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Scotland's JACKIE STEWART took the 169-mile Grand Prix of France for Formula II cars in Albi when he drove his Matra to the record time of 1:33:7.7, beating Austrian Jachen Rindt in a Brabham-Cosworth by 17.5 seconds. Fellow Scot Jim Clark finished third.
Indy Champion A.J. FOYT of Houston, driving a Ford-powered Sherapon-Thompson Special, added to his USAC point lead by winning the Trenton 200 as his closest rival for the championship, Mario Andretti, was forced out of the race after a three-car collision on the fifth lap.
Richard Petty of Level Cross, N.C. gained his ninth consecutive victory and boosted his record season NASCAR win total to 26 when he took the Old Dominion 500 in Martinsville, Va., finishing four laps ahead of Dick Hutcherson.
SOFTBALL—The world champion AURORA Seal-masters took their fourth National Men's Fast Pitch title when they won six straight games in the double elimination tournament in Springfield, Mo. In the finals, Aurora's Harvey Sterkel shut out the Mountain View (Calif.) Fairchild Falcons 4-0 on a one-hitter. The Clearwater ( Fla.) Bombers, the defending champions, finished third behind Mountain View.
SWIMMING—ROLAND MATTHES, 16, the European 200-meter backstroke record holder from East Germany, broke world marks in the 110-yard and 100-meter backstrokes with clockings of 1:00.1 and 58.4 at a meet in Leipzig, East Germany.
TENNIS—SPAIN swept to a 5-0 victory over Ecuador in the European-American interzone Davis Cup tie as Manuel Santana and Juan Gisbert took both their singles matches in Barcelona, Spain. Santana also teamed with Jos� Luis Arilla to win the doubles.
Aussie ROY EMERSON gained his fourth Pacific Southwest championship when he defeated Marty Riessen of Evanston, Ill. 12-14, 6-3, 6-4 in the men's singles finals in Los Angeles. Riessen had upset top-seeded John Newcombe, the Wimbledon and U.S. champion, earlier in the tournament. The women's title went to BILLIE JEAN KING who beat fellow Californian Rosemary Casals 6-0, 6-4.
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: As crew coach for Columbia University, BILL STOWE, 27, who stroked the Vesper Boat Club of Philadelphia to the eight-oared championship in the 1964 Olympics; as varsity coach for the University of Washington, DICK ERICKSON, 31, Washington's freshman crew coach since 1964.
RESIGNED: As manager of the New York Mets, WES WESTRUM, 44, because of "physical and mental strain." Westrum, an outstanding catcher for the New York Giants (1947-1957), succeeded the original Mets' manager, Casey Stengel, midway through the 1965 season and led the Mets out of the cellar into ninth place in 1966. Salty Parker, the Mets' third-base coach, took over the team for the season's final 11 games.