BOATING—CHEERIO, 8-meter sloop owned by Richard Bradley of San Diego, crossed the line third behind the first official finisher. Lain Kai, a 46-foot catamaran, but won the 125-mile Newport-to-Ensenada ocean race in the corrected time of 24:13:9. Carousel, Ashley Brown's 40-foot cutter, was second overall in 24:26:05. The catamaran, sailed by R. S. Harrison of Balboa, slid down to third place in its division on corrected time.
BOWLING—DETROIT THUNDERBIRDS, helped by clutch performances from Billy Golembiewski, Bob Crawford and Dave Seavoy, swept three straight matches at home to take the best-of-five series from the Twin Cities (Minn.) Skippers and the National Bowling League title. A total of only 1,000 spectators watched the three-day event, which was the first—and possibly the last—NBL championship.
BOXING—HAROLD JOHNSON, 33, became the new light-heavyweight champion of everywhere except California as he won a unanimous decision over Doug Jones, 25, of New York, in a 15-round title match in his home town of Philadelphia.
Archie Moore, still at it at 48, knocked out Howard King in the first round of a nontitle match in Tijuana, Mexico. Moore, recognized as world light-heavyweight champion in the somewhat restricted sphere of California, had beaten King four other times but never in a bull ring in Tijuana on a Monday evening in May.
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Sugar Ramos, 22 of Mexico City, flattened Danny Valdez in the seventh round of a 12-round bout in Los Angeles as a tune-up to a hoped-for title match with Featherweight Champion Davey Moore.
HARNESS RACING—ADORA'S DREAM ($2.50), favored to win this weekend's big Messenger Stake at Roosevelt Raceway, boned up by easily taking the $10.000 Penultimate Pace mile at the same track, a length and a quarter in front of Lehigh Hanover. Driven by Morris MacDonald, the colt won his 13th straight in the commendable time of 2:02[2/5]. In another race the same day CATHY J. HANOVER ($11.50) ran the $38,810 Lady Maud Pace mile for fillies in the same time to upset the favorite, Ritzy Hanover. Stanley Dancer masterfully guided the filly, owned by Dr. and Mrs. Nicholas Derrico of Pelham Manor. N.Y.. through a fine stretch run. It was the first loss in eight straight races for Ritzy Hanover.
Mighty Tide ($6.80) turned the tide on well-regarded Henry T. Adios, who had outdistanced him by a length two weeks before, for a three-quarters-of-a-length victory at Rosecroft Raceway. Mighty Tide equaled the fastest time of the season on a half-mile track, finishing in 2:00[2/5].
HORSE RACING—JAIPUR ($3.50), who was kept out of the Kentucky Derby by Owner George D. Widener, swept past six other 3-year-olds to take the $58,600 Withers at Aqueduct. Ridden by Willie Shoemaker, the heavy favorite overtook Green Ticket, who had set the early pace, in the stretch. His time was 1:35[3/5] over a fast track, two-fifths of a second off the track record for the mile. Cyrano, unbeaten in three starts, finished third.
Batter Up ($6.20) finished the six-furlong, $34,725 Betsy Ross Stakes at Garden State a step ahead of Mrs. Ben Cohen's Some Song. Ridden by Larry Adams, the Wheatley Stable's filly ran a strong race while beating 10 other 3-year-old fillies.
LACROSSE—NAVY and Johns Hopkins, the only major undefeated teams, met at Annapolis before 14,100, largest crowd ever to watch a college game. Navy, using a pressing defense that eventually wore out Hopkins, won 16-11 (see page 93). Midfielder Sonny Glassner was outstanding for the Middies, scoring four goals. All-America Jerry Schmidt made four for Hopkins, but Navy won with its depth as it moved close to the national championship.
MOTOR SPORTS—GRAHAM HILL roared past fellow Scotsman Jim Clark at the very finish of a 152-mile race on the Silver stone, England track to snatch victory from Clark, who had led for most of the way. Hill, driving a BRM. and Clark in a Lotus were both timed in 1:32:43.2, for an average of 99.73 mph.
PENTATHLON—ROBERT BECK, a medical student at Harvard University, competed in three of the five modern pentathlon events in San Antonio as a reserve entry and did so well the pentathlon committee made him eligible for the individual title. He went on to win, scoring 4,678 points for the competitions in riding, fencing, shooting, swimming and cross-country running. Army Lieutenant John Cox, also a reserve entry who was qualified later, was 203 points behind Beck, and another Army lieutenant, Peter Walheim, won the swimming and shooting to become the only double winner of the 27 competitors. Mexico took the team title, Brazil was second and the U.S. third.
ROWING—CORNELL unleashed its powerful heavyweight crew to sweep past a fast-stroking Yale eight in the Carnegie Cup regatta on the Housatonic. The Big Red finished more than two lengths ahead of Yale, with Princeton far back in third place on a two-mile course that was made choppy by a heavy head wind. It was Cornell's third Carnegie Cup win in three years. The Cornell junior varsity beat Yale by three lengths over a mile-and-a-half course, and their freshmen took the Elis by two and a quarter lengths.
Pennsylvania caught Harvard at the mile mark on the mile-and-three-quarter Severn River course to win the Adams Cup by a length, with Navy two and a half lengths behind.
Syracuse, with a crew of six sophomores and two juniors, defeated Rutgers on a two-mile course on the Raritan River. Columbia finished third.
California outdistanced Southern California by two and a quarter lengths over a 2,000-meter course on the Oakland estuary, with San Diego State third.
University of Washington hopes for a renaissance (it's been a dozen years since they won the national title) looked up as the Huskies beat the University of British Columbia in a 2,000-meter sprint on Lake Washington. The largely sophomore crew won by six seconds. UCLA finished third.
Georgetown led all the way over a Henley-distance course on the Schuylkill to win the Dad Vail Regatta by three lengths over Marietta, with Trinity (Conn.) College a close third.
MIT finished a scant two seconds ahead of Dartmouth in a mile-and-three-quarter race along the Charles River, with Wisconsin third.
TRACK & FIELD—DYROL BURLESON whipped through the last mile of a four-mile relay at the West Coast Relays in Fresno, Calif, in 3:57.9, as the University of Oregon's team broke the world record by a surprising 15 seconds. Archie San Romani Jr. (4:04). Vic Reeve (4:04) and Keith Forman (4:03) ran superb legs ahead of Burleson, and the Ducks posted a 16:08.9. The former record of 16:23.8 was set last year by the New Zealand team, with Peter Snell as anchor man. The Oregon team also bettered its own American record of 16:29.3. Forman, not at all winded by his effort in the relay, came back later to win the mile in 4:00.7, the best he has ever done and the fastest regular college mile of the season. Dale Story, the barefoot Oregon State runner, hotfooted it over 5.000 meters in 14:03.5 for a new collegiate mark, .7 second better than the old record set by Max Truex of Southern California in 1957. Wind and cold ruined the face-to-face meeting of the world's two 16-foot vaulters. John Uelses and Dave Tork. Neither could clear 15 feet 8½ inches as the event finished in a drab five-way tie.
Frank Budd of Villanova, in a dual meet with the Quantico Marines at Villanova, clipped through his specialty, the 100-yard dash, in 9.3, later sprinted through the 220 in 20 seconds flat to equal Dave Sime's world record. Both times tied Sime's fastest same-day performance for the two events.
Gary Gubner, New York University's hefty 265-pound sophomore, set his 13th straight meet record by putting the shot 62 feet 11½ inches at the Metropolitan championships in New York. It was his best outdoor distance.
Herb Elliott, meanwhile, gave his worst performance ever and he says it is his very last. In an informal half mile at Cambridge, England the former Olympic champion was so far back he wasn't even timed.
Oklahoma ended Kansas' 12-year outdoor dual meet record by beating the Jayhawkers 77-59 on their home field.
MILEPOSTS—SIGNED: FRANK LANE, vibrant man-about-the-majors who was fired last August from the Kansas City Athletics by Owner Charles O. Finley, by the Chicago Packers of the NBA, where he will try to bring some of his own kind of bounce to basketball.
SIGNING: JERRY LUCAS, former Ohio State center and All-Everything of college basketball with the Cleveland Pipers of the ABL (see page 22) in a move that will strengthen the tottering new league and shock the NBA, which assumed he would play in it, if at all.
CLOSING: ST. NICHOLAS ARENA, to make way for a television studio. Historic and dowdy St. Nicks opened in New York as a private boxing club in 1906, weathered the sport's ceaseless storms and has been the setting for over 30,000 fights.