HORSE RACING—Charles Engelhard's unbeaten NIJINSKY, the odds-on favorite, won the $192,139 Irish Sweeps Derby at The Curragh, sweeping past Meadowville 100 yards from the wire, with Master Guy finishing third. Nijinsky and Irish Jockey Liam Ward covered the 1� miles in 2:33.6 (page 14).
Hanalei Bay ($14.40), owned by Robert Miller and ridden by Merlin Volske, outfought favored Corn Off The Cob to win the $123,200 Hollywood Derby at Hollywood Park by a neck, covering the 1� miles in 2:01[1/5]. Western Welcome was third, five lengths back.
Sonny Werblin's SILENT SCREEN ($4.80) galloped to an easy victory in the $56,900 Saranac Handicap at Belmont Park with John Rotz bringing him home by 3� lengths over Aggressively. Naskra ran third. The winner's time for the mile on a sloppy track was 1:36.
French import SEMILLANT ($10.60) won his first U.S. race, leading all the way in the $84,200 Massachusetts Handicap at Suffolk Downs and finishing 2� lengths ahead of Drumtop. Third horse was Jungle Cove. Jean Cruguet brought the Sarah Hall entry home in 2:37[1/5] over 1� miles of soft turf.
Earl Scheib's ROLL OF HONOR, ridden by Lester Piggott, captured the $173,000 Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp. Fontarabal was second in the field of 14, with Baron Guy de Rothschild's High Moon third.
HORSE SHOWS—WEST GERMANY captured the Nations Cup at the Aachen, West Germany International, with Great Britain second and the U.S. third. U.S. equestrian team captain WILLIAM STEINKRAUS won two competitions with 1968 gold-medal winner SNOWBOUND, and America's first girl jockey, Kathy Kusner of Monkton, Md., placed aboard Fru in a time class.
MOTOR SPORTS—Californian DAN GURNEY won his second straight Can-Am race, rolling through 75 laps at Mont Tremblant, Quebec at an average speed of 99.95 mph to gain the 15th victory in the series for the McLaren racing team. Lothar Motschenbacher was second across the line in a similar McLaren Mark 8D, with Canadian George Eaton third. English driver Jackie Oliver flipped his car on the first lap but escaped injury.
Driving in 90� heat at a 6,500-foot altitude, MARIO ANDRETTI took the lead on the 16th lap and won his first championship car race of the year, the third annual Rocky Mountain 150 at Continental Divide Raceway in Castle Rock, Colo. Andretti pushed his McNamara Ford at an average speed of 84.80 mph, covering the course in 1:48.17 without a pit stop. Swede Savage was second, A. J. Foyt third and the Indy-winning Unser brothers, Bobby and Al, came in fourth and fifth, respectively, as only 10 of the 22 starters finished.
SAILING—Richard S. Nye's 48-foot sloop CARINA, out of Greenwich, Conn., was overall winner of the Newport-to- Bermuda race, covering the 679 miles in four days, 44 minutes, 13 seconds, but holding nearly a four-hour lead on the basis of corrected time. WINDWARD PASSAGE was the first boat to finish, logging three days, 15 hours, three minutes, 47 seconds.
TRACK & FIELD—The National AAU championships in Bakersfield, Calif. were full of upsets as HOWELL MICHAEL of William & Mary beat Villanova's Marty Liquori in the mile, running a 4:01.8, with Peter Kaal of the Pacific Coast Club also passing Liquori at the wire. JOHN SMITH of UCLA surprised Lee Evans in the 440, winning by inches, with both clocked in 45.7. TOM HILL of Arkansas State turned in a meet record equaling 13.3 in winning the 120 high hurdles, with Colorado's Marcus Walker second and Willie Davenport third. RANDY MATSON set a new meet record in the shotput with 67'10�" (page 10).