HORSE RACING—WithDerby time pushing ever closer, Bluegrass hardboots were still looking for afavorite. Tomy Lee showed courage, beating down Dunce and Scotland to win$32,550 Blue Grass Stakes while Sword Dancer, Brookmeade's spunky littlechestnut, earned new respect by sprinting home ahead of Easy Spur and SilverSpoon in Stepping Stone Purse.
TENNIS—PanchoGonzales, whose crackling service seemed to simmer down on tour (he trails LewHoad 12-5 in head-to-head matches), cranked it up again for Leisy prochampionship tournament at Cleveland, boomed it past persistent Hoad to win6-4, 6-2, 6-4 for his seventh straight title.
TRACK &FIELD—Track buffs, busy focusing on Penn and Drake Relays (see page 16), alsohad ear cocked for returns from South and Far West. At Norfolk, powerful DaveSime lunged for tape (below) in time to nip Briton Peter Radford in 9.5hundred, but was overtaken by France's Jocelyn Delecour in 21 flat 220. At Mt.San Antonio Relays in Pomona. un-California-like cold tightened up somemuscles, particularly those of USC's Dallas Long, who could do no better than61 feet 10½ inches in shotput. However, Bill Dellinger warmed up long enough torun two miles in 8:48.2 for new U.S. citizens' record.
BOXING—Sugar BayRobinson, no easy man to pin down, was still wriggling and dealing afterJustice Saul Streit of New York Supreme Court upheld Boxing Commission's rightto vacate Robinson's middleweight title and gave him 15 days (until May 7) tosign to defend against Carmen Basilio. Challenged Sugar Ray defiantly: "Whywait 15 days? Let them do it right now. I'll fight Basilio some time, but notuntil I'm ready." But from California came word that perhaps Robinson wasready. Promoter Roy Warner, every bit the optimist, confidently announced thatSugar Ray had agreed to meet Basilio Sept. 21 at Los Angeles MemorialColiseum—for 45% of the gate. However, Basilio was not so sure: "It soundslike another camouflage job to me. That Robinson's pretty cute. He's alwaysscheming."
May 3, 1959
Bombed andbefuddled by more left hands than he had seen in a month of Sundays,slowed-down Virgil Akins found himself inevitably worn down and outclassed bymore agile Welterweight Champion Don Jordan, who punched his way to 15-rounddecision at St. Louis (see page 68).