BOXING—CASSIUSMARCELLUSCLAY, unabashable heavyweight whose press-agentry is as effective ashis uppercut, beat Billy Daniels in New York for his 14th win in as manyfights. It was Daniels' first loss after 16 straight wins. Clay bloodiedDaniels' nose, cut him over the eye, scored a TKO in the seventh round andpredictably predicted that the next heavyweight champion will be CassiusMarcellus Clay.
CHESS—VICTORKORCHNOI led three other Russians, Ewfim Geller. Paul Keres and TigranPetrosian in the Candidates' Tournament in Willemstad, Curacao. The event willdetermine who plays the present titleholder. Russia's Mikhail Botvinnik, forthe world championship. As the tournament neared the halfway mark—after 2½weeks of action—only a half point separated Korchnoi from his compatriots.Former world champion Mikhail Tal was almost out of the running, winning onlytwo of his first 10 games, as was U.S. hopeful. Bobby Fischer, with three wins,four losses and three draws.
FOOTBALL—THEAMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE lost its $10,080,000 antitrust suit against theNational Football League as a U.S. District Court in Baltimore ruled the AFLwas entitled to no damages, a decision that could affect all professionalsports.
GOLF—AL JOHNSTONof Montreal, an unknown on the PGA circuit, birdied the second hole of asudden-death playoff to win the $20,000 Hot Springs, Ark. Open, beating BillCollins, who missed a five-foot eagle putt on the 72nd green, which would havewon for him.
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Arnold Palmer,relaxing from the rigors of the pro tour, kept active by shooting anine-under-par 62 to break the course record in an 18-hole exhibition match atOglebay Park, Wheeling, W.Va.
HARNESSRACING—THOR HANOVER ($144), one of the longest of long shots, took harnessracing's richest stake, the $I69,430.93 Messenger for 3-year-olds at RooseveltRaceway in a rousing upset of previously unbeaten Adora's Dream (see page 20).Shrewd Johnny Simpson drove to the mile victory in a head-to-head three-horsefinish with Adora's Dream and Lehigh Hanover. The time was the second fastestfor The Messenger, 2:01[1/5]. The victory was worth 584,715.47 to OwnersSimpson, Mr. and Mrs. L. B. Sheppard of Hanover, Pa. and T. W. Murphy ofPoughkeepsie, N.Y., as well as a windfall to the few who bet the long shot.
Stephan Smith($14.70) established a world record for a mile-and-a-quarter pace on RooseveltRaceway's half-mile track, while winning the $25,000 Summer Festivalfree-for-all in 2:30 2/5. Gene Sears drove the 6-year-old, owned by HaroldMcGinnis of Franklin, Ind., from last at the halfway mark to the front positionat the final turn, then down to the wire a neck ahead of the New Zealand pacer.False Step. A mere nose back in third place was the favorite, Henry T.Adios.
HORSERACING—GREEK MONEY ($23.80), a rangy colt owned by Donald P. Ross, won the$188,300 Preakness Stakes by slipping through on the rail to nip front-runningRidan while Jockey John Rotz was attempting to avoid the jabbing elbow ofManuel Ycaza. up on the upset co-favorite (see page 20). Rotz drove the3-year-old over the mile and [3/16] at Pimlicoin 1:56[1/5]. Ycaza entered aclaim of foul against Rotz for bumping in the stretch, but the stewards notonly dropped it but also Ycaza for 10 days and recommended that he be given anadditional 20-day suspension for his armed combat. T. Alie Grissom's Roman Linewas third, 5½ lengths back. Jaipur, favored with Ridan, finished 10th. out ofthe money for the first time. Derby winner Decidedly was eighth.
Cicada ($2.50),the fancy little 3-year-old filly that had already won $456,171, opened her NewYork season by winning the $58,450 Acorn Stakes at Aqueduct, first event in NewYork's Triple Crown for Fillies. Owned by C. T. Chenery and ridden by WillieShoemaker, Cicada survived a claim of foul lodged by Pete Anderson, who rodethe second-place Tamarona. She covered the mile in 1:35⅗ the fastest timein the stakes' 32-year history.
LACROSSE—UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND ended Johns Hopkins' last hope of a nationalcollege title by banging its way to a 16-15 victory over its traditional foe.The game was settled in a wild fourth quarter in which nine penalties werecalled.
Navy easilyhandled Baltimore University. 15—8, at Annapolis to move within onegame—against Army next weekend—of an unbeaten season and the championship itwas forced to share with Army last year.
Army, whose onlyloss was to Johns Hopkins, got set for Navy by crushing Hofstra College atHempstead, N.Y., 17-0.
MOTORSPORTS—GRAHAM HILL, 33. put a B.R.M. through 80 laps of the sandy Zandvoortcourse at the edge of the North Sea at 95.42 mph to win the Dutch Grand Prix.He finished less than 30 seconds ahead of another British driver. TrevorTaylor, in a Lotus. In this first race for the world driving championship,Hill, a mustached veteran who was once a stroke for the London Rowing Club,collected nine points, Taylor six and Phil Hill four points for his third-placefinish in a Ferrari.
ROWING—YALE ANDPENNSYLVANIA finished in a dead heat in the Eastern Association of RowingColleges' sprint regatta on Lake Quinsigamond (Mass.), the first tie in the17-year history of the Eastern sprints. The two heavyweight crews were clockedin 6:09.3 for the 2.000 meters. Cornell, unbeaten previously and the favorite,was a length behind after having trouble making ii through an earlierqualifying heat. Harvard was fourth. Stranger yet was a three-way dead heatbetween the Cornell, MIT and Navy lightweight crews, which all finished in6:14.5 for the 2,000-meter distance. Cornell won the Rowe Cup, getting 21points as it won the junior varsity and freshman heavyweight races. Yale wassecond with 19 points.
University ofWashington, stroking an efficient 35 strokes a minute, covered the 2,000-metersprint course at Long Beach, Calif. in 6:11.8 to win the Westernintercollegiate sprint championships by three-quarters of a length over theUniversity of British Columbia. California was third and Long Beach Statefourth.
TENNIS—RUSSIA, asexpected, didn't make it past the second round of the European Zone Davis Cupeliminations. Using its seasoned, but rarely steady, stars, Italy swept allfive matches on the red clay courts of Florence. Nicola Pietrangeli moodilybeat Russia's best player, Tomas Lejus, in the opening singles, 6-4, 1-6, 6-3,6-1, and Fausto Gardini, 32, walloped 21-year-old Sergei Likhachev, 6-0, 6-2,6-3. Russian Captain Victor Kollegorski sent the same two back in for apounding in the doubles, which was administered by Pietrangeli and OrlandoSirola, 7-5, 6-2, 6-3. In the final singles Likhachev extended Pietrangeli butlost 0-6, 8-6, 8-6, 6-1, and Lejus lost to Gardini 6-4, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.
TRACK &FIELD—PETER SNELL of New Zealand sprinted away from this country's fastestmilers, Dyrol Burleson and Jim Grelle. to win the big race at the ColiseumRelays in Los Angeles, while two muscular field men were setting world records(see page 47). Dallas Long of USC put the shot 65 feet 10½ inches—topping BillNieder's mark by a scant half inch—and Olympian Al Oerter spun the discus 200feet 5½ inches to become the first man on record to exceed 200 feet. Snell, whokicked through the last quarter of the eagerly awaited "miracle mile"like a hopped-up gazelle, cut the American record by 1.5 seconds. His time was3:56.1, Burleson's 3:57.9 and Grelle's 3:58.9, his best ever.
Michigan, thedefending champion, needed and got superlative performances from a few veteransto slave off a strong Wisconsin team and win its fourth Big Ten title in eightyears. Senior Rod Denhart set a conference record with a 15-foot¾-inch polevault, breaking the record of 14 feet 10 inches set by Don Laz of Illinois in1951. Football Halfback Bennie McRae Hashed to a double win in the high and lowhurdles (14.2 and 23.6 seconds), and Chuck Aquino took the 660 with a 1:19.2,lying the Big Ten record. Ergas Leps, possibly tired from his win in the mile,lost the 880 to Iowa's speedy sophomore, Bill Frazier, who matched GeorgeKerr's 1959 meet-record time of 1:50.1. Michigan, with firsts in five events,scored 48¾ points to Wisconsin's 41.
Oklahoma kept itsBig Eight outdoor title by scoring 101 points at Lawrence. Kans., to 85 forsecond-place Nebraska. Anthony Watson led the Sooners with three wins, thefirst triple victory in the last 28 years of Big Eight running. Watson took the100-yard dash (9.4), the 220 (20.1) and the broad jump (25 feel 8¾ inches) andalso anchored the 440-yard relay team to a conference record time of 40.7.
Oregon swept toan easy team victory in the Far West championships in Eugene, collecting 98½points (without Dyrol Burleson) to 65½ for Oregon State. Jerry Tarr smashed the12-year-old NCAA record for the I 20-yard high hurdles with a time of 13.3,breaking the old mark of 13.5 set by Dick Attlesey of Southern California in1950.
MILEPOSTS—LAUNCHED: Nefertiti, no barge for a Nile queen, but the newest12-meter candidate for the America's Cup defense, on a midnight tide inMarblehead. Mass. Designed by Marblehead Sailmaker Ted Hood, she is 67 feet 8inches long, 13 feet 3 inches across the beam, carries a 90-foot mast andweighs an unqueenly 57,500 pounds.