BASKETBALL—Defending Champion RUSSIA won six games and lost none for its second straight title in the women's world tournament at Lima, Peru. Two other Iron Curtain countries, Czechoslovakia (5-1) and Bulgaria (4-2), placed second and third, while the U.S. (3-3), which was crushed 71-37 in its game with the Soviets, finished fourth in the 13-nation field.
BOATING—John B. Kilroy's 73-foot aluminum sloop KIALOA II (SI, Feb. 3) was first across the finish line and also won the overall title in the Newport Beach, Calif. to Ensenada, Mexico ocean race with a corrected time of 15.595 hours for the 140-mile test. Jack Buchanan's Limbo was runner-up in the final standings, although the 24-foot Class E entry actually finished 174th in the field of 400.
BOXING—"Dirty American judges," yelled some of the 30,000 fans in Accra, Ghana after World Featherweight Champion SUGAR RAMOS of Mexico City was awarded a split decision over Ghana's Floyd Robertson in a 15-round title fight. Ramos outboxed his challenger in the early rounds, but began to tire in the eighth, and was knocked down for the count of six before the bell rang to end the 13th. Ramos limped through the last two rounds, and the British referee gave the fight to Robertson, but the judges, one from Miami and one from Mexico City, scored in favor of Ramos to extend his career record to 44 wins, one loss and three draws.
A nationally televised light heavyweight fight, scheduled to go 10 rounds in Chicago's Coliseum, ended abruptly at 1:26 of the first round after BOBBY FOSTER of Washington knocked down Allen Thomas of Chicago three times. It was Foster's 15th victory in 17 fights and his ninth straight kayo.
May 17, 1964
GOLF—Californian BILLY CASPER overcame the steaming Texas heat and shot a par 70 on the final round for a victory by four strokes in Fort Worth's $75,000 Colonial Invitation (see page 81). It was his second win in less than two months.
Mickey Wright won her third LPGA title in four tries this season when she shot a 54-hole total of 215 to take the $12,500 St. Louis Open by six strokes over Kathy Whitworth.
GYMNASTICS—In the AAU national championships at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y., MAKOTO (Doug) SAKAMOTO, 17, of Los Angeles won the men's all-round title for the second straight year, edging Lieut. Gregor Weiss of the USAF, 112.95 to 112.70. Sakamoto injured both hands during the competition, however, and missed the rest of the meet. ARMANDO VEGA of Los Angeles, who finished third in the all-round, retained his individual titles in the long-horse vault, still rings and parallel bars. MARIE WALTHER, 19, of Kent State University defeated Defending Champion Muriel Grossfeld 75.95 to 75.10 for the women's all-round title, and JUDY WILLS of Gulf-port, Miss., who recently gained the women's world trampoline championship in London, successfully defended her national title in the event.
HARNESS RACING—Mrs. Leonard J. Buck's favored OVERTRICK ($2.90), driven by John Patterson, finished four lengths ahead of Meadow Skipper to win the $104,381 Realization Pace, the richest race ever held for 4-year-old Standardbreds, at Roosevelt Raceway. It was the 1963 champion 3-year-old's first victory in two starts this season, and his time for the mile and a sixteenth was 2:06 4/5—just 2/5 second off the world record for that distance.
HORSE RACING—Bob Ussery rode Roy Sturgis' MR. BRICK ($5.30), the sixth-place Kentucky Derby finisher, to an easy victory in the $61,700 Withers Stakes at Aqueduct. Reginald Webster's National was four lengths behind in second, followed by 11 other 3-year-olds in the one-mile test.
Wheatley Stable's BOLD QUEEN ($14), ridden by Tom Lee, defeated eight other 3-year-old fillies to win the $24,100 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico. The favorite, Mrs. W. R. Hawn's Blue Norther, who had won all five of her starts this season, came up with sore legs and was scratched at the last minute.
MOTOR SPORTS—GRAHAM HILL of Great Britain, driving a BRM, won the Grand Prix opener at Monte Carlo in 2:41:19.5 to better his 1963 race record by half a second. Richie Ginther finished second in another BRM when Jim Clark's Lotus broke down on the final lap.
Fred Lorenzen of Elmhurst, Ill. drove his 1964 Ford to victory in the $47,534 Rebel 300-mile stock-car race in Darlington, S.C., and on the way averaged 130.013 mph to set a new record for the event.
ROWING—"The boys were eager. We stroked a 34, and that's about the highest we'd row it," said Coach Harry Parker after his HARVARD varsity had won the Adams Cup over Navy and Pennsylvania in Cambridge, Mass. The Crimson crew bettered by 5.9 seconds its own week-old record for the 2,000-meter Charles River course with a 5:54.6 clocking. Down in Princeton, N.J., YALE, stroking an even 35, set a new Lake Carnegie course record of 5:53 for 2,000 meters as it defeated defending champion Cornell and Princeton for the Carnegie Cup. It was the first time the Cornell varsity had been beaten by an American crew since 1962, but the margin of loss was less than half a length, and the Big Red remained among the favorites for this week's Eastern Sprints at Worcester, Mass. In Madison, Wis. on choppy Lake Mendota's 2,000-meter course, WISCONSIN led all the way to defeat MIT and Dartmouth in a strong 6:08.9, and on the West Coast CALIFORNIA averaged a high 40 strokes to beat Washington by two full lengths in Berkeley, Calif. It was the first defeat in three seasons for the Huskies, and it established the Bears as favorites for the Western Sprints in San Diego on May 23. In other races BOSTON UNIVERSITY upset unbeaten Rollins at Cambridge, RUTGERS overpowered Syracuse and Columbia on the Seneca River in Syracuse, N. Y. and, in Philadelphia, GEORGETOWN won the Dad Vail Regatta's varsity race over St. Joseph's of Philadelphia and favored Marietta of Ohio.
TENNIS—Australia's ROY EMERSON outlasted fellow countryman Ken Fletcher 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 for the singles title in the Santiago, Chile international tournament. The two then teamed up to take the doubles 6-2, 6-2 over Chile's Patricio Rodriguez and Ernesto Aguirre.
TRACK & FIELD—DALLAS LONG smashed his own listed world record by nine inches when he heaved the shot 66 feet 7½ inches, and DAREL NEWMAN of Fresno State sprinted 100 yards in 9.2 to equal the listed world record at the West Coast Relays in Fresno, Calif. In Atlanta, BOB HAYES (seepage 26) surprised no one when he also ran 100 yards in 9.2. JOHN UELSES cleared 16 feet 3 inches in Philadelphia for the highest pole vault of the outdoor season, and in a Houston meet RICHARD ROSS, a junior at Southern University, high-jumped 7 feet 1 inch.
WEIGHT LIFTING—Japan's YOSHINBU MIYAKE bettered by 5¾ pounds his own world record in the featherweight division with a total lift of 837¾ pounds in a Tokyo meet.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: The Chicago Black Hawks' KEN WHARRAM and the Montreal Canadiens' JACQUES LaPERRIERE, as respective winners of the Lady Byng Memorial and Calder Memorial trophies. Right Wing Wharram, who had 39 goals and 32 assists last season, while drawing only 18 minutes in penalties, was the first Chicago player in 19 years to win the award for good conduct and effective play. Defenseman LaPerriere defeated two Montreal teammates in the voting for the league's top rookie, and is only the second defenseman ever to receive the award.
DIED: VICTOR MORABITO, 45, one of the principal owners of the NFL San Francisco 49ers, of a heart attack in San Francisco.
DIED: Calumet Farm's ARMED, 23, the 1947 Horse of the Year, in Lexington, Ky. Armed did not win a stakes race as a 3-year-old (1944), but he made up for it in succeeding years, and when he retired in 1950 he had earned $817,475 to become the leading money-winning gelding until Kelso surpassed his total two years ago. The most famous race of Armed's career took place at Belmont Park on Sept. 27, 1947 when Eddie Arcaro rode him to an eight-length victory over Assault in a $100,000 winner-take-all match race at 1¼ miles.