MOTOR SPORTS—JACK BRABHAM, 40, of Australia virtually clinched his third world driving championship when he drove his Repco-powered Brabham Special an average of 86.1 mph to win the German Grand Prix at Adenau, Germany. Brabham, who had won the British, French and Dutch Grands Prix, completed the 212.7-mile course in 2:27.3 and now has 39 points toward the championship—22 more than second-place Graham Hill of England.
SKIING—French skiers won the first two major races of the world Alpine championships in Portillo, Chile as JEAN-CLAUDE KILLY took the men's downhill, edging countryman Leo Lacroix, and ANNIE FAMOSE won the ladies' slalom, beating teammate Marielle Goitschel (page 12).
SWIMMING—In addition to the world records set at the Commonwealth Games, there were four more new marks established last week by U.S., Russian and German swimmers. SEMEN BELITS-GEIMAN, 21, a student at the Transport Engineering Institute in Moscow, lowered Australian Murray Rose's 1962 record in the 800-meter freestyle by 4.1 seconds with an 8:47.4 clocking; East Germany's EGON HENNINGER broke the 110-yard breast-stroke mark with a 1:08.4; LEE DAVIS of Brandywine, Del. set a new women's 1,500-meter freestyle record with an 18:21.7 (two seconds lower than Patty Caretto's 1965 mark); and MARTHA RANDALL of Wayne, Pa. swam the women's 200-meter freestyle in 2:11.4, breaking Australian Dawn Fraser's 1960 mark by .2 second. Both Miss Davis and Miss Randall set their records at the Eastern championships in Philadelphia.
MILEPOSTS—ABANDONED: By Rick Mount (SI, Feb. 14), the Lebanon, Ind. high school All-America basketball player, his earlier decision to play ball at sunny University of Miami ( Fla.). Mount now has decided to matriculate at home-state Purdue.
REVERSED: By the AAU, the decision of a sympathetic official to allow DENISE PASCHAL to make up two events after she arrived late at the Women's National Pentathlon championships (SI, Aug. 8). Miss Paschal went on to win the title, defeating five-time winner Mrs. PAT WINSLOW of the Millbrae ( Calif.) Lions by 178 points. Mrs. Winslow's team protested, and last week the AAU ruled that Miss Paschal should not have been allowed to catch up to the field. Mrs. Winslow, the defending champion and the mother of a 4-month-old son, was belatedly awarded the title.
DIED: HARRY (Hank) GOWDY, 76, catcher for Boston's 1914 Miracle Braves and the first major league player to volunteer for service in World War I; in Columbus, Ohio. Gowdy was the hero of the 1914 World Series, when he hit .545 to lead the Braves, who had been last in the National League on July 4, past the Philadelphia Athletics in four straight games. Ten years later and then with the Giants, he became the Series goat when, with two outs in the 12th inning of the seventh game, his feet became entangled with his mask, and he could not hold onto a foul ball, giving Batter Muddy Ruel another chance. Ruel hit a double and later scored the run that won the Series for the Senators. After Gowdy finished his 18-year major league playing career (.270 BA) with a four-for-five day in 1930, he coached with three major league teams for 20 years.
DIED: ED (Strangler) LEWIS (his real name was Robert H. Friedrich), 76, five times the world heavyweight wrestling champion who, by his own records, won 6,200 matches and lost only 33; in Muskogee, Okla. With a 21-inch neck and a 270-pound frame, Lewis practically paralyzed his opponents with the vicious headlock that was his favorite hold. His professional career lasted 34 years, from 1904 through 1937.