA COOK of Minneapolis finished in first place ahead of teammate Nancy Vonderheide, who has made archery her private property over the last two years as she won 16 straight championships (see page 40).
Charles Sandlin of Oak Brook, Ariz, took the men's title, with teammates Joe Thornton and David Keaggy Jr. finishing second and third, respectively. In the men's team standings France was second. 570 points back at 6,317, with Sweden third at 6,312, while in the women's division Finland was runner-up, 98 points behind at 6,410, and Britain's markswomen came in third with 6,087.
BASKETBALL—Veteran forecourt man CLYDE LOVELLETTE, 33, who has been practicing a fast draw with a six-shooter for years (SI, Dec. 11, 1961) hopes to make it more than a hobby. The 6-foot-9 Boston Celtic player filed for the Republican nomination for sheriff of Jefferson County, Mo.
In another off-court move Los Angeles Laker star ELGIN BAYLOR signed a contract with producer Hall Bartlett to make his movie debut in A Global Affair—a comedy starring Bob Hope. Baylor, for years one of the NBA's top scorers, will depict a Nigerian delegate to the United Nations.
BOATING—Three-time Mallory Cup winner HARRY (Buddy) MELGES of Lake Geneva, Wis. finished first twice, second once, third once and fifth twice to capture top place in the North American Flying Dutchman championships at Lavallette, N.J. Norman Freeman of Ithaca, N.Y. breezed in second, with Paul Henderson of Toronto third and former champion Pat Duane of Delray Beach, Fla. fourth.
Although wind snapped the mast of SCOTT ALLAN's boat in the fifth and final race, the 17-year-old youngster from San Marino, Calif. had finishes of 3-4-1-1 for 6,913 points to win his second straight Snipe Class national junior title on Fort Worth's Eagle Mountain Lake. Dan Flaherty, 16, of Clearwater, Fla., competing in his first national championship, finished a close second with 6,841 points.
The cutter Blitzen of Milwaukee, winner of the Chicago to Mackinac race, was the first to cross the finish line of the 235-mile Port Huron to Mackinac contest. On corrected time, however, she was three hours behind overall winner and class B entry, Robin, a 40-foot cutter skippered by Jim Smalley of Shabbona. Ill. Other winners: class A, Apache of Detroit; class C, Albacore of Detroit; class D, Vero of Chicago; class E, Crusader of Detroit.
GOLF—Shooting the lowest round in the $57,200 Western Open, PGA champion and SPORTS ILLUSTRATED golf tipster Jack Nicklaus carded a five-under-par 66 to rally from seven strokes back and tie with Arnold Palmer, whose practice of his preachments as author of SI's My Game and Yours (see page 28) have made him this year's leading money winner. Meanwhile, U.S. Open titleholder Julius Boros made up six strokes to leave the three of them knotted at 280 after 72 holes. Sam Snead, 51, who was tied with Palmer entering the final round, came close to being the oldest man ever to take a PGA tournament, but he shot a closing 75 to share fourth place with Charley Sifford. In the 18-hole playoff among the top three money winners (Palmer, $85,955; Nicklaus, $75,140; and Boros, $65,546), PALMER took the lead on the first hole and just held on to win the $11,000 with a one-under-par 70, beating Boros by one stroke and Nicklaus by three.
Taking the lead on the second hole, 26-year-old JUDY BELL of Colorado Springs, Colo, easily defeated four-time Wisconsin state champion Carol Sorenson 3 and 1 to claim her first Trans-Mississippi title in Denver.
HARNESS RACING—Overwhelming favorite Su Mac Lad suffered a quarter crack (split hoof) and limped home fifth in the $25,000 Challenge Cup Trot at Roosevelt Raceway while 56-to-1 longshot ELAINE RODNEY ($113.30) with John Chapman in the sulky, collected first prize of $7,500 by a skimpy nose victory over France's Martini II. Duke Rodney finished third, a nose behind the runner-up.