SWIMMING—France's CHRISTINE CARON unofficially bettered by .3 seconds the world 100-meter backstroke record held by Donna de Varona of the U.S. when she covered the distance in 1:08.6 at a Paris meet.
TENNIS—The UNITED STATES won all the singles matches and overpowered Britain 5-2 for its fourth consecutive Wightman Cup title (its 30th in 36 years), at Wimbledon. Nancy Richey of Dallas and Billie Jean Moffitt of Long Beach, Calif. each defeated Britain's Deidre Catt and Ann Haydon Jones, and Carole Caldwell of Santa Monica, Calif. outlasted British Team Captain Elizabeth Starkie 6-4, 1-6, 6-3. The host team, however, won both doubles matches.
Princeton extended its impressive winning streak to 46 matches as it swept through a 12-0 season to win the Eastern Intercollegiate championship for the fourth year in a row. The streak dates back to the Tigers' next-to-last match in 1960.
TRACK & FIELD—Miler TOM O'HARA (see page 26) dropped down to the half-mile in Chicago's Stagg Relays and ran a fast 1:51.1 to beat runner-up Dave Farley of Brown by five yards.
Fred Hansen of Cuero, Texas, who a week earlier had pole-vaulted 17 feet 1 inch to break John Pennel's world record, set a new mark of 17 feet 2 inches at the San Diego Invitational meet. Pennel himself soared 16 feet 8� inches (he had to withdraw a little later when a bad fall injured his back) while Mel Hein of the Southern California Striders and Don Meyers of Boulder, Colo. both vaulted 16-5. It was the first time four men cleared that height in a single meet.
At a Moscow meet, Russia's VALERI BRUMEL leaped 7 feet 3� inches, just 1� inches short of his own world record, for the best high jump of 1964.
Britain's BASIL HEATLEY, 30, chugged to victory in the Windsor-to-Chiswick marathon outside London in 2:13:55, clipping 33 seconds off the unofficial world record for the distance, set in the same race last year by the U.S.'s Buddy Edelen. Runner-up Ron Hill of Britain also bettered the record when he finished in 2:14:12.
The outstanding athlete at the USTFF meet in Corvallis, Ore. was 17-year-old GERRY LINDGREN of Spokane, who beat John Macy, 34, of Houston by more than 200 yards to win the 10,000 meters in 29:37.6. Lindgren's time was just 9.2 seconds off the national collegiate record. Exceptional times at the NCAA college-division championships in Fresno, Calif. were also posted by BOB HAYES, who sprinted the 220-yard dash around a curve in 20.5, and Fresno State's DAREL NEWMAN, who won the 100-yard dash in 9.3.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: ED LOPAT, 45, as manager of the last-place Kansas City Athletics, after the team had lost nine of its previous 11 games. The former Yankee pitching star, who led the Athletics to eighth place last season, was replaced by Mel McGaha, a K.C. coach and administrative assistant (he managed Cleveland in 1962). Said Lopat, "I think I'll go home to Hillsdale [ N.J.] and enjoy myself the rest of the summer."
TRADED: In a complicated three-team deal the Los Angeles Angels obtained Minnesota Infielder Vic Power and Outfielder Lenny Green, the Twins gained Infielder Jerry Kindall of Cleveland and Frank Kostro of the Angels' Hawaii PCL farm club, and the Indians got Infielder Billy Moran of the Angels. In simpler trades, Baltimore obtained Catcher Charley Lau from Kansas City for Pitcher Wes Stock, while St. Louis received Outfielder Lou Brock plus Pitchers Jack Spring and Paul Toth from the Chicago Cubs for Pitchers Ernie Broglio and Bobby Shantz plus Outfielder Doug Clemens.