BOXING—SHOZO SAIJO recovered from a first-round knockdown to win a 15-round split decision over Frankie Crawford of Los Angeles and retain his WBA featherweight title in a bout at Sendai, Japan.
FENCING—ALBERT AXELROD, America's 1960 Olympic bronze medalist, won the national foil championship in New York, becoming the first man to gain that title four times and the oldest (at 49) ever to hold it. He defeated 21-year-old Ty Simmons in a fence-off, five touches to four.
GOLF—KERMIT ZARLEY, finishing with a five-under-par 67, claimed the second victory in his six-year career in the $125,000 Canadian Open at London, Ontario. His 72-hole total of 279, nine-under-par, put him three strokes ahead of Gibby Gilbert, who turned in a final-round 71. Chi Chi Rodriguez, tied for the lead going into the last round, carded a 75, tying for third with Bob Stone at 283.
Donna Caponi won her second straight U.S. Women's Open by sinking a five-foot putt on the final hole for a double bogey to beat Sandra Spuzich by one stroke in Muskogee, Okla. (pane 49).
HARNESS RACING—GIL HANOVER ($4.20) moved to the front at the start and led all the way to win the $24,345 Hanover-Hempt Stake for 3-year-old trotters at Pocono Downs, with Jouster just a nose away in second, a neck ahead of Art Hill. Bill Haughton drove the Farmstead Acres entry in 2:03[4/5] for the mile on a rain-slowed track. COLUMBIA GEORGE ($3), owned by Dr. and Mrs. George Smith, took the $26,295 division of the same stake for pacers, lasting for a head win over Adover Rainbow, with Truluck 1� lengths back in third. Roland Beaulieu drove the winner, posting a notable 1:58[1/5] for the mile.
Stanley Dancer drove his own colt, MOST HAPPY FELLA ($2.40 and $2.60), to win the $14,393 Orange County Cup at Goshen in straight heats on the final day of Grand Circuit Week (page 52). He broke the track record with a 1:58[2/5] mile in the first heat, best time this season for a 3-year-old pacer on a half-mile track, beating Keystone Pat by two lengths. In the second heat Colonial was second, 2� lengths back.
Armstrong Brothers' HORTON HANOVFR ($12), a converted trotter, won his third pace in a row, taking the $25,000 Governor's Cup at Sportsman's Park by 2� lengths over Ozzie Hanover. Favored Rum Customer came in a half-length back in third. Jack Williams drove the winner in 1:58 for the mile.
HORSE RACING—Marion Frankel's unheralded BAROMETER ($32.40) swept away to his first stakes victory, winning the $110,100 Suburban Handicap at Aqueduct by an easy 2� lengths over Verbatim, with Hitchcock third, another three lengths back. Angel Cordero Jr. guided the winner home in 2:01[1/5] for the 1� miles.
Cragwood Stable's MR. LEADER ($4.20) pulled away in the stretch to a 1�-length win over Kerry's Time in the $57,400 Stars and Stripes Handicap at Arlington Park, with stablemate Ribofilio finishing third. Jorge Tejeira rode the winner in the track-record time of 1:47[2/5] over the 1? miles.
Pattee Canyon ($3.60) won the unofficial filly-and-mare championship of Hollywood Park with a two-length victory over Blow Up II in the 1? mile, $55,450 Beverly Hills Handicap. Summer Sorrow was third. Bill Shoemaker rode the winner in 2:13 on the turf course.