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BOXING—In a Cleveland nontitle fight, Middleweight Champion JOEY GIARDELLO gained an early advantage over Rocky Rivero, then survived a strong attack in the final two rounds for a close-but-unanimous 10-round decision over the Argentinian. After the fight Giardello, who five weeks earlier had edged the unranked Rivero by a split decision, said: "You can have my share of that little guy from here on in."
GOLF—MIKE SOUCHAK of Berwick, Pa., who had not won a PGA tournament for three years prior to his victory in the Houston Classic last month, shot a two-under-par 68 on the final round to win the $50,000 Memphis Open with 270.
Betsy Rawls of Spartanburg, S.C., winless on the LPGA circuit since April 1963, ended the drought with a 282 for 72 holes to take the $13,500 Dallas Civitan Open, two strokes ahead of runner-up Mickey Wright, the favored home-town girl. Ruth Jessen, who had tied the professional women's 18-hole record with a 64 on the first round, placed third with 285.
HARNESS RACING—Mrs. Leonard J. Buck's OVERTRICK ($3.40), driven by John Patterson, beat Cardigan Bay by a neck to win the $50,000 International Pace at Yonkers Raceway. It was the third straight victory for the 4-year-old pacer, and his 3:03 4/5 time for the mile-and-a-half (his first test at that distance) was just 2/5 second off the world record.
HORSE RACING—Greentree Stable's 5-year-old CYRANO ($8.20), guided by John Rotz, raced to victory in the $55,400 Los Angeles Handicap at Hollywood Park. Favored Kelso, making his first start since last November, finished eighth in the field of nine.
Willie Shoemaker, 33, rode his 4,871st winner at Hollywood Park to pass the career record of Sir Gordon Richards of England and become the second-winningest jockey in the world, behind Johnny Longden. But Shoemaker has at least 950 victories to go before catching up with the 57-year-old Longden, who is still riding winners.
MOTOR SPORTS—Scotsman JIM CLARK, piloting a Lotus-Climax, won his second straight Dutch Grand Prix with a record 98.01 mph average in Zandvoort, Netherlands.
Jim Paschal of High Point, N.C. averaged more than 125 mph in his Plymouth to win the $112,000 world 600-mile stock-car race in Charlotte, N.C. Only 15 of the 44 starters finished the race, which began with catastrophe as three Fords crashed together in the backstretch of the seventh lap. Glenn (Fireball) Roberts of Daytona Beach, Fla. was dragged from his flaming car and taken to a nearby hospital with critical burns, but the other two drivers, Ned Jarrett of Camden, S.C. and Robert (Junior) Johnson of Ronda, N.C., climbed to safety with less serious injuries.
ROWING—Pulling against an incoming tide on San Diego's Mission Bay, the high-stroking CALIFORNIA crew covered 2,000 meters in 6:11.7 to win the Western Sprints by half a length over Defending Champion Washington.