BASEBALL—SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, with Jim Withers pitching, shut out Oklahoma State 1-0 in fifth game of series to become the first college to win three NCAA championships, in Omaha. The losing pitcher, LITTLETON FOWLER, was nonetheless named most valuable player of the series. He pitched a total of 23 innings for Oklahoma State during the five games, allowed only 14 hits and struck out 13 batters.
BASKETBALL—For the first time an Ivy League college was involved in the current scandals when New York District Attorney Frank Hogan disclosed that Columbia player Fred Portnoy agreed to shave points in four games last season. So far, 35 players and former players from 20 colleges have been named, surpassing the 1951 investigation of 33 players from seven colleges.
BOATING—MIT, leading from the start, won the three-day National Dinghy championship on the Severn River at Annapolis, Md. MIT took eight firsts and scored 217 points to beat out Navy with 197 points. MIT Skipper DON NELSEN won the Allan Trophy as top sailor, with 114 points.
In the 50-mile Farallon Island race off San Francisco, BARUNA, Jim Michael's 72-foot yawl, plowing through a heavy fog which caused her old rival Bolero and eight other yachts to give up, finished first with a time of 13:04:37.
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GOLF—GENE LITTLER, a quiet, methodical pro from La Jolla, Calif., three strokes behind the leader, Doug Sanders, going into the final 18, birdied three holes for a 2-under-par 68 to win (by one stroke) the U.S. Open at Oakland Hills CC in Birmingham, Mich. (see page 11). While Littler's putting was flawless (not a single 3-putt on the last 36 holes), Sanders topped the 3 mark three times on the final 18, finished with a 282 and a second-place tie with Bob Goalby of Coastal River, Fla.
Unconcerned by a driving rain and howling winds, MICHAEL BONALLACK, husky 26-year-old English auto-coach builder, defeated 40-year-old Jimmy Walker of Scotland 6 and 4 in a 36-hole final to win the British Amateur championship in Turnberry, Scotland. Bonallack was never less than 4 up after the 7th hole. In the semifinals Walker edged out Ralph Morrow of Oklahoma City 1 up.
Mary Lena Faulk of Sea Island, Ga. fired a birdie 3 on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff against Mickey Wright and Jo Ann Prentice to win the Eastern Women's Open at Dillsburg. Pa. The three were tied after regulation 54 holes with 214s.
HORSE RACING—In a close finish KELSO ($2.90) crossed the wire a head behind Joseph Colando's Our Hope in the $56,000 Whitney at Belmont but was awarded the victory through a disqualification when Jockey Eddie Arcaro claimed Pete Anderson, aboard Our Hope, had forced his mount to the rail, knocking him off stride in the stretch.
Blue Light ($39.50) nipped Conn Smythe's Just Don't Shove in a photo finish in the $71,475 Queen's Plate, Canada's most important race, at Woodbine near Toronto. With Hugh Dittfach up, Blue Light ran the 1¼ mile for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds in 2:05 to rack up the first Queen's Plate victory in 50 years of racing for owner Colonel K. R. Marshall, who won $46,475, a gold cup worth $5,000 and the Queen's traditional 50 guineas ($150).
Sea Orbit ($8.40) closed with a rush to beat Dress Up by half a length in the $54,840 Inglewood Handicap at Hollywood Park. The California-bred 5-year-old, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Willis Merrill and ridden by Angel Valenzuela, ran the 1[1/16] mile in 1:41.
MOTOR SPORTS—PHIL HILL of Santa Monica drove an average 127.865 mph in a Ferrari to win the 264-mile Belgium Grand Prix in Spa-Francor-champs. The victory gives Hill 19 points toward the world championship, one more than Germany's Wolfgang Von Trips, who finished second.
At Langhorne (Pa.) Speedway, A. J. Foyt, winner of the Indianapolis "500." beat Parnelli Jones, Rookie of the Year in the "500," to win the 100-mile National Championship for Indianapolis cars and drivers. His time: 1:14:42.
ROWING—CALIFORNIA and Cornell made it a two-shell race for the Intercollegiate Rowing Association championship on Onondaga Lake at Syracuse (see page 47). The smooth-swinging Golden Bears took the lead after half a mile in the three-mile race and, pulling a steady 32 strokes per minute, stayed half a length ahead until the Big Red upped their own beat in a determined closing sprint. California blithely retaliated by upping theirs even higher to hold their lead across the finish line. It was California's second straight IRA victory. Surprise of the race was MIT, which pulled away from the pack to finish third. Earlier, Cornell's junior varsity won its three-mile row, while Washington's unbeaten freshmen took the two-mile opener.
On the Thames River near New London, Conn., after seeing their freshmen and jayvees go down in defeat, the HARVARD VARSITY humiliated Yale with a 7½-length victory, their third straight win over the Elis, and their 50th in 96 meetings. Harvard's time for the four-mile run was 22 minutes, nearly half a minute better than Yale's time.
SOCCER—EVERTON of Britain romped over the New York Americans 7-0 at game in Montreal to win the first section of the International Soccer League with 12 points. Bangu of Brazil was second in the standings with 9 points.
TRACK & FIELD—Six meet records fell in the NCAA championships at Philadelphia and another was set (see page 44). After dawdling along in ninth place for the first half mile, Dyrol Burleson of Oregon scooted the last quarter in 54.7 to win the mile in 4:00.5. John Thomas, hitting the heights again, did 7 feet 2 inches. Shotputter Dallas Long of Southern California helped his school take the team title with a heave of 63 feet 3½ inches. With the first four finishers bettering the record, Pat Clohessy, a University of Houston junior from Australia, ran the three miles in 13:47.7. In the 3,000-meter steeplechase John Lawler of Abilene Christian won with a 9:01.1: Luther Hayes of Southern California retained his hop, step and jump title with 51 feet 2¼ inches: Dixon Farmer of Occidental won the 440-yard hurdles in 50.8 to set a record in this new event. Other outstanding performances were turned in by Frank Budd of Villanova, first in the 100 and 220 with 9.4 and 20.8; New Mexico's Adolph Plummer in the 440 with 46.2: John Bork of Western Michigan in the 880 with 1:48.3; Jerry Tarr of Oregon in the 120-yard high hurdles with 13.9; George Davies of Oklahoma State, Dick Gear of San Jose State and Jim Brewer of Southern Cal in the pole vault, which was a three-way tie at 15 feet 4 inches; Chuck Wilkinson of Redlands in the javelin throw with 247 feet 8½ inches; Tom Pagani of California Poly in the hammer with 194 feet 10½ inches. Oregon was second, while Villanova was third in the team standings.
At the ALBUQUERQUE INVITATIONAL meet Ralph Boston stuck strictly to the broad jump, again leaped over 27 feet, this time 27 feet¼ inch, only a quarter inch shy of his pending world record set earlier this season. Don Styron of Southern Illinois ran a 50.4 in the 440 hurdles, while brother Dave took the 220 in 21 seconds flat. Hayes Jones streaked over the 120 high hurdles in 13.7. Don Webster, a 16-year-old runner from Kennett Square (Pa.) High School, dashed the 440 yards in 46.5 and Brian Turner of Southern Illinois won the mile in 4:09.5.
In the GOLDEN WEST INVITATIONAL for high-schoolers, Tom Sullivan of Evanston, Ill. tied the schoolboy record for the 880 with a time of 1:50.6. a mark that won't go into the record books, however, since Sullivan just graduated and is no longer a high school athlete. Don Castle of Palo Alto. Calif. put the shot 65 feet 7¾ inches—best high school toss of the year. Morgan Groth of Alhambra High School in Martinez, Calif. won the mile in 4:10, more than eight seconds faster than last year's meet time.
Russian High Juniper VALERI BRUMEL soared over the bar at 2.23 meters in Moscow. John Thomas' recognized world record of 7 feet 3¾ inches converts 'o 2.228 meters. The two will meet in a dual U.S.-Russian meet July 15 and 16 in Moscow.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: JOE GORDON. 46, manager of the Kansas City A's since last fall, after 59 games as field boss under Owner Charles Finley and GM Frank Lane. Last year at Cleveland, Lane also fired Gordon. HANK BAUER, 39-year-old KC outfielder and ex-Yankee star, was named KC's new manager.
RETIRED: TULLOCH, 7, greatest stake winner in Australian turf history, after winning his 36th victory in 53 starts, to stud, where his stud fee will be $1.181.
DIED: JAMES MANNING, 70, rowing coach who led the Vesper Boat Club of Philadelphia to three national and four senior eight titles, of a heart attack, in the Penn AC boat house in Philadelphia.
DIED: BEN JONES, 78, America's top Thoroughbred trainer who from 1939 worked under the devil's red and blue colors of Calumet Farm, in Lexington, Ky. (see page 6). Jones trained six Kentucky Derby winners: Lawrin in 1938 (for Woolford Farm), Whirlaway in 1941, Pensive in 1944, Citation in 1948. Ponder in 1949 and Hill Gail in 1952, as well as Twilight Tear and Armed, both Horses of the Year.