GYMNASTICS—JAPAN won the men's title and EAST GERMANY and the SOVIET UNION shared women's honors at the world championships in Ljubljana, Yugoslavia. Cathy Rigby of Long Beach, Calif. took second place in the balance-beam competition, the only U.S. women's medal in the world championships.
The International Gymnastics Federation announced it was withdrawing official recognition from the AAU in favor of the UNITED STATES GYMNASTICS FEDERATION.
HANDBALL—STEVE SANDLER of Yonkers, N.Y. won his fifth consecutive title in the U.S. Handball Association's One-Wall Tournament in Brooklyn, N.Y., defeating Mike Dickman of Queens, N.Y. 21-9, 21-9.
HOCKEY—For the first time this season, Gordie Howe skated out with Alex Delvecchio and Frank Mahovlich on DETROIT's forward line, and the immediate gain was a 3-3 tie with Eastern tri-leader Montreal, ending a two-game Red Wing losing streak. The NHL's alltime scoring champion, who has been a Red Wing for 25 of his 42 years, tallied one goal and assisted on another, signaling a temporary end at least to an early season experiment that had put him on defense. In the team's next start, a 4-1 NEW YORK win, Howe was unable to get off a shot, but against Boston he collected a goal and an assist once more as the Red Wings ended the Bruins' 16-game win streak (counting last season's Stanley Cup playoffs) with a 5-3 victory. Howe's assist was the 1,000th of his career and it helped Delvecchio surpass the 400-goal career mark. BOSTON, however, righted itself against New York with a 6-0 shutout by part-time Goalie Eddie Johnston, handing the Rangers their first loss in seven games (page 18). MINNESOTA moved into contention in the West with wins over Toronto and division-leading Chicago.
HORSE RACING—SHUVEE ($7.80) became the first filly to win the two-mile Jockey Club Gold Cup at Aqueduct, finishing two lengths ahead of favored Loud in a slow 3:21[3/5].
Taken aback ($16.40) charged from last place, 19 lengths behind, to win the nine-furlong $62,150 Spinster Stakes at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. in 1:51[2/5].
MOTOR SPORTS—Two accidents killed three drivers on the final day of racing at the 50-year-old state fairground track in Sacramento. After the second wreck, which occurred on the 35th lap of the scheduled 100-lap event, the race was stopped with Jerry Blundy of Galesburg, Ill. in the lead. Dead are Ernie Burssell, 27, of Nevada City; Walt Reiff, 41, of Sacramento and Anaheim and Jimmie Gordon, 26, of Sacramento.
A British Sunbeam Arrow driven and navigated by Americans Scott Harvey and Ralph Beckman won the 975-mile Press On Regardless rally in Northern Michigan—the first U.S. rally in more than a decade that counts toward a world championship.
TRACK & FIELD—The first officially sanctioned AAU marathon event for women was won by Mrs. SARAH MAE BERMAN of Cambridge, Mass., who ran the flat 26.2-mile Atlantic City course in 3:07:10.0.
MILEPOSTS—DISCIPLINED: Following earlier action by their respective conferences for football recruiting violations, KANSAS STATE and TULSA were placed on probation by the NCAA, which also censured Jacksonville University because basketball star Artis Gilmore was paid $75 a day for a city recreation job two summers ago.