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A worldwide roundup of the sports information of the week

RECORD BREAKERS—HUGH ENTROP, 35-year-old swingshifter at Boeing, who spent endless hours building little speedboat with help of Partner-Mechanic Jack Leek, famed Seattle Hydro Genius Ted Jones and his son Ron, roared stubby little Mercury-powered, blue-finned RX-3 up and down glass-flat Lake Washington at average speed of 107.-821 mph (see page 28), fastest ever for outboard motorboat (June 7).

Fran Washington, muscular Winston-Salem Teachers' hurdler who usually plays second fiddle to Teammate Elias Gilbert, beat out own record-breaking rhythm in NAIA championships at San Diego, barreling over obstacles in 51.5 to set new U.S. college standard for 440-yard hurdles (June 7).

Yolanda Balas, limber-legged Rumanian lass, lithely flipped over bar at 5 feet 10 inches at Bucharest to regain world high jump mark (June 7).

Terry Gathercole, 23-year-old New South Welshman, spreading water furiously, breaststroked 100 meters and 110 yards in 1:13.5 at Townsville, hauled down two world records to bring Aussie total since last February to 38 (June 7).

BASEBALL—LOS ANGELES DODGERS, with Chavez Ravine referendum behind them (see page 22), showed their appreciation to voters, smacked down Milwaukee three straight to help slumping San Francisco Giants, who lost four out of six to Braves and Cincinnati, maintain slender one-game lead. But St. Louis and Redlegs were on move upward as Pittsburgh dipped all way to sixth place.

Mickey Mantle, back in power groove, sprayed seven homers all over Yankee Stadium against Chicago and Cleveland, almost made fans forget that Yankees lost Sunday double-header to Indians 14-1, 5-4. Boston became latest to threaten, won five in row from Indians and White Sox to climb within½ game of second-place Kansas City.

TRACK & FIELD—-HERB ELLIOTT, rabbitfooted young Aussie, kept stride with early pace-setters, set out on his own at halfway mark, poured it on as Ron Delany faltered badly and pooped out, and Runner-up Laszlo Tabori dropped back at end, to win mile in 3:58.1 at Compton, Calif. Earlier, whalish Parry O'Brien lofted shot 62 feet 4¾ inches but was pushed by fabulous Dallas Long (see below) of North Phoenix (Ariz.) H.S., who heaved 16-pound ball 61 feet½ inch, best ever by schoolboy, and USC's Dave Davis, who unofficially bettered college record with 60 feet 5 inches.

Ray Norton, San Jose State swifty, was never swifter than at Sanger, Calif., where he took off like jet, sprinted 220 in 20 flat with aid of too gusty winds which negated claim for world record after losing to Oklahoma State's Orlando Hazley in 100 in 9.4.

Derek Ibbotson, gabby Briton who has unrecognized 3:57.2 mile to his credit, fought off Australia's Merv Lincoln in shoulder-to-shoulder stretch duel, broke tape in 4:05.4 on rain-slowed track in Centennial Games at Vancouver.

Bobby Morrow, ineligible for NCAA championships but with more than casual eye on AAU meet June 20-21 and trip to Moscow, anchored Abilene Christian's 440-yard relay team to 40.1 clocking, scurried through 100 in 9.4 and 220 in 20.4 at U. of Houston's Meet of Champions.

BOXING—VIRGIL AKINS unleashed pent-up fury on unsuspecting Vince Martinez, knocked Manager Bill Daly's favorite meal ticket groggy with first right-hand blast, viciously bounced him up and down eight times before Referee Harry Kessler, stretching his humanitarianism to limit, stopped bloodletting in fourth round of welterweight title bout at St. Louis (see page 34). True to manager's tradition, unmarked Daly issued brave challenge: "A sucker punch.... We want Akins again."

HORSE RACING—IRISHMEN all over, let down by likes of Silky Sullivan, were able to raise their heads and smile again after Erin-bred Thoroughbreds came through handsomely on both sides of Atlantic. At Belmont, barrel-chested Cavan, held snugly on rail by Jockey Pete Anderson, made move along with ill-fated Tim Tam, left Calumet's colt, bobbling with fractured anklebone (see page 12), six lengths behind on way to victory in $114,600 Belmont Stakes. At Epsom Downs, some 350,000 holidaying Britons, who defied bus strike to come out to chomp welks and winkles, cheer the Queen, jeer the stripteasers and send Sir Victor Sassoon's lop-eared Hard Ridden off at 18 to 1, watched wizened old (51) gaffer Charlie Smirke (see below) steer his mount up from ruck along rail, bound home first by five lengths in Epsom Derby.

Round Table, saddled with 132 pounds for first time, bided his time under magic hands of Willie Shoemaker, closed ground swiftly and surely on run to outside, got up to nose How Now in $53,500 Argonaut Handicap at Hollywood Park, win $30,000 and boost earnings to $1,056,024, still $29,-736 short of second-place Citation.

HOCKEY—NEW YORK RANGERS, anxious to protect promising young rookies, lost four regulars in some shrewd wheeling and dealing by Montreal, Boston and Chicago in interleague draft at Montreal. Talent-rich Canadiens, who also sold Defenseman Dollard St. Laurent to Chicago, snared Center Dave Creighton and Winger Danny Lewicki; Black Hawks lifted Defenseman Jack Evans; Bruins drafted Winger Guy Gendron. Other shifts: Montreal's Bert Olmstead and Gerry Wilson to Toronto; Maple Leafs' Tod Sloan to Chicago.

TENNIS—PANCHO GONZALES, beaten two straight by returning Lew Hoad, showed signs of irritation but ran off victories in next three matches at Reno, Balboa, Calif. and La Jolla, clinched pro tennis tour title 51-36. "I'm worn out," complained Pancho, "every bone aches. I want to get off the court as fast as I can."

INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SPORTS—ED ELISIAN, back in good graces of USAC (see page 24), wasted little time getting behind wheel, finished second to Joe Barzda of New Brunswick, N.J. in 15-mile sprint car race at Sandusky, Ohio. At Milwaukee, Art Bisch of Phoenix pushed his big car at 94.01 mph clip to win 100-mile Rex Mays Classic in 1:03:49.27, barely two car lengths ahead of Tony Bettenhausen.

Glenn (Fireball) Roberts, Daytona Beach throttle jockey, roared around half-mile asphalt track at Martinsville, Va., covered 250 miles in record 3:54:30 in 1957 Chevy to win NASCAR Old Dominion 500.

GOLF—SAM SNEAD, who doesn't enter many these days, fired up his game for 69 on final 18 to earn tie, disposed of Julius Boros, Gary Player and John McMullin on first hole of playoff to pocket $3,500 in rich Dallas Open.

Mickey Wright, who boned up on her swing in midnight session in motel room, proved practice makes perfect, went out next day to shoot 74 and win Ladies PGA title with 288 at Pittsburgh.

BOWLING—ED SHAY, Chester, Pa. engineer who zoomed to top with help of 300 game, won ABC singles title with 733 at end of 71-day tournament at Syracuse, N.Y., shared honors with Al Faragalli of Paterson, N.J., who led in all-events with 2,043. In Chicago, long, drawn-out Petersen Classic finally ended with Detroit's Bob Crawford taking down $20,000 first prize with 1,659 for eight games.

MILEPOST—DIED—PACIFIC COAST CONFERENCE, 43, once stately bellwether of West Coast athletics, more recently victim of own drastic bludgeon-wielding; of fatal attack, suffered when penalty-stricken U. of Washington shucked off 43-year-old shackles, elected to join rebellious USC, UCLA, California, and possibly Stanford, in probable formation of new Big Five (see page 22). Mourned one realist: "The PCC is dead. All we're waiting for is the funeral."