BASKETBALL—In a second expansion move the NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION made a franchise available to Baltimore. The new team, which will play in the $14 million Baltimore Civic Center now under construction, will join the NBA for the 1962-63 season. With the Chicago franchise, the latest expansion increases the NBA to 10 teams.
BOWLING—JANET HARMON of Los Angeles defeated Eula Touchette of East St. Louis, Ill. 794-776 to win the Queens Tournament of the Women's International Bowling Congress in Fort Wayne, Ind. Miss Harmon, who finished the 24-game double-elimination undefeated, won $1,240.
Bob Brayman of Detroit won the classic division all-events title at the ABC championships in Detroit. Brayman's total for the nine-game event was 1,963.
BOXING—JIM WILEY cut short the boxing debut of Bill Nieder, Olympic shotput champion, knocked him out of the ring in the first round of a heavyweight bout in Philadelphia (see page 57). Wiley first dropped Nieder with a left, finished him off with a right that sent Nieder sprawling through the ropes and back into training.
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Cleveland Williams, behind a good left hook, stopped heavyweight Alex Miteff in the fifth round for a TKO in Houston.
Jorge Fernandez, exciting Argentine welterweight, kept Ted Wright of Detroit on the defensive in a wild-swinging 10-rounder to win by a decision in New York.
CREW—During a day of close races, NAVY's undefeated heavyweights hung on in a brilliant closing battle on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. to edge Cornell by five feet and four-tenths of a second in the 2,000-meter Eastern sprint championships. Navy's time was 6:01.5. It was the first defeat of the season for Cornell, the defending champion. MIT was third. In the varsity lightweight championship HARVARD, which earlier in the season suffered its first defeat in 33 races, outrowed Cornell by 10 feet for its fourth consecutive title. At Seattle, WASHINGTON took the closest race of the day, defeating previously unbeaten California by two feet in a sprint regatta for the Ky Ebright Challenge Cup (see page 59). The Huskies' time for the 2,000 meters was 6:32.3.
GOLF—SAM SNEAD, leading by four strokes after the first three rounds of the $10,000 Sam Snead Festival at White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., withstood a rousing finish by Canadian Stan Leonard to win by one stroke. Leonard, playing just ahead of Snead. finished the last round 3-under-par for 267. On the 18th Snead, needing a par to win. plunked his ball four feet from the cup. Suffering with an erratic putter he played it safe, tapped the ball gently nearer the cup. then sank it. "I guess one stroke is as good as 10," said Snead, who has won the Festival six times in 14 years.
Doug Sanders, about to take a vacation from the summer tour until warned by the PGA not to, took instead his second major tournament in a row, the $20,000 Hot Springs Open in Hot Springs, Ark. Sanders shot a 15-under-par 273 to win by one stroke over Jerry Steelsmith and Dave Ragan.
Jack Nicklaus led Ohio State to its fifth Big Ten championship in Bloomington, Ind. Nicklaus, 1959 National Amateur winner, finished his 72 holes with a 1-under-par 283, 14 strokes ahead of runner-up Rolf Deming of Minnesota.
HARNESS RACING—FALSE STEP ($5.20), an 8-year-old New Zealand stallion, took the lead before the first turn and remained on top to win the $50,000 National Championship Pace at Yonkers by a length over Bye Bye Byrd. Mr. Budlong was third and Apmat, Australian gelding and winner of the first two races of this international series, was fourth. False Step, driven by Cecil Devine, paced the 1½ miles in 3:07.4.
HORSE RACING—CARRY BACK ($4), following his successful Kentucky Derby formula, charged from next to last to win the second leg of the Triple Crown, the $178,700 Preakness at Pimlico by 3/4 of a length over L. P. Sasso's Globemaster (see page 24). Crozier, nearly five lengths back, was third. With Johnny Sellers up, the little Florida-bred colt, owned by Mrs. Katherine Price, ran the 1 3/16 miles in 1:57 3/5.
Bowl of flowers ($2.50), hugging the rail in last place, took to the outside on the turn for home and beat Black Darter by 3/4 of a length in a driving finish to win the $57,750 Acorn Stakes at Aqueduct (see page 26). With Eddie Arcaro whipping away, Brookmeade Stable's chestnut filly ran the mile in 1:37 2/5. The race is the first leg of New York's Triple Crown for Fillies.
T. V. Lark ($6.60) rallied in the stretch to win the $55,600 Los Angeles Handicap at Hollywood Park by a neck over New Policy. Under Johnny Longden the C. R. Mac Stable's mount ran the seven furlongs in 1:21 1/5.
LACROSSE—NAVY, narrowly retaining its standing as the best in the nation, sent the University of Baltimore to its first defeat of the season with a 12-10 overtime victory at Annapolis. VIRGINIA blocked fiercely, pulled a major upset over Army 10-9. The UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND downed Johns Hopkins 12-7. HARVARD beat Yale 18-12. BALTIMORE LC beat Mt. Washington LC 11-9.
TENNIS—The Lawn Tennis Association of Australia, ignoring a positive note by South Australia, voted overwhelmingly against the introduction of open tennis at a meeting in Melbourne. Thus, the LTAA delegates to the International Lawn Tennis Federation's July meeting in Stockholm will vote against even raising the open issue this year.
TRACK & FIELD—GEORGE DAVIES, 20-year-old Oklahoma State sophomore, cleared 15 feet 10¼ inches, one inch higher than Don Bragg's accepted pole vault mark, to set a new world record at the Big Eight championships in Boulder, Colo. Davies first set a Big Eight record by clearing 15 feet 4¾ inches, then knocked the bar off on his first two world record attempts. On his third and final try he skimmed the bar. It shook momentarily, then held. Oklahoma won the team title over Kansas 99-88¼.
Two meet records fell at the BIG TEN meet in Iowa City. Richard Cephas of Michigan set a 220-yard low-hurdle mark around a curve with a time of 23.4. George Harvey of Purdue set a two-mile record of 9:02.6. Michigan won six of the 15 events to take the team championship over Indiana.
Harry Jerome, running 9.3 in the 100, tied the world record, to pace Oregon to a runaway victory at the FAR WEST championships in Corvallis, Ore. Jerome's 9.3 makes him the first to tie the 100-yard and 100-meter world record. Oregon's Dyrol Burleson won the 880 in 1:48.7, fastest collegiate time in the U.S. this season, later won the mile for a meet record of 4:05.6. Three other meet records fell to Darrell Horn of Oregon State, who broad-jumped 25 feet 9 inches; John Cramer of Washington, who pole vaulted 15 feet 1 inch; Jerry Stubblefield of Oregon, who threw the discus 169 feet 11½ inches. In a dual meet in New Haven HARVARD upset Yale 73-67. Two key performers for Harvard were Tom Blodgett, who won the pole vault, tied for first in the broad jump and finished second in both hurdles, and Mark Mullin, who won the 880 and the mile, in meet record time of 4:09.5. Four other meet records were set and one tied. Jay Luck of Yale did the 220 hurdles in 23.3: Bob Mack of Yale, the two miles in 9:21.1; Stan Doten of Harvard, 196 feet in the hammer throw; Henry Hallas of Yale, 224 feet 4 inches in the javelin. Luck also tied a meet record with a 9.7 100-yard dash.
MILEPOSTS-FORMED: NEW ATHLETIC CONFERENCE composed of four teams from the Skyline Conference and two from the Border Conference, following a two-day meeting of school presidents in Salt Lake City. The new conference includes Utah, Wyoming, Brigham Young, New Mexico, Arizona and Arizona State University. Left behind in the breakup of the Skyline Conference are Utah State, Colorado State, Montana State University and University of Denver.
DIED: HARRY CAMPBELL, 23, sophomore at San Jose (Calif.) State College and member of the U.S. Olympic boxing team, of massive brain damage following his seventh pro bout, in San Francisco. Campbell, a promising lightweight, collapsed in his corner at the conclusion of a 10-round fight against Al Medrano and never regained consciousness. (On Aug. 25, 1930. another Campbell—Frankie, in this case—died in San Francisco after a terrible beating by a young heavyweight named Max Baer.)
DIED: HARRY D. HENSHEL, 70, vice-chairman of Bulova Watch Co., Inc., chairman of the 1955 Pan Am Games and the 1956 U.S. Olympic basketball committee, in New York. Henshel had a lifelong interest in basketball, was a member of the committee of 1917 that codified the rules of the game.
DIED: T. P. GORMAN, 74, member of Canada's 1908 Olympic gold medal lacrosse team, a founder of the National Hockey League in 1917, owner of the Ottawa sports arena and of the Connaught Park trotting track, in Ottawa. Gorman, one of Canada's foremost sports promoters, managed NHL clubs to seven Stanley Cup championships.