Forego ($3.40), Heliodoro Gustines up, consummated his campaign for Horse-of-the-Year honors with a 2�-length victory over Copte in the $111,900 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Aqueduct. Carrying 124 pounds, he covered the two miles in 3:21[1/5].
Harry White rallied THINK BIG ($41.16) in the stretch to take the $198,900 Melbourne Cup at Australia's Flemington racetrack. The winning time for the two-mile race was 3:23[1/5].
TENNIS—An improved net game helped ARTHUR ASHE overpower Tom Okker 6-2, 6-2 in the final of the $100,000 Stockholm Open. Later, Okker and Marty Riessen beat Bob Hewitt and Frew McMillan 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 for the doubles title.
MILEPOSTS—ELECTED: As deputy commissioner of the NBA, SIMON P. GOURDINE, 34, making him the highest-ranking black official in professional sports and a possible successor to Commissioner Walter Kennedy, who is resigning on June 1, 1975.
FIRED: Atlanta Falcon Coach NORM VAN BROCKLIN, 48, after his team lost its sixth game—it has won two—this season. Under Van Brocklin, who took over in 1968, the Falcons' record was 37-49-3. Defensive Coordinator MARION CAMPBELL was named to succeed him.
RULED: By the International Professional Tennis Council, that all players should be eligible to play in International Lawn Tennis Federation tournaments. Previously, WTT members, notably Jimmy Connors, had been barred by the French federation.
SELECTED: Los Angeles Dodger MIKE MARSHALL as the National League's Cy Young Award winner. Marshall, the first relief pitcher to receive the award, appeared in 106 games and had a 15-12 record.
SUBMITTED: By the Yacht Club of Hy�res, near Marseilles, a challenge to the New York Yacht Club for the America's Cup in 1977. The bid is on behalf of Baron Bich, who has sponsored two losing French yachts in cup competition.
TRADED: JIMMY CONNORS, from the WTT Baltimore Banners to the Pittsburgh Triangles, for two players and future considerations; and STAN SMITH, from Pittsburgh to the New York Sets, for a 1975 first-round draft pick and future considerations. Connors will replace the retiring KEN ROSEWALL in singles. Smith has yet to sign with the WTT.