Tom Courtney,another of touring U.S. track stars (see above), staged bristling repeat of hisOlympic 800-meter victory, outrunning Britain's Derek Johnson and Norway'sAuden Boysen in 1:45.8 at Oslo, just [1/10] of second off world record but fastenough for new American mark (Aug. 9).
Ozark Chief,fast-stepping 5-year-old bay owned by Victor and Morris Zeinfeld of May wood,Ill., pulled Driver Jim Dennis to victory in $7,500 Alyne Whalen free-for-allat spanking-new Roosevelt Raceway, Westbury, N.Y., pacing off mile in1:59⅘ fastest ever for aged gelding on half-mile track (Aug. 9).
Adios Harry, J. Howard Lyons' once nimble 6-year-old, who has been having histroubles lately, picked up $1,260 for third-place finish in second heat of$21,000 Grandview Facing Derby at Cleveland, boosting lifetime earnings to$318,885 and passing Good Time as alltime money-winning pacer.
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Royal Beacon II, lightly regarded (29 to 1) 4-year-old bay colt who cost OwnerSylvester Rich mere $12,000, gave way to onrushing Dedicate in stretch, but wasplaced on top in $100,000 Atlantic City Handicap when stewards disqualifiedapparent winner for bumping Helfast at head of turn.
Four-minute mile,once impervious to all assaults but now almost as commonplace as coffee forbreakfast, took another trouncing on swift European tracks. England's DerekIbbotson, who set world record of 3:57.2 July 19, buzzed around circuit atNaantali, Finland in 3:58.7, carrying Olavi Vuorisalo to 3:59.1, while Sweden'sDan Waern posted his second under-four-minute effort, kicking off 3:59.7 atMalm√∂.
Igor Kashkarov,one of Russia's two kangaroo-legged high jumpers (the other: Yury Stepanov, whosoared 7 feet one inch for world record last month). kicked his heels over barat 7 feet ¼ inch in meet against Has! German athletes at Moscow's Red Bannerfactory, may well be next to break world mark.
Tennessee State'sgalloping females set blistering pace in national AAU championships atCleveland, winning six of 11 events, setting three meet records and piling up143 points for team title.
National Leaguerace began to stretch out for first time as Milwaukee knocked off challengersin bat-to-bat combat. Braves swept six in row from Cincinnati and St. Louis,drew 5½ games ahead of skidding Cards (who ran losing streak to six), 6½ aheadof fumbling Brooklyn Dodgers, who suffered unkindest cut of all—double-headerdefeat at hands of last-place Pittsburgh. Redlegs were still within reach infourth place but pennant race had a Brave new look.
New York Yankeestempted Chicago by losing three straight to Washington and Baltimore butwithdrew bait and still held 5½-game edge over White Sox in American League.Kansas City, perked up by new Manager Harry Craft (who succeeded fired LouBoudreau), ran off four in row over Cleveland, dumped Indians into sixth placebehind Detroit and Baltimore.
Miss Thriftway, with Bill Muncey at throttle, roared to victory in first twoheats, coasted home behind Maverick in third sprint, averaged record 101.983mph, retained Gold Cup with 1,500 points at Seattle.
Virgil Akins, veteran welterweight trial horse from St. Louis, found sideburnedGarnett (Sugar) Hart to be hardly the menace his TV buildup suggested insparsely attended (about 1,000) Cleveland bout. Akins decked willing butinexperienced Hart with overhand right in seventh, sent Philadelphia sponsorsoff talking to themselves when referee stopped light in eighth.
National Open Champion Dick Mayer, fortified by allergy shots for grass, dustand chocolate, held firm on last round of George May's glistening,pressure-cooker "world championship" at Tarn O'Shanter in Chicago, camethrough with neat 68 to catch and pass early leader Sam Snead, finished with279 to haul down $50,000 first prize. Cracked Mayer: "I did everything outthere but putt with my No. 4 wood." Patty Berg and Fay Crocker finished in302 tie for women's pro title, headed into playoff for $6,000 payoff. Otherwinners: Crooner Don Cherry with 296 in amateur division; Coed Clifford AnnCreed with 317 in women's amateur class.
Althea Gibson and Dorothy Head Knode scored double victories in singles, ledU.S. to 6-1 victory over young but brash Britishers for Wightman Cup atSewickley, Pa. Lone upset: by Ann Haydon, 18-year-old table tennis expert, whobeat Darlene Hard 6-1, 3-6, 6-4.
New York Giants, shook up gently by passing of John Brodie Stanford' andline-blasting of Billy Ray Barnes (Wake Forest) in early going, called on PassMaster Charley Conerly, who pinpointed Ken McAfee for two touchdowns, and stillchipper Ben Agajanian, who footed 33- and 45-yard field goals, to polish offCollege All-Stars 22-12 before rain-splashed 75,000 at Chicago's Soldier Field(see page 22).
HONORED—AmosAlonzo Stagg, respected football patriarch whose active career bridged twocenturies, All-America end at Yale (1888), longtime coach at Chicago(1892-1932), later at College of Pacific (1933-1946) and Susquehanna(1947-1952), now advisory coach at Stockton Junior College, inventor oftackling dummy, man-in-motion, flanker, quick kick, six-man defensive line,T-formation and many other innovations; in anticipation of his 95th birthday(Aug. 16), by former players, at Stockton, Calif. Also honored: Stagg's wifeStella ("best assistant a coach ever had"), in belated observance ofher 81st birthday (Aug. 7).
MARRIED—LeeCalhoun, 23, Olympic 110-meter high hurdle champion, holder of world indoorrecord (8.2) for 70-yard high hurdles; and Gwendolyn Bannister, 22; on NBC-TV'sgift-packed Bride and Groom show, in New York. Calhoun defied warning from AAU,which promptly lifted his amateur standing On grounds he "capitalized onhis athletic fame."