BOXING—New York State Athletic Commission opened its retrospective investigation of background of the June heavyweight championship fight by suspending license of Cus D'Amato, Floyd Patterson's manager, on grounds Cus ignored commission summons to appear and testify.
SOCCER—On the same day that Russia brilliantly hit the moon, her soccer team suffered an eyebrow-raising 1-0 defeat by Bulgaria. Regional loss eliminated the Russian team from the 1960 Olympics.
CANOE RACING—Perched over New York's Eastchester Bay in a sliding seat used to keep his canoe upright, William Kempner, 48-year-old sausage casings manufacturer sailing for Britain's Royal Canoe Club, made use of each breeze the bay offered, regained for Britain the International Challenge Cup for sailing canoes (see below).
First put in competition in 1885, the Challenge Cup was won by the U.S. in 1952 after the British had held it for nearly 20 years, was successfully defended by the U.S. in the last challenge in 1955.
September 20, 1959
HORSE RACING—vital Force, bothered by a tendency to bear out in the homestretch, found a straight line was the shortest distance after all when he beat out Bally Ache by a neck in the World's Playground Stakes for 2-year-olds at Atlantic City.
In the West Coast's 2-year-old race, the Del Mar Futurity, long shot Azure's Orphan scooted in¾ length ahead of Vicgray Farm's Salatom. Favorites Warfare and Noble Noor finished third and sixth.
Running seventh, Muguet II took off and within the space of two hurdles moved to first to win the world's richest steeplechase—the $56,450 Temple Gwathmey—by two lengths over Darubini.
In the 183-year-old St. Leger at Doncaster, England, Cantelo, a 100-to-7 shot, beat out 8-to-1 Fidalgo by a length and a half for the final classic of the British season. Queen Elizabeth's Pindari was third.
INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SPORTS—England's Stirling Moss whipped his Cooper-Climax through Grand Prix of Italy in record time (averaging 124.1 mph for the 257.25 miles), kept alive his hopes for the 1959 world driving championship. Jack Brabham boosted his total points to 31 by taking third, leaving Moss 6¼ points to make up in the last remaining race for the title—the Sebring, Fla., Grand Prix, December 12. Driving a Ferrari which broke down, Tony Brooks of England dropped to third place in the world standings with 23 points.