BADMINTON—Defending Champion INDONESIA won the Thomas Cup for the third consecutive time by defeating Denmark 5-4 in a hard-fought, controversial final in Tokyo (see pane 14).
BOXING—In a Cleveland nontitle fight, Middleweight Champion JOEY GIARDELLO gained an early advantage over Rocky Rivero, then survived a strong attack in the final two rounds for a close-but-unanimous 10-round decision over the Argentinian. After the fight Giardello, who five weeks earlier had edged the unranked Rivero by a split decision, said: "You can have my share of that little guy from here on in."
GOLF—MIKE SOUCHAK of Berwick, Pa., who had not won a PGA tournament for three years prior to his victory in the Houston Classic last month, shot a two-under-par 68 on the final round to win the $50,000 Memphis Open with 270.
Betsy Rawls of Spartanburg, S.C., winless on the LPGA circuit since April 1963, ended the drought with a 282 for 72 holes to take the $13,500 Dallas Civitan Open, two strokes ahead of runner-up Mickey Wright, the favored home-town girl. Ruth Jessen, who had tied the professional women's 18-hole record with a 64 on the first round, placed third with 285.
May 31, 1964
HARNESS RACING—Mrs. Leonard J. Buck's OVERTRICK ($3.40), driven by John Patterson, beat Cardigan Bay by a neck to win the $50,000 International Pace at Yonkers Raceway. It was the third straight victory for the 4-year-old pacer, and his 3:03 4/5 time for the mile-and-a-half (his first test at that distance) was just 2/5 second off the world record.
HORSE RACING—Greentree Stable's 5-year-old CYRANO ($8.20), guided by John Rotz, raced to victory in the $55,400 Los Angeles Handicap at Hollywood Park. Favored Kelso, making his first start since last November, finished eighth in the field of nine.
Willie Shoemaker, 33, rode his 4,871st winner at Hollywood Park to pass the career record of Sir Gordon Richards of England and become the second-winningest jockey in the world, behind Johnny Longden. But Shoemaker has at least 950 victories to go before catching up with the 57-year-old Longden, who is still riding winners.
MOTOR SPORTS—Scotsman JIM CLARK, piloting a Lotus-Climax, won his second straight Dutch Grand Prix with a record 98.01 mph average in Zandvoort, Netherlands.
Jim Paschal of High Point, N.C. averaged more than 125 mph in his Plymouth to win the $112,000 world 600-mile stock-car race in Charlotte, N.C. Only 15 of the 44 starters finished the race, which began with catastrophe as three Fords crashed together in the backstretch of the seventh lap. Glenn (Fireball) Roberts of Daytona Beach, Fla. was dragged from his flaming car and taken to a nearby hospital with critical burns, but the other two drivers, Ned Jarrett of Camden, S.C. and Robert (Junior) Johnson of Ronda, N.C., climbed to safety with less serious injuries.
ROWING—Pulling against an incoming tide on San Diego's Mission Bay, the high-stroking CALIFORNIA crew covered 2,000 meters in 6:11.7 to win the Western Sprints by half a length over Defending Champion Washington.
In the last major eastern college race before the IRA regatta (June 19-20) CORNELL, runner-up to Harvard in the Eastern Sprints, pulled ahead of Wisconsin and Pennsylvania to win the Madeira Cup in Ithaca, N.Y. The Big Red's time for the 2,000 meters was an unimpressive 6:25.
Washington-Lee High School of Arlington, Va. stroked to an easy victory in the national schoolboy championships at Poughkeepsie, N.Y. for its eighth consecutive title (including a tie for first in 1963) and its 11th in 16 years under Coach Charlie Butts.
SWIMMING—At an East Berlin meet between the U.S.S.R. and East Germany, Russia's GEORGI PROKOPENKO splashed to victory in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:29.6, equaling the world record set by Chet Jastremski of the U.S. in 1961.
In Dortmund, at the West German championships, HANS-JOACHIM KLEIN of West Germany, who recently trained with Swimming Coach Peter Deland at the Los Angeles AC, raced the 200-meter freestyle in 1:58.2, clipping .2 second off the world record set last summer by Don Schollander of Santa Clara, Calif.
TENNIS-Third-seeded ANDRES GIMENO of Spain defeated Australian Lew Hoad 4-6, 6-2, 10-8 to win $3,000 first-prize money in the six-day pro tournament at the University of Maryland in College Park. Pancho Gonzalez, 36, was eliminated in the first round by Rod Laver, 6-2, 10-8, and top-seeded Ken Rosewall was defeated by Alex Olmedo in the quarter-finals, 7-5, 7-5.
TRACK & FIELD—At the California Relays in Modesto, Calif. (see page 64) GRAMBLING COLLEGE tied the world record of 40 seconds fiat in the 440-yard relay; RALPH BOSTON broad-jumped 27 feet 2½ inches, bettering his own American record by three-quarters of an inch and falling only three-quarters of an inch short of Russian Igor Ter-Ovanesyan's world mark; and DYROL BURLESON (4:00.2) beat Tom O'Hara (4:00.3) in the mile for the fifth time in five tries.
The most impressive performance at the Modesto meet was that of 17-year-old JIM RYUN, a junior at Wichita (Kans.) East High School, week finished third in the mile in 4:01.7, slicing 4.7 seconds off his own U.S. schoolboy record set a week earlier in Manhattan, Kans. GERRY LIND-GREN of Spokane's Rogers High also broke Ryun's old mark when he raced a 4:06 mile in Pullman, Wash. without any competition (his nearest rival finished more than 200 yards behind him). Pole Vaulter PAUL WILSON, a junior at Earl Warren High in Downey, Calif., became the first schoolboy to clear 16 feet when he leaped 16 feet ‚⅛ inch in Compton, Calif., raising his own national scholastic record 4‚Öù inches.
In collegiate conference championships SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA won its fifth straight Big Six title in Los Angeles; NEW MEXICO upset defending champion Arizona State University to take the Western Athletic Conference meet in Salt Lake City; WESTERN MICHIGAN gained the Mid-American Conference title for the seventh year in a row at Oxford, Ohio; and WISCONSIN piled up a total of 64 points to win the Big Ten Championships in Evanston, Ill. for the first time since 1931.
Hardly slowed by the sweltering weather, BUDDY EDELEN (see page 40), a South Dakotan now teaching in England, finished first in the Yonkers (N.Y.) Marathon in 2:24:25.6 and won a trip to the Tokyo Olympics. John J. Kelley of Groton, Conn., the champion for the past eight years, finished third behind Austrian Adolph Gruber.
MILEPOSTS—RETIRED: DARLENE HARD, 28, of Montebello, Calif., the top-ranked woman tennis player in the U.S. for the past four years, from amateur competition in order to teach at the Tennis Ranch in Carmel Valley, Calif. "I've played competitive tennis for a long time and represented the country long enough, I think," she said. "I'm a little bit tired, and teaching gives me an opportunity to give some of the information back."
KILLED: In the most monstrous sports disaster since Roman times, more than 300 spectators during a riot at a championship soccer game between Peru and Argentina in Lima, Peru. Argentina was leading 1-0 late in the last period when the referee disallowed a goal for Peru, and one angry fan charged onto the field and attacked the referee. When the crowd of 45,000 began hurling bottles and seat cushions, the referee called the game with five minutes remaining, giving Argentina the victory. The furious mob surged onto the field, but anger turned to panic as police opened fire with tear gas. Some spectators fainted from the gas, others fell or were pushed down in the hysterical rush for the exits. The price of protest: 315 dead and more than 500 injured.
DIED: Television Executive GEORGE WASHINGTON NORTON IV, 30, one of the 11 members of Cassius Clay's Louisville Sponsoring Group, in an automobile accident near his home in Louisville.