BASKETBALL—Three new players were accused by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation with participating in the fixing of college games. The players, charged with accepting money to shave points, were Anton Muehlbauer, Stan Niewierowski and Terry Litchfield, all of North Carolina State.Identified as contact man and charged with bribery was Lou Barshak.
BOXING—In a surprise upset in Los Angeles, Heavyweight ALEJANDRO LAVORANTE of Argentina knocked third-ranked contender Zora Folley and his dreams of a title fight with champion Floyd Patterson flat with a seventh-round knockout. After five cautious rounds Lavorante floored Folley twice in the sixth with a flurry of classic rights to the jaw. At the start of the seventh the 24-year-old Argentine knocked Folley down again, only to have Folley's manager dart into the ring and give his fighter a whiff of smelling salts. It did little good. Folley was up and quickly down again under a finishing right. It was Lavorante's 11th KO in 14 bouts.
Diulio Loi of Italy retained his world junior welterweight title over New York's Carlos Ortiz with a 15-round decision in Milan. The defense was the first for Loi since he won the title from Ortiz last September.
U.S. won five of the 10 events in the International Military Sport Council boxing championships at Fort Dix, N.J. ITALY won three and the UNITED ARAB REPUBLIC the other two. The winners: Abdel Moniem El Guindy of the UAR (flyweight); John Cereghin of Defiance, Ohio (bantam); Hosny Saidahmcd of UAR (feather); Jim Richardson of Kansas City (light); Quincey Daniels of Seattle (light welter); Luciano Piazza of Italy (welter); Alesandro Mazzinghi of Italy (light middle); James Rossette of New Orleans (middle); Guilio Saraudi of Italy (light heavy); James Johnson of Clairton, Pa. (heavy).
May 21, 1961
BOWLING—ROY LOWN, a left-handed bowler from El Paso, edged out Rich Robinette of Huntington, W. Va., on the last ball to win the $75,000 PBA invitational championship in Paramus, N.J. In their three-game final Lown won the first game 203-187, Robinette the second 228-194 and Lown the third 196-191. The 31-year-old Texan collected the first prize of $15,000.
CHESS—MIKHAIL BOTVINNIK, Russia's aging grand master, regained his world title in the 21st game of his two-month match against Latvia's bold young improviser, Mikhail Tal, to whom he lost the title last year. The 49-year-old Russian engineer, who first won the world championship in 1948, won 13 points to 8.
CREW—CALIFORNIA, NAVY and CORNELL, the best rowing schools in the country this year, remained unbeaten. California defeated UCLA by ¾ of a length on the Oakland Estuary, rowing the 2,000 meters in 5:51.7 for its sixth straight victory. In the East Navy seized the lead at the start and won the Adams Cup on the Charles River at Cambridge by a comfortable margin over Harvard and Penn. Cornell, disdainfully rowing three or four beats under Princeton and Yale, easily took the Carnegie Cup at Princeton bv three lengths, covered the 1¾ miles in 8:53.6. BROWN won the Dad Vail Trophy, emblematic of supremacy among colleges with secondary rowing teams, for the third straight year, by almost 2 lengths over Amherst at Philadelphia. MIT won its third victory in four starts, beat Dartmouth and Wisconsin at Madison, Wis.
CYCLING—BOB FISCHER of CCNY survived a spill to win the National Intercollegiate Road Racing championship near New Haven. Fischer pedaled the 50 miles in 2:18:16, finished three feet in front of Walter Grotz of Fairleigh Dickinson.
GOLF—DOUG SANDERS of Cedartown, Ga. came from behind with final-round birdies on the 10th and 11th holes to win the $40,000 Colonial National Invitation Tournament in Fort Worth, after leader Gene Littler double-bogeyed the 10th (see page 78). Kel Nagle, British Open champion, took second with 282, one stroke over Sanders.
HARNESS RACING—APMAT ($13.20), surprise victor in the International Pace the week before, made it two in a row with a ¾-length victory over New Zealand's False Step in the $62,800 Good Time Pace at Yonkers. Bye Bye Byrd was third. With Bert Alley in the sulky, the 8-year-old Australian champion paced the 1¼ miles in 2:34[4/5].
HORSE RACING—HITTING AWAY ($35.40), a Preakness eligible, took the lead soon after the start and led all the way to win the $59,900 Withers Mile at Aqueduct by 4½ lengths over Up Scope The Ogden Phipps colt, trained by Sunny Jim Fitz-simmons and ridden by Hedley Woodhouse, ran the mile over a sloppy track in 1:35⅕ fast enough to clip [1/5] of a second off the Withers record.
LACROSSE—NAVY spoiled Johns Hopkins' homecoming weekend, defeating the Blue Jays 15-9. PRINCETON took first place in the Ivy League with an 8-6 win over Yale. Before the game both teams were tied with three victories each. ARMY won its sixth straight, defeated Syracuse 9-4. In a high-scoring game, BALTIMORE LC overran the University of Baltimore 18-12, while the UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND trounced Maryland LC 16-4.
SHOOTING—RALPH BEVIS of Bennington, Vt., in a 25-target shoot-off, won the National Trapshooting singles title in Pelham Manor, N.Y., by one over Dominick Scibilia of Moorestown, N.J. Bevis broke all 25 in the shoot-off, after both had tied with 196 out of 200 in the regulation round. NICK EG AN of New York broke 91 out of 100 to take the double-target title over Jacob Halter of Bridge-ton, N.J.
TENNIS—PANCHO GONZALES proved once again he is still the world's best tennis player by readily taking his seventh consecutive World Pro champsionship. His victim this time was Spain's young Andres Gimeno. Out of their scheduled 29-game match Gonzales won 15 lost 6, picked up $35,000.
TRACK & FIELD—It was a miler's day at the WEST COAST RELAYS in Fresno, Calif. In the four-mile relay the University of Oregon, anchored by swift-footed Dyrol Burleson, set an American record of 16:29.3—a 23.3-second slice off the old mark. Victor Reeve opened with a 4:09.8 mile, George Larson followed in 4:13.9, Keith Forman 4:05.3. Burleson's anchor was a strong 4:00.3. Later in the day Burleson anchored the distance medley relay team with a 4:00.8 mile. The team time of 9:40.6 was just 1/10th of a second off the American collegiate record. In the Invitation Mile former Oregon star Jim Grelle caught Ernie Cunliffe on the last lap to win in 4:02.5, while in the mile relay Oregon State surprised USC to win in 3:11.7. Southern Cal's Rex Cawley set a meet record in the 400-meter hurdles in 49.9. Dennis Johnson (see page 31) won the 100 yards in 9.4. USC was team champion with 76‚Öú points.
Yale collected 54 points to edge Navy, with 52 points, at the HEPTAGONAL GAMES in Philadelphia, for its third straight victory. Meet records fell to Harvard's Mark Mullin in the mile (4:07.1), Brown's Bobby Lowe in the two miles (9:05.8) and Cornell's John Murray in the pole vault (14 feet 7½ inches). The University of Maryland won eight events to sweep its sixth consecutive ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE title in Durham. N.C., scoring 82½ points to runner-up North Carolina's 44½. UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS ended Baylor's one-year reign as Southwest Conference champions with a 68½-6O victory over the Bears.
At Mid-West Athletic Association meet in Jefferson City, Mo., Olympic broad-jump champion RALPH BOSTON tried his hand at seven events, won six, tied one and broke meet records in four. His record breakers were the broad jump (25 feet 9¼ inches), high jump (6 feet 8 inches), javelin (185 feet 3 inches) and pole vault (13 feet, for first-place tie). Boston also won the hop, step and jump (48 feet 1½ inches) and 120-yard high and 220-yard low hurdles (14.3 and 23.7). In all, Boston collected 34 points.
MILEPOSTS—SIGNED: EDDIE DONOVAN, 38, basketball coach who built St. Bonaventure into a national power, to succeed playing-coach Carl Braun as master builder of the New York Knickerbockers, who spent most of last year trying unsuccessfully to dig out of the cellar.
SIGNED: CARL BRAUN, 33, after his release as coach of New York Knickerbockers, to replace player Bill Sharman of the world champion Boston Celtics.
HOSPITALIZED: FRED CRAWFORD, 20, forward on St. Bonaventure's basketball team, with tuberculosis, one week after his roommate Tom Stith was hospitalized with the same disease. Both players were transferred to Mount Morris Sanatorium near Rochester.
DIED: HARRY COATES, 75, track coach at Providence College since 1947, in Providence. Coates started coaching in 1902, was at Villanova and Seton Hall before Providence.