BASEBALL—Unrated GARDENA (Calif.) put together a walk, a wild pitch and a single to upset the defending champion, Clearwater Bombers, 1-0 in the opening game of the world softball tournament in Clearwater, Fla.
BOATING—As the summer yachting season drew to a close, U.S. sailors ruled the waters in two major international competitions: in Milford, Conn., THOMAS ALLEN of Buffalo, sailing his own homemade 19-foot sloop, easily captured the world Lightning championship with a score of 167½ points. Second place went to Argentina's Jorge A. Salas-Chaves; a close third was Erik Schmidt of Brazil.
In Oyster Bay, L.I. a team of five U.S. skippers and crew took the International Class Skoal trophy in a best-of-five series against Norway. Meanwhile, in the North American men's sailing championship in Montreal, HARRY MELGES of Lake Geneva, Wis. pushed all the way by Houston's Bob Mosbacher and Marblehead's John McNamara, held on to win his second consecutive Mallory Cup.
Before 40,000 powerboat fans strung along the banks of Washington's Potomac River, MISS CENTURY 21, driven by Bill Muncey, streaked to victory in the President's Cup Regatta and clinched top honors for unlimited hydroplanes in 1961.
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BOXING—KAZUO TAKAYAMA, Japanese featherweight who will challenge the U.S.'s Davey Moore for the world championship in Tokyo, Nov. 13, warmed up with a second-round knockout over the Philippines' Gil Flores, in Tokyo.
Eddie Machen, third-ranking heavyweight, battered a bloodied Mike De John into the ropes again and again in the 8th round of their scheduled 10-rounder in Syracuse, then floored the defenseless De John for the third time in the 9th before Referee Arthur Mercante, who had not heard pleas of De John's handlers to stop the slaughter, declared Machen the winner by a KO.
CHESS—BOBBY FISCHER, 18-year-old U.S. champion, after 10 games was leading Former World Champion Mikhail Tal of Latvia by half point with a score of 7½-2½, in the international chess masters' tournament in Bled, Yugoslavia. Fischer overcame his own b√™te noire when he defeated Tal after 47 moves for the first time in five encounters. The winner of the 19-game tournament probably will meet Russia's Mikhail Botvinnik for the world title.
FISHING—A 60-knot wind off Block Island Sound cut the three-day U.S. Atlantic Tuna Tournament to two, but TONY BLASI of Ozone Park, N.Y. already had caught a 758¾-pound bluefin, the largest by 12 ounces ever taken in the competition.
FOOTBALL—Before a capacity crowd of 60,000 at Philadelphia's Franklin Field, PHILADELPHIA EAGLE Halfback Tim Brown caught the opening kickoff five yards deep in his own end zone and ran it back for a 105-yard touchdown to open the 1961 National Football League season. In spite of a fourth-period passing barrage by Cleveland Browns' Quarterback Milt Plum, the Eagles hung on to win 27-20, as Tom Brookshier intercepted a Plum pass in the dying seconds of the game.
At Yankee Stadium, the ST. LOUIS CARDINALS spoiled Allie Sherman's coaching debut with a fourth-period offensive, overcame a 10-7 deficit to beat the surprised New York Giants 21-10.
Before a home-town crowd of 55,000, the BALTIMORE COLTS plugged up a leaky first-half defense, then railed to defeat the Los Angeles Rams 27-24.
In their National Football League debut the MINNESOTA VIKINGS buried the Chicago Bears 37-14 under four touchdown passes by rookie Fran Tarkenton.
Another rookie, Allen Green of the DALLAS COWBOYS, kicked a field goal from the 27-yard line in the last second of play to clinch a 27-24 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Cotton Bowl.
The SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS, with John Brodie operating out of the shotgun and T formations, completed 16 of 23 passes for 238 yards, led his team to a 35-3 rout of the youthful Washington Redskins.
Bottling up the Packers' highly prized ground attack, the DETROIT LIONS beat the 1960 conference champions 17-13 as Dick Lane intercepted a Bart Starr pass.
In the American Football League the BUFFALO BILLS' sub Quarterback Richie Lucas, pushed into a starting role by injuries to Tom Green, pitched two touchdown passes to help stampede the favored New York Titans 43-31.
The SAN DIEGO CHARGERS demolished the Oakland Raiders 44-0 as Bo Roberson, Olympic broad jumper, scored twice.
The BOSTON PATRIOTS downed the hapless Denver Broncos 45-17.
GOLF—Unfazed by rain, fog and a stogie-smoking caddie, JACK NICKLAUS, 21-year-old Ohio State University senior, strolled confidently through the finals of the National Amateur Golf tournament at Pebble Beach, Calif. to crush Texas' Dudley Wysong 8 and 6 (see page 28). Nicklaus was 19 under par for the 136 holes he played. Australia's PETER THOMSON, with final rounds of 72 and 71, played steady golf at Porthcawl, Wales' gale-swept course, to win the British Masters Tournament 8 strokes over Ireland's Christy O'Connor.
At the first hole of the sudden-death playoff in the Greater Seattle Open, DAVE MARR of Sun City, Ariz. tapped in a birdie putt to break a first-place tie with Bob Rosburg of Portland, Ore. and Jack Cupit of Longview, Texas and take first prize of $3,500. Cupit and Rosburg, who with Marr had posted 15-under-par 265s in the first four rounds, tied for second and $2,050 apiece. Gary Player, the tour's leading money earner, picked up $1,500 for fourth place.
HARNESS RACING—SU MAC LAD ($2.70), biggest money winner of all time, added the $25,000 Volomite Trot to his five-straight string. With Stanley Dancer in the sulky, Su Mac Lad trotted the mile in 2:03, at Yonkers.
ELAINE RODNEY ($6.40) avoided an accident in a wild stretch run, then scored by a neck in Yonkers' $50,000 Harness Tracks of America Trot. The accident wrecked two sulkies, sent one driver to the hospital and broke the leg of contender Lumber Dan, who had to be destroyed.
HORSE RACING—OINK ($57.20), under the left-handed whipping of Jockey Larry Gilligan, came from a length and half behind in the stretch to win by a nose in 1:56 over Tompion in the $100,000 United Nations Handicap on turf at Atlantic City, N.J. In a wild scene in the winner's circle, jubilant Owner Jack Hogan tossed about $2 win tickets to scrambling onlookers, then calmed down long enough to explain the gelding's name: "I figured this was one little piggy that was going to market and bring home the bacon." Carry Back, the 6-to-5 favorite, finished seventh in the field of 12.
Cyane ($19.60), given a brilliant ride by Manuel Ycaza, steered to the inside of Willie Shoemaker on the even-money favorite. Sir Gaylord, and Eddie Arcaro on runner-up Jaipur, to win a dramatic neck victory in 1:17⅕ at the 72nd running of the Belmont Futurity. Bred, as was Oink, by the late Mrs. G. L. Harrison, the 2-year old bay had been held out of earlier stake races by Trainer Henry Clark to give him time to fill out.
HORSE SHOWS—DAYDREAM, a handsome mare, outstepped two-time winner Plainview's Julia, to win the world championship five-gaited title, at Louisville's Kentucky State Fair.
SOCCER—POLAND dealt Britain's hopes for success in next year's World Cup series a severe blow when it outbooted highly rated Tottenham Hotspur 4-2 in the first game of the European Cup championships, at Chorzow, Poland.
TENNIS—In Paris tiny KEN ROSEWALL overcame the powerful Pancho Gonzales to win the world professional tennis hardcourt championship, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, 8-6. Rosewall spent the first set trying to hang onto his racket against Gonzales' blasting serves and vicious baseline drives. Then, encouraged by the cheering crowd, he forced Gonzales into a defensive game. At 6-6 in the final set, the 35-year-old Gonzales heaved with fatigue in the 90° heat and, finally, subsided, beaten after a rare match.
MILEPOSTS—SUED: INGEMAR JOHANSSON for $13,765 by two resort companies which claim he owes that much for "cash, board, lodging, beverages, sparring partners and other incidental expenses" of his Palm Beach training camp before the third Patterson fight. Johansson's purses are still being held up by the U.S. for taxes.
SIGNED: Heavyweight Champion FLOYD PATTERSON and the unbeaten unknown, Tom McNeeley, for a world title bout Nov. 13 at the Boston Garden.