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ARCHERY—BILL BEDNAR of Hartford, Ohio won the $1,000 first prize in the men's division of the Professional Archers Association National Tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla., while a grayhaired grandmother, Mrs. Margaret Tillberry of Springfield, Ohio took the women's championship. BEN WALKER of Bartow, Fla. scored an impressive 1,164 out of a possible 1,200 in the amateur freestyle division to upset favored David Keaggy Jr., the 16-year-old who ranks third in the world.
BOATING—The season's biggest week in class sailing starred 17-year-old HENRY SPRAGUE III, who won the National Finn title for his third championship this year, and 50-year-old ALLEGRA KNAPP MERTZ, who won her fourth Adams Cup (the North American women's trophy). MEAD BATCHELOR III, 17, won the Scars Cup (the North American junior trophy), while hefty MIT sailing instructor JOE DUPLIN took the North American Star title with a near-perfect 1-2-3-3-2. Australia's BRIAN PRICE won three of six races from 52 other boats representing nine nations to take the world 5-0-5 championships. MAX CULPEPPER, sailing a homemade boat, won his third Jet 14 national crown, and GEOFFREY BOURNE beat five other boats in the six races for Middle Atlantic Midgets with a 4-3-1-2-6-1 score.
CRICKET—The powerful WEST INDIES team won the fifth and final Test Match against England in London's Oval, to give them the series 3-1, with one draw.
FOOTBALL—Lou Michaels was just about the whole PITTSBURGH offense as he kicked five field goals (the longest 42 yards) and one extra point to lead the Steelers to a 22-7 upset win over Detroit in an NFL exhibition game. The San Francisco 49ers lost their fourth straight preseason game when DALLAS came from behind in the third quarter to beat them 37-24. Rookie Cowboy Halfback Jim Stiger ran for two touchdowns, and dependable old Sam Baker accounted for 13 points with three field goals and four extra points. PHILADELPHIA, with Sonny Jurgensen throwing three second-half touchdowns, gave Minnesota its first loss, 34-27. Ron VanderKelen (SI, Aug. 19), making his first pro start at quarterback, had led the Vikings to an 11-point lead at the half. The undefeated BALTIMORE Colts edged Washington 27-21 when, with six minutes to go, rookie Quarterback Gary Cuozzo threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to rookie End John Mackey. ST. LOUIS scored all its points in the second half to beat Chicago 17-14, and CLEVELAND defeated Los Angeles 23-14.
GOLF—Left-handed GEORGE HAGGARTY, 59, from Detroit defeated Fred Siegel in the 18-hole final 3 and 2 to take the World Senior Golf Championship, for players 55 and over, at the Broadmoor course in Colorado Springs, Colo. The pretournament favorite and two-time winner, left-handed Howard Creel, was eliminated in the first round.
HARNESS RACING—Ralph Baldwin drove SPEEDY SCOT to a world record three-heat aggregate of 5:54 to win the $115,549 Hambletonian (see page 22). Scot lost the first heat by a neck to Florlis, whose 1:57 3/5 clocking set a world mile record for 3-year-olds, but came back to edge Florlis in both the second (1:58) and third (1:58 2/5) heats.
In a preview of next year's Hambletonian, BIG JOHN won two out of three heats to take the $30,000 Castleton Farm Stake for 2-year-old colts at Du Quoin. Dartmouth, driven by Ralph Baldwin, won one heat and finished second to Big John in the other two.