HORSE RACING—The Countess de la Valdene's PRINCE REGENT (7-2) charged past Charles Engelhard's favored Ribofilio in the last 100 yards to win the Irish Sweeps Derby at the Curragh by a length and reward his owner, the former Diana Guest, with a purse of $128,410. Reindeer, owned by the Countess' brother, Raymond Guest, former U.S. ambassador to Ireland, finished third in the race whose outcome decided the payoff of millions in Sweeps prizes.
Bill Veeck's first Yankee Gold Cup at Suffolk Downs, a two-mile turf race worth $252,750, went to Thomas Nichols' Kentucky-bred JEAN-PIERRE ($13.40), ridden by Walter Blum, with French horses in the next three places. Jean-Pierre came from just off the pace in the last 16th to defeat Taneb by 1� lengths.
Perry Stable's DESERT LAW ($3.80) took the $81,350 Vanity Handicap at Hollywood Park, surviving a claim of interference by Manuel Ycaza, rider of Amerigo Lady, who was third.
Bobby Ussery rode Locust Hill Farm's 4-year-old colt PROMISE ($4.60) to victory by a head in the seven-furlong, $57,600 Carter Handicap at Belmont Park, withstanding a late surge by Jorge Velasquez on Iron Ruler.
Calumet Farm's BEST TURN ($16.00) came from behind in the last turn of the $58,200 Saranac Handicap at Belmont to take the mile event for 3-year-olds by a comfortable five lengths over Prevailing, with Buck Run third in a field of 10.
MOTOR SPORTS—GEORGE FOLLMER, of Arcadia, Calif., the United States Road Racing Champion in 1965, easily won the Bridgehampton, N.Y. Trans-Am in a factory-supported fastback Boss Mustang, averaging 96.54 mph for 250 miles over the 2.85-mile course.
TENNIS—PANCHO GONZALES, 41, tennis king of the '50s, enchanted Wimbledon with an opening-round victory over Charles Pasarell, 25, requiring five hours, 20 minutes and 112 games—the longest match in Wimbledon history. Ultimately, however, the tiring Californian lost to ARTHUR ASHE in the fourth round (page 56).
TRACK & FIELD—IVORY CROCKETT, a 5'6" speedster from Southern Illinois, was the surprise of the 81st AAU championships at Miami, upsetting Olympian John Carlos in the 100 (9.3) as Charley Greene finished third (page 18). The anticipated mile duel between MARTY LIQUORI and the world-record holder Jim Ryun fizzled when Ryun dropped out after a quarter mile and stalked out of the stadium. Liquori, who had defeated Ryun the previous week in the NCAA meet, outran Sam Bair to win in 3:59.5. The 18-foot pole vault again eluded BOB SEAGREN and John Pennel, although Seagren, who won at 17'6", twice cleared the bar at 18'�", only to tickle it off on his descent. Seagren said he plans to retire from vaulting after the U.S.-British Commonwealth- U.S.S.R. meet in Los Angeles later this month. At Miami, Pennel was second at 17 feet and never came close to his world-record vault of 17'10�", set the previous week. Six AAU meet records were broken: CARLOS ran the 220 in 20.2; LEE EVANS of San Jose State had a 45.6 in the 440: JON COLE of the Pacific Coast Club sailed the discus 208'10" (defeating the perennial champion, Jay Sylvester); MARK MURRO of Arizona State threw the javelin 284'3"; and RON LAIRD of the NYAC heel-and-toed it for two miles in 13.31.6.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: JOE MULLANEY, 44, to succeed Bill van Breda Kolff as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA. For 14 years Mullaney has been basketball coach at Providence College, where he developed Len Wilkens and Jimmy Walker. Van Breda Kolff has moved on to the Detroit Pistons.
NAMED: CHARLES (Bud) WILKINSON to the Football Hall of Fame. As head coach at Oklahoma from 1947 to 1963 he amassed 139 wins (with one streak of 47 games) against only 27 losses and four ties.