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Tartan Stable's favored DR. FAGER ($2.10), Braulio Baeza up, finished all alone in the 1? mile Whitney Stakes at Saratoga, beating Spoon Bait, his closest rival in the field of four, by eight lengths.
MOTOR SPORTS—Veteran Racer LEE ROY YARBROUGH, driving one of only 16 cars that lasted the distance, won the $80,000 Dixie 500 in Atlanta with an average speed of 127.068 mph (page 22).
Scotland's JACKIE STEWART drove his Matra-Ford to a four-minute victory over leading Driver Graham Hill in the German Grand Prix in Adenau. The win, which took 2:19:03.2, for an average speed of 86.82 mph over the rain-slickened N�rburgring course, strengthened Stewart's hold on second place in the overall championship standings. Stewart now has 26 points to Hill's 30.
SOCCER—NASL: After struggling to the lead of the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division last week, WASHINGTON lost its steam and also its first-place position, by dropping two games and beating only DALLAS (the latter's 20th defeat in 21 games). ATLANTA regained the top spot, despite one loss, when South Africa's Kaizer (Boy-Boy) Motaung scored all the goals in a 3-1 victory over Baltimore. Motaung has now made nine goals in nine games. Third-place NEW YORK won both its games to give the Generals a short stint as runner-up in the division. George Kirby and Eliseu (obtained from Santos of Brazil just last week) each scored doubles in a 4-3 defeat of the Whips, and then Argentina's 6'1" Forward Cesar Menotti slipped in three goals for a 4-1 rout of BALTIMORE, which lost a second game. BOSTON posted two wins, yet remained in the cellar. CLEVELAND captured the lead from CHICAGO in the Lakes Division with a 4-1 victory over the Mustangs, who then played a scoreless tie with DETROIT. The Cougars won their other game but still trailed TORONTO, which lost its first home game of the season. In the Gulf Division of the Western Conference KANSAS CITY held on to its lead despite a loss to ST. LOUIS, which switched places with HOUSTON during the course of the week when St. Louis split two games and Houston dropped two. After an expected loss to Washington, DALLAS upset St. Louis 3-1 for its first home victory of the season. First- and second-place teams SAN DIEGO and OAKLAND were idle in the Pacific Division, while LOS ANGELES and VANCOUVER were the teams that each beat slumping Houston.
SWIMMING—As expected, world records were broken at the National AAU Outdoor Championships in Lincoln, Neb., with teen-age girls leading the pack (page 18). In the men's division, however, record-setting was restricted mainly to U.S. and meet marks, except for Canadian RALPH HUTTON, who even amazed himself when he edged UCLA's Mike Burton in the 400-meter freestyle with a time of 4:06.5. Still, it was well under Mark Spitz's pending world record of 4:07.7.
TENNIS—CHARLIE PASARELL, ranked No. 1 in the U.S., upset top-seeded Clark Graebner 3-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 in the men's division of the Eastern Grass Court championships in South Orange, N.J., while the women's title went to MARY ANN EISEL 21, of St. Louis. She won eight straight games to beat the 17-year-old California prodigy Kristy Pigeon 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.
MILEPOSTS—INDUCTED: Into professional football's Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, ARTIE DONOVAN, MARION MOTLEY, CLIFF BATTLES, CHARLEY TRIPPI, ELROY (Crazy Legs) HIRSCH WAYNE MILLNER and ALEX WOJCIECHOWICZ.
FIRED: BUDDY JEANNETTE, 50, as general manager of the NBA's Baltimore Bullets, after serving in that post for three years. No successor to Jeannette, who was also coach and star of the championship 1948 Bullets team, has been named.