BASEBALL—CLEVELAND'S voluble FRANK LANE, singularly quiet as Indians prepared for American League opener Tuesday, suddenly set tongues to wagging again when he traded home run slugger Rocky Colavito to Detroit for Harvey Kuenn, who led batters with .353 last year, then swapped Pitcher Herb Score to White Sox for undistinguished righthander Barry Latman.
National League's first week bubbled with good pitching, abrupt resignation of Philadelphia's Eddie Sawyer, king-sized blast by St. Louis General Manager Bing Devine. San Francisco's Sam Jones (see page 16) opened Giants' spanking new Candlestick Park with 3-hit 3-1 win over Cardinals, three days later set down Chicago with one hit, won 6-1. Sawyer, after morosely watching Phillies lose opener, blithely announced he "simply didn't want to manage," turned his troubles over to Gene Mauch, 34-year-old Minneapolis manager. Devine, "disgusted, embarrassed and just plain mad" when St. Louis lost third straight, angrily warned "there could be player changes," but, in true baseball tradition, gave Manager Solly Hemus vote of confidence.
BASKETBALL—CINCINNATI ROYALS, who toiled restlessly, but hopefully, in Western Division cellar while waiting for Oscar Robertson to become eligible for pros, gleefully plucked the Big O, college basketball's lushest plum, as their No. 1 choice in NBA draft at New York. Minneapolis picked West Virginia's deft Jerry West while New York Knicks took California's Darrall Imhoff. Other first round selections: Louisiana Tech's Jackie Moreland by Detroit; North Carolina's Lee Shaffer by Syracuse; Providence's Len Wilkens by St. Louis; Maryland's Al Bunge by Philadelphia; NYU's Tom Sanders by Boston.
BOATING—MOPPIE, skippered by Owner Dick Bertram, Miami, 185-mile Nassau-Miami powerboat race in record 8 hours (see page 12).
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John Fairbanks and PETER KNIGHT, Dartmouth, 218-mile canoe race down Connecticut River, from Hanover, N.H. to Old Saybrook, Conn., in 33:50.
Harvard Lightweights, over Navy, by 1 length in 6:48.8, for 20th straight, Cambridge, Mass.
BOWLING—ED LUBANSKI and BOB KWOLEK, Detroit, 3-game total of 1,582 (including 300 by Lubanski in final game), for new world record, Detroit All-Star Doubles Classic.
BOXING—PONE KINGPETCH, 24-year-old Thailander, inspired by wailing flutes and clanging gongs, expertly evaded little Pascual Perez's bullish rushes, effectively poked away with longer left jab to win 15-round split decision and world flyweight title before 30,000 at Bangkok.
Alex Miteff, 6-round TKO over Don Warner, heavyweights, Atlantic City.
Sugar Hart, 5-round TKO over Rocky Ka-lingo, welterweights, Chicago.
Alphonse Halimi, former world bantamweight champion, coasted to 10-round decision over Louis Poncy, Paris.
CHESS—BOBBY FISCHER, Brooklyn, N.Y., and BORIS SPASSKY, Russian grand master, tied for first with 13½ points, international tournament. Mar Del Plata, Argentina.
COURT TENNIS—JIMMY BOSTWICK, New York, over Philadelphia Pro James Dunn 6-2, 6-2, 1-6, 6-2 for U.S. open title, New York.
GOLF—SAM SNEAD, White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., shot 270 for 72 holes, won Greater Greensboro (N.C.) Open and $2,800.
Larry Beck and Homero Blancas, Houston, and Don Essig, LSU, shared individual title with 278 for 72 holes, natl. intercollegiate championships, Houston. Team champions: LSU, match title; Houston, team medal with 1,160; over-all title with 133 points.
HANDBALL—LARRY WOOD, Colorado, over Dick Beeler, Texas, 21-16, 21-10, natl. intercollegiate title, Boulder, Colo. Team champion: Texas.
HARNESS RACING—BYE BYE BIRD: $25,000 free-for-all pace, 1 m., by¾ length over favored Widower Creed, in 2:02⅖ Roosevelt Raceway. Clint Hodgins, driver.
HOCKEY—MONTREAL CANADIENS routed Toronto 5-2, 4-0, completed 4-game sweep for 5th straight Stanley Cup, Toronto (see page 52).
HORSE RACING—TALENT SHOW: $29,300 Excelsior H., 1 m., by 1¼ lengths over Restless Wind and Nimmer, in track record 1:3⅘ Aqueduct. Ray Broussard up.
IDOLATER: $27,350 Chesapeake St., 1‚⅛ m., by 1½ lengths over Whitechapel, in 1:50, Laurel. Bobby Ussery up.
CAROLINA HILLS: Middleburg Hunt Cup, 3 m. over timber, by 6 lengths over Valley Hart, in 5:19⅕ Middleburg, Va. William H. Turner Jr. up.
INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SPORTS—ROGER PENSKE, Villanova, Pa., pushed Porsche RSK at average 64.5 mph, won 70.33-mile President's Cup sports car race. Upper Marlboro, Md.
PADDLE TENNIS—BOBBY RIGGS, New York, over Fred Barazani, 6-3, 6-4, natl. open singles title, New York.
SQUASH TENNIS—JAMES PRIGOFF, City AC over Dave Smith, DKE, 15-10, 15-3, 13-15, 15-11, natl. singles championship, New York.
SWIMMING—U.S. Olympic hopes rose in wake of record-churning spree in AAU women's indoor championships at Bartlesville, Okla. Brightest star of all was pretty, blonde CHRIS VON SALTZA, 16-year-old California freestyler, who splashed to three U.S. marks (100 yards in 56.3, 250 yards in 2:38.4, 500 yards in 5:37.7), teamed with LYNX BURKE, ANN WARNER and KATE SIMECEK for a fourth (400-yard medley relay in 4:16.2), led Santa Clara Swim Club to team title. Other record breakers: Backstroker Lynn Burke, who pinwheeled 100 yards in 1:03, 200 yards in 2:16.7, twice upset Defending Champion Carin Cone; Breaststroker SUSAN ROGERS, Greenwood (Mass.) SC, 100 yards in 1:12.8, 250 yards in 3:14.6; SYLVIA RUUSKA, Berkeley (Calif.) YMCA, 400-yard individual medley in 4:57; NANCY RAMEY, Washington AC, Seattle, 100-yard butterfly in 1:00.3; NOEL GABIE, JOAN MITICH, NANCY KANABY and CAROLYN WOOD, Multnomah AC, Portland, Ore., 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:51.5. Other winners: BECKY COLLINS, Riviera Club, Indianapolis, 200-yard butterfly in 2:16.9; PATSY WILLARD, Phoenix, 1-meter dive with 339.55 points; IRENE McDONALD, Los Angeles AC. 3-meter dive with 353.85 points.
TRACK & FIELD—TENNESSEE STATE'S wind-fast sprinters cavorted impressively in AAU senior women's indoor championships at Chicago, ran away with sixth straight team title. Slim Sprinter WILMA RUDOLPH won 50-yard dash in 5.9, set U.S. records of 10.7 in 100, 25.7 in 220. LUCINDA WILLIAMS and BARBARA JONES, who beat Russians' best at Philadelphia last year, led State relay teams to American marks of 49.6 for 440 yards, 51.8 for 440-yard sprint medley. Other records: JOANN TERRY, Tennessee State, 9.5 for 70-yard hurdles; GRACE BUTCHER, Cleveland, 2:26.8 for 880-yard run; SANDRA SMITH, Chicago, 9 feet¼ inch for standing broad jump.
Gert Potgieter, S. Africa, 440-yard hurdles in 49.3 to break own world record, Bloemfontein. CHARLIE TIDWELL, Kansas, 220-yard dash in 20.2, fastest time ever around curve, but lost chance for record when only two of three timers caught start of race; EDDIE SOUTHERN tied U.S. mark of 29.8 for 300 yards, Abilene, Texas. JOSH CULBREATH, Philadelphia, 400-meter hurdles in 51.3; HAYES JONES, Eastern Michigan, 100-meter hurdles in 13.6; ED MORAN, NYAC, mile in 4:04.6; MICHIGAN STATE'S BRIAN CASTLE, JIM CARR, BOB LAKE and WILLIE ATTERBERRY, 2-mile relay in 7:33.2, Quantico (Va.) Relays.
Larry Shoemaker, Ted Nelson, David Cromier and R. E. MERRITT, Andrews H.S., 440-yard relay in 41.9; JOHN LAN-DRUM, MERRITT, SHOEMAKER and NELSON, mile relay in 3:15.2, for new U.S. high school records, Andrews, Texas.
MILEPOSTS—DIED: CHARLES MOHR, 22, U. of Wisconsin boxer from Merrick, N. Y., NCAA 165-pound champion in 1959; of brain injury, suffered in NCAA tournament April 9, at Madison, Wis. (see page 18).
DIED: WALTER PAUL PAEPCKE, 63, founder and board chairman of Container Corporation of America, sportsman whose foresight, vision, money and sense of elegance helped build Aspen, Colo, into one of nation's leading ski resorts and cultural centers: at Chicago. Paepcke visited Aspen in 1945, was enchanted by snow-covered 14,000-foot mountain peaks, subsequently invested $1,000,000 in rebuilding ghost town.
DIED: ELIJAH W. (BILL) CUNNINGHAM, 64, onetime Dartmouth football star, longtime sportswriter and columnist for Boston Herald; of cancer, at Newton, Mass.
DIED: R. B. CHRISTY, 82, venerable master of Sunny Slope Farms, largest saddle horse breeding establishment west of Mississippi, owner of four-time world champion harness horse the Lemon Drop Kid; of heart ailment, at Scott City, Kansas.