BASEBALL—Everybody got "fired up" and everybody in the lineup got a hit as HOUSTON beat West New York, N.J. 8-2 in the final to take the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. Twelve-year-old Steve Reeves paced the Houston team with two doubles and a single and four RBIs. In a double-elimination tournament for the Connie Mack League championship in Farmington, N. Mex., TORDENA, a team made up of 16-to-18-year-olds from Torrance and Gardena, Calif., won its second title (the first was in 1964) by defeating Toledo, Ohio 10-0 as Dave McCormick pitched a no-hitter.
BOXING—CURTIS COKES, 29, of Dallas took the World Boxing Association's vacant world welterweight title with a 15-round unanimous decision over Manuel Gonzalez, 27, of Odessa, Texas, in New Orleans (page 18).
"It looks like the big guys are easier to hit," said Brooklyn's JOHNNY PERSOL, 26, seventh-ranked light heavyweight, after he made his debut in the heavyweight division by scoring a unanimous decision over another New Yorker, James J. Woody, 24, who weighed 13 pounds more than Persol and was previously unbeaten in 10 straight fights, in a 10-rounder in Madison Square Garden.
GOLF—DON JANUARY, a 36-year-old Texan who hadn't won a PGA tournament since the Tucson Open in 1963, defeated Defending Champion Jack Nicklaus by a stroke to take the Philadelphia Golf Classic title at Whitemarsh, Pa. with a 278 total.
Sandra Haynie of Fort Worth won the Glass City Classic in Toledo when she birdied the final hole in a three-hole sudden-death playoff with Gloria Ehret of Allentown, Pa. They had tied after 54 holes with even-par 213s.
HARNESS RACING—BRET HANOVER ($2.40) appeared in the win column again, but his latest victory was nearly ignored as Bret's owner, Richard Downing of Cleveland, announced he had sold the top money-winning pacer to Castleton Farms in Lexington, Ky. for $2 million and Bret would be retired to stud following this racing season. A few hours after his approaching retirement was announced, the 4-year-old Bret beat Cardigan Bay by three lengths at Batavia (N.Y.) Downs to register his 13th win in 14 starts (Cardigan Bay defeated him at Yonkers in May) this year and his 58th in 62 career starts. He has earned more than $860,000 in less than three racing seasons. Downing, who said he would retain "a substantial interest" in Bret, did not disclose what Bret's stud fee will be but hinted it would be the highest ever placed on a newly retired stallion of any breed.
Romeo Hanover ($2.80), the 3-year-old who won the Cane Futurity, first of pacing's Triple Crown races, in May, set a new world record of 1:56[1/5] for a mile on a five-eighth mile track as he won the American-National Stake at Sportsman's Park in Chicago by three lengths over True Duane. Three days earlier, Romeo's full brother, ROMULUS HANOVER ($2.60), driven by Billy Haughton, broke the record for a 2-year-old pacing a mile on a half-mile track as he took the Star Pointer Pace at Yonkers in 2:00[2/5], finishing three lengths ahead of Nardin's Byrd.
HORSE RACING—George D. Widener's BOLD HOUR ($7.40), a 2-year-old son of Bold Ruler, took Saratoga's $107,700 Hopeful by 1� lengths over Great Power (page 49).
Pete Anderson rode BOLD BIDDER ($20.20), a 4-year-old owned by John R. Gaines, to a 3�-length victory over Powhatan's favored Tom Rolfe, Bill Shoemaker up, in Chicago's $109,200 Washington Park Handicap. Bold Bidder, who was temporarily retired to stud in March and April, increased his career winnings to $383,521 with the $64,200 purse.
SWIMMING—Olympian DON SCHOLLANDER broke the world 220-yard freestyle record (held by Michael Wenden of Australia) by .3 second as he swam a 1:57 at the British Columbia centennial meet in Vancouver, Canada. "It's about time I did something," said Schollander, who was unimpressive in his earlier events, even failing to qualify for the 110-yard freestyle final, which ZAC ZORN, a 19-year-old from Los Angeles, won in a world-record 53.6. Schollander later tied Zorn's mark in a special trial. KAREN MUIR, a 13-year-old South African, lowered the 220-yard backstroke world mark to 2:28.2, then joined Vancouver's ELAINE TANNER, 15, in swimming the fastest 220-yard individual medley on record as both girls were clocked at 2:32. (Miss Tanner was named winner of the event.) The Santa Clara Swim Club's SUE JONES, 18, broke the 110-yard breaststroke world record with a 1:18.3 and Los Angeles' GREG CHARLTON bettered the world 440-yard with a 4:12.2.