HARNESS RACING—DAYAN ($4.60), equaling the world record of 2:13[2/5] over the 1? mile course, defeated Harness Horse of the Year Fresh Yankee for the second time in two weeks in the $100,000 American Trotting Classic at Hollywood Park.
HOCKEY—The New York Rangers blew a chance to take over the East Division lead when they stumbled through a Western road trip last week, losing to Vancouver 4-1, tying Los Angeles 2-2 and barely getting by California 2-1. Meanwhile, the Boston Bruins, who boast the league's top three scorers in Phil Esposito, Bobby Orr and Ken Hodge, were whipping Pittsburgh 6-3, Buffalo 8-2 and Philadelphia 1-0. Minnesota played a 2-2 tie with Pittsburgh, significant because Ken Schinkel of the Penguins scored his 100th career goal. In a rematch, Minnesota shut out Pittsburgh 1-0. Chicago maintained its comfortable West Division lead over St. Louis.
HORSE RACING—By order of a Franklin, Ky. circuit court judge, DANCER'S IMAGE was declared official winner of the 1968 Kentucky Derby, overturning a Kentucky State Racing Commission ruling that the medication Butazolidin had been used illegally on the horse.
TENNIS—Californians TOM BROWN and NANCY NEELD won the men's and women's titles at the National Senior Hardcourt Championships in La Jolla, Calif. over Bobby Riggs and Mrs. Dorothy Cheney.
TRACK & FIELD—Women's world record holder CHI CHENG of Formosa (page 52) set new Asian Games marks while qualifying for the 100- and 200-meter dash finals in Bangkok with times of 10.6 and 23.7. She later won the 100 meters, then withdrew from the games when she aggravated a groin injury. JAPAN held a comfortable team lead.
WATER POLO—A sudden-death goal in the second overtime gave the UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT IRVINE a 7-6 victory over defending champion UCLA in the NCAA finals.
MILEPOSTS—CHARGED: By a 12-member committee of trustees, faculty members and students at SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY, that racism in the school's football program is "real, chronic, largely unintentional and sustained and complicated unwittingly by many modes of behavior common in American athletics." Chancellor John Corbally called this a "fair conclusion," but concluded that athletic personnel changes were not necessary.
HIRED: CHARLIE COFFEY, defensive coach at Arkansas, as head football coach at Virginia Tech.
HIRED: BOB JAMES, commissioner of the MidAmerican Conference, to succeed the late Jim Weaver as head of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
HIRED: East Carolina University Football Coach MIKE McGEE to replace the dismissed Tom Harp at Duke University. Succeeding McGee at ECU will be Assistant Coach—and former pro star—SONNY RANDLE.