HORSE RACING—A reversal of the first two positions, when favored Heartland of the King Ranch was disqualified for bumping, enabled Meadow Stable's GAY MATELDA ($5.40) to win the $56,800 Alabama Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Saratoga. Third place was taken by Miss Ribot.
Damascus ($2.40) boosted his career earnings over the $1 million mark ($1,060,431) as Braulio Baeza rode him to a two-length victory over Big Rock Candy in the 1[1/16]-mile $53,700 William duPont Jr. Handicap at Delaware Park.
National Anthem ($7), bred, owned and trained by Sidney Watters Jr. and ridden by Brian Hickey, came to form in the 2[1/16]-mile Saratoga National Hurdle to win his first victory in five starts this year by 30 lengths over Yale Fence.
MOTOR SPORTS—Californian JERRY TITUS drove his Shelby team Ford Mustang to a first-place finish in the 2�-hour Trans-American endurance championship in Watkins Glen, N.Y., as Mark Donohue of Media, Pa., who has already clinched the 1968 driving title, came in second with his Sunoco Camaro of the Roger Penske racing team.
David Pearson of Spartanburg, S.C. finished first, by a length, over Hoosier Charlie Glotzbach, in the Sandlapper 200 Grand National stock-car race at the Columbia (S.C.) Speedway.
ROWING—THE VESPER BOAT CLUB of Philadelphia accumulated a total of 110� points to 103 for the Potomac Boat Club in taking the overall title at the National Championships on Orchard Beach Lagoon in New York. St. Catharines (Ont.) Rowing Club finished third in the standings, although its eight-oared crew stroked to a course record of six minutes flat for the 2,000-meter course and beat Vesper by nearly two lengths.
SOCCER—NASL: ATLANTA strengthened its hold on the lead of the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division by winning both its games. The Chiefs defeated Boston 2-1 on South Africa's Kaiser (Boy Boy) Motaung's spectacular sliding shot, then shut out Toronto 3-0. NEW YORK moved into second place (19 points back) after tying Boston 2-2, while WASHINGTON, dropping to third, played no games during the week. The Whips instead dismissed Coach Andr� Nagy after a dispute with the management, naming Hicabi Emekli as his replacement. BALTIMORE also was idle and last-place BOSTON lost one, tied one. CLEVELAND remained the Lakes Division leader, splitting two games, and runner-up CHICAGO slipped farther behind (13 points) when the Stokers beat them 2-0. TORONTO played both Eastern Conference leaders, winning over Cleveland 3-2 but losing to Atlanta, while DETROIT rested in the cellar after being taken by San Diego. In the Gulf Division of the Western Conference KANSAS CITY stayed on top. The Spurs split two games that were both played in more than 90� heat before crowds of about 11,500. ST. LOUIS beat the leaders 3-1 in its only game. HOUSTON edged San Diego 2-1 with the aid of a wrong-way goal by Toro Henry Hill. DALLAS was not scheduled. Pacific Division leader SAN DIEGO lost two games before defeating Detroit 4-1, and OAKLAND entrenched itself in second place by scoring a fifth straight victory. The Clippers shut out Los Angeles 4-0, then slaughtered Vancouver 6-1. LOS ANGELES fell to the bottom of the division when VANCOUVER handed them another defeat in a 4-1 game.
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: To replace deposed General Manager Buddy Jeannette of the Baltimore Bullets, JOE SACHS, 34, who has served as a Republican campaign aide in Maryland. Sachs was named executive vice-president and will be in charge of business operations. "Decisions on playing personnel will be left entirely to Coach Gene Shue," said Abe Pollin, sole team owner.
HIRED: As coach of the Minnesota Pipers, the ABA's championship team, JAMES HARDING, 39, coach at La Salle College last year. He succeeds Vince Cazzetta, who resigned last month.
HIRED: As special assistant in the University of Tennessee's Student Affairs Division and as part-time assistant to the athletic department, RALPH BOSTON, 29, world long-jump record holder, and Olympic gold medalist, to begin his new duties September 1.