West Germany's FRANZ-JOSEF KEMPER, the European 800-meter and world 1,000-meter record holder, nipped Marty Liquori by four-tenths of a second with a 2:18.6 clocking in the 1,000-meter run at an international meet in Cologne. The following day, in Milan, Italy, Liquori ran the 1,500 meters in 3:36, the best time of the year for the event, as he beat Franco Arese of Italy, who set a national record with his time of 3:36.3. World record-holder Jay Silvester of the U.S. was upset in the discus by GEZA FEYEER of Hungary, who won with a toss of 209'4".
At the World Games in Helsinki, Finland, RALPH MANN of the U.S. won the 400-meter hurdles in 48.9, the world's fastest time this year, while JAY SILVESTER took the discus with a throw of 203'2�". Finland's PEKKA VASALA upset Kenyan Olympic champion Kipchoge Keino in the 1,500-meters, setting a national record with a 3:38.6 clocking.
MILEPOSTS—ABOLISHED: By representatives of the Davis Cup nations, the Challenge Round in the international tennis tournament. Next year, the defending nation will have to compete in the tournament from the first round, instead of playing just one match against the winner of the Interzone Final.
NAMED: To the U.S. Wightman Cup tennis team, which will compete against Great Britain in Cleveland on Aug. 21-23, Captain CAROLE GRAEBNER, JULIE HELDMAN, PEACHES BARTKOWITZ, KRISTY PIGEON, MARY ANN CURTIS, VALERIE ZIEGENFUSS and CHRIS EVERT. Not included were Billie Jean King, Rosemary Casals and Nancy Richey Gunter, America's three top-ranked players, who declined because of personal reasons.
PLANNED: For Chicago, a $55 million football Stadium seating 75,000 people to be built on the Lake Michigan shoreline within the next two years. Mayor Richard J. Daley, whose original idea called for a $218 million domed football-baseball stadium, announced that the stadium is to be financed by a bond issue, acknowledged that the Cubs and the White Sox had expressed disinterest in leaving their own baseball parks and invited Big Ten schools, Notre Dame, Army and Navy to schedule games in the new stadium. The Chicago Bears, currently playing at Soldier Field, have promised that they will play there.
RETIRED: Los Angeles Rams Safety ED MEADOR, 33, who first announced his retirement before the 1970 NFL season but agreed to play one more year at the club's urging. A 12-year veteran, Meador holds the Rams' career pass-interception record with 46 and was selected for the Pro Bowl in 1960 and '64-67.
SELECTED: For the U.S. Ryder Cup team that will face the British on Sept. 16-18 in St. Louis, JACK NICKLAUS, ARNOLD PALMER, LEE TREVINO, CHARLES COODY, BILLY CASPER, MILLER BARBER, FRANK BEARD, GENE LITTLER, DAVE STOCKTON, J. C. SNEAD, GARDNER DICKINSON and MASON RUDOLPH. It is the first time that Nicklaus and Palmer have qualified for the same Ryder Cup squad.
DIED: LEROY COBB, 21-year-old, 6'6" basketball forward, who recently graduated from the University of Southern California; following open-heart surgery in Houston.