Champion Jockey Lester Piggott won the first two Classics at Newmarket when he brought Charles Engelhard's unbeaten NIJINSKY (4-7) home to a 2�-length victory in the $102,072 2,000 Guineas—then drove Lady Ashcombe's HUMBLE DUTY (3-1) to a decisive seven-length victory in the $75,815 1,000 Guineas the next day.
MOTOR SPORTS—The driving team of Switzerland's JO SIFFERT and England's BRIAN REDMAN took the lead in the seventh lap and pulled away to win Sicily's 54th Targa Florio, scoring the fourth victory for Porsche in five races of the world manufacturers' championship series. Pedro Rodriguez of Mexico and Leo Kinnunen of Finland, who won for Porsche in the other three races, led briefly but finished second.
ROWING—PENN beat previously undefeated Harvard by more than a length for its second straight Adams Cup victory, covering the 2,000-meter course on the Charles River in six minutes, 16.6 seconds (page 74).
Princeton's varsity won its third consecutive Carnegie Cup, pushed by a favoring tailwind to a record time of five minutes, 54.2 seconds for the 2,000-meter Lake Carnegie course. The Yale men were only one length behind in second, with Cornell just inches away in third.
SOCCER—CHELSEA defeated Leeds United 2-1 in overtime to capture the Football Association Cup in Manchester, England (page 78).
TENNIS—England's MARK COX took just 74 minutes to capture the $4,800 first prize in the British hard-court open tennis tournament at Bournemouth, beating Bob Hewitt of South Africa 6-1, 6-2, 6-3. Mrs. MARGARET COURT of Australia retained the women's title, defeating Virginia Wade of England 6-2, 6-3.
Clark Graebner won the 36th River Oaks Invitational in Houston, beating Cliff Richey 2-6, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 to earn the $6,000 first prize.
TRACK & FIELD—For the second year in a row BYRON DYCE of New York and Jamaica was voted the outstanding athlete of the Quantico Relays. Running for the United Athletic Association of Brooklyn, he turned in a 1:48 half in the sprint medley to anchor the meet-record 3:20.3 win and the same day ran a 1:49.3 half in winning the two-mile relay. Earlier Dyce had run a 4:01.1 anchor mile in the distance medley and a 48.8 quarter in the mile relay. In the mile walk DAVE ROMANSKY of the Delaware Track Club surpassed his American record by almost 16 seconds with a time of 6:10.4—and was officially clocked in an American record time of 5:39.8 at the 1,500 meter mark. TOM GAGE of the New York Athletic Club obliterated the hammer-throw record with a 215-foot heave, with four of his five throws bettering Hal Connolly's old mark of 202 set in 1956.
MILEPOSTS—SWAPPED: The Pittsburgh Steelers got HENRY DAVIS, LB, and JOHN FUQUA, RB, for DICK SHINER, who joins the New York Giants, giving them enough quarterbacks to play a new one each period. In other off-season moves, Running Back DICK BASS, leading rusher in Los Angeles Ram history—5,417 yards in 10 seasons—retired (he hopes to become a disc jockey); Tight End JACQUE MACKINNON leaves San Diego after nine years for a Packer draft choice; 12-year Guard DARRELL DESS and Quarterback MILT PLUM were dropped by the Giants and JIM RICHARDS, safety for the Jets, heads for two years' Army duty.
HONORED: As the ABA's Most Valuable Player, Denver rookie SPENCER HAYWOOD, the league's leading scorer (29.99) and rebounder. Washington's Rick Barry placed second.