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LION SLEEPS ($8.80) won the Royal Palm Handicap, also at Hialeah. He covered the seven furlongs in 1:23[1/5] for his sixth straight victory. Bill Hartack got the victor a nose in front of second-place Spotted Line, who held a half-length lead on favored True North. A neck behind in fourth was Native Royalty.
KITE FLYING—A team headed by Will Yolen president of the International Kitefliers Association, set a world record for sustained flight with a time of 37 hours, 17 minutes over Sarasota, Fla. The old mark was 37 hours.
SKIING—At the National Nordic Championships in Durango, Colo. MIKE GALLAGHER of Killington, Vt. won the 30-kilometer race in one hour, 40 minutes and 24 seconds, almost five minutes ahead of his nearest rival, MIKE ELLIOTT, who retaliated by taking the 15-kilometer event in 47:40. In the women's competition MARTHA ROCKWELL (37:07) of Putney, Vt. defeated Trina Hosmer of Seattle by two minutes in the 10-kilometer contest but later lost in the five-kilometer to SHARON FIRTH of Canada, who clocked 15:46. JERRY MARTIN of Minneapolis won the jumping championship with leaps of 77.5 and 75.5 meters from the 70-meter hill.
TENNIS—ROD LAVER defeated Arthur Ashe 7-5, 6-4, 7-5 in the $210,000 Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden. The 32-year-old Australian later downed Tom Okker 5-7, 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 and netted his sixth consecutive win in the Classic.
TRACK & FIELD—Former Kansas star JIM RYUN reappeared on the track scene after a 19-month layoff and easily won the mile in 4:04.4 in San Francisco's Cow Palace (page 10). In the same meet AL FEUERBACH established a world indoor shot-put record of 68'11", adding 13 inches to the old mark and defeating Randy Matson, who also bettered the record.
In the NAIA indoor track and field championships at Kansas City JEAN-LOUIS RAVELOMANANTSOA, representing Westmont ( Calif.) College, equaled the world indoor record for the 60-yard dash with a 5.9 clocking.
MILEPOSTS—AWARDED: The AAU's 1970 James E. Sullivan Memorial Trophy as the Outstanding Amateur Athlete in the U.S., to JOHN KINSELLA, holder of world swimming records for the 1,500-meter freestyle (15:57.1) and 400-meter freestyle (4:02.8).
DRAFTED: Jacksonville's 7'2" ARTIS GILMORE, by the Kentucky Colonels; JIM McDANIELS of Western Kentucky, by Utah; Kentucky State's ELMORE SMITH, by Carolina; and HOWARD PORTER of Villanova, by Pittsburgh in the first round of the ABA's "secret" draft.
HIRED: Three more football coaches changed their voting precincts. JACK MURPHY, who served 10 seasons as a defensive coordinator before leaving last year for Heidelberg College, returned to Toledo as head coach, replacing Frank Lauterbur, who earlier moved to Iowa. BILLY KINARD, an assistant at Arkansas, was named head coach at the University of Mississippi, replacing ailing Johnny Vaught, who will become assistant athletic director. In the pros the Houston Oilers selected ED HUGHES, the offensive coach for the San Francisco 49ers, as their new head coach.