Cyrus Hopkins, Michigan's Big Ten champion, George Breen, strong-armed freestyler from Buffalo, N.Y. and Al Wiggins, former Ohio State star, churned up record-breaking swell in senior AAU championships at Philadelphia's John B. Kelly Pool (Aug. 2-3-4). Hopkins hustled through 200-meter breaststroke in 2:43.2 in preliminary for U.S. record (but could do no better than third behind Cuba's Manuel Sanguily in final); Breen had things his own way in 1,500-meter freestyle, thrashing distance in 18:17.9, to better own American citizens' standard; Wiggins swooshed 100-meter butterfly in 1:02.8 for U.S. mark.
Ada Den Haan, sprightly Dutch nixie, spread water swiftly and surely at Amsterdam, breaststroked 200 meters in 2:51.3 to break world mark (2:52.6) she set less than three months ago (Aug. 4).
Vladimir Sapumov, 20-year-old Soviet sharpshooter, drew bead on target with small-bore rifle, hit bull's-eye 389 times in 400 shots at 50 meters at Lvov, promptly claimed world record (Aug. 4).
TRACK AND FIELD
Ron Delany, grinning like Cheshire cat, bulleted past world-record holder (3:57.2) Derek Ibbotson 50 yards from finish, kept his good humor and bouncy stride intact to break tape in 4:05.4 in mile race on turf at Dublin.
British, who have won only twice since Ryder Cup series began in 1929, set up disappointed wail when PGA failed to name Jimmy Demaret ("one of the most colorful and brilliant players of his generation"), Ben Hogan, Sam Snead and Cary Middlecoff to U.S. team (selected on basis of points earned in tournaments) which will play at Yorkshire next Oct. 4-5. England's best pros will have to be satisfied with trying to beat Tommy Bolt, Jack Burke Jr., Dow Finsterwald, Doug Ford, Ed Furgol, Fred Hawkins, Lionel Hebert, Ted Kroll, Dick Mayer and Art Wall Jr.
Don Essig, lean 18-year-old from Indianapolis, who became gallery favorite when he upset defending champion Junie Buxbaum in quarter-finals, parlayed accurate irons and sizzling putter into 6 and 5 victory over onetime pro Gene Towry to become second youngest ever to win U.S. Public Links title, at Hershey, Pa. (see page 46).
New York Yankees began to move out of touch with rest of American League, stepping over hapless Kansas City cousins and skidding Cleveland on way to eight-game winning streak and 6½-game lead over hard-pressed Chicago. Baltimore became alive, also at expense of Kansas City, to tie Indians for fifth place, while Washington, carried along by Roy Sievers' home-run blasting (see X-RAY), huffed out of cellar.
St. Louis and Milwaukee continued to play potsy with National League lead, but Cards held meager ½-game edge at week's end after running off eight straight over Pittsburgh, New York and Philadelphia before Phillies burst bubble. Braves won two out of three from Brooklyn, pushing Dodgers three games off pace, while Cincinnati overtook Phillies to climb back into fourth place. Pirates, going from bad (seventh) to worse (eighth), tried usual remedy, fired Manager Bobby Bragan (see page 19).
Clearwater Stable's Portersville, off at 12 to 1, sent Belmont long shot players home happy on getaway day, showing good early foot and enough stretch stamina to win $55,800 Brooklyn Handicap.
Alhambra, Fred Hooper's flashy colt, took to Eddie Arcaro's rated ride with assurance, turned it on in dash for wire to run off with $17,000 George Woolf Memorial at Washington Park, began to look more and more like nation's top 2-year-old.
Kid Gavilan, who hasn't won many since his welterweight title was handed to Johnny Saxton, got his bolo punch back in working order, belabored third-ranked Gaspar Ortega for 10 bustling rounds to win decision at Miami Beach.
Tommy (Hurricane) Jackson, rushed to hospital suffering from kidney contusions following 10-round TKO at hands of Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson, "signed" himself out after two days, directed tornado-sized blast at his managers: "My managers all did wrong and they know it. They pushed me along pretty fast. My time was up, that's all. Thank God I'm alive." Meanwhile NBA belatedly discovered Jackson's ability was "limited only to absorb punishment," dropped him to No. 5 in monthly rankings, boosted Eddie Machen to No. 1, Zora Folley to No. 2, Roy Harris to No. 3.
Sugar Ray Robinson, his usual recalcitrant self, kept. Welterweight Champion Carmen Basilio and New York Boxing Commissioner Julius Helfand cooling their heels for two hours while he inspected small print in return bout contract prepared by Jim Norris' IBC, finally showed up to sign to defend middleweight title Sept. 23 at Yankee Stadium. Growled Basilio in true traditional style: "He's greedy and arrogant and I despise him. I can't wait to get in the ring with him."
Sammy Giammalva had to be at his scampering best to beat Brazil's Armando Vieira 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, but rejuvenated Vic Seixas, cavorting like rabbitlegged youngster, blew down 19-year-old Carlos Fernandes 6-3, 6-3, 6-2, then teamed up with young Barry Mackay to win doubles and clinch American Zone Davis Cup final for U.S. at Brookline. With pressure off, Mike Green and Mackay made it 5-0 in final singles matches.
Pancho Gonzales, beaten by Ken Rosewall, picked up scent of Promoter Jack Kramer's cash, fireballed past Dinny Pails, Lew Hoad (who lost all six matches) and Frank Sedgman to pocket $2,500 first prize in Masters' Round-Robin at Los Angeles.
Juan Manuel Fangio, balding Argentine throttle-master, carefully but craftily wheeled his red Maserati around twisting Nurburgring course at average speed of 89.3 mph to win German Grand Prix and clinch fifth straight world championship with 34 points.
DIED—Mike O'Dowd, 62, flat-nosed, helter-skelter puncher who knocked out reluctant Al McCoy for middleweight title in 1917, held it until beaten by Johnny Wilson in 1920; of heart attack, at St. Paul.