Herb Thomas, long-legged Sanford, N.C. racer, roared from behind in Chevrolet, averaged 92.281 mph to win tough Southern 500-mile stock car grind, $7,460 in prize money and 1,500 points at Darlington, S.C.
of Atlanta set qualifying record of 112.041 mph in trials, could finish no better than third in Chrysler 300 but held lead in NASCAR point standing.
Al Whisnant Jr. of New York boated 585-pound bluefin on first day, gave U.S. enough points (1,185) to win International Tuna Cup Matches and Sharp Trophy at Wedgeport, N.S. after three days of exasperating chumming and trolling produced only three catches by 40 anglers from seven countries. Argentina's Arturo Llavallol had 615-pounder in hand when hungry shark helped himself to mouthful, disqualifying fish. Only other tuna snared: 277-pounder by
Venezuela's Carlos Behrens.
Master Sgt. Huelet Benner, sharpshooting West Point coach, set good example for cadets, scored 2,619 points out of possible 2,700, took his fourth pistol title in eight years at National Rifle and Pistol championships at Camp Perry, Ohio.
Torrid, 15 to 1 longshot, moved up from third place, sidewheeled down stretch to finish in rare dead heat with heavily favored Adios Boy in $25,000 New York Championship Pace at Yonkers, N.Y.
Caversham Ko Ko of Shanruss, sprightly little 4-year-old Pekingese imported from England only three weeks ago by R. William Taylor and Nigel Aubrey-Jones of Montreal, won best-in-show at Westchester Kennel Club show in Rye, N.Y.
Triple C of Detroit
rallied in final chukker, slammed home three goals to beat Brandywine (Pa.) 9-8 for national open polo title at Hinsdale, Ill.
Cliff Lumsdon, strong-armed 24-year-old New Toronto swim instructor, his lips blue and puffed from slogging through frigid (56�) Lake Ontario waters for 19 hours 49 minutes, wearily paddled across finish line at Toronto, was lone survivor of bone-chilling 32-mile Canadian National Exhibition lake-front marathon. Ordeal was worth $24,600 to exhausted Lumsdon.
HONORED—Chauncey D. Steele Jr. of Cambridge, Mass., president of New England Lawn Tennis Association, player, official; awarded William Johnston Trophy, for "contribution to growth and development" of tennis, at Forest Hills, N.Y.
DIED—Howard (Babe) Wells, 52, longtime horse trainer, breeder and owner, saddled 841 winners who earned $2,675,359 in 28 years; of heart attack, at Chicago.