BOATING—Sporting a freshly laid deck of spruce, a new rudder and modern deck equipment—as well as experimental testing equipment and recording gear—the 12-meter Norsaga slid down the ways at Cowes, Isle of Wight, a first step in a new British challenge for the America's Cup. Backed by a group of merchant navy men who call themselves the Red Duster Syndicate (a nickname inspired by the ensign of the British merchant fleet), the refitted Norsaga will be used as a guinea pig in a program of 27 races this summer to determine the lines of a brand-new 12-meter yacht that will be built for the challenge. In 1937 and 1938 the Norsaga, under the name Trivia, was the top British twelve. The Red Duster Syndicate, which estimates it will spend $420,000 on the project, hopes to challenge in 1962.
BASKETBALL—Wilt Chamberlain, after announcing that he had quit the Philadelphia Warriors, joined up with the Harlem Globetrotters to defeat the College All-Stars 88 to 82 in an exhibition game that drew a full house of 20,000 at Chicago Stadium. In the first half the All-Stars held Chamberlain to five points, but in a second-half scoring duel with Bobby Joe Mason of Bradley, Chamberlain scored 23 points, lost high scoring honors to Mason, however, 29 points to 28. After game, Abe Saperstein, Globetrotter owner, offered Chamberlain $125,000 to play with his team next season.
CONSERVATION—A federal conservation bill involving some 25 million acres of military reservations was passed by the House and placed before the Senate. The bill, if passed by the Senate, will serve to protect wildlife and make available a new supply of fish and game for hundreds of thousands of sportsmen. Sponsored by Representative Robert L. F. Sikes (Dem., Florida), the act expands a program which was started 10 years ago at the half-million-acre Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, where 8,000 military and civilian sportsmen enjoyed the facilities last year. "There will always be enough game if steps are taken to feed, shelter and protect it," said Representative Sikes. "The land is there."