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A roundup of the sports information of the week


BOXING—Eighth-ranked Middleweight JOSE TORRES of Brooklyn hammered out a 10-round unanimous decision over Wilbert (Skeeter) McClure of Toledo in Madison Square Garden to extend his record to 30 wins against one loss and two draws.

Second-ranked Heavyweight DOUG JONES of New York gained a unanimous 10-round decision over Leroy Green in Kingston, Jamaica.

BRIDGE—In New York City at the World Olympiad ITALY defeated the U.S. 158-112 in a down-to-the-wire finish for its seventh world title in eight years (see page 78). The women's championship went to BRITAIN, which was beaten only once—by Sweden—in 15 rounds of play.

GOLF—MICKEY WRIGHT, last year's leading LPGA money-winner, won the $9,000 Muskogee (Okla.) Civitan Open by shooting a 213 for 54 holes to finish nine strokes ahead of runner-up Marlene Hagge. It was her third straight victory and her fourth in six tournaments this year.

HARNESS RACING—John Patterson drove favored OVERTRICK ($3.20) to first place by 1¼ lengths over Adora's Dream in the $25,000 World's Fair Pace at Yonkers Raceway, N.Y. It was the 4-year-old's second win in as many weeks.

Cardigan Bay ($3.30), a New Zealand pacer recently purchased for $100,000 by an American syndicate, gained an easy 2¾-length victory over Royal Rick in the $15,000 New Zealand Prep at Yonkers. Stanley Dancer drove the 8-year-old in his first U.S. test.

M. J. Duer's BOLD VIKING ($4.50), guided by Stanley Dancer, edged Big John by a head to win the $35,650 U.S. Harness Writers' Trot for 3-year-olds at Roosevelt for his third straight victory of the season.

HOCKEY—Montreal Center JEAN BELIVEAU, 32, whose 28 goals and 50 assists led the Canadiens to the NHL season title, was awarded the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player for the second time (he also won it in 1956). For the second year in a row, Captain PIERRE PILOTE of the Chicago Black Hawks won the James Norris Trophy as the best NHL defenseman.

Fred Glover, the playing coach of the American Hockey League's Cleveland Barons, who had 26 goals and 50 assists during the regular season and led his team to victory in the Calder Cup playoffs, was named the league's most valuable player for the third time in five years.

HORSE RACING—The Kentucky Derby winner, NORTHERN DANCER ($6.20), ridden by Bill Hartack, romped to a 2-length victory over The Scoundrel in the $176,700 Preakness at Pimlico (see page 26). Hill Rise, the betting favorite, as he was in the Derby, finished third by a head in the 1 3/16-mile race.

At Aqueduct, in the $60,150 Acorn, the first race of the Triple Crown for 3-year-old fillies, Wheatley Stable's CASTLE FORBES ($6.90), guided by Johnny Rotz, beat Sceree by 1¼ lengths for her first stakes victory of the year.

MODERN PENTATHLON—The U.S. successfully defended its title in the Conseil International du Sport Militaire championships at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio with 15,097 points, followed by West Germany with 14,160 and Brazil with 14,099. U.S. Army Captain JIM MOORE, the team captain and the 1963 individual champion, edged West Germany's Sergeant J√ºrgen Todt by three points to retain his title.

MOTOR SPORTS—Scotland's JIM CLARK, driving a green Lotus-Ford, averaged a record 158.8 mph over four laps at the Indianapolis trials to gain the pole position for the Memorial Day 500-mile race (see page 32). He flew to London the same night, drove 100 miles to Mallory Park the next day and slipped into another Lotus-Ford to win the Guards Trophy Race.

ROWING—Undefeated HARVARD, stroking an average 33 with its German-style shovel oars, led all the way to win the 2,000-meter Eastern Sprint Championships in 6:32 on Lake Quinsigamond near Worcester, Mass. (see page 30). Cornell finished a length behind in second, followed by Yale, Wisconsin, MIT and Syracuse.

SURFING—A crowd of nearly 50,000 watched 19-year-old Australian BERNARD FARRELLY win the world invitational championship at Sydney's Manly Beach, with 132 points out of a possible 150. Californians Joey Cabell, the 1964 Makaha, Hawaii international champion, and Mike Doyle finished behind Farrelly with 126 points apiece.

SWIMMING—Russia's GALINA PROZUMEN-SHCHIKOVA, 15, bettered her own world record in the 200-meter women's breaststroke by 2.3 seconds when she won the event in 2:45.4 at a Berlin meet.

TENNIS—DENNIS RALSTON won the singles title for the second straight year at the AAWU tournament, in Stanford, Calif., defeating Arthur Ashe of UCLA 6-3, 6-2. Ralston and USC teammate BILL BOND then outplayed Ashe and Charles Pasarell 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the doubles to give USC the team championship by one point over UCLA.

TRACK & FIELD—At the Coliseum Relays in Los Angeles (see page 84), VILLANOVA equaled the world two-mile relay record with a clocking of 7:19; Henry Carr of Arizona State outsprinted Bob Hayes to take the 200 meters (around a curve) in 20.6; JOHN CAMIEN of Kansas State of Emporia upset Jim Grelle with a 4:00.7 mile; and DALLAS LONG put the shot 65 feet 5¼ inches to defeat his young rival Randy Matson, whose best throw was 63 feet 6¾ inches.

In an Olympic fund-raising meet in Eugene, Ore. DYROL BURLESON ran a mile in 3:57.5 for the best outdoor time in the U.S. this season.

Canadian Sprinter HARRY JEROME led OREGON to the team title in the Far West championships in Corvallis, Ore. as he won the 100-yard dash in 9.4, the 220 in 21.2 and then anchored the winning 440-yard relay team. At the Heptagonal Games in New Haven HARVARD won the team title, but Yale's WENDELL MOTTLEY put on the finest individual performance with a 46.1 victory in the 440-yard dash—the fastest quarter mile of the outdoor season. Meanwhile, in Stillwater, Okla., KANSAS won the Big Eight championship for the 11th time in 13 years.

Two national schoolboy records fell as JIM RYUN, a junior at Wichita (Kans.) East High School, covered a mile in 4:06.4 in Manhattan, Kans., lowering the previous mark by 2.3 seconds, and in Champaign, Ill., LARRY KELLEY, a junior at Chicago's Maine East High, ran 880 yards in 1:50.4 to better the existing record by half a second. Both of the previous marks had been set in the past two years by Dennis Carr of Lowell High School in Whittier, Calif. In another impressive scholastic performance 5-foot-10 BILL McCLELLON of New York's De-Witt Clinton High, leaped 6 feet 8½ inches in an Englewood, N.J. meet. He missed the schoolboy high-jump record by just 1¼ inches.

MILEPOSTS—DIED: STEVE OWEN, 66, a big, gentle man who coached the New York Football Giants for nearly a quarter of a century, of a cerebral hemorrhage in an Oneida, N.Y. hospital. A native Oklahoman, "Stout Steve" joined the Giants as a tackle in 1926, one year after the late Tim Mara had established the franchise, and in 1931 became head coach, a post he held for the next 23 seasons—all without ever signing a contract. His teams won eight Eastern Division titles (an individual NFL coaching record) and twice went on to win the world championship—in 1934 over the Chicago Bears 30-13, and in 1938 over Green Bay 23-17, A defensive specialist, Owen originated the umbrella pass defense, and while other coaches were adopting the T formation, he created the A formation (an unbalanced line on one side, with the backfield unbalanced on the other). "Every time you see the current defense on the field you are seeing an Owen creation," said Wellington Mara, Giant vice-president and son of the club's founder. "He was one of the great innovators in football. Nobody had the welfare of the players more in mind and nobody could inspire the players to greater effort. He was a true giant among Giants."