BOATING—BILL MUNCEY, national unlimited hydroplane champion for the last two years, powered the sturdy Miss Century 21 to a first-place finish in the Governor's Cup regatta on the Ohio River at Madison, Ind. An unusually durable boat, Miss Century 21 has now finished her last 40 heats untroubled. In the Governor's Cup she lost in the last heat to Gale V with Bill Cantrell driving but tied the Cantrell boat for heat standings with two firsts and a second and won on the basis of a superior speed average of 105.9 to Gale V's 104.9 mph. Muncey repeated as national champion driver with 2,425 points, while Cantrell edged Ron Musson, who lost his chance at a higher rating by seven points when his Miss Bardahl threw a rod and was unable to finish the Ohio River race.
BOXING—LEN MATTHEWS, eighth-ranking lightweight, combined a left hook with a right cross in the eighth round to knock out Jimmy Soo after a close bout at Philadelphia.
Joe Erskine, British heavyweight, won on a fifth-round TKO over former Canadian Champion George Chuvalo when the referee disqualified the Canadian for butting. Erskine, who also had been fouled by Chuvalo in the second and third rounds, was then offered $30,000 to meet the No. 1 heavyweight challenger, Sonny Liston, in Philadelphia.
Young Jack Johnson, Los Angeles heavyweight, hammered Sweden's Thoerner Aashman to the canvas three times in the fourth round, won by an automatic TKO at Goteborg, Sweden. Before the referee stopped the fight the 16-pound-heavier Johnson dropped Aashman first with a right to the jaw, changed his style and scored the next two knockdowns with powerful left hooks.
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Cassius Clay, 19-year-old Louisville heavyweight, showed surprising punching power, knocked out Alex Miteff with a hard right at 1:45 of the sixth round, at Louisville (see page 22).
CHESS—BOBBY FISCHER, 18, Brooklyn prodigy and U.S. champion, went unbeaten in the international masters' tournament against a field of 20 of the world's finest players in Bled, Yugoslavia, defeated U.S.S.R.'s Mikhail Tal for the first time but was runner-up in the tournament as Tal won 14½-4½ to Fischer's 13½-5½-Fischer might have won the tournament had he not grown impatient and drawn with lesser opponents Boris Ivkov and Ludek Pachman. However, his impressive showing makes him a favorite in the Men's Interzonal matches to be held in Holland early in February to determine the challenger for Mikhail Botvinnik's world title.
Captain JOHN A. HUDSON, USAF, co-champion of last year's Armed Forces tournament, went undefeated and won the 1961 championship 9½-1½. Airman 2/c Gilbert Ramirez was second and the 1960 co-winner, Army Specialist Arthur W. Feurstein, third.
FIELD HOCKEY—U.S. WOMEN'S TEAM, with Mary Ann Leight scoring a second-half goal and frantic goalie, Pat Zelley, successfully protecting the American net six times in two minutes against English power shots, rallied to tie England's women 1-1, at Haverford, Pa. The series stands at three victories for U.S., two for England, one tie.
GOLF—Army Specialist 4/c TONY EVANS dropped in two putts of 100 feet and 40 feet, scored a 72 for a four-round total of 284 to win the Inter-Service championship by two strokes over Airman 1/c Clyde Sniffen at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Army Sergeant Cliff Harrington broke the course record with a first-round 66 on the par-72 course and was tied with Evans at the end of three rounds but finished third with 288.
Dexter A. Daniels, a Florida automobile dealer, defeated retired Marine pilot William K. Lanman 2 and 1 in the final round of the USGA's senior men's amateur tournament at Tulsa, Okla. Both players were severely handicapped by 30-mile-an-hour winds that drove par beyond reach and scores sky-high.
HARNESS RACING—DUKE RODNEY ($5 and $3.80), unimpressed by Caleb's world-record victory in the first heat of the $59,330 Kentucky Futurity at Lexington, Ky., came back to take the second and third heats in 2:02 and 1:59⅗ adding the third leg of trotting's Triple Crown to the second he had won in the Yonkers Futurity August 10. In the first heat Caleb trotted the mile in 1:58⅕ a world's record for 3-year-olds, beating Duke Rodney to the wire by a head. With John Simpson driving, Duke Rodney, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Patrick DiGennaro, edged Matastar in the second race, then finished 1½ lengths in front of Caleb to win the race-off and the $28,181 first-place purse.
Air record ($4.70), winner only once in her last 14 races, cut loose at the three-quarter pole and nosed out Merrie Duke in Roosevelt's $25,000 Trader Horn Trot, at Westbury, L.I. Owned by F. E. Ross and George Sholty, with Sholty in the sulky, the 5-year-old mare covered the mile in 2:01[3/5].
HOCKEY—THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE ALL-STARS defeated the Chicago Black Hawks 3-1, as Gordie Howe, Norm Ullman and Alex Delvecchio set up and scored two of the All-Star goals. Eric Nesterenko saved the Black Hawks from a shutout with a goal early in the second period.
HORSE RACING—MOLVEDO, an Italian-owned 3-year-old, held fast on the heels of Sir Winston Churchill's High Hat, the early pacesetter in the rich Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, then, given his head, dashed to a two-length victory over Right Royal, at Longchamp race track, Paris (see page 65). CICADA ($3.30), as expected, won Aqueduct's $121,075 Frizette Stakes, her fifth straight victory. The $83,575 winner's purse brought the Meadow Stable entry's earnings to $287,545, a record for 2-year-old fillies. Rated nicely by Willie Shoemaker, Cicada was turned loose at the top of the stretch, sped to a 1:36[4/5] clocking for the mile and finished ½ length ahead of Firm Policy.
Zumbador II ($11.20), recently arrived from South America, outsped a strong field, edged Blue-scope by a nose in the $16,750 Fayette Handicap at Keeneland, Ky. C. V. Whitney's Tompion, the odds-on favorite, held the early lead but lost it at the half-mile mark as the winner, with Ray Broussard up, flashed by on his way to a 1:47[3/5] for the 1‚⅛ miles, a fifth of a second off the track record.
MOTOR SPORTS—INNES IRELAND, a determined Scots farmer, pushed his Lotus to the front on the 57th lap and never relinquished the lead as he finished 5 2/10 seconds ahead of a Porsche driven by American Dan Gurney in the U.S. Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, N.Y. He averaged 103.22 mph for the 230-mile course. Britain's Stirling Moss and Australia's Jack Brabham, who had jockeyed for the early lead, were forced out of the race by mechanical troubles.
Phil Hill, who had already won the world championship in points, did not enter when Car Manufacturer Ferrari withdrew his team. Stirling Moss finished third in world standings, behind the late Wolfgang von Trips, Gurney finished fourth.
TENNIS—PANCHO GONZALEZ, ignoring his own announced retirement of several weeks ago, made quick work of the finals, beat Australia's Ashley Cooper 6-3, 6-2 to win Italian International professional tournament at Milan. The 33-year-old professional champion was surprisingly fresh after having outlasted Spain's Andres Gimeno 10-8, 14-16, 16-14 in a three-hour semi-final.
MILEPOSTS—TRADED: JIMMY PIERSALL, 31, trigger-tempered, fancy-fielding Cleveland Indian center fielder, to the Washington Senators for Pitcher Dick Donovan and three other players. Although Piersall batted .322 in 1961, the fourth-highest percentage in the American League, he lost favor with the Indians as his emotional outbursts became almost as frequent as his brilliant catches. In 34-year-old Donovan, the pitcher-poor Indians get the major leagues' 1961 leader in earned runs, a low 2.40.
SETTLED: The FLOYD PATTERSON-TOM McNEELEY heavyweight title bout, three times delayed and then pulled out of Boston when the Massachusetts Boxing Commission refused to allow an out-of-state referee, is now scheduled for Toronto on Dec. 4. McNeeley's manager, Peter Fuller, will deposit $1 million guaranteeing Patterson a rematch within 120 days should McNeeley win.
NAMED: JERRY BARBER, 45-year-old Los Angeles pro, who compensates for a caddie-size, 5-foot-5, 137-pound frame with one of the finest putting strokes in the game, as Player of the Year, by the Professional Golfers' Association, following a poll of its membership and sportswriters. Barber, who won the 1961 PGA championship by a single stroke in an 18-hole play-off with Don January, will captain the American team in this week's Ryder Cup matches against Great Britain.
DIED: JOHN ZOLA, 20-year-old Lebanon Valley College halfback, from injuries suffered in a game against Drexel Tech at Philadelphia. Zola was the third college player to be killed this year, the first as a result of injuries sustained in a game.
DIED: WILLIAM FOSTER, 20, a third-string guard for Johnson C. Smith University of Charlotte, N.C., 10 days after he was injured in a practice scrimmage at Charlotte. Foster's death, the fourth and latest of the current college season, is one more than occurred during all of 1960.