SWIMMING—The U.S. defeated Great Britain 92-68 in an international meet in London as CATIE BALL of Jacksonville, Fla. recorded her third and fourth world records (2:46.9 in the 220-yard breast-stroke and 1:17 in the 110-yard), DEBBIE MEYER of Sacramento, Calif. set her fourth (9:44.1 in the 880-yard freestyle) and MARK SPITZ of Santa Clara, Calif. his second (0:56.3 in the 110-yard butterfly). A world mark was also set by the women's 440-yard medley relay team of Miss Ball, Pokey Watson, Ellie Daniel and Jane Barkman with a clocking of 4:37.4.
Australian Distance Swimmer LINDA McGILL, 21, clipped a whopping 24 minutes off Briton Elaine Gray's 3-month-old women's record for an English Channel crossing when she swam the 21-mile distance from Cap Gris-Nez, France to Dover, England in 9:59:57.
TENNIS—INDIA swept to a 4-1 victory over Japan in the Eastern Zone Davis Cup finals as Premjit Lal took both his singles matches and teamed with Ramanathan Krishnan to win the doubles.
MILEPOSTS—ANNOUNCED: By JOHNNY BACH, 43, his retirement at the end of the 1967-68 season as head basketball coach at Fordham University to devote full time to his job as athletic director. Bach, while compiling a won-lost record of 244-178 in 17 seasons and a winning percentage of .565, led the Rams to two NCAA championship tournaments and five NIT playoffs. He will be succeeded by his assistant, ED CONLIN, 35, the highest scorer in Fordham's basketball history (1,886 points) who played four seasons under Bach beginning in 1951.
AWARDED: To PAUL BROWN, the former Ohio State and Cleveland Brown football coach, and his 11 associates, the Cincinnati franchise in the AFL, to begin play in the 1968 season.
FIRED: As manager of the Atlanta Braves, BILLY HITCHCOCK, 51, after leading the club to its worst season (seventh place) in 14 years. Also out was Joe Adcock of the Cleveland Indians, whose team finished eighth. His replacement will be Alvin Dark, recently given the heave by Kansas City.
DIED: IVAN ERDOS, 43, one of the top-ranked international bridge players; of a heart attack, in Carlsbad, Calif. Erdos represented North America in the 1965 World Championships, took the National Men's Team title twice (1959 and 1964) and. with Tobias Stone, won the $28,500 First International Rubber Bridge Tournament—the richest in the history of the game—in 1966.