BOATING—The Admiral's Cup, a four-race series for ocean-racing yachts in British waters, was won by GREAT BRITAIN for the fourth time. The British team of three boats compiled 420 points to runner-up Australia's 376, despite an Australian victory in three out of the four races. The 605-mile Fastnet Rock, the last race and the longest, had a surprise winner when RABBIT, a new 24-foot sloop from the Boston Yacht Club, owned, designed and skippered by Dick Carter, won on corrected time. Rabbit, one of the smallest of the 151 yachts entered, was too small to be eligible for the American team, and sailed independently.
The outstanding individual in the world championships for kayaks and canoes on the Lieser River near Spittal, Austria was Austrian KURT PRESLMAYER, who earned two gold medals in the men's single kayak slalom and the downriver run. The EAST GERMAN team led in the team standings with five slalom and four downriver firsts, followed by Czechoslovakia with three and three, and West Germany with a first in each category. For the first time in the history of the championships no fabric-covered crafts were entered—all the kayaks and canoes were made of fiber glass.
BOXING—Honolulu's STAN HARRINGTON won a unanimous 10-round decision over former champion Sugar Ray Robinson, 45, for the second time in 10 weeks in a poorly attended middleweight bout at the Honolulu International Center.
GOLF—DAVE MARR, the small Texan who finished dead last after 72 holes in last year's PGA, assumed the stature of a giant-killer in the same tournament this year at the Laurel Valley course in Ligonier, Pa. when he shot a four-under-par 280 to hold off the closing rush of Jack Nicklaus and Billy Casper, who finished in a tie for second at 282 (page 24). In 12 years on the pro tour Marr had won only three tournaments, the last three years ago.
HARNESS RACING—NOBLE VICTORY's ($2.40) 17th straight victory was by 2� lengths over Perfect Freight in the $122,236.25 Yonkers Futurity, the first leg of the Triple Crown of trotting.
Unbeatable BRET HANOVER ($2.20), guided as usual by Frank Ervin, won his 35th straight race, the $16,915 Arden Downs stake at The Meadows, by 3� lengths over Geedee Hanover.
HORSE RACING—George D. Widener's WHAT A TREAT ($7.60), Johnny Rotz up, withstood an interference protest after defeating Discipline by a neck and was declared the winner of the 1�-mile $63,000 Alabama Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Saratoga. The place and show positions were officially reversed, however, making Terentia second and Discipline third.
The American record for a mile on turf, set by Vimy Ridge in 1962, was broken at Atlantic City Race Course by PORTSMOUTH ($9.60), winner of the Expressway Handicap, by six lengths in 1:34[1/5].
ROWING—Nineteen-year-old BILL MAHER, competing for the Detroit Boat Club, upset two-time champion Don Spero of the New York Athletic Club by a four-inch margin to win the single-sculls final at the National Championships on New York's Hunter's Island Lagoon. The favored VESPER BOAT CLUB easily won the eight-oar event by 4� lengths over St. Catharines of Canada.
SWIMMING—BERNIE WRIGHTSON, an Arizona State senior, swept the men's one-meter, three-meter and platform diving titles at the National AAU Outdoor Championships in suburban Toledo, STEVE KRAUSE knocked .1 second off the world 1,500-meter free-style record with a 16:58.6, and THOMPSON MANN of Chapel Hill, N.C. was a double winner, taking the 100-and 200-meter backstroke titles. But the girls provided most of the action. Fourteen-year-old PATTY CARETTO of City of Commerce, Calif. swam the 1,500-meter freestyle in world record time for the second year in a row. Her 18:23.7 bettered the mark she set at the women's nationals last year by 6.8 seconds and beat Sharon Finneran, who finished second, also in subrecord time. Sharon Stouder's 200-meter butterfly mark fell to KENDIS MOORE, 16, of Phoenix, Ariz., who moved into the world-record class with a 2:26.3, a .1 second improvement. CLAUDIA KOLB, 15, of the Santa Clara Swim Club, the only triple winner, improved her own meet record in the 200-meter breaststroke with a 2:48.6, then bettered the listed world mark of Russia's Svetlana Babanina in the 100-meter breast-stroke with a 1:17.1 (Miss Babanina has a 1:16.5 pending, however) and finished with a winning 200-meter individual medley. Pennsylvania high schooler MARTHA RANDALL, swimming for the Vesper Boat Club, beat Marilyn Ramenofsky in the 400-meter freestyle with a 4:39.2 clocking that bettered Miss Ramenofsky's world mark by .3 second, and set an American record (2:12.3) in the 200-meter freestyle. JUDY HUMBARGER of Fort Wayne, Ind. tied world-record holder CATHY FERGUSON in the 200-meter backstroke, setting a meet mark of 2:28. Two new marks also were recorded in the relays: the men's 800-meter freestyle was an American club record of 8:04.6 by the Santa Clara Swim Club, and the women's 800-meter freestyle was a 9:00.1 world record by a City of Commerce team that included Miss Caretto.