TENNIS—ROD LAVER beat Arthur Ashe 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 in a winner-take-all much of the $210,000 Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden, thus eliminating Ashe from the competition. The Australian southpaw is now undefeated in seven matches and has earned $5,000 per hour for his work.
TRACK & FIELD—MARTY LIQUORI of Villanova won the Wanamaker Mile in 4:00.6 at the Milrose Games in Madison Square Garden, finishing some 10 yards ahead of Tom Von Ruden. Liquori was joined in meet-record performances by KERRY PEARCE, who ran the two-mile in 8:36.4; Atoms Track Club's CHERYL TOUSSAINT. who captured the half mile in 2:10.0; and BYRON DYCE, with his 2:07.7 victory in the Devaney 1,000.
Margaret Beacham of Watford, Hertfordshire established a world record in the 1,500-meter run by clocking 4:20.5 at the British indoor track and field championships at Cosford. The mark erased American Doris Brown's old standard by three-fifths of a second.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: GEORGE WEISS, RUBE MARQUARD, HARRY HOOPER, JOE KELLEY, JAKE BECKLEY, CHICK HAFEY and DAVE BANCROFT to Baseball's Hall of Fame in the annual ballot of an oldtimers' committee. Only Kelley and Beckley are not living.
TRADED: Pittsburgh Pirate Outfielder MATTY ALOU and Relief Pitcher GEORGE BRUNET to the St. Louis Cardinals for Pitcher NELSON BRILLS and Outfielder VIC DAVALILLO.
RETIRED: BILL VEECK, as president of debt-ridden Suffolk Downs at Boston, after two stormy years of trying to apply hi baseball operating techniques to the foundering track.
DIED: CHARLES S. GARLAND, 72, former U.S. junior singles champion, nonplaying captain of the 1927 Davis Cup team and member of the first U.S. doubles team to win the Davis Cup; in Baltimore.