BOATING—ARGONAUT, a 39-foot sloop, was declared overall winner of the roughest 2,225-mile Los Angeles-to-Hawaii race in 14 years. Windward Passage crossed the Diamond Head finish line first but was penalized two hours after the Transpacific Protest Committee upheld a complaint filed against her by the crew of Esprit. First-to-finish honors were given instead to BLACKFIN, commanded by Ken DeMeuse.
Don Aronow, former world champion power-boater and defending U.S. titlist, won the 214-mile race for ocean-going powerboats at Viarreggio, Italy, in The Cigarette, a 32-footer powered by a pair of 475 hp Mercruiser engines. His average speed of 73.1 mph broke the record set last week in Florida by New Yorker Bill Wishnick.
BOXING—Heavyweight Charlie Green, who paid $6 to see former Light Heavyweight Champion JOSE TORRES fight Jimmy Ralston at Madison Square Garden, landed in the ring as a substitute when Ralston claimed to have injured his elbow while working out in his hotel room. Green, who happened to be in shape, stunned the audience by knocking Torres down twice in the first two rounds before the wobbly comeback hopeful, realizing he'd "better get the guy out quick," KO'd Green with a right.
HARNESS RACING—Howard Beissinger drove LINDY'S PRIDE ($7.80) into the lead at the half-mile of the $100,000 Yonkers Futurity Trot and won by three-quarters length over Prophet. The expected duel among Gun Runner, Lindy's Pride and Dayan for the first leg of trotting's Triple Crown never materialized as Gun Runner was scratched and Dayan straggled in fifth (page 40).
The seemingly unbeatable Nevele Pride disappointed his bettors when he broke stride in the first turn of the $73,833 American National Maturity at Sportsman's Park, Chicago, and never became a threat. Out in front from the gate, Ralph Baldwin drove SNOW SPEED to an easy six-length victory over Kerry Pride in a time of 1:59[2/5], equaling the track record for the mile.
HORSE RACING—NODOUBLE ($5), carrying top weight of 127 pounds, overtook Verbatim in the final half-mile of Aqueduct's $109,000 Brooklyn Handicap and drew away at the wire for a 1�-length victory. Dike put on a stretch drive to finish third. The first money of $70,850 increased Nodouble's career earnings to $603,419.
In the $159,350 Hollywood Park Juvenile Championship for 2-year-olds, INSUBORDINATION ($3.20), the favorite, collected the winner's purse of $101,850 for his fifth victory in eight starts. Laffit Pincay Jr. forced his mount out in front in the stretch and crossed the finish of the six-furlong race three-quarters of a length ahead of the second choice, With Evidence.
Pelican Stable's favored 3-year-old roan, AL HATTAB ($3.40), set a track record on his way to winning the $54,800 Patriot Stakes at Liberty Bell Park, Philadelphia, by 1� lengths over Best Turn and boosted his career earnings to more than $275,000. Jockey Ray Broussard guided the winner through the mile-and-one-sixteenth race in 1:41.2, two seconds faster than the record set earlier this month by Shuvee.
MOTOR SPORTS—Before an estimated crowd of 120,000, the biggest in British motor-racing history, JACKIE STEWART of Scotland posted a lap record of 129.61 on his way to winning the British Grand Prix, at the Silverstone track. It was his fifth major victory this season, bringing his total points toward the world title to 45-28 more than his nearest competitor, Bruce McLaren.
TENNIS—In the Davis Cup European Zone finals at the Bristol Lawn Tennis Club, the BRITISH team, expected to lose, clinched the title when GRAHAM STILWELL defeated Bob Maud of South Africa, giving Britain a decisive 3-1 lead. The South African team played only one match going into the finals, winning two by default when Czechoslovakia and Poland refused to face them for political reasons.