BOATING—ERGO, a 35-foot sloop owned by Conrad Jones of Marion, Mass. won E class and overall honors in the 24th annual Block Island race. Ergo's corrected time of 31.3844 hours outdid 130 other entrants, mostly bigger boats hampered by a lack of wind.
BOXING—DICK TIGER, the 39-year-old Biafran who has been the middleweight and light-heavyweight champion, won a 10-round decision from Italy's Nino Benvenuti, 31, in a nontitle fight at Madison Square Garden. When asked if he plans to return to the middleweight division for another title attempt. Tiger said, "I have to think about that. Life has its ups and downs. I fought tonight at 166 pounds. Maybe I'm just an overblown middleweight." Benvenuti, the middleweight champ, broke a knuckle in his right hand early in the bout and will be unable to train for a few weeks. "I was in terrible pain," he said. "Tiger was strong, I knew he would be, so my training was preparation to punch with him. But after I hurt my hand I could not move in close. I had to jab and move."
GOLF—DAVE HILL of Jackson, Mich. scored a five-under-par 65 on the final round of the $150,000 Memphis Open for a winning 265, two strokes ahead of Lee Elder. Tommy Aaron tied Charlie Coody for third, and Bert Yancey fell out of contention on the final nine. Hill admitted he was lucky on the sixth hole, after his approach overshot the green and landed in the gallery, where "it hit some guy square in the stomach. Then he started kicking it toward the hole, which I appreciated." However, officials called this unfair, and Hill had to drop the ball on the fringe of the green.
HORSE RACING—ARTS AND LETTERS ($5) carried a mere 111 pounds against older horses lugging heavier burdens as he won the $116,500 Metropolitan Mile at Aqueduct by 2� lengths over Nodouble in a tightener for this week's Belmont Stakes.
Al Hattab ($13.80), ridden by Michael Hole, tied the stakes record of 1:48 in winning the 1? mile $137,100 Jersey Derby at Garden State by 2� lengths over Ack Ack. Al Hattab's regular rider, Ray Broussard, had switched to Night Invader, who finished fourth.
Victory in the $87,075 Mother Goose at Aqueduct gave SHUVEE ($4.20) the second segment of the Triple Crown for 3-year-old fillies and kept alive the possibility that a colt (Majestic Prince) and a filly could win Triple Crowns in the same year.
HORSE SHOWS—KATHY KUSNER, twice an Olympic participant who had hoped to be the first woman jockey—she was the first to receive a license, then broke her leg during a fall show—rode That's Right to the open jumper championship at the Devon (Pa.) show. It was Miss Kusner's second major championship in the two weeks she has been back on the show circuit.
LACROSSE—ARMY manhandled Navy 14-4 to wind up the season in a tie with JOHNS HOPKINS for the national collegiate title (page 30) as Coach Jim (Ace) Adams closed out his 12-year career at West Point. He moves on to Penn.
MOTOR SPORTS—MARIO ANDRETTI won the $809,627 Indianapolis 500 in a Hawk-Ford entered by Andy Granatelli, giving each his first victory (page 24). Dan Gurney finished second for the second straight year.
Porsche took the first five spots in the annual 1,000-kilometer race on the N�rburgring in Germany to win the manufacturer's world championship for the first time. JO SIFFERT and BRIAN REDMAN, who drove the winning car at a record average speed of 101.6 mph, led all the way.