BOATING—Miss Bardahl and TAHOE MISS won two preliminary heats apiece in the Governor's Cup race for unlimited hydroplanes on the Ohio River in Madison, Ind. and Miss Bardahl, driven by Ron Musson, led all the way in the fifth and final heat. But Referee Bill Newton ruled that Musson had forced Chuck Thompson, the driver of Tahoe Miss, inside the course after the lanes had been established and penalized him one lap, making Thompson the winner. Musson, though dropped to last place in the final heat by the penalty, wound up second overall in the standings.
Sailing in the Berkeley Shoals area of San Francisco Bay, JAKE WOOSER of San Francisco won the world championship of the International One-Design class by 7� points over Ingar Dobloug of Oslo, Norway, in a seven-race series.
BOXING—VICENTE SALDIVAR of Mexico successfully defended his world featherweight title at Earl's Court Stadium in London by winning a 15-round decision over Howard Winstone of Wales, the British Empire champion. It was Saldivar's 26th victory in 27 fights.
FOOTBALL—The 1964 champion BUFFALO BILLS opened the 1965 American Football League season with an easy 24-7 victory over Boston, the Eastern Division runner-ups, after breaking a 7-7 half-time tie with a 22-yard return of a pass interception for a touchdown by Charley Warner. SAN DIEGO, last year's Western Division champion, edged Denver 34-31 when John Hadl tossed a 39-yard touchdown pass to Lance Alworth in the last quarter. In other games HOUSTON defeated New York 27-21 and OAKLAND beat Kansas City 37-10.
GOLF—GARY PLAYER, leading Jack Nicklaus by one stroke after the first round of the two-round World Series of Golf on the Firestone Country Club course in Akron, shot a final-round 69, one under par, to defeat Nicklaus by three strokes. Peter Thomson finished five strokes back, followed by Dave Marr, 12 strokes out.
Playing in an exhibition match with Doug Sanders in Johnson City, Tenn., ARNOLD PALMER fired a hole in one on the par-3, 135-yard 2nd hole and went on to finish with a five-under-par 66. Sanders shot an even-par 71.
HARNESS RACING—Yonkers Raceway's $50,000 Transoceanic Trot, a mile and a quarter for foreign-owned Standardbreds, was won by ELAINE RODNEY ($4.40) by 2� lengths over Apex Hanover, one of the two Russian-owned entries. The 8-year-old American-bred mare from the Santipasta Stables of Bologna, Italy was timed in 2:36[2/5], the fastest clocking in four renewals of the Transoceanic. Rodney's driver, Gerhard Kruger, announced after the race that she will be retired this week following the United Nations Trot.
Bret Hanover equaled the world record for the mile, set by Adios Harry in 1955, with a 1:55 clocking the first heat of the $34,838 Horseman Futurity Pace at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. But ADIOS VIC, the only horse to have defeated Bret in his 37 previous races, won the second heat and then beat Bret by a nose in a third-heat runoff.
HORSE RACING—Ogden Phipps's BUCKPASSER ($3.60), Braulio Baeza aboard, won the $335,475 Arlington-Washington Futurity at Arlington Park after taking the lead at the eighth pole and holding it to cross the finish line a half length in front of Fathers Image (page 112). It was the 2-year-old bay colt's eighth straight victory in nine starts.
Greentree Stable's MALICIOUS ($10.20), weighted at 116 pounds, with Bobby Ussery up, beat Pluck by three lengths and Roman Brother by another nose to win the $108,200 Aqueduct Stakes at Aqueduct. Top-weighted (130 pounds) Kelso, attempting to reach the $2 million mark in earnings, came in fourth, his ninth finish out of the money in 61 races.