Grand Prix Formula I leader DENIS HULME of New Zealand drove his McLaren-Chevrolet to a record 104.454 mph in winning the first of the six-race series for the Canadian-American Challenge Cup by 1:32 over Mark Donohue of Stoney Brook, N.Y., at Elkhart Lake, Wis.
Driving a Honda, Britain's JOHN SURTEES completed the 68-lap, 243-mile Grand Prix of Italy in Monza in 1:43.45 to beat Australia's defending World Driver Champion Jack Brabham by [2/10] second. The second-place finish increased Brabham's point total in this year's championship standings to 40, just three points behind Denis Hulme, who had to drop out of the race on the 30th lap.
ROWING—WEST GERMANY edged Harvard by almost two seconds for the eights-with-cox title at the European championships in Vichy, France, while the pairs-without-cox title went to Virginians LARRY HOUGH and TONY JOHNSON, who beat East Germany by 11 seconds for the widest winning margin of the meet and the U.S.'s only first-place finish.
SOCCER—OAKLAND, although losing the first of a two-game series to Baltimore 1-0, gained the National Professional Soccer League Championship with a 4-2 total goal advantage when the Clippers defeated the Bays 4-1 in the second game on Dragan Djukic's three first-half goals. Western Division Runner-up St. Louis defeated Eastern Division Runner-up Philadelphia 2-1 and the Stars will meet the Clippers for the Commissioner's Cup Sept. 18 in St. Louis.
TENNIS—Aussie JOHN NEWCOMBE defeated Clark Graebner of Beachwood, Ohio 6-4, 6-4, 8-6 in the finals of the U.S. Singles Championships at Forest Hills, N.Y., while the women's title went to Wimbledon Champion BILLIE JEAN KING of Long Beach, Calif., who beat Briton Ann Haydon Jones 11-9, 6-4 (page 97).
WRESTLING—The U.S.S.R. won four of eight individual titles and the team championship with 34 points at the World Greco-Roman championships in Bucharest, Rumania. Hungary came in second with 29 points, followed by Rumania with 26.