BASKETBALL—After 17 years in Syracuse, the NATIONALS were sold for $500,000 to a Philadelphia business syndicate. The Nats, who finished second behind Boston in the Eastern Division, lost more than $39,000 last year. President and General Manager Daniel Biasone was threatened with a rent hike at the Onondaga War Memorial (the team's home court) and in an action that just might have been the last straw was asked to move out of his office.
At the half-way mark of the world basketball championships in Rio de Janeiro, the country that invented the game was virtually eliminated from contention. Yugoslavia and Russia both defeated the pickup team from the U.S. and, along with last year's winner Brazil, remained unbeaten to lead the round-robin tournament.
BICYCLE RACING—Playing it safe as usual, JACQUES ANQUETIL of France controlled the 15-day, 1,500-mile Tour of Spain race from beginning to end and pedaled into Madrid ahead of some 100 perspiring opponents. Anquetil, 29, is the only man who has won all three major tours—France (three times), Italy and Spain. Anquetil's cautious, conservative approach to bike racing earns him more than $100,000 a year but infuriates the crowds, who love to hate him.
BOXING—Brazil's undefeated EDER JOFRE kept his record unblemished and his world bantamweight title intact when Johnny Jamito of the Philippines failed to answer the bell for the 12th round in a 15-round championship bout in Manila. It was the 35th knockout for the titleholder, who has won 45 fights while drawing three.
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GOLF—After Doug Sanders withdrew, only two of the top 10 leading money winners remained in the $35.000 Oklahoma City Open. DON FAIRFIELD, taking advantage of a good situation, won his first tournament in nearly three years with an eight-under-par 280. Julius Boros, fifth in the financial standings, finished second, one stroke back, while the other representative, lefty Bob Charles (seepage 28) ended up 20th with a 288 total and collected $555, enough to boost him from 10th to ninth place in the standings.
HARNESS RACING—-In a field still kept small by the coughing-horse epidemic, STEPHAN SMITH ($6.20) stormed past the remaining five healthy contenders to win the $50,000 National Championship Pace at Yonkers. Favorite Henry T. Adios was second, a length and a half ahead of Royal Rick.
HORSE RACING—The big three were at it again, but this time CANDY SPOTS ($5), with Willie Shoemaker in the irons, pulled away and won the $180,000 Preakness by a comfortable 3½ lengths (see page 22). Derby Winner Chateaugay, with Braulio Baeza up, finished second, 4½ lengths ahead of Never Bend, ridden by Manuel Ycaza.
Former Tennis Star Eleanora Sears's SPICY LIVING ($32), with Jimmy Combest aboard, rallied in the stretch and easily won the $60.150 Acorn Stakes at Aqueduct. Nalee, 3½ lengths back, was second in the first leg of the Triple Crown for Fillies, with Lamb Chop a close third. Favorite Smart Deb, an early contender, wound up 10th.
On a wet track at Garden State, RED BELLE ($7), with Bill Boland in the saddle, scored her third major success of the season by winning the $28,000 Colonial Handicap. Mah Moola was second, 2 lengths back, with Patrol Woman third.
LACROSSE—Undefeated NAVY sewed up its fourth straight National Collegiate title by pumping in 19 goals to the University of Baltimore's seven for its 18th straight victory in two years. Meanwhile, in Baltimore the UNIVERSITY CLUB snapped Mt. Washington's 17-game winning streak 8-6.
ROWING—In its final appearance on U.S. waters, the high-stroking club from RATZEBURG, Germany, suffered a defeat (its first since winning the world championship last summer) at the hands of IRA champion Cornell in a qualifying round but came back to beat the Big Red by a length in the finals of the rain-drenched Eastern sprints. Yale, Princeton, Wisconsin, Brown and Syracuse followed in that order (see page 53).
In the final of the Western sprints, IRA runner-up WASHINGTON squeaked past rival California by 1.5 seconds as both beat the invading Pan-Am champions from British Columbia.
In a high school crew race, WASHINGTON-LEE (Arlington, Va.) won the famed Stotesbury Cup for the sixth time in seven years on Philadelphia's Schuylkill River.
SPEED RECORDS—"When I saw we were headed ashore I jumped," said Driver LES STAUDACHER from a hospital bed, after barely escaping from the jet-powered hydroplane Miss Stars and Stripes II. The 51-year-old veteran was testing the boat for an assault on Donald Campbell's water-speed record when a broken rudder sent the $100,000 craft veering out of control, out of the water and onto the shore of Michigan's Hubbard Lake. Meanwhile, in Australia, CAMPBELL himself was healthy but also thwarted in trying to break a world mark—the land-speed record. The specially built track on Lake Eyre was covered by ankle-deep water, and all hands worked on getting the partly submerged $5.5 million four-ton Bluebird safely back to camp. With the boat on the land and the car surrounded by water, the water-speed and land-speed records remained intact.
TENNIS—Once again the Australians walked off with all the silver by making a clean sweep of the Italian Championships in Rome. Aussie MARTY MULLIGAN stopped Boro Jovanovic of Yugoslavia 6-2, 4-6. 6-3, 8-6 for the men's title. Earlier in the tournament Jovanovic had scored the biggest upsets by beating Italy's top singles player. Nicola Pietrangeli, and the world's No. 1 amateur, Roy Emerson, both in straight sets. In an all-Aussie final, MARGARET SMITH avenged an earlier loss by defeating Lesley Turner 6-3,6-4, and teamed with fellow Aussie ROBYN EBBERN to win the women's doubles, while countrymen FRED STOLLE and BOB HEWITT beat the Italian Davis Cup doubles team of Pietrangeli and Orlando Sirola for the men's crown.
TRACK & FIELD—No world record was even threatened at this year's dawdling COLISEUM RELAYS in Los Angeles. New Zealand's recently married Peter Snell, the world mile record holder, won his specialty in a disappointing 4:00.3. Jim Beatty defeated New Zealand's Olympic Champion Murray Halberg at 5,000 meters in a slow 13:57.4, while Arizona State took the mile relay in 3:05.2, missing its own world mark of 3:04.5.
In college outdoor meets, IOWA edged Wisconsin for its first Big Ten title. KANSAS, which has dominated the Big Eight Conference since 1952, won its 10th title in 12 years, and LOUISIANA STATE annexed its 19th Southeastern Conference championship and seventh for Coach AI Moreau, who retires this season after 15 years.
MILEPOSTS—DIED: ERNIE DAVIS, 23, one of college football's most popular stars and the only Negro to ever win its highest award—the Heisman Trophy: of leukemia, in Cleveland. Twice an All-America halfback at Syracuse, Davis (see page 24) was signed by the Browns in 1962, and though he never saw action for the team his number (45) has been retired.
DIED: GRANCEL FITZ, 68, a big-game hunter, naturalist, author and illustrator whose writings have often illuminated the pages of this magazine (SI, Sept. 21, 1959, et seq.); of a heart ailment, in New York.
DIED: FRED JOHNSON, 74, the one-armed Harlem tennis professional whose most famous pupil was Althea Gibson; of a heart attack, in New York.
DIED: DR. JOHN W. (Jack) WILCE, 75, former Ohio State football coach (1913-1928), a member of the Hall of Fame and, until 1958, professor of clinical and preventive medicine and director of the university's Health Service; of a heart ailment, in Westerville, Ohio.
DIED: TEX O'ROURKE, 76, whom a sports columnist once called, "one of those fabulous characters whose lives sound like an incredible movie script"; after surgery, in New York. O'Rourke trained Jess Willard for his heavyweight championship victory, and among other things was a Texas Ranger, boxer. Wild West show performer, sports promoter and writer.