BALLOONING—After a lapse of four years the National Hot Air Balloon races got off the ground at the Iowa State Fair. FRANK PRITCHARD of Flint, Mich. was the overall winner, scoring 5,340 out of a possible 6,000 points in the four-event contest.
BASEBALL—Dave Shaver followed consecutive second-inning singles with a double driving in both runs as WAYNE, N. J. defeated Campbell. Calif. 2-0 in the Little League World Series in Williams-port, Pa. It was the third straight shutout for the Wayne team, and the second for Pitcher Steve O'Neil, who had a no-hitter earlier in the week.
BILLIARDS—STEVE MIZERAK of Carteret, N. J. had a high run of 106 balls in defeating defending champion Luther Lassiter of Elizabeth City, N. C. in the U.S. Open championship in Chicago. Mizerak's 150-85 victory was his second over Lassiter in the double-elimination tournament.
BOATING—INTREPID earned the right to repeat its 1967 defense of the America's Cup, against Australian challenger GRETEL II, on Sept. 15 off Newport, R.I. (page 12). She won nine of 10 races in a four-boat runoff, including six straight over her closest U.S. competitor, Valiant. Gretel II swept the first four races in a best-of-seven series against France.
BOXING—Kame de Abrajar came more than 7,000 miles from Ghana to San Antonio to fight local light heavyweight TERRY KRUEGER. Two seconds into the first round de Abrajar was hit and he fell to the canvas, one of the quickest KOs in ring history.
GOLF—With the pro tour's alltime richest first prize—$60,000—at stake, BOBBY NICHOLS dropped a 14-foot birdie on the 72nd hole to win the Dow Jones Open in Clifton, N. J. by one stroke over Labron Harris (page 54).
HARNESS RACING—MOST HAPPY FELLA ($5.20) won the first event in pacing's Triple Crown, passing favored Columbia George in the stretch in the $102,770 Cane Futurity at Yonkers Raceway. The colt clip-clopped the mile in 1:58[3/5], taking one-fifth of a second off the mark for 3-year-olds.
HORSE RACING—PROUDEST ROMAN ($10.40) scored by 1� lengths over Pass Catcher in the Hopeful, a 6� furlong, $130,950 test for 2-year-olds at Saratoga Springs. His time was 1:18[3/5].
MOTORCYCLING—JIM RICE of Palo Alto, Calif. took the lead on the second lap and held it to the finish in the 10-mile American Motorcycle Association championship race in Peoria, Ill.
POLO—Scoring two goals in the final chukker, Tom Hughes starred as the OAK BROOK. (Ill.) POLO CLUB won its sixth national 20-goal title, defeating Tulsa's Green Hill Farm Club in Milwaukee.