Gamely won the 1?-mile $81,850 Beldame Stakes by a nose in a photo finish over Politely at Aqueduct, N.Y.
Ribero, ridden by Britain's Lester Piggott, fought off a stretch drive by Canterbury to take the $96,000 St. Leger Stakes at Doncaster, England.
MOTOR SPORTS—Pennsylvania's MARK DONOHUE moved ahead in the Canadian-American sports car series with a victory in the 200-mile Bridgehampton, N.Y. Grand Prix, averaging 111.32 mph in a Chevy-engined, Roger Penske-prepared racer. Favorites Bruce McLaren and Denis Hulme had engine failures.
Bobby Isaac took over the lead with 30 miles to go and went on to win the Beltsville (Md.) 300 stock-car race. NASCAR Grand National leader David Pearson finished only eight seconds behind him—but was disqualified when inspectors discovered that his car was under the two-ton minimum weight.
SOCCER—ATLANTA won the Eastern Conference playoffs with a 2-1 victory over Cleveland and will meet the winner of the Kansas City-San Diego Western Conference playoff for the North American League championship. JOHN KOWALIK of Chicago Mustangs, the league's top scorer, was named Most Valuable Player. Kowalik scored 30 goals and had nine assists for 69 points, edging San Diego's Cirilo Fernandez, who finished with 67 points. Kaizer Motaung, Atlanta's South African halfback, was voted Rookie of the Year.
SWIMMING—KAYE HALL, CATIE BALL, ELLIE DANIEL and SUE PEDERSEN set a world record of 4:28.1 in the 400-meter medley relay during an exhibition at Colorado Springs, Colo. Although records are normally certified only in scheduled meets, this one is expected to be approved because Olympic and AAU officials were present.
TENNIS—ARTHUR ASHE, the U.S. Open tennis champion, won the Desert Inn invitational tournament by defeating Clark Graebner 9-7, 6-3 at Las Vegas. Graebner and Charles Pasarell were upset doubles winners over the Davis Cup doubles team of Bob Lutz and Stan Smith 6-3, 7-5.
TRACK & FIELD—"I just wanted to finally do something," said GEOFF VANDERSTOCK after breaking the world record for the 400-meter hurdles in the Olympic Trials at South Lake Tahoe, Calif. (page 18). Vanderstock's 48.8 beat Rex Cawley's old record by three-tenths second. BOB SEAGREN, who had been hospitalized before the Trials for a congenital vertebra problem, regained the world record by pole vaulting 17'9". Other world marks were set by John Carlos (19.7 in the 200 meters) and Lee Evans (44.0 in the 400 meters). However, these marks may be disallowed because, on the Tartan track, Evans and Carlos wore the radically different shoes with brushlike spikelets (page 12), which for the time being are not acceptable footwear to the International Amateur Athletic Federation.
On his first throw in a meet in Budapest, GYULA ZSIVOTZKY of Hungary broke his world hammer record of 241'11" by one inch.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: JOE COLLIER, coach of the AFL's Buffalo team, following a 48-6 defeat of the Bills by Oakland, their second loss of the season. In Collier's first year as head coach the Bills were Eastern Division champions, but they dropped to a 4-10 record in 1967, tying Miami for third. Collier's fate undoubtedly was decided four weeks ago when he held a scrimmage in which Buffalo's regular quarterback, Jack Kemp, suffered a severe knee injury and was lost for the season.