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LACROSSE—The LONG ISLAND ATHLETIC CLUB successfully defended its 1968 national club championship with a 19-8 victory over the Maryland Lacrosse Club of Hofstra University. "We achieved every objective," said Long Island's rookie coach, Cliff Murray. "We wanted to control the ball at least nine minutes in every quarter and draw only four penalties." This they did.
MOTOR SPORTS—A spin by Art Pollard on the first lap of Milwaukee's Rex Mays 150 precipitated a series of accidents that sent Gary Bettenhausen cartwheeling end-over-end, sidelined 10 other racers in the 24-car field and, though no driver was seriously injured, stopped the race for 32 minutes. After the restart, Indy Champion Mario Andretti led for 90 laps, only to be overtaken by the eventual winner—ART POLLARD in a substitute car.
TENNIS—ROD LAVER took his Australian countryman Ken Rosewall in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4, to win the French Open championship in Paris. Said Laver, who has also won the Australian and South African championships this year, "It's the first time I've beaten Kenny in a big one on clay." Nancy Richey was the only American to reach any of the finals—she teamed with Australia's Mrs. Margaret Court in the women's doubles—but lost 6-0, 4-6, 7-5, to Mrs. Ann Jones of Britain and Fran�oise Durr of France. In the women's singles, MRS. COURT defeated Mrs. Jones 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.
In Manchester, England, New York's CLARK GRAEBNER beat Graham Stilwell of Britain for the men's title in the Northern England grass court championships 9-7, 3-6, 6-4. In an all-American final MRS. MARY ANN EISEL CURTIS of St. Louis defeated Patti Hogan of La Jolla, Calif. 6-4, 6-4 for the women's prize.
TRACK & FIELD—JIM RYUN led a quartet of runners to sub-four-minute miles as he won the mile and the outstanding athlete award at the Coliseum-Compton Invitational in Los Angeles. Ryun's time (3:55.9) was the fastest in the world this year, and Sam Bair (3:56.7), Marty Liquori (3:57.6), Frank Murphy (3:58.1) and John Lawson (3:59.3) all recorded personal bests. Ryun, who had withdrawn from the mile the week previous due to a swollen knee, decided he couldn't hurt it more by running this week. "It really felt good to run under four minutes again." said Ryun after his victory. "I had absolutely no problem with it [the knee] tonight. The only real problem I had was nervousness before the race. Before tonight I was apprehensive about this whole season, but now I am looking forward to all the races." In other events USC's 440-yard relay team ran the world's fastest time (39.3) this year (Rich Coulter, Fred Kuller, Edesel Garrison," Lennox Miller); WILLIE DAVENPORT equaled a meet record and set a Coliseum record with a 13.5 in the 120 high hurdles, and NEIL STEINHAUER's 67'8" shotput was also a world's best this year; RON LAIRD of the NYAC set his third American record in two weeks with a 12:23.0 clocking in the 3,000-meter walk, and BOB SEAGREN won the pole vault at 17'6�". John Pennell was second at the same height, both vaulters tying the Coliseum mark set by Pennell in 1966.
RETIRED: BILL GLASS, 33, defensive end for the Cleveland Browns and 11-year NFL veteran. A lay minister, Glass will devote all his time to evangelism; at present he is leading an interdenominational "Crusade for Christ."
RETIRED: JOE NAMATH, 26, the New York Jet's Super Bowl hero, after Football Commissioner Pete Rozelle ordered him to sell his interest in a New York restaurant called Bachelors III (page 20). Rozelle said "undesirables" had been observed in the place. Said Namath: "I don't think it's right, so I am getting out of football. I am innocent of any wrongdoing. I won't sell, I'll quit." Declared Rozelle: "I've got my job to do." In this bumper year of brief retirements (e.g., baseball's Hawk Harrelson, Donn Clendenon, Maury Wills) there was speculation that Namath, too, would have second thoughts.
DIED: BOB HIGGINS, 75, former head football coach at Penn State (1930-1948) and a member of college football's Hall of Fame; at Bellefonte, Pa. In 1919 Higgins captained the Penn State team and made Walter Camps All-America at end. His lifetime coaching record at West Virginia Wesleyan, Washington University and with the Nittany Lions was 123-80-17.