BOATING—In Europe's sequel to the Miami-Nassau powerboat race—156 miles from Cowes, Isle of Wight, to Torquay—British auto racing driver TOMMY SOPWITH (son of America's Cup challenger T.O.M. Sopwith, who nearly defeated the U.S.'s Rainbow in 1934 with his Endeavour) skippered a 25-foot Ray Hunt Thunderbolt over a driving, wind-churned English Channel to finish 20 minutes ahead of Jim Wynne of Miami. Favorite Dick Bertram's Moppie limped back into port an hour after the start with a burnt-out clutch.
Dick Stearns of Northfield. Ill., sailing his sleek black-hulled yacht Glider to capture three second places and two fifth places, won the five-race North American Star class championship in Toronto for the second straight year.
BOXING—JORGE FERNANDEZ of Buenos Aires avenged the only knockout of his career and stepped directly into line for a shot at the welterweight title with a 10-round decision over Cuba's Isaac Logart at Madison Square Garden. In a lively bout Fernandez shook Logart several times but was never able to knock the Cuban down. Three years ago Logart scored a ninth-round KO over the Argentine.
Eder Jofre of Brazil, retaining his world bantamweight title, scored his 10th straight knockout with a seventh-round KO over Venezuela's Ramon Arias, in Caracas.
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George Logan, taking a flurry of lefts and rights from Heavyweight Pete Rademacher in the first round, stepped up in the second and belted the former Olympic champion to the canvas three times before the referee stopped the 10-rounder, in Boise, Idaho.
CANOE RACING—The CARTIERVILLE CANOE CLUB of Montreal, stealing the show at the North American championships in Dartmouth. N.S., won four of the six races over 15 other clubs, including five from the U.S. Its victories: single-blade singles, the single-blade four, kayak tandem and single-blade tandem. A mixed Canadian crew won the kayak four, and the Toronto Sailing and Canoe Club the kayak singles double-blade race.
FISHING—In seven fathoms off Newport, R.I., Terry Lentz, Bob Weaver and Jim Baldwin successfully defended the LONG BEACH (Calif.) NEPTUNES' national spearfishing title by scoring 215.12 points over the Newport (R.I.) Underwater Sportsmen, who placed second with 92.4 points. A Connecticut Council of Diving Clubs team of Marilyn Snyder and Shirley Johnson won the women's title with 27.14 points. Biggest catch was a 10.3-pound striped bass speared by Terry Lentz.
Jon Tarantino, a San Franciscan, won eight individual events, captured the all-round title at The American Casting Association championships in Long Beach, Calif. In the women's division, MEL GAVIN of St. Louis won 10 individual titles as she completely outclassed the field in taking all-accuracy honors. E. A. THOMAS of Los Angeles won the wet-fly accuracy contest with 10 perfect games for 1,000 points, one point better than runner-up Steve Aleshi of Kansas City, Mo.
GOLF—MARY LOWELL, 17, of Hayward. Calif. won the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship in Seattle by defeating Margaret Martin, also 17, of St. Clairsville, Ohio 1 up in the finals, when Margaret missed a 3½-foot putt that rimmed the cup on the 18th hole (see page 46).
Gay Brewer Jr. of Crystal River. Fla. shot a final-round 67 to win the $35,000 Carling Open in Silver Spring, Md. with a 72-hole total of 277, one under runner-up Billy Maxwell of Dallas.
HARNESS RACING—CRYSTAL BYRD took two straight heats to win the $46,000 Illinois State Fair Stakes for 2-year-old pacers in Springfield. With Glen Kidwell driving, the pacer covered the second mile heat in 2:01⅘ fastest time this season for a 2-year-old on a mile track.
Elaine Rodney ($5) beat Merrie Duke by a head in a stretch duel to win the $13,300 fourth leg of the Harness Tracks of America Trot, at Batavia Downs. With Clint Hodgins in the sulky, Elaine Rodney trotted the mile in 2:02[2/5].
HORSE RACING—DIVINE COMEDY ($5) set a fast pace to win the $55,300 Saratoga Handicap by¾ of a length over High Tide Stable's Whodunit. With Willie Shoemaker up (he was celebrating his 30th birthday), Mrs. Cloyce Tippett's colt ran the 1¼ miles in a near record 2:02[1/5].
Tudorich ($29.40) began to move at the half-mile pole and continued to roll through the back-stretch to win the $58.400 Arlington Handicap by four lengths over Jacnot Stable's Oink. The Spring Hill Farm 4-year-old, with Sandino Hernandez up, ran the 1[3/16], miles over grass in 1:57[4/5].
Rudoma ($10) finished strong to win the $61.000 Arlington Lassie Stakes for 2-year-old fillies by 1½ lengths over Cherry Laurel. The filly, with Bill Hartack up, sprinted the six furlongs in 1:11[1/5].
Battle Joined ($5.60), running in the $38,175 Saratoga Special, rushed to the front soon after the start, finished two lengths ahead of George D. Widener's previously unbeaten Jaipur. To win his fourth victory in five starts the Captain Harry F. Guggenheim colt, with Manuel Ycaza up. hustled the six furlongs in 1:10, a record for the Special at Saratoga.
SWIMMING—With each splash at the men's national AAU outdoor championship in Los Angeles, records plunged lower (see page 18). World-record breakers were: Steve Clark, 100-meter freestyle in 54.4; Tsuyoshi Yamanaka, 200-meter freestyle in 2:00.4; Robert Bennett. 100-meter backstroke in 1:01.3; Tom Stock. 200-meter backstroke in 2:11.5; Chet Jastremski, 100-meter breaststroke in 1:07.5; Chet Jastremski, 200-meter breaststroke in 2:29.6; Fred Schmidt, 100-meter butterfly in 58.6; Carl Robie, 200-meter butterfly in 2:12.6; Ted Stickles, 400-meter individual medley in 4:55.6; Indianapolis AC (Stock, Jastremski. Larry Schulhof and Peter Sintz), 400-meter medley relay in 4:03. American-record breakers were: Tsuyoshi Yamanaka. 400-meter freestyle in 4:17.5: Roy Saari, 1,500-meter freestyle in 17:29.8; Ted Stickles. 200-meter individual medley in 2:15.9. The only race in which a record wasn't broken was the 800-meter freestyle relay, won by Indianapolis AC (Alan Somers, Dick Allen, Mike Troy and Peter Sintz) in 8:17.9.
TENNIS—For the second year the UNITED STATES Davis Cup Team just managed to squeeze by Mexico 3-2 in the American zone finals. On the first day Mexico's Rafael Osuna cut down Chuck McKinley 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 while the U.S.'s Tut Bartzen defeated Mario Llamas 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. Mexico then won the doubles, but McKinley, back in form, overpowered Llamas 6-4, 7-5, 10-8 while Bartzen dispatched Osuna 6-3, 6-3, 7-5 to complete the come-from-behind victory.
In Chicago a teen-age contingent of UNITED STATES girls won the Wightman Cup 6-1 over one of the best British teams ever sent to the U.S. To start the upset, Karen Hantze, 18, quickly beat England's top-seeded Christine Truman 7-9, 6-1, 6-1. Billie Jean Moffitt, 17, scored a 6-4, 6-4 win over Ann Haydon, then teamed with Karen to beat Christine and Deidre Catt in doubles 7-5, 6-2. Next day Justina Bricka, 18, clinched the championship by beating Wimbledon Champion Angela Mortimer 10-8, 4-6, 6-3.
TRACK & FIELD—After winning the shotput with a heave of 60 feet 8 inches at the international military meet in Brussels. JAY SILVESTER of Trementon, Utah set a world record in the discus with a toss of 199 feet 2½ inches, 6¼ inches better than his previous and as yet unapproved mark set in Frankfurt on Aug. 11. MAX TRUEX won the 5,000 meters in 14:16.4 and the 10,000 meters in 28:41. Italy's LIVIO BERRUTI won the 100-meter dash in 10.4, over a rain-soaked track, and the 200-meter dash in 20.8.
WATER SKIING—HENRY V. HOLMES of West Palm Beach. Fla, scored 2,583 points in tricks, slalom and jumping to win the men's senior over-all title at the national championships in Austin, Texas. It was the youngsters, however, who set the records.
Vicki Van Hook, 17, of Long Beach. Calif. won the girls' over-all title; TERRI SHRADER, 12, of Omaha, jumped 65 feet to break the world record for junior girls by three feet: and JOHN WIEGERT, 13, of Cypress Gardens, Fla. flew 78 feet to equal his national record for junior boys.
MILEPOSTS—DIED: FRANK EDDOLLS, 40, former hockey player for Montreal and New York and for the last six years coach of the Buffalo Bisons, of a heart attack, on a golf course in Ridgeway, Ont. Last season Eddolls was named American League Coach of the Year.
DIED: HARRY WILLIAM BALOGH, 70, colorful, debonair and often redundant boxing announcer who flourished in the 1930s and 40s, in New York (see page 8).
DIED: WILLIE MacFARLANE, 72, Scottish-born golfer who astounded the sporting world in 1925 by upsetting Bobby Jones in the National Open, of a heart attack, in Miami. MacFarlane tied Jones at 291 after 72 holes of the National at the Worcester (Mass.) CC. In an 18-hole playoff he again tied Jones with a 75; in their second playoff he beat Jones by one stroke, 72 to 73.