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Original Issue

A roundup of the sports information of the week

BASEBALL—As Cincinnati struggled to stay in the National League's first division, Red Owner Bill DeWitt squelched rumors that FRED HUTCHINSON was on his way out by signing the onetime Manager of the Year (1961 when the Reds won the NL pennant) to a new two-year contract, good through 1965.

BOATING—By the narrow margin of a single point MRS. ALLEGRA (LEGGIE) KNAPP MERTZ of the American Yacht Club, Rye, N.Y. captured her fifth Syce Cup. The victory qualified Leggie for the North American Women's Sailing Championships in August, an event she has won three times.

"On the very first lap I almost climbed out of the cockpit and said the hell with it, but then I got adjusted and now I'm going boat racing," said veteran Auto Driver EDDIE SACHS after driving his first hydroplane. Such Crust, in a trial run on the Detroit River. Sachs, who hit a wall in this year's Indianapolis "500," hopes to enter the Diamond Cup on July 27 but will not let his new water career interfere with any of his land commitments.

The fifth annual Around Long Island Marathon provided water choppy enough to prevent RAY ATWOOD and GEORGE THOMPSON from eating their candy bars, but it did not stop their 18-foot Glastron, El Diablo, from beating 27 boats across the finish line of the more-than-200-mile race, to give the combination top honors in the inboard class.

Charles F. Johnson, 66, president of the Daytona Marine Corporation, skippered one of his own models—the Daytona 37 (a 37-foot sport fishing boat with twin 380-hp engines) nonstop from Miami to New York in the record elapsed time of 46 hours 23 minutes, to clip 9 hours 35 minutes off the mark set by the late Sam Griffith in a Bertram 31.

BOWLING—After seven months of play, during which many of the 15,392 contestants commuted back and forth from their homes to Chicago, bowling's richest ($400,192) and most informal tournament came to an end as RANDY AUBERT of Broadview, Ill. was declared winner of the 53rd Petersen Classic. After rolling an eight-game series of 1,677 on April 24, Randy had to sweat out 5,792 bowlers taking aim at his lead before he collected the $30,100 top prize and traditional diamond-and-ruby medal, worth a mere $2,500.

BOXING—Eight ounces over the weigh-in limit, Featherweight Champion SUGAR RAMOS sweated off the half pound in 45 minutes and retained his world title by outpointing Nigerian Challenger Rafiu King in a 15-round go in Mexico City. It was Ramos' first defense of the crown he won in Los Angeles last March against Davey Moore, who later died of injuries suffered in the fight.

FOOTBALL—-The formidable four-man defensive line of the New York Giants became a truncated trio when ROOSEVELT GRIER, the 31-year-old, 290-pound All-Pro tackle, was lopped away from his teammates Dick Modzelewski, Andy Robustelli and Jim Katcavage and traded to the Los Angeles Rams for a future high draft choice and 1962 bench-warmer John Lo Vetere, who is four years younger, five pounds lighter and, at 6 feet 4 inches, an inch shorter than Rosey.

GOLF—Lefty BOB CHARLES of New Zealand sank one incredible putt after another to defeat Phil Rodgers of La Jolla, Calif, by eight strokes in the 36-hole playoff of the British Open. The first southpaw to win a PGA tournament (last April's Houston Classic) thus became the first to take a major international championship as well (see page 10).

"I'm not sure I won it," said 1958 Champion BARBARA McINTIRE in disbelief after Jean Ashley blew a tap-in 15-inch putt on the final hole to give her a 1-up victory in the Western Women's Amateur golf championship in Colorado Springs, Colo.

HARNESS RACING—Stanley Dancer guided favorite SU MAC LAD ($4.10) to a three-length triumph over Sprite Rodney in the $50,000 American Trotting Championship at Roosevelt. Mighty Indian was third, while last year's winner, Porterhouse, clopped in fourth.

HOCKEY—Fired as coach at Chicago, after having guided the Black Hawks out of the cellar and into five straight Stanley Cup playoffs, RUDY PILOUS, 48, will get another chance to display his masterminding talents on ice. He has been named coach of the Denver Invaders, newest member of the Western Hockey League.

HORSE RACING—Favorite CANDY SPOTS ($3), with Willie Shoemaker in the saddle, evened the score with B. Major, the 40-to-1 long shot who beat him last month, and broke a two-race losing streak by pulling away in the stretch to win the $110,833 American Derby by one and a quarter lengths at Arlington Park. Crowdus finished third, with Lemon Twist fourth.

Chateaugay, Candy Spots' other nemesis, had problems of his own as OUTING CLASS ($12.70), with Bob Ussery in the irons, and 49-to-1 long shot Tenacle, with John Ruane up, both beat him to the wire in the $85,000 Dwyer Handicap at Aqueduct. Green-tree Stable's Outing Class earned first prize of $55,250, while Tenacle, who finished a length back, picked up $17,000 for La Cima Stable.

Manuel Ycaza rode 1962 Kentucky Derby Winner DECIDEDLY ($8.80) to a length-and-a-half triumph over favorite Mongo in the $111,300 Monmouth Handicap at Monmouth Park. Guadalcanal, displaying his usual come-from-behind form, caught Sunrise County to scamper in third.

A long shot from New Zealand took the Hollywood Gold Cup as CADIZ ($50.20), ridden by Eddie Burns, found daylight in the stretch and beat Alder-shot to the wire in the $162,100 handicap at Hollywood Park. Overwhelming favorite Crimson Satan ended up dead last in the field of 10.

Jockey Jim Combest rode favorite SPICY LIVING ($3.20) to a comfortable six-and-a-half-length win over Tona in the $65,375 Delaware Oaks at Delaware Park.

MOTOR SPORTS—With big brother Stirling in attendance, Britain's ace female sports car driver PAT MOSS, 28, married Sweden's ace male sports car driver, ERIK CARLSSON, 33, in London. Said Erik in true honeymoon spirit, "Pat can do as much of the driving as she wants."

SUMO WRESTLING—Taiho Naya, Japan's 23-year-old, 300-pound Grand Champion, had his record of six straight tournament victories snapped at the Sumo Summer Tournament in Nagoya when he finished third behind Ozeki (Champion) KITABAYAMA (who is 5 feet 8 inches and averages four pounds per inch). Taiho still has two more chances this year to tie an alltime record of 12 victories.

SWIMMING—At the Far Western Invitational meet in Los Altos, Calif, the SANTA CLARA SWIM CLUB relay team of Steve Clark, Don Schollander, Ed Townsend and Nick Schoenmann covered the 400-meter distance in 3:42.2, better by .3 second than the listed world record, but slower than their own pending mark of 3:39.9 set on July 4. Little CATHY JEAN FERGUSON, 14, bettered the national 200-meter backstroke record with a 2:30.9 clocking, but the world mark of Japan's Satako Tanaka (2:28.5) remains intact.

Bobby McGregor, Scotland's 19-year-old sprint star, broke the world record in the 110-yard freestyle by .3 second, stroking the distance in 54.4 at a meet in Blackpool, England.

TENNIS—At the USLTA boys' and girls' championships in Chattanooga, two champions retained their titles, and all four won without dropping a set. JANE (Peaches) BARTKOWICZ of Hamtramck, Mich. took the girls' 14-and-under title again, defeating Lynne Abbes of Orinda, Calif. Defending Champ DICK STOCKTON of Riverdale, N.Y. won the boys' 12-year-old division singles, downing Erik Van Dillien of San Mateo, Calif. CONNIE CAPOSSI of Middletown, Ohio knocked out another Californian, Pam Teeguarden of Los Angeles, in the girls' 12-year-old division, and Chattanooga's ZAN GUERRY, runner-up last year, beat Houston's George Taylor for the boys' 14-and-under crown.

"I really shouldn't have won. I double-faulted 15 times, and I've never done that before," said tireless BITSY GRANT, 52, after defeating George Ball 1-6, 6-4, 6-2 to win the National Seniors' Clay Court singles championship for a record sixth time in Bethesda, Md. Earlier the soft-game master teamed with Larry Shippey to win the senior doubles for a record fourth straight time.

In Bastad, Sweden, Wimbledon Champion Chuck McKinley lost to Yugoslavia's Boro Jovanovic, who then was defeated by Sweden's JAN ERIK LUNDQUIST in the finals. Chuck and partner Dennis Ralston, who was eliminated in the singles by another Yugoslav, redeemed themselves by taking the doubles title, while Dennis teamed with women's singles titlist EDDA BUDING to win the mixed doubles crown.

TRACK & FIELD—Warming up for Moscow, JOHN PENNEL, 22-year-old graduate of Northeast Louisiana State College, raised the world pole vault record once again by leaping 16 feet 8¾ inches at the British track and field championships in London. The leap bettered by ¾ inch the mark (not yet officially recognized) set by seriously injured Brian Sternberg, whom Pennel replaced on the American team.