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A roundup of the sports information of the week

BOXING—In his first defense of the world junior welterweight title, the Philippines' Roberto Cruz looked more like a punching bag than a champion. Before 25,000 fans in Manila, EDDIE PERKINS of Chicago, who held the title for three months last year but lost it on a decision to now-retired Duilio Loi on Dec. 15, landed blows on Cruz at will to win a unanimous decision in 15 rounds.

FLYING—The world's second and third most famous Jacquelines—Cochran and Auriol—have been carrying on an aeronautical war for the women's speed record since 1951. This week JACQUELINE AURIOL, the 44-year-old daughter-in-law of former French President Vincent Auriol, piloted her Mirage III jet 2,030 kilometers per hour (the equivalent of 1,261 mph) to regain the 100-kilometer closed-course record from American Aviatrix Jacqueline Cochran, who sped 1,203 mph last May.

GOLF—After a four-week layoff ARNOLD PALMER returned to the links and hushed his all-too-eager critics by winning the $I00,000 Thunderbird Classic in Harrison, N.Y. on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff with Paul Harney, from Worcester, Mass. (see page 16). Palmer blew a four-foot putt on the final hole to end up in a tie with Harney at 277 after 72 holes, but then sank a four-footer for the $25,000 top prize money to move into second place with $56,545 behind leading money winner Jack Nicklaus. Defending Champion Gene Littler made a gallant charge but couldn't hold the pace and ended up third with 278, while Bill Collins and Dow Finsterwald tied for fourth, one stroke back.

HARNESS RACING—Favorite MEADOW SKIPPER ($3.80), with Del Miller in charge, grounded Fly Fly Byrd in the last 30 yards and triumphed by half a length in the $35,237 Commodore Purse at Roosevelt Raceway.

Earlier in the week at Roosevelt, Gene Sears drove STEPHAN SMITH ($7.20) to a two-length victory in the $25,000 Dr. Stanton Pace, achieving this year's fastest time for a mile over a half-mile track with 1:58 4/5 (one second off the world record). Henry T. Adios scampered in second, ahead of his brother and the favorite Irvin Paul.

HORSE RACING—After only two victories in 20 starts, a 40-to-l long shot named B. MAJOR ($81.20), with Ray Broussard up, stood off a stretch drive by favorite Candy Spots to win the $113,333 Chicagoan at Washington Park by a neck. Get Around took third-place money of $15,000. By stashing away $68,333 for the win, the Elmendorf Farm colt almost tripled his previous earnings of $37,255.

George D. Widener's revitalized CREWMAN ($3.80), with Eric Guerin in the saddle, showed that he was a 3-year-old to be reckoned with as he trampled to a four-length triumph over Hot Dust in the $41,300 Leonard Richards Stakes at Delaware Park.

On a dry, dusty day ashore at Hollywood Park, NATIVE DIVER ($9). with Ralph Neves aboard, easily beat Pirate Cove to the wire, while favorite Windy Sea sank in the stretch and finished out of the money in the $54,950 Inglewood Handicap.

Mrs. Frank E. Power's Irish-bred POLLINGFOLD ($18.90), ridden by Willie Harmatz, upset favorite Tutankhamen in the $27,800 Bowling Green Handicap at Aqueduct. Mrs. H. C. Phipps's Royal Record, who won the Bowling Green last year, was the sentimental choice since he was trained by retiring SUNNY JIM FITZSIMMONS but, alas, he trotted in fourth. But just as in the fairy tales the retiring master closed out his brilliant career with a victory as KING'S STORY won the Miss Woodford Stakes at Monmouth Park.

Canadian Industrialist E. P. Taylor annexed his eighth Queen's Plate triumph as Manuel Ycaza rode favorite CANEBORA ($8.40) to victory over 18 other Canadian 3-year-olds in the $79,850 event at Toronto's Woodbine track.

MOTORCYCLING—"I had a pleasant, uneventful ride and the bike went extremely well," said modest MIKE HAILWOOD, the 23-year-old son of millionaire Oxford Motor Dealer Stanley Hailwood, after he beat 65 others across the finish line of the rugged, mountainous Isle of Man course to win the senior Tourist Trophy race. Mike, astride his scarlet MV-Agusta, averaged a record 104.6 mph over the six-lap (226.5 mile) circuit, while John Hartle buzzed across the line two minutes later (2:11.01.8) for second place.

MOTOR SPORTS—Le Mans, France's 24-hour speed and endurance race, turned out to be a Ferrari Festival as the Italian cars captured the first six places with LUDOVICO SCARFIOTTI and LORENZO BANDINI going a record distance of 2,834.1 miles (old mark: 2,781.7) at an average speed of 118.1 mph. The race was marred by the death of Bino Heinz of Brazil, who was trapped and burned in his Alpine after it collided with a car that was out of control. In a special category Richie Ginther and Graham Hill bettered expectations in their turbine-powered Rover by finishing at an average speed of 108 mph.

ROWING—After a dismal season in which neither its varsity nor its freshmen had managed to win a single race, NAVY came close to sweeping the seas at the all-important IRA championships on New York's Onondaga Lake (see page 44). The Middies led all the way to the last half mile in the varsity race, but a last-ditch effort by the heavily favored defending champions from Cornell cost Navy this one victory. The Big Red crossed the line half a length in front, with surprising MIT in third place, California fourth and previously undefeated Washington a dismal seventh. In the jayvee and freshmen races the Middies swamped the finishes to take The Jim Ten Eyck Memorial Trophy for best overall performance in the regatta.

The 98th edition of the Yale-Harvard regatta in New London left Yale men crimson as HARVARD took all events for new Head Coach Henry Parker, with the big but inexperienced (five sophomores) Cantab varsity winning by seven shell lengths, the jayvees by four lengths and the undefeated freshmen by three lengths. Rubbing salt in the wound, the Crimson even captured the combination race, composed of rowers who failed to make either the varsity, jayvee or freshmen crews.

SKIING—The U.S. Ski Association put together what looked like its strongest OLYMPIC ALPINE TEAM yet by naming Jimmy Heuga, Bill Marolt and Buddy Werner of the University of Colorado, Chuck Ferries of the University of Denver, Gordy Eaton of Middlebury, Rip McManus of the U.S. Army, Billy Kidd of Stowe, Vt., and Stockton (Calif.) high school senior Ni Orsi Jr. to represent the U.S. at Innsbruck. Competing in the women's Alpine events will be Barbara Ferries of Houghton, Mich.; Joan Hannah, Franconia, N.H.; Linda Meyers, Bishop, Calif.; Jean Saubert, Lakeview, Ore.; Margo Walters, Salt Lake City; and Starr Walton, Sacramento, Calif. Two definite places on the NORDIC TEAM also were filled, with Mike Elliott of Durango, Colo, and John Bower of Auburn, Me. named.

TENNIS—Oddly enough, play in the Davis Cup American Zone opened in the Middle East (Teheran) but the displaced U.S. team did not even lose a set in trouncing host Iran, 5-0. They played to a crowd which included the embattled Shah, who—during the cup play at least—was able to keep his harassed government from being overthrown. Meanwhile, in South America, ECUADOR edged toward the second round of the American Zone with a 2-1 lead over Trinidad. In European Zone play, surprising SWEDEN upset Yugoslavia, SOUTH AFRICA beat Denmark, SPAIN trounced France, and BRITAIN ended Russian hopes of conquest 4-1.

TRACK & FIELD—Paced by Julio Marin's two victories and his fourth-place finish, USC wrapped up its 22nd NCAA track title in Albuquerque, with Stanford finishing in second place, 19 points back at 42, and defending champion Oregon in third with 41 (seepage 46). Arizona State University's Henry Carr scored an individual triumph when he came back from his defeat by Stanford's Larry Questad in the 100-yard dash to equal the world record in the 220 with a 20.5 effort, while USC's Rex Cawley ran the 440-yard hurdles in 49.6 for a new American and collegiate record.

Cantabrigian TOM BLODGETT, a turncoat Harvard student, won three events to pace the CAMBRIDGE-OXFORD track team to a 9-8 victory in London over the rival Harvard-Yale squad at the annual meet.

MILEPOSTS—DIED: EARL SUTTON SMITH, 66, of a liver ailment, in Little Rock, Ark. Dubbed "Oil" by onetime Sportswriter Westbrook Pegler because of the way Bronx fans pronounced his name. Earl was one of John McGraw's catchers when the New York Giants beat the Yankees in two straight World Series (1921-22). He had a 12-year career batting average of .303, batted over .300 five times and reached a high of .346 with the Pirates in 1926.

DIED: VICE ADMIRAL JOHN H. BROWN, 71, All-America guard on the 1913 Navy football team and the first Midshipman elected to the Hall of Fame, at his home in Middletown, Del. Admiral Brown, a specialist in submarine warfare, ended 43 years of service when he retired in 1954 as the commandant of the Fourth Naval District to be named later in the year president of the National Football Foundation.