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Original Issue

A roundup of the sports information of the week

BASEBALL—At week's end the lineup for the NCAA World Series in Omaha was almost complete with only the Missouri-St. Louis games still to be played. The other positions were filled when WESTERN MICHIGAN shut out Illinois, 7-0; PENN STATE whipped St. John's, 11-2; UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA toppled Colorado State College, 10-0; HOLY CROSS beat Providence twice, 11-0 and 7-4; FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY put down Wake Forest, 11-5 and USC edged Oregon State, 7-5.

BICYCLING—In the 20-year-old "Kentucky Derby of Cycling" at Somerville, N.J., OLAF MOETUS, a 17-year-old Indianapolis high school senior, out-pedaled 138 opponents from all over the country to win the Kukler-Anderson Memorial trophy in the 50-mile feature event, while OLIVER MARTIN, 16, of New York took the junior 10-mile competition and the Siegfried Stern Memorial trophy.

BOXING—Underdog WILLIE PASTRANO, who had never gone 15 rounds before because he had never had a chance at a title, captured the world light-heavyweight championship from Harold Johnson on a split 15-round decision before a meager 2,500 fans in Las Vegas. After a 13-year career that included 58 victories, 13 kayoes, eight draws and 11 defeats, Pastrano, who has never been floored, got his first shot at the title because two earlier challengers, Mauro Mina and Henry Hank, suffered injuries in training and had to withdraw.

FOOTBALL—Wisconsin's PAT RICHTER, the first Badger athlete since 1927 to win nine varsity letters, is forsaking baseball and basketball for a career in the National Football League. The All-America end signed a contract with the Washington Redskins for a reported $40,000.

GOLF—"At least I'll hold the lead for one more day," said TONY LEMA casually after the third round of the $50,000 Memphis Open was rained out, but he did not have to rely on the weather. He shot two birdies on the last two holes to tie Tommy Aaron at 270, then went on to win his first tournament since December on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff. Leading money winner Jack Nicklaus had the satisfaction of sinking his first professional hole in one but ended up 11th with a 278 total.

With increasing monotony MICKEY WRIGHT shot a four-under-par 69 to win still another tournament: the $8,000 Babe Zaharias Open in Beaumont, Texas with a 54-hole total of 209. In winning her sixth event of the year Mickey tied her own record of four straight tournament wins. Rookie Clifford Ann Creed finished second, five strokes back, with Judy Kimball third at 215.

GYMNASTICS—Rated the best woman gymnast in the country, MURIEL DAVIS GROSSFELD proved the point by winning the women's AAU all-round title in Philadelphia for the second time. Defending Champion Dale McClements finished in a tie for second place with Marie Walter. A 16-year-old Los Angeles high school sophomore, MAKOTA SAKAMOTO, won the men's all-round championship, with Gregor Weiss second and Defending Champion Donald Tonry fourth. Makota is Japanese, but hopes to become a U.S. citizen in time for the Tokyo Olympics.

HARNESS RACING—In the $85,663 Realization Trot at Roosevelt Raceway, SPRITE RODNEY ($10.10), with Frank Ervin in the sulky, sloshed through the mud and easily beat last year's Hambletonian winner A.C. Viking to the wire by 2¼ lengths. Favorite Pro Hanover trotted in third, five lengths behind the runner-up, while stablemate Worth Seein' wasn't. He came in fourth.

HORSE RACING—On Memorial Day big CANDY SPOTS ($2.60) and bitsy Willie Shoemaker still looked like the combination to beat in the Belmont as they won the $121,000 Jersey Derby at Garden State Park. Trainer George Poole had Get Around in form almost worthy of his name as the 3-year-old got around the upper stretch neck and neck with the winner, only to fall back in the final furlong and lose by 1¾ lengths.

Spicy Living ($7.50), with Jimmy Combest aboard, beat Smart Deb and Jockey Braulio Baeza to the wire by a perspiration drop on the nose and then had to survive a foul claim to win the $91,725 Mother Goose at Aqueduct. The win earned former tennis champion Eleonora Sears $59.621 and Spicy Living a second leg on the Triple Crown for Fillies. Earlier in the week at Aqueduct, Greentree Stable's CYRANO ($16.60) and Jockey Bobby Ussery also had to survive a foul claim before officially winning the $115,100 Metropolitan Handicap. John Sellers, who rode runner-up George Barton, protested that Cyrano had shut off his mount, but was overruled. Sunrise County finished third, half a length ahead of Crimson Satan, while favorite Admiral's Voyage ended up a dismal 11th.

French-owned RELKO. with Europe's top jockey, Yves Saint-Martin, in the irons, romped to a six-length victory over British-owned Merchant Venturer in the 184th running of the English Derby at Epsom Downs. M. Fran√ßois Dupré and Mme. Dupré, who never bet on races, banked $98,950 in English pounds on Relko's win. Two days later on the same track at Epsom, English sterling again left native shores as Mrs. John Ohn of Alton, Ill. collected the equivalent of $50,764 when her filly NOBLESSE, a 4-to-11 favorite, stampeded to a 10-length triumph in the Oaks classic.

MOTOR SPORTS—Before a record crowd of 225,000 PARNELLI JONES averaged a record 143.137 mph in his Offenhauser to win the Indianapolis "500" by 34 seconds over Scotsman Jim Clark in a Lotus-Ford (see page 26).

RIVALRIES—In one of the worst routs of the annual June Week program, ARMY blasted NAVY on all but one of the service playing fields. In Annapolis, Navy's collegiate championship lacrosse team lost to the Cadets 11-9, thus ending an 18-game winning streak and Navy hopes of a second straight undefeated season. Things on the tennis courts were no better as Army won 5-4. Meanwhile, at West Point the disaster mounted with Army defeating Navy in baseball 6-5, forcing the Middies to share with Columbia and Dartmouth the Eastern Intercollegiate title they had held alone for the past two years. Army also took the track meet 82-67, but Navy salvaged some flotsam from the sinking ship by winning the golf match 5-2.

ROWING—With a final push at 42 strokes a minute the NEW YORK ATHLETIC CLUB eight overtook the Union Boat Club of Boston to win the Hughes Memorial Cup by a skimpy nine-tenths of a second, covering the 1,200-meter course in 3:29.7. In a 1¾-mile race on the Severn River, WISCONSIN pulled away in the final half-mile and stroked to a 2½-length victory over hapless Navy, which has yet to win a race.

TENNIS—Italy, which in recent years has dominated the Davis Cup European Zone, making the sacrificial pilgrimage to Australia for the Challenge Round in 1960 and 1961, will not have to worry about airplane tickets this year. The problem was taken care of in Barcelona when SPAIN'S Manuel Santana teamed with José Luis Arilla to defeat Italy's famed doubles team of Nicola Pietrangeli and Orlando Sirola, 7-5, 6-4, 6-1. After that, Santana clinched the biggest upset in cup play so far by knocking Italy's gesticulating Fausto Gardini to the sidelines in straight sets. In other competition, YUGOSLAVIA marched over Austria without losing a match, GREAT BRITAIN handed Belgium the same total defeat, the U.S.S.R. allowed Chile to win only one singles, FRANCE gave up only one singles to Brazil, SWEDEN edged Rhodesia-Nyasaland 3-2 and DENMARK got past Norway by the same score.

British Wightman Cup player DEIDRE CATT came back from being down 5-3 at match point and upset Darlene Hard, America's No. 1 woman player, 1-6, 9-7, 8-6, in the finals of the Surrey Championships. Miss Hard announced that she was retiring from tennis after Wimbledon (a championship she has never won) to marry Los Angeles Engineer Frederick Shockley. "I'm quitting," said Darlene, "because after eight world tours, places you thought were wonderful become boring."

TRACK & FIELD—In the competition for the small-college track title in Sioux Falls, S.D., RUSSELL ROGERS emerged a mighty tall figure as he led MARYLAND STATE COLLEGE to its first NAIA championship. A senior at the college in Princess Anne, Md., Russ won all three hurdle events, tying a 440 meet record, and helped his team set another record of 3:13.5 in the mile relay. For his efforts he was named the meet's most valuable player, while his school more than doubled the point output of its nearest competitor, Omaha, 82-33.

Coach Jumbo Elliott's VILLANOVA track team swept to its fourth consecutive IC4A championship in New York, 14 points ahead of second-place Yale.

Loyola of Chicago's TOM O'HARA, who had twice bettered the old four-minute magic mile indoors (3:59.2 and 3:59.5), accomplished the feat outdoors in 3:58.8 at Michigan's first state championships in Kalamazoo.