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George D. Widener's entry, WHAT A TREAT ($6.60) and Steeple Jill, third choice with the bettors, finished first by a nose and second by half a length, respectively, in the $82,200 Beldame Stakes at Aqueduct, leaving Mrs. Ethel D. Jacobs' Straight Deal in third and Tosmah and Affectionately out of the money.
MOTOR SPORTS—England's GRAHAM HILL, averaging 107.98 mph, won his third straight Grand Prix of the United States at Watkins Glen, by 12.5 seconds over Dan Gurney of the U.S. Driving a BRM, Hill took the lead on the fifth lap, after Jim Clark's Lotus-Climax developed engine trouble, and held it to the end of the 110-lap race.
Art Arfons and his Green Monster, the jet-powered car that holds the world land-speed record, set another world mark on the Bonneville ( Utah) Salt Flats—258.62 mph for a quarter mile from a standing start (the average over the final 132 feet). Tom McEwen of Los Angeles set the old mark (210.80) in a piston-engine car.
Arfons' prot�g�e, BETTY SKELTON of Detroit, drove his jet-powered Cyclops to a new world land-speed record for women of 277.62 mph, an average for two runs, at Bonneville. The previous mark of 226.37 mph had been set by Paula Murphy in Walt Arfons' Wingfoot Express.
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: ROGER LAURIN, 30, son of Trainer Lucien Laurin, as trainer for Captain Harry F. Guggenheim's Cain Hoy Stable, replacing Woody Stephens. Stephens was recently hired by Mrs. H. C. Phipps and her son, Ogden Phipps, to replace Bill Winfrey, who will retire at the end of the season.
RESIGNED: Wake Forest's hyperexcitable basketball coach, HORACE (Bones) McKINNEY, 46, because "my health...makes it impossible...to continue." McKinney, whose eight-year record at Wake Forest was 122-94, led the Deacons to the Atlantic Coast Conference title twice and into the ACC finals five straight times. The jack-in-the-box Bones was also the target of a ruling by the ACC that required coaches to remain seated on the bench. To comply, he once strapped himself down with an automobile seat belt.
SEMIRETIRED: Distance Runner BOB SCHUL, 28, because "I've been running for 16 years, and the last four have been very rewarding but extremely grueling, and I'm just tired." Schul, the only American ever to win an Olympic 5,000-meter gold medal (1964), may compete in the Mexico City Olympics in 1968. In the meantime he will finish work for a B.A. at Miami University.
DIED: DON WATTRICK, 55, executive manager of the Detroit Pistons of the NBA, of a heart attack at his home in Detroit. Before going to work for the Pistons in 1964, Wattrick had been a Detroit sports-caster for 22 years.