BASEBALL—NATIONAL LEAGUE held a 3½-hour draft session for new teams. Houston Colts and New York Mets, at Cincinnati. The Colts, leaning heavily to younger men, spent $1,850,000 for 23 players, picked Bob Aspromonte, Al Spangler and Paul Roof, added seasoning with Pitchers Sam Jones and Bobby Shantz, First Baseman Norm Larker. The Mets. looking for familiar names to draw nostalgic New Yorkers, paid $1,800,000 for 22 players, including old Brooklyn Dodgers Gil Hodges, Don Zimmer, and Roger Craig, but made a notable exception in selecting Cincinnati's temporary World Series hero, 24-year-old Elio Chacon.
BOATING—MRS. JANE SMITH, 32-year-old housewife accelerated her Class A stock hydroplane to an average 49.4 mph, won the New York-New Jersey competition and the national championship of the American Powerboat Association, at Madison, N.Y. The victory gave her 5,225 points, four more than Gordon McCrady, who finished second in the race and was runner-up for the national title.
BOXING—ALEJANDRO LAVORANTE, cutting a quick, wide swath through the heavyweight division (he beat Alonzo Johnson three weeks ago and knocked out Zora Folley and Willi Besmanoff earlier in the year) made short work of Gerry Gaines with a second-round TKO, at Los Angeles. Now fourth-ranked, he may have to postpone his November TV fight with Billy Hunter because his right hand was at least badly bruised in knocking Gaines down four times in the second round.
Ralph Dupas, the second-ranked but poor welterweight who recently filed bankruptcy proceedings, gained a small purse and a modest victory with a unanimous 10-round decision over Del Flanagan, at New Orleans.
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Jorge Fernandez, 26-year-old Argentine welterweight, traded punches with Cecil Shorts for six rounds, bled furiously from a cut over his right eye, lost his mouthpiece, but won on a sixth-round TKO, at Madison Square Garden, N.Y. Fernandez is now negotiating for a title match with Champion Benny Paret.
Sonny Liston, leading contender for the heavyweight title, applied for reinstatement of his Pennsylvania boxing license. State Athletic Commissioner Al Klein indicated the request would be approved, enabling Liston, in all likelihood, to meet Germany's unranked Albert Westphal in a match scheduled for Philadelphia in December.
GOLF—MICKEY WRIGHT scored a 287 for 72 holes, won the $15,000 LPGA and her 10th tournament of the year, at Las Vegas.
Peter Thomson, Australian professional, put together par-shattering rounds of 64-65-69-69 to win the New Zealand Open with the record total of 267. Another Australian, Kel Nagle, was second, 9 strokes back.
Eric Monti broke a three-way tie with an 8-foot birdie putt on the second extra hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the $20,000 Ontario, Calif. Open. Monti, George Bayer and Bobbie Nichols completed the final round tied with scores of 277.
HARNESS RACING—ELAINE RODNEY ($8.10), despite an earlier break in stride, came on in the stretch and won the $32,324 United States Harness Writers' Trot at Roosevelt Raceway, Westbury, N.Y., by 1¾ lengths over Hickory Pride. Clint Hodgins drove the 4-year-old mare in 2:33 2/5 for the 1¼ miles, bringing her earnings to $224,489. APEX HANOVER, with Jimmy Arthur in the sulky, twice broke the Arden Downs, Pa. track record (2:07 1/5, set three years ago by Brogue Hanover) for 2-year-old colt trotters, by winning consecutive mile heats of 2:06 4/5 and 2:06. Henry T. Adios won the 3-year-old colt pace, and Air Medal the 3-year-old filly trot.
HOCKEY—After first week of play NEW YORK RANGERS had 3-1-0 record and led the National Hockey League with 6 points, followed by TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (2-1-0) with 4, MONTREAL CANADIENS (1-0-1) with 3, CHICAGO BLACK HAWKS (0-0-2) and DETROIT RED WINGS (0-1-2) both with 2, while the BOSTON BRUINS (0-3-1) were last with 1 point.
HORSE RACING—DONUT KING ($19.90) battled heavily favored Jaipur in a rough stretch duel, won the $206,800 Champagne Stakes at Aqueduct, N.Y. by a head. With Manuel Ycaza up, the 2-year-old colt owned by Verne H. Winchell Jr., California doughnut chain operator, ran the mile in 1:36 despite rain and a stiff wind in the backstretch. SHERLUCK ($17.20), the upset victor over Carry Back in the Belmont Stakes last June, ridden once again by Braulio Baeza, left the Kentucky Derby winner far behind—a remote third—as he won the $54,600 Lawrence Realization Stakes by 1¼ lengths over Ambiopoise at Aqueduct. Jacob Sher's 3-year-old raced the mile and 5 furlongs in 2:43 4/5.
Nickel Boy ($14.20), ridden by Ismael Valenzuela, shot past Troubador III in the stretch and won Aqueduct's $56,900 Manhattan Handicap by two lengths. A nonwinner in 18 starts this year, the 6-year-old Nickel Boy raced the 1 5/16 miles in 2:10—one second off the American record.
Bobar, Mme. G. Courtois' French colt, came on in the stretch to edge favored St. Paddy by ¾ of a length, in the 10-furlong Champion Stakes, at Newmarket, England. Lady Sassoon's St. Paddy, 1960 winner of the Epsom Derby and the St. Leger, lost both the race and the chance to become the leading money winner in British and Irish racing history and will now retire with earnings of $272,141, second only to Ballymoss.
T. V. Lark ($17.80), recently purchased for $600,000 by Preston Madden, brought Madden his first dividend by winning the $127,250 Hawthorne Gold Cup in Cicero, Ill. by ½ length over Heroshogala. Ridden by Johnny Longden, the 4-year-old bay covered the 1¼ miles in 2:02 3/5, won for the first time since May 20.
Hitting away ($11.80), with Bobby Ussery nervously up (he had fallen off another horse owned by Ogden Phipps in the previous race), ran through 1 1/16 miles of slop at Camden's Garden State in 1:45 4/5 to win the $29,800 Benjamin Franklin Handicap.
HORSE SHOWS—ARGENTINA, with two faultless rides by Dr. Hugo Miguel Arrambide, swept the top three places of the international jumping competition at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show at Harrisburg, Pa. Arrambide guided Malairo, a gray gelding, over the course of 10 obstacles in 30.3 seconds to win first place, also rode the chestnut gelding S'il Vous Plait to second place without a fault in 0:33.4. Lieut. Eduardo Castaing took third place on Merlin in 0:33.8.
MOTOR SPORTS—WALLY DUNNABACH lost and then won the $10,300 Modified and Sportsman stock car race, when it was discovered that the announced winner, Cale Yarborough, who had already collected a victory kiss from race queen Linda Vaughan, actually finished a lap behind Dunnabach in the 150-mile race, at Charlotte, N.C. Yarborough led with 15 laps to go but made a pit stop and was passed by the winner, who averaged 115.335 mph in his souped-up Ford.
Jack Brabham, driving a Cooper-Climax, dogged Bruce McLaren for 30 laps, finally moved ahead on the next-to-last lap to win the $28,600 Southern California Grand Prix at Riverside, Calif.
TRACK & FIELD—IRINA PRESS, sister of Russia's record-flipping Discus Thrower Tamara Press, competing in Soviet Union's track and field championship, for the second time this year, broke her world record for the pentathlon, at Tiflis. The only woman ever to score more than 5,000 points in this event, Miss Press totaled 5,137 points, 117 more than her record of last August, with superb performance in the five events: shotput, 50 feet ¾; broad jump, 20 feet 5½ 80-meter hurdles, 10.9; 200-meter dash, 24.2; high jump, 5 feet 3¾ inches.
Ronald Laird, a U.S. Olympian, literally left the field miles behind as he completed the 19-mile course in 29:39.8 to win the national 30-kilometer walking championship, at Providence. He finished more than 1½ miles in front of runner-up Alan Blakeslee. Ronald Daniel was third.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: FRED HUTCHINSON, 42-year-old fierce-faced leader of the Cincinnati Reds, who maneuvered his 60-to-1 long shots to their first pennant in 21 years and his first in nine years of major league managing, as National League manager of the year.
RETIRED: TOMPION, 4-year-old son of Tom Fool-Sunlight, by Count Fleet, after earning $545,173, to stud by owner C. V. Whitney. A 1960 Kentucky Derby favorite—and loser to Venetian Way—Tompion won stakes victories in the Hopeful, Santa Anita Derby, Travers, and Aqueduct Handicap, will now graze alongside stallions Counterpoint, Fisherman, Mount Marcy and Mahmoud at Whitney's farm in Lexington, Ky.
DIED: WENDELL MCINTOSH, 20-year-old tackle for Savannah State College, eight days after being injured in a practice scrimmage, at Savannah, Ga. McIntosh's death was the fifth of the college football season and the 20th in college, high school, and semipro competition this year.