Forego ($6.40), Heliodoro Gustines up, furthered his chances of being named Horse of the Year with a 3�-length victory in the seven-furlong Vosburgh Handicap at Aqueduct. Forego, carrying 131 pounds, ran the distance in 1:21[3/5].
MOTOR SPORTS—DAVID PEARSON averaged 118.493 mph in a Mercury to win the American 500 stock-car race at the North Carolina Motor Speedway. Despite a late spin-out, RICHARD PETTY finished third and clinched an unprecedented fifth Grand National driving title.
TENNIS—JOHN NEWCOMBE successfully defended his Australian indoor singles championship, defeating Cliff Richey 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 in the final in Sydney. Newcombe pocketed $13,600 for the victory.
Evonne Goolagong defeated Chris Evert 6-3, 6-4 in the final of the $100,000 Virginia Slims Championship in Los Angeles (page 30).
MILEPOSTS—MOVED: The site of the 1975 Pan American Games, from S�o Paulo, Brazil, to Mexico City. The Brazilian Olympic Committee withdrew its support because of financial difficulties and an outbreak of meningitis in the city.
NAMED: As head coach of the 1976 U.S. men's Olympic swimming team, JAMES (DOC) COUNSILMAN, of Indiana University; and head coach of the women's squad, JACK NELSON, of Pine Crest High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
DIED: MAURY JOHN, 55, former basketball coach at Iowa State and Drake; of cancer; in Ames, Iowa. He was named Coach of the Year in 1969, when Drake reached the NCAA championship finals.
DIED: ROBERT J. KLEBERG JR., 78, of the King Ranch; of cancer; in Houston. Among the outstanding thoroughbred horses bred and raced by Kleberg were Assault, the 1946 Triple Crown winner, and Middleground, who won both the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont in 1950.
DIED: EDGAR (SAM) RICE, 84, baseball Hall of Famer who played for the Washington Senators from 1915 to 1933; of cancer; in Rossmoor, Md. Rice, who had a career total of 2,987 hits, had 12 singles in the 1925 World Series, still a record.