BOXING—JOSE TORRES, 30, a Puerto Rican now living in Brooklyn, retained his world light-heavyweight title when he gained a unanimous decision over sentimental favorite, but 7-2 underdog, Eddie Cotton, 40, of Seattle, in their 15-round match in Las Vegas.
Former World Heavyweight Champion SONNY LISTON scored his second victory on his comeback mission when he knocked out Amos Johnson of Medina, Ohio with a right uppercut in 1:48 of the third round of a scheduled 10-round bout in Goteborg, Sweden.
Toronto's GEORGE CHUVALO, the Canadian heavyweight champion, knocked out Mel Turnbow of Paterson, N.J. in 2:55 of the seventh round of their scheduled 10-rounder in Montreal.
CHESS—Russia's BORIS SPASSKY took the Piatigorsky Cup in Santa Monica, Calif. by winning his final match over Jan Hein Donner of The Netherlands, as Bobby Fischer of Brooklyn was held to a draw in his match with the world champion, Tigran Petrosian of Russia. Spassky and Fischer, who had come into the last game of the 18-round tournament with identical scores of 10� Points each, finished half a point apart.
FISHING—GREECE won the four-day international tuna tournament off" Yarmouth, Nova Scotia with a 559-pound catch, as the British Caribbean team placed second with a 555-pound tuna. The U.S. finished third with a 207�-pounder, while Canada and Mexico failed to score.
GOLF—ART WALL JR. of Honesdale, Pa., who called his play in recent tournaments "pathetic," totaled 266, 16 under par, to win the $100,000 Insurance City Open in Hartford, Conn. by two strokes over Wes Ellis.
Mickey Wright won the Women's Western Open in Mukwonago, Wis. by one stroke with a two-over-par 302.
HARNESS RACING—In preps for the upcoming Hambletonian, Frank Ervin drove KERRY WAY, last year's 2-year-old filly champion, to victory in both heats (2:00 1/5 and 2:00 4/5) to win the Review Futurity in Springfield, Ill., and Billy Haughton sent CARLISLE to the front in both heats (2:05 and 2:05 1/5) of a trot for 3-year-olds at the Carlisle (Pa.) Fair (page 62).
Bret Hanover, with Frank Ervin handling the reins as usual, defeated Waygone by 31� lengths in 1:55 3/5 in a one-mile match pace at Vernon (N.Y.) Downs. But Bret missed the one-mile pacing record (1:55) because Waygone, who was supposed to set the pace for him, slowed up at the half pole and Bret brushed him. "I apologize," said Driver John Caton to a dejected Ervin after the race. "It wasn't your fault," replied Ervin. "It was that horse of yours." Ervin said he and Bret would return to Vernon Downs for another try at the record.
HORSE RACING—Ogden Phipps's BUCKPASSER ($2.60) became the first 3-year-old in Thoroughbred history to earn over $1 million as he easily took Saratoga's Travers Stakes by three-fourths of a length over Reginald Webster's Amberoid (page 57). The $53,690 purse increased Buckpasser's lifetime winnings to $1,038,369.