HORSE RACING—Thomas S. Nichols' TONA ($45.80), with Mike Sorrentino aboard, held on to win the $57,400 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga by a dwindling nose over fast-closing favorite Lamb Chop, as Prodana Neviesta, who had trailed through most of the 1� miles, came well in the stretch and finished third.
In an exhibition mile at Saratoga, Jack Price's Carry Back, returning to the track after a busy season at stud, stayed even for half a mile before Chateaugay pulled away to win by five lengths.
Bounding main ($74.80), under Jimmy Nichols, slipped through in the stretch and won the $56,800 Arlington Park Handicap. Favored Hellenic Hero, with Willie Shoemaker, finished second, but Ray Broussard on B. Major (who ran third) claimed interference, and the placings were reversed.
Prince O'Pilsen ($9), with Wayne Chambers aboard, took command in the stretch and went on to win the $29,500 Ventnor Turf Handicap in Atlantic City by 4� lengths. Favored Hot Dust finished second by a nose over Terminator.
SHOOTING—At Camp Perry, Ohio, Army Sergeant WILLIAM BLANKENSHIP JR. of Columbus, Ga. fired an aggregate score of 2,654 points out of a possible 2,700, shattering his own mark of 2,636 set in 1960, and became the first man to win four straight national pistol championships. GAIL LIBERTY, an Air Force nurse, fired a total of 2,553 to successfully defend her women's pistol title.
SWIMMING—At the AAU outdoor men's swimming and diving championships in Oak Park, Ill., DON SCHOLLANDER, 17, anchored the Santa Clara Swim Club 800-meter freestyle-relay team to a world record of 8:07.6, broke the listed world 200-meter freestyle mark with a 1:59 clocking (he has a time of 1:58.8 pending), took the 400-meter freestyle and finished second to ROY SAARI in the 1,500-meter freestyle event. Other top performances: CARL ROBIE, 18, bettered his own American 200-meter butterfly mark with a 2:08.8 clocking; STEVE CLARK, 20, won the 100-meter freestyle in 54.9, after setting an American record of 54.2 in the preliminaries; DICK ROTH, 16, won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:16, upsetting three-time winner and record holder Ted Stickles; DICK McGEAGH, 19, beat defending champion Tom Stock in the 100-meter backstroke, and LARRY ANDREASEN, 17, who could do no better than 17th last year, won the three-meter diving, defeating veterans Lou Vitucci and Rick Gilbert.
TENNIS—The U.S. WIGHTMAN CUP team got off to a bad start in Cleveland when Britain's Ann Haydon Jones upset upsettable Darlene Hard 6-1, 0-6, 8-6 in the opening match. Billie Jean Moffitt evened the score by defeating Christine Truman 6—4, 19-17, in the longest Wightman contest on record, 1 hour 40 minutes, then teamed with Darlene to win the doubles and move the U.S. into a 2-1 lead. The next day Nancy Richey of Dallas beat Britain's Deidre Catt 14-12, 6-3, and Darlene clinched the cup for the U.S. for a 29th time by downing Miss Truman 6-3, 6-0.
Eugene Scott, 25, fresh from winning the Eastern Grass Courts, upset Allen Fox, the country's No. 4 player, in a tough five-set semifinal match and then went on to beat Britain's Roger Taylor 6-0, 6-2, 8-6, to win the revived Nassau Bowl grass-court tournament in Glen Cove, N.Y. Taylor later teamed with Bobby Wilson to take the doubles from Californians Bill Bond and Tom Edlefsen 6-2, 4-6, 6-2.
TRACK & FIELD—Resting only the allotted five minutes between events, BILL URBAN of the New York Athletic Club accumulated 8,492 points to set an American record and win the AAU all-round (100-yard dash, shotput, high jump, 880-yard walk, hammer throw, pole vault, 120-yard high hurdles, 56-pound weight throw, broad jump and mile run) track championship in Baltimore. The holder of the previous record of 8,265 points, Tom Pagani, finished third.
MILEPOSTS—DIED: Boston Boxing Manager and Promoter JOHN BUCKLEY, 74, of respiratory complications, in Boston. After taking a beating from one Rudolph Upholtz in 1904 and earning only $7.50, Buckley, age 15, 118 pounds, decided fighting was not for him, became a manager and handled more than 500 boxers, including three world champions—Heavyweight Jack Sharkey. Welterweight Lou Brouillard and Middleweight Paul Pender.