RODEO—The National Finals, the 591st and last rodeo of the season, were held in Los Angeles, and the following clinched the season's honors: DEAN OLIVER of Boise, Idaho (world champion cowboy for the second year in a row and calf-roping winner for the seventh time in nine years), C. R. BOUCHER of Burkburnett, Texas (steer wrestling), MARTY WOOD of Bowness, Alta. (saddle bronc), BOB WEGNER of Auburn, Wash. (bull riding) and BILL HAMILTON of Phoenix (team roping). Before the National, SONNY DAVIS of Kenna, N. Mex. had won the steer-roping title and JIM HOUSTON of Omaha the bareback championship.
SOCCER—Unbeaten NAVY eliminated Defending Champion St. Louis 2-1 in the NCAA semifinals and then took the championship with 1-0 win over Michigan State in a freezing rain.
TRACK & FIELD—Australia's RON CLARKE beat Murray Halberg by 150 yards and broke the New Zealander's world record for three miles with a 13:7.6 clocking in a meet in Melbourne. But PETER SNELL was unsuccessful in his final attempt this season to lower his world-record time for the mile. He defeated Keith Wheeler by 35 yards in 3:57.6.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: JOHN STIEGMAN, 42, the University of Pennsylvania's losing football coach (12 wins, 33 losses in five seasons).
POORER: By $40,000, the also-rans of the professional golf tour. Each year all nonwinners gathered at the Poor Boy Open (SI, May 11) in Burneyville, Okla. to play among themselves for prize money and bonuses offered by Oilman Waco Turner. But the PGA refused to sanction the 1965 tournament, and Turner has canceled it.
TRADED: FRANK HOWARD, 28, the Los Angeles Dodgers' powerful outfielder (.226, 24 HRs, 69 RBIs), Infielder Ken McMullen, 22 (.234, 14 HRs, 49 RBIs), Pitchers Phil Ortega, 25 (7-9 record) and Pete Richert, 25 (9-11), to Washington, for the Senators' best pitcher, lefty CLAUDE OSTEEN, 25 (15-13, 3.48 ERA), Third Baseman John Kennedy, 23 (.236, 7 HRs, 35 RBIs) and $100,000. In an earlier trade the Senators acquired First Baseman BOB CHANCE, 24 (.279, 14 HRs, 75 RBIs as a rookie last year), and Infielder-Outfielder WOODIE HELD, 32 (.236, 18 HRs, 49 RBIs), from the Cleveland Indians for their best hitter, Outfielder CHUCK HINTON, 30 (.274, 11 HRs, 53 RBIs).
TRADED: BO BELINSKY, 28, the Los Angeles Angels' unpredictable left-hander (9-8, 2.87 ERA), to Philadelphia for two Pacific Coast Leaguers, First Baseman Costen Shockley, 22, and Pitcher Rudy May, 20.
DIED: BOBBY MARSHMAN, 28, of severe burns, one week after leaping from his flaming Lotus Ford after it spun into a wall during a test run in Phoenix.