BASEBALL—CONTINENTAL LEAGUE, struggling to coexist, with two established major leagues, had some good news. New York's Board of Estimate formally approved $442,500 appropriation to complete engineering plans for construction of $15 million, 55,000-seat stadium in Flushing Meadows; Continental directors agreed to underwrite newly approved Class D Western Carolina League, thereby creating source of player supply for third league. Probable opening date: May 13.
BASKETBALL—NBA, reacting swiftly and sharply to threat of second pro league, approved shift of financially troubled Minneapolis Lakers to Los Angeles, at same time put crimp in Abe Saperstein's plans for American League.
Cincinnati Royals, buried in NBA cellar the past two years, tapped little-known Charlie Wolf of nearby Villa Madonna College to succeed Tom Marshall as coach. Wolf, whose job will be made easier by drafted (but so far unsigned) Oscar Robertson, was told bluntly by Executive Vice-president Tom Grace: "Pull this club out."
BOATING—AMERICA'S CUP, battered, 109-year-old goblet for which England unsuccessfully challenged U.S. two years ago, will be contested for again in 1962. New York Yacht Club unconditionally accepted challenge by Australia's Royal Sydney Yacht Club Squadron but left door open for late-bidding England to try again—if Aussies agree to elimination series to determine British Commonwealth representative.
Royal Bermuda YC, over L.I. Sound sailors, in 4 straight, to retain Amorita Cup; WARREN BROWN, Royal Bermuda YC, over Donald MacKenzie, Larchmont (N.Y.) YC, 2 victories to 0, for King Edward VII Gold Cup, Bermuda Race Week, Hamilton.
Havard, stroked by Perry Boyden, over Rutgers (by 1¼ lengths), Wisconsin, MIT and Boston U., in course record 8:43.4 for 1¾ miles, Cambridge, Mass.
Penn, stroked by Tony Palms, over Princeton (by 1¼ lengths) and Columbia, in 8:43.1 for 1¾ miles, Childs Cup, Princeton, N.J.
BOXING—BRIAN LONDON, unskilled British heavyweight, flogged less-skilled Pete Rademacher in 7-round KO (see page 22), pushed former Olympic champion closer to pro fight oblivion, London.
Sonny Liston, Jim Norris-sponsored heavyweight, splattered helpless Roy Harris with quick, solid blows, won by TKO in 1st round, Houston (see page 64).
Henry Hank, 2-round KO over Rory Calhoun, middleweights, San Francisco.
Denny Moyer, 10-round decision over Emile Griffith, welterweights, Portland, Ore.
BRIDGE—U.S. qualified three teams (Spingold One, Spingold Two, Vanderbilt One), joined Britain, Italy and France in Olympiad world tournament final, Turin, Italy.
FOOTBALL—NCAA caught Indiana with its recruiting slips showing, charged Hoosiers with six violations (mostly for offering free transportation and cash bonuses to high school stars), put them on probation in all sports for four years.
Syracuse, led by Quarterback Dave Sarette's two touchdown passes to Halfback Ernie Davis, put down pro-studded Alumni, 21-15, Syracuse.
GOLF—CHARLIE SMITH, husky Gastonia, N.C. auto dealer, over Pete Green, N. Carolina sophomore, 5 and 3, North and South Amateur, Pinehurst, N.C.
GYMNASTICS—FRED ORLOFSKY, Carbondale, Ill., 222 points for men's all-round title; GAIL SONTEGERATH, W. Palm Beach, 145.13 points for women's all-round title, AAU championships and Olympic trials, West Point, N.Y. (see page 80).
HANDBALL—JIMMY JACOBS, Los Angeles AC, over defending champion Johnny Sloan, 13-21, 21-10, 21-15, singles title; JACOBS and DICK WEISMAN, over Vic Hershkowitz and Morris Singer, 5-21, 21-16, 21-9, doubles title, U.S. Handball championships, San Francisco (see page 18).
HARNESS RACING—WIDOWER CREED: $25,000 Monitor Pace, 1 m., by 3½ lengths over odds-on favorite Bye Bye Bird, in 2:00 4/5, Roosevelt Raceway. Howard Beissinger, driver.
HOCKEY—BOSTON'S DON McKENNEY, who spent only 28 minutes in penalty box all season, won Lady Byng Trophy and $1,000 as NHL's most sportsmanlike player. Rookie of Year: Chicago's Bill (Red) Hay, former Colorado College star, who scored 18 goals, 37 assists.
HORSE RACING—DERBY-BOUND Tompion and Bally Ache, after impressive showings, were one-two favorites for Saturday race (see page 73). Tompion stepped off 1‚⅛ miles in 1:48⅗ breezed home 2¾ lengths in front of Victoria Park in $30,900 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland; Bally Ache held off challenging Venetian Way, sprinted away in stretch to win $5,000 Stepping Stone purse at Churchill Downs by easy three lengths, 1:22[3/5] for seven furlongs.
U.S.-OWNED horses pulled off rare double at Newmarket, England. New York Businessman Reginald N. Webster's Martial, sired by Calumet's Hill Gail, pushed his head in front of Aly Khan's Venture VII at finish to win 2,000 Guineas. Two days later Jockey Roger Poincelet, riding Mrs. Howell E. Jackson's Never Too Late, hung on grimly when saddle began to slip, reached wire first in 1,000 Guineas.
SWORD DANCER: $70,000 Grey Lag H., 1‚⅛ m. by neck over First Landing, in 1:49⅗ Aqueduct. Eddie Arcaro up.
FLUCTUATE: Maryland Hunt Cup, 4 m. by 5 lengths over Mainstay, in 8:43⅘ Gyndon, Md. Mike Smithwick up, for his 6th Hunt Cup win.
LACROSSE—NAVY, down by 5 goals, rallied to beat Maryland 15-14, remain unbeaten, before 8,000 at College Park, Md.
SOCCER—BRAZIL booters whipped United Arab Republic 5-0 at Cairo, then learned why home team played so cautiously. Explained conservative Al-Ahrom: Arab players were frightened by pregame story that Brazilians kicked ball with such fury that it would kill any opponent hit by it.
Bulgaria, over Rumania, 2-1, to win Group 3 Olympic tournament, Sofia. Victory eliminated Russia, 1956 Olympic champion.
TENNIS—BARRY MacKAY, over Bernard (Tut) Bartzen, 7-5, 6-8, 7-5, 0-6, 6-4, singles title, Dallas Invitational.
Pancho Gonzales, over Ken Rosewall, 6-3, 9-7, Sydney, Australia, for first place in World Pro tour with 49-8 record. Runners-up: Rosewall 32-25; Pancho Segura 22-28; Alex Olmedo 11-44.
TRACK & FIELD—JOHN THOMAS, Boston U. high jumper, soared 7 feet 1½ inches, broke world outdoor record (see page 16). RAY NORTON, outran Dave Sime and Bobby Morrow in sprints, tied world mark of 20.6 for 200 meters around turn; YALE, 2-mile relay in 7:27.4, sprint medley in 3:24.9; SAN JOSE STATE, 440-yard relay in 41 flat, 880-yard relay in 1:24.5, Penn Relays, Philadelphia.
Shotputter Bill Nieder made most of face-to-face meeting with Parry O'Brien, won with heave of 63 feet 11½ inches at Drake Relays in Des Moines (see page 16). Alone in Los Angeles USC's Dallas Long put a (for him) routine 60 feet 5¾ inches.
WRESTLING—BILL KERSLAKE, 295-pound Clevelander, defeated San Francisco's Walt Goltl for heavyweight title, U.S. Olympic freestyle trials, Ames, Iowa. Other winners: Dick Wilson, Toledo, 114.5 pounds; Dave Auble, Ithaca, N.Y., 125.5 pounds; Lynn Long, Denver, 136.5 pounds; Frank Bettucci, Ithaca, N.Y., 147.5 pounds; Phil Kinyon, Stillwater, Okla., 160.5 pounds; Ed Dewitt, Pittsburgh, 174 pounds; Dan Brand, Lincoln, Neb., 191 pounds.
MILEPOSTS—MARRIED: CAROL HEISS, 20, pretty blonde U.S., Olympic and 5-time world figure skating champion; and HAYES ALAN JENKINS, 27, her counterpart among male figure skaters until he turned pro in 1956 to finance way through Harvard Law School, now practicing attorney in Akron, Ohio; in New York.
ELECTED: ED MACAULEY, lately deposed coach promoted to general manager of St. Louis Hawks, VIC HANSON, oldtime Syracuse U. Star, Indiana Coach BRANCH McCRACKEN and UCLA Coach JOHNNY WOODEN; among 10 named to Basketball Hall of Fame at Springfield (Mass.) College. Others elected: CHARLES MURPHY, Purdue All-America in late 20s; EDWARD W. KEANEY, retired coach at U. of Rhode Island; late ERNEST A. BLOOD, wily coach who led Passaic H.S. to 159-game winning streak in middle 20s; late WARD L. LAMBERT, Purdue coach for 29 years; late GEORGE T. HEPBRON, longtime AAU referee; H. V. PORTER, for 30 years member of rules committee.