BOWLING—JIM STEFANICH of Joliet, Ill. withstood a closing surge by Butch Gearhart of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. to capture the $4,000 first prize in the $50,000 Gansett Open in Cranston, R.I. Stefanich's 9,098 pins gave him a 119-point margin.
BOXING—MUHAMMAD ALI fought eight exhibition rounds against three little-known heavyweight opponents at the Morehouse College gym in Atlanta. The former champion, who has not had a regular bout since March 1967, was warming up for a fight next month (page 20).
FENCING—The U.S. won in its first Fencing Masters' World Tournament, capturing the London event 46-44 over Italy. EDWIN RICHARDS of Boston was the big winner with 21 victories.
FISHING—In international tuna fishing competition between five countries off the southwest tip of Nova Scotia TED NAFTZGER of Los Angeles won the Alton B. Sharp Trophy for the U.S. with a 670-pound catch. It was the first time in two years that a tuna had been caught in the annual event.
GOLF—LANNY WADKINS—like another Wake Forest star, Arnold Palmer, in 1954—won the U.S. Amateur, holing a 20-foot birdie putt on the last hole at Portland's Waverley Country Club to insure a one-stroke victory over Tom Kite of the University of Texas. Wadkins' final-round 70 gave him a one-under-par 279 (page 98).
HARNESS RACING—TIMOTHY T., with victories in the first and third heats, won the 45th edition of the $143,630 Hambletonian at the State Fairgrounds in Du Quoin, Ill., making John Simpson Jr., 27, the youngest winning driver ever (page 24).
HORSE RACING—BILL SHOEMAKER, 39, tied Johnny Longden, who retired in 1966, as the most victorious jockey ever by winning the 6,032nd race of his 22-year career, at Del Mar, Calif. (page 28).
Carrying 140 pounds, 4-year-old TA WEE ($5) won the $28,300 Fall Highweight Handicap at Belmont Park. The lone filly in the field of nine, Tartan Stable's entry took the six-furlong event by a neck over fast-closing Towzie Tyke. The favorite's time was 1:10[2/5], one-fifth of a second slower than last year, when she won under 130 pounds.
MOUNTAIN CLIMBING—NAOMI UEMURA, a 29-year-old, 115-pound Japanese, became the first man to complete a solo climb of North America's highest peak, 20,320-foot Mt. McKinley in Alaska. Carrying only a 40-pound food and equipment pack, Uemura made the ascent in five days by the west-buttress route.
SWIMMING—The two-year-old world record for the women's 400-meter medley relay was broken by a U.S. team in Osaka, Japan. SUSIE ATWOOD (backstroke), KIM BRECHT (breaststroke), ALICE JONES (butterfly) and CINDY SCHILLING (freestyle) combined for a 4:27.4, trimming seven-tenths of a second off the old mark and finishing well ahead of the second-place Japanese team, whose 4:36.3 broke the national record.