BOXING—In a fight that marked the end of 20 years of televised boxing from Madison Square Garden, veteran HENRY HANK, 29, of Detroit held eighth-ranked Light Heavyweight Johnny Persol, 24, of Brooklyn to a 10-round draw.
FISHING—ZACK WILLSON JR. and IMELDA GAVIN, both from St. Louis, won the men's and women's titles of the American Casting Association's championship in St. Louis by defeating a field of 169 fly casters from 20 states.
GOLF—BARBARA McINTIRE of Colorado Springs took her second Women's Amateur championship by beating three-time winner Jo Anne Gunderson of Kirkland, Wash. 3 and 2 in the finals in Hutchinson, Kans. (see page 56).
U.S. Open Champion KEN VENTURI followed up rounds of 71, 66 and 69 with another 69 to win the $50,000 American Golf Classic in Akron by five strokes. Venturi's 275-stroke total broke the Firestone Country Club course record (set by Arnold Palmer in 1962 and tied by Johnny Pott last year) by one stroke and raised his earnings this year to $53,840, good for fifth place in the pro tour standings.
Marilynn Smith gained her second LPGA victory this season when she shot a par 216 to take the 54-hole Albuquerque (N. Mex.) tournament.
HARNESS RACING—Castleton Farm's SPEEDY SCOT ($2.70), driven by Ralph Baldwin, covered the mile and a quarter in 2:32 3/5 to easily defeat Su Mac Lad and six foreign entries in the $50,000 International Trot at Roosevelt Raceway (see page 58).
Before heading for next week's Hambletonian, Arthur Nardin's SPEEDY COUNT ($3.20) humbled a fine field of free-for-allers in a $12,000 invitational at Roosevelt Raceway, winning by two and one-half lengths in a track record 2:01 3/5 over the mile course. Trainer-Driver Billy Haughton had some anxious moments prior to the race, however, when the black colt developed a quarter crack in his right hind hoof, but it was patched, and after his easy victory in the invitational Haughton still had his eye on The Hambletonian. "I hope I can keep him this good," he said.
The tiny Hambletonian favorite, AYRES, owned by Mrs. Charlotte Sheppard, took the prestigious Review Futurity at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield in two straight heats over Dartmouth. The time in the first heat over the mile oval was 2:01 2/5, and in the second 1:59.
HORSE RACING—GUN BOW ($3.40), with Walter Blum up, enhanced his chances of replacing Kelso as Horse of the Year by romping to a two-length win over Lemon Twist, a 59-to-1 longshot in the $114,750 Washington Park Handicap at Arlington Park. It was the brilliant 4-year-old's first race for the John R. Gaines syndicate, which purchased him earlier in the month for $1 million, and the victory paid a handsome $69,750 first dividend to his new owners.
Paul Mellon's QUADRANGLE ($2.60) ran to a half-length victory over Knightly Manner in the muddy $80,050 Travers Stakes at Saratoga (see page 60).