Royal Ski ($16.20), with Jack Kurtz in the irons, won the $150,910 Laurel Futurity by four lengths over For The Moment. The 2-year-old colt, owned by Boston Bruin Goalie Gerry Cheevers, covered the 1 [1/16]-mile course in 1:44 for his third stakes victory.
MOTOR SPORTS—JOHNNY RUTHERFORD out-dueled Gordon Johncock to win the 200-mile Indy car race in College Station, Texas. Rutherford averaged 150.315 mph in his McLaren on the two-mile Texas World Speedway.
PLATFORM TENNIS—HERB FITZGIBBON and HANK IRVINE beat Keith Jennings and Chauncey Steele 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 and split the $10,000 first-prize money in the PRO- Keds Classic in New York City.
TENNIS—EDDIE DIBBS won the Paris Indoor Open, beating Jaime Fillol 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, 7-6. In Vienna, WOJTEK FIBAK upset Raul Ramirez 6-7, 6-3, 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 to win the "Fischer" Grand Prix tournament.
MILEPOSTS—DIED: CLAIRE RUTH, 76, widow of Babe Ruth; of cancer; in New York. A former model and showgirl, Mrs. Ruth, n�e Merritt, married the Babe in 1929; it was the second marriage for both. An indefatigable Yankee fan, Mrs. Ruth helped organize the Babe Ruth League.