BASKETBALL—WILT CHAMBERLAIN, enticed from a five-month retirement with a three-year contract that guarantees he will remain the highest-paid athlete in sports, rejoined the Philadelphia Warriors. As a rookie, Chamberlain broke almost every pro scoring record, quit last March after claiming he was focal point of roughneck tactics. Of his return Chamberlain said: "Everyone felt it would be better for me and I could do more good for my race if I played rather than retired."
BOATING—FRED OLSEN of Norway took the International One Design class world sailing championship, 27¼ points to 26¾, in close duel with Werner Willcox of U.S., at Hankoe, Norway.
England retained British American Universities sailing trophy by winning, five races to two, over U.S. students, at Chichester, England.
Valentine Howells, 35-year-old farmer from Wales, after 64 days at sea (with six days out for repairs at Bermuda), sailed into New York aboard his 25-foot boat, Eira, the fourth man to complete the singlehanded race across Atlantic, leaving only Jean Lacombe of France still to finish. Second and third behind winner Francis Chichester (who made passage in 40 days): Colonel Blondy Hasler, who took 48 days, and Dr. David Lewis, who took 54.
August 21, 1960
BOXING—FLOYD PATTERSON, in first stop on an exhibition tour of Sweden, drew a house of 40,000 in Stockholm, punched three spar-mates for a round apiece, then worked two rounds with younger brother Ray.
Eddie Perkins, eager for a crack at the lightweight title, hammered his way to an aggressive 7-round TKO over former No. 1 contender Joey Lopes, at Chicago.
George Logan, 10-round decision over Willi Besmanoff, heavyweights, Boise, Idaho.
Pelon Cervantes, Mexico, eked out a split decision over Ike Chestnut, lightweights, Los Angeles.
FOOTBALL—BALTIMORE COLTS, the huge, bruising NFL champions for the past two years, toyed with the College All-Stars before 70,000 at Soldier Field in Chicago, won 32-7 as the regulars pranced through their paces and the rookies—out to make a lasting impression on Coach Weeb Ewbank—blasted through and over the former collegians. Backed by a strong defensive squad that held Coach Otto Graham's team to 13 yards on the ground and 108 in the air, Quarterback Johnny Unitas threw three touchdown passes to elusive Halfback Lenny Moore, while Steve Myhra, Colt place-kicking specialist, booted field goals from 38-, 27- and 27-yard lines, converted for three points after touchdowns. Summed up Ewbank: "A good workout."
GOLF—UNITED STATES came from behind to defeat Canada 21½ to 20 for its fifth straight victory in Americas Cup amateur competition against Canada and Mexico at Ottawa. Trailing Canada by a point, Deane Beman, paired with Jack Nicklaus, discovered a club too many in his bag, reported on himself and forfeited five holes in the alternate-stroke sixsomes, putting the U.S. further behind. But then Nicklaus won two singles matches, Beman one and Don Cherry two to give the U.S. its victory.
Judy Darling of Canada dropped a 6-foot putt, parred the last hole of the Canadian Women's Open championship to defeat Mrs. Frank Stranahan of Toledo, who bogeyed the last hole after she had drawn even with an eagle on the 35th hole, at Saint John, N.B.
HARNESS RACING—SILVER SONG ($13.40) came from last place to win the $50,000 American Trotting Championship and the right to represent the U.S. in the International Trot on Aug. 20 at Roosevelt (see page 55).
Countess Adios ($2.80) breezed home two lengths ahead of Major Goose in $15,000 American National Pace at Sportsman's Park to win her 10th race in 11 starts. The Countess covered the mile in 2:00 2/5 (track record for 3-year-olds) with Del Miller in the sulky.
Adios Butler ($3), the $31,600 Liberty Bell Pace, by ½ length over Tar Boy, 1 m. in 1:58 4/5, Wilmington, Del. Eddie Cobb, driver.
Bye Bye Byrd set a world's record for three one-mile heats (5:56¾) at Illinois State Fairgrounds' one-mile track. Driven by Clint Hodgins, Bye Bye Byrd paced the heats in 1:59 2/5, 1:58 2/5 and 1:58 4/5.
HORSE RACING—MAKE SAIL ($6.90) made haste in the stretch, came from behind to win the $59,700 Alabama Stakes by 2¾ lengths over Clear Road at Saratoga. With Manuel Ycaza up, she covered the 1¼ miles in 2:04.
Royal Native ($6.40) won her seventh stake victory of the year when she galloped from an outside gate position in the $56,300 Arlington Matron Handicap, beat out Woodlawn by a head and Silver Spoon, her leading rival for handicap filly of the year honors, by half a length. Royal Native, with Bill Hartack up, did the 1‚⅛ mile in 1:50 2/5 at Arlington Park.
Tompion ($3.70), the $28,350 Bernard Baruch Stakes, by a neck over Don Rickles, 1 m., 1 f. in 1:50, at Saratoga. Manuel Ycaza up.
HORSESHOE PITCHING—DON TITCOMB, 35-year-old left-hander from Los Gatos, Calif., in one match tossed 156 ringers out of 176 shoes, went on to dethrone Ted Allen, winner of 10 national and world championships, at Muncie, Ind.
MOTOR SPORTS—JACK BRABHAM of Australia, driving a Cooper-Climax, won the Portuguese Grand Prix at Oporto, Portugal, and with it his second straight world driving championship. Brabham has won five straight races this season for the maximum 40 points.
TENNIS—ROD LAVER of Australia won his third straight title, the Eastern grass court championship, with a 6-1, 10-8, 6-4 victory over Don Dell at South Orange, N.J. Dell, a 22-year-old Yale graduate who makes a specialty of upsets, was unseeded in the tournament but defeated second-seeded Ron Holmberg to gain the finals. In the first teen-age title match in the history of the tournament, 17-year-old Karen Hantze of San Diego beat unseeded Nancy Richey, 17, of San Angelo, Texas 6-1, 6-3 for the women's title.
TRACK & FIELD—In a dress rehearsal for Rome, U.S. trackmen weighed in with four world records, a rash of other outstanding performances at Walnut, Calif. RALPH BOSTON, Tennessee State University senior, leaped 26 feet 11¼ inches to break the oldest record in track: Jesse Owens' broad-jump mark of 26 feet 8¼ inches, set in 1935. LIEUT. BILL NIEDER of the Army, competing as an alternate on U.S. Olympic shotput team, tossed the longest shot of all time: 65 feet 10 inches, bettered his pending world record of 65 feet 7 inches. Nieder was promptly named to Olympic team in place of Dave Davis, who is suffering from an injured wrist. HAROLD CONNOLLY, 1956 Olympic champion in the hammer throw, added five feet to his world record with a fling of 230 feet 9 inches. EDDIE SOUTHERN (47.2), a nonqualifier for the Olympic team, EARL YOUNG (46.4), OTIS DAVIS (45.9) and JACK YERMAN (46.1) set a world record in the mile relay of 3 minutes 5.6 seconds. DAVE SIME, who tied for third place with Paul Winder in the 100-meter dash at the Olympic trials at Palo Alto, nailed down his position on the Olympic squad when he tied the world record of 10.1 in the 100-meter dash. In the discus, RINK BABKA tied the world record of 196 feet 6½ inches held by Edmund Piatkowski of Poland, and 400-meter Hurdler GLENN DAVIS earned a position on the 1,600-meter Olympic relay team with a 45.5 for the 400-meter run.
Tamara press, one of the stars of the Russian Olympic team, broke her own world record in the 12-pound shot with a toss of 58 feet 4 inches in Moscow.
WATER SKIING—JANELLE KIRTLEY, 16, of Birmingham, Ala., dethroned defending champion Vicki Van Hook of Long Beach, Calif., for girls' national championship at Minneapolis. CHUCK STEARNS, Bellflower, Calif., men's title; NORINE BARDILL, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., women's title.
MILEPOSTS—DIED: ADAM BROWN, 40, former hockey star, of a broken neck suffered in an automobile crash in Hamilton, Ont. Brown played on Detroit's Stanley Cup championship team in 1942-43, for the Chicago Black Hawks from 1946 to 1951, and ended his career with the Boston Bruins in 1952.
DIED: WALTER LINDRUM, 62, former world English billiards champion and holder of 57 world titles, of food poisoning in Brisbane, Australia. Lindrum was the Merlin of the billiard world, finally, after 17 years as champion, retired in 1950 for lack of competition. Lindrum ran up such amazing scores (he could make a break of 1,000 at will) that periodically officials of the game tried, but never with success, to change the rules of the game in an effort to check him.