BASEBALL—MICHIGAN needed 15 innings to defeat scrappy little Santa Clara ( Calif.) 5-4 and win the NCAA title in the championships at Omaha. But the losing team produced the tournament's outstanding player. Bob Garibaldi, who pitched in five of the six daily playoffs. In 27? innings he struck out 38, allowed 15 hits and had major league scouts gaping at his control. His right arm afterwards was still attached, but barely.
BOATING—CHEHALIS INDIANS paddled a 55-foot handmade canoe through a three-mile course along Hale's Pass near Bellingham, Wash. in 23:47, and won a contest—the war canoe championships of the world—that has an even longer tradition than the annual Harvard-Yale boat race. The Chehalis craft finished ahead of 16 others. Afterwards, 11 victorious bucks split the prize of $225 in U.S. cash and a share of two tons of salmon, cooked for Indians by Indians.
BOXING—INGEMAR JOHANSSON of Sweden, who never did believe that his head lay uneasy under a crown, took the European heavyweight title away from Welshman Dick Richardson before a hysterically happy crowd of 55,000 in Goteborg, Sweden. The former world champion sent Richardson crashing down unconscious in the eighth round with two rights to the jaw.
GOLF—JACK NICKLAUS, big, young and amazingly poised, won the $70,000 U.S. Open in Oakmont, Pa., beating Arnold Palmer by three strokes in an 18-hole playoff (see page 14). Palmer, who consistently had putting trouble, trailed Nicklaus through the entire 18 holes, and after he three-putted the 13th was never really in contention. Nicklaus pocketed $17,500, which, added to his second-place finish in the Thunderbird a week earlier, set a record ($45,698) for a first-year pro.
Richard Davies, a 31-year-old Pasadena, Calif. real estate dealer, let a Wild West war whoop ring out over the historic Royal Liverpool Club course as he won the British Amateur. The 12th American to win the tournament since it began in 1885, Davies just edged a former Welsh professional, John Povall, one up.
Sandra Haynie, 19, of Fort Worth, shot a six-under-par 210 to win the 54-hole, $7,000 Rockton, Ill. open, her second straight PGA victory.
HARNESS RACING—ROYAL RICK ($11.40) whisked smartly through the mile-and-a-half distance in 3:04 3/5 to win the $50,000 International Pace at Yonkers. Owned by J. R. Rick of New Castle, Pa., the 6-year-old pacer finished two and a half lengths ahead of Irvin Paul. George Sholty maneuvered Royal Rick through an eight-horse field that included two foreign champions, Australia's top pacer, James Scott, and Patchwork, New Zealand's best. They both finished out of the money.
HORSE RACING—KELSO ($2.50) upstaged the feature race at Belmont by entering and winning the $7,500 Clem McCarthy Memorial (seepage 6). The 5-year-old gelding, carrying a mere 117 pounds, easily outdistanced a field of six, beating Harbor View Farm's Garwol by 2� lengths. The time for the mile was 1:35[3/5]. Willie Shoemaker, who rode Kelso, also had the winner of the stakes race. Beau Prince ($6.80). The 4-year-old colt led a small field of four through the mile-and-an-eighth event.
Prove it ($6.60) finally did. On a comeback kick, the 5-year-old from the Rex C. Ellsworth stable raced home in good time under Henry Moreno and survived a foul claim to win by� of a length over Sea Orbit in the $55,950 Inglewood Handicap at Hollywood Park.
Flaming page ($4.20), a red-hot number on Canada's tracks with a win in the recent Woodbine Oaks, continued to blaze along with a victory in the 103rd running of the Queen's Plate at Woodbine Park, Toronto. Britain's Queen Mother was among the 30,000 who saw Flaming Page become only the third filly in the last 19 years to win the classic event. The 3-year-old covered the mile-and-a-quarter distance in 2:04[3/5]. finishing a length and� ahead of Choperion. Both horses are owned by the Canadian magnate, E. P. Taylor. It was the seventh time one of his entries has won the event.