BILLIARDS—HAROLD WORST, 36, a cue manufacturer from Grand Rapids, won the all-round title at the $30,000 Las Vegas Open plus $4,350 in prize money. Worst also took the one-pocket division of the tournament. IRVING CRANE, one of the game's perennial winners, gained the straight pool title, and newcomer ED KELLY JR. of Baltimore won the nine-ball championship.
BOXING—Unbeaten NINO BENVENUTI, 27, of Trieste, a 1960 Olympic gold medalist, won the world junior middleweight title by knocking out Champion Sandro Mazzinghi, 26, with a right uppercut in the sixth round of a scheduled 15-round match in Milan. It was the 57th straight victory for Benvenuti, who now wants a match with Middle-weight Champion Joey Giardello of Philadelphia.
The world lightweight champion, ISMAEL LAGUNA of Panama, gained an eight-round TKO over Raul Soriano of Mexico in a scheduled 10-round non-title bout in Panama. In another non-title fight, in Honolulu, Welterweight Champion EMILE GRIFFITH earned a unanimous 10-round decision over Eddie Pace of Los Angeles.
CREW—The NAVY varsity eight-oared shell defeated favored Cornell by less than a length in the IRA championship on Lake Onondaga in Syracuse, N.Y., rowing the three-mile distance in 16:51.3 (pane 34). Washington finished third, one and a half lengths back. Navy junior varsity and freshman shells also won their events, for the first sweep of all three IRA titles in seven years.
In the nation's oldest and longest race—the Harvard-Yale 100-year rivalry over a four-mile course along the Thames ( Conn.) River—HARVARD'S eight-oared crew (page 36) romped to a whopping 10�-length victory over Yale in 19:41.6.
GOLF—GARY PLAYER of South Africa shot a 71 in the 18-hole playoff of the U.S. Open in St. Louis to defeat Australia's Kel Nagle by three strokes after the two had tied at 282 in the regulation four rounds (page 24).
HARNESS RACING—Ralph Baldwin guided DARTMOUTH ($4.70), a 4-year-old trotter owned by Castleton Farms's Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Van Lennep, to victory by a neck over Dashing Rodney in the $100,195.75 Realization Trot at Roosevelt Raceway. In winning, Dartmouth gained the Founder's Plate—a $35,000 bonus for a Standardbred who wins the major race at Roosevelt for 2-(Westbury Futurity), 3-(Dexter Cup) and 4-year-olds in consecutive seasons.
Richard Downing's BRET HANOVER ($2.60), driven by Frank Ervin, won the $17,400 Hanover-Hempt mile pace in Washington, Pa, in the record time of 1:57 2/5 to remain unbeaten in 29 consecutive starts—the longest winning streak in the modern history of pacing. The 3-year-old colt's fifth victory of the season was by three-quarters of a length over Bullet Van.
HORSE RACING—HYERES III, a 7-year-old French horse ridden by Jean Daumas, won the four-mile, $64,000 Grand Steeplechase of Paris for the second year in a row, finishing 1� lengths ahead of another French entry, Yasco. Jay Trump, Mrs. Mary Stephenson's American hunter who won England's Grand National in March, was a tired third, 2� lengths behind the winner.
Argentine-bred TRONADO ($19.40), ridden by Jockey Joe Baze and carrying a lightweight 113 pounds, upset three of the nation's top handicap horses in the $54,800 Inglewood Handicap at Hollywood Park with a victory by a neck over Hill Rise. Viking Spirit, who finished another neck behind in third, was disqualified for interference, and favorite Quadrangle, two lengths back, gained the show spot.