TRACK & FIELD—Under a scorching sun in Melbourne, Herb Elliott, who has run 12 sub-four-minute miles, won the Victorian State mile title by 50 yards with a 0:55 final quarter that carried him to the tape, hardly puffing, in 4:00 exactly. "It is a bit too hot to run really fast," he said.
HORSE RACING—Capt. Harry Guggenheim's 5-year-old Bald Eagle, Manuel Ycaza up, staged a powerful stretch drive to beat Calumet's On-and-On by ¾ of a length in the $126,000 Widener Handicap at Hialeah, Fla. The winner's time was a track record 1:59[3/5] for the 1¼ mile, but the big surprise was dreary showing by Sword Dancer, 1959 Horse of the Year, who finished seventh in the eight-horse field.
BOXING—Boxing's news was made by a mortician, a major general and a tax collector. Anthony Maceroni, a Providence undertaker who doubles as president of the ineffectual National Boxing Association, abruptly decided that the NBA should start making disciplinary noises, withdrew recognition of Archie Moore as light heavyweight champion on the grounds that he had failed to defend his title within the prescribed six-month period. Decision carries little punch since major boxing states New York, California and Massachusetts are not NBA members, but Moore, chagrined, collapsed into bed and was put on sedation. "It took an undertaker to take the title away from me," he announced bitterly. "That's something that a challenger was never able to do."
In New York, Major General Melvin Krulewitch (retired), state boxing commission chairman, granted a promoter's license after six weeks of wrangling to Feature Sports, Inc., the group headed by Roy M. Cohn and Humbert Fugazy which plans to put on the off-again on-again Johansson-Patterson title rematch this June. In Washington, Internal Revenue Commissioner Dana Latham announced that the U.S. has decided to absolve Joe Louis of a staggering, unpayable tax debt which has reached $1,250,000, will henceforth leave the former heavyweight champion in financial peace.