BOXING—"It's a good thing you play strings instead of winds, because I'm going to hit you in the mouth," said New Yorker Doug Jones to his guitar-playing opponent, Chicago's ERNIE TERRELL, before their heavyweight bout in Houston. Jones's bark was worse than his right, though, and the pair slogged through 15 tedious rounds as Terrell, the World Boxing Association's heavyweight champion, won a unanimous decision (he lost two rounds because of low blows). The crowd booed and yelled, "Bring on the Cat," referring to Houston's CLEVELAND WILLIAMS, who provided the evening's only ring excitement in the scheduled 10-round semifinal when he scored a TKO over Tod Herring, also of Houston, in 25 seconds of the third round. It was the fourth straight victory for Williams.
In Reno ZORA FOLLEY scored the 41st knockout of his career over Jeff Davis of Las Vegas at 1:31 of the eighth round. Folley said he had been promised a bout with the Terrell-Jones winner.
Denver's CHARLES (Sonny) LISTON began a comeback campaign in Stockholm, knocking out West Germany's Gerhard Zech with a left-right combination in 1:11 of the seventh round. It was Liston's first fight since his 1:57 knockout by Clay in their bout in May 1965, at Lewiston, Me. "I felt very good at the end," said Sonny.
FENCING—PAUL PESTHY of the New York Athletic Club won his second national amateur �p�e title, completing the final round without a loss in the Amateur Fencers League of America tournament in Brooklyn, N.Y. The individual saber championship went to AL MORALES, who also led his NYAC group to the team saber title. The individual foil title was won by MAX GEUTER of Germany. The New York Fencers Club trio of Albert Axelrod, Herb Cohen and Marv Grafton defeated the Los Angeles club for the team foil crown. SALLE CSISZAR of Philadelphia won team �p�e.
GOLF—"I always thought someday it might be possible to beat Mickey Wright," said 29-year-old SANDY SPUZICH of Indianapolis, who shot a final round 72 for a 297 at Minneapolis' U.S. Women's Open, winning by one stroke over Carol Mann and two over Mickey, the four-time Open champion, who was third.
HARNESS RACING—NOBLE VICTORY ($5.80), recently syndicated for $1 million by Kenneth D. Owen of Houston, became the U.S. entry for this week's $100,000 International Trot at Roosevelt, winning Roosevelt's American Trotting Championship and equaling Speedy Scot's world record for 1� miles (2:31 2/5) on a half-mile track.
Elgin and C.E. Armstrong's 4-year-old filly ARMBRO FLIGHT earned the right to represent Canada in the International Trot when she won the Canadian Trotting Championship by 6� lengths over Betsy Herbert at Garden City Raceway in St. Catharines, Ont. There was some doubt, however, that the mare would be entered in the Roosevelt race. Her driver, Joe O'Brien, said, "We will enter the International only if the owners insist." Elgin Armstrong later said, "if we do not go to New York it will be because we do not wish to risk racing her over the concrete track [a controversial surface called thermoplastic] now being used at Roosevelt."
HORSE RACING—SODIUM earned $146,459 for his owner, R.J. Sigtia of India, as he beat favored Charlottown, the English Derby winner, by a length to win the 1�-mile Irish Sweeps Derby in Curragh, Ireland. Paveh, a 100-8 shot owned by P.A.B. Widener of Philadelphia, was third.
Ridden by Manuel Ycaza, ALEXVILLE ($3.80), a 3-year-old colt owned by Mrs. A.I. Kissam scored his fourth victory in six starts this year, winning the $57,800 Saranac Handicap at Aqueduct by half a length over S. J. Lefrak's Flame Tree. Alexville's stablemate, Indulto, finished fourth, but was disqualified and placed last.
MOTOR SPORTS—Australia's JACK BRABHAM, who had already taken the Formula II race at Reims, France, gained first place in the world driver standings when he drove his Brabham-Repco to victory in the European Grand Prix, finishing 15 seconds ahead of Britain's Mike Parkes in a Ferrari.