MOTOR SPORTS—Austrian JOCHEN RINDT led for 99 laps of the 108-lap U.S. Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, N.Y. and finished 47 seconds ahead of Piers Courage of England (page 78).
TRACK & FIELD—In the first of two scheduled international meets hosted by Kenya, this one in Mombasa, Olympic champion Lee Evans was upset in the 400 meters by Kenyan CHARLES ASATI. The winning time, 46.2, was well off Evans' world record 43.8.
In a special competition, scheduled last week in Los Angeles to give Olympic decathlon champion BILL TOOMEY, 31, one more chance to break Kurt Bendlin's world record before his retirement, Toomey fell 42 points short. His 8,277 total, however, bettered Russ Hodges' U.S. mark by 47 points.
MILEPOSTS—PROMOTED: By the Boston Red Sox to replace Dick Williams as manager, EDDIE KASKO, onetime utility infielder who for the last three years has managed Red Sox farm clubs in Toronto and Louisville.
RETIRED: After eight seasons with the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers followed by two with the San Francisco Warriors, RUDY LaRUSSO, 31, because, "Last year was a difficult one for me, personally and physically." The 6'8" forward had a 10-year scoring average of 15.5 per game, but it was 21.2 over the last two years.
DIED: Of cancer at his home in Traverse City, Mich., WALTER HAGEN, 76, America's most famous and glamorous professional in the golf-mad '20s, who won the first of two U.S. Opens in 1914 at the age of 21 and later added four British Opens, five PGA Championships and five appearances on Ryder Cup teams. In 1926 he whipped young Bobby Jones 12 and 11 in a 72-hole match for which he was paid $6,800, at that time the largest fee ever offered a pro for a single match.
DIED: In Fresno, Calif., HANK THOMPSON, 43, who began his baseball career with the Kansas City Monarchs of the American Negro League in 1948, played third base for the New York Giants from 1949-56 and was perhaps best remembered for the eight homers he hit during the Giants' final drive for the pennant in 1951.