RECORD BREAKERS—AUSTRALIA'S HERB ELLIOTT, AMERICA'S GLENN DAVIS and HAROLD CONNOLLY turned in some spectacular world record-tweaking at AAU meet in Bakersfield, Calif. (June 20-21). Elliott, lithe Aussie youngster with stopwatch legs and head to match, pushed ahead of stubborn Countryman Merv Lincoln to win mile in 3:57.9, one-tenth of second under John Landy's listed world standard but officially equal to mark under rules of IAAF, which does not recognize tenths of second beyond 1,000 yards; Ohio State's Davis, who week earlier clobbered world record for 440, turned talented feet to 440-yard hurdles, sped gaily over obstacles in 49.9; Connolly, despite ailing shoulder, hoisted and twirled hammer 225 feet 4 inches.
Yolaxda Balas, Rumanian jumping jill, moving ever upward, scissored over bar at 5 feet 10� inches at Budapest, raised own two-week-old world mark (June 22).
Isaac Berger, curly-topped muscle stretcher from York, Pa., hefted 800 pounds, surpassed world record for 132-pound class in AAU weight lifting championships at Los Angeles (June 22).
Chris Von Saltza, perky blonde Californian, hustled through 100-yard freestyle in 56.6 at Santa Clara, took almost two seconds off own U.S. mark (June 22).
TRACK & FIELD—U.S. stars, with one careful eye cocked on Moscow, struck off top-drawer performances in AAU meet at Bakersfield, served notice on Soviet hosts that they would be bearing more than gifts when they arrived in July (see page 46).
BOATING—FINISTERRE, Carleton Matchell's fat little yawl, glided across finish line in 3:09:03.38 corrected time, snatched Bermuda Trophy away from Colin Ratsey's Golliwogg at end of 635-mile Newport-to- Bermuda race (see page 12).
BASEBALL—NEW YORK YANKEES, after two black days in Detroit and with ailing Mickey Mantle hardly hitting his weight left-handed, speared Tigers 15-0, were still solid 8� games in front as opposition continued to tail off. Kansas City, beaten three straight by Baltimore, swept three from Boston to regain second, found cloud-riding Detroit only game behind.
National League race began to tighten up but only because all eight teams, including Milwaukee, showed reluctance to take charge. Braves had their troubles with St. Louis, losing two out of three, but remained 1� games ahead of bumbling San Francisco. Cincinnati got well-pitched 6 1 win over Cards from Don Newcombe, moved into third, bare percentage points ahead of St. Louis and Pittsburgh.
BOXING—MIKE DEJOHN, first to burst Heavyweight Alex Miteff's brittle bubble, bled freely from nose and eye in early rounds, picked up strength and skill when flow was stopped by expert Cutman Freddy Brown to outbox pudgy Bob Baker in 10-rounder at Syracuse, N.Y.
Yama Bahama, Bimini fishing guide who scarcely qualifies as tiger, slowed oldtime mambo dancer Kid Gavilan down to gentle shuffle with stiff jabs and rocking rights, punched out 10-round decision at Miami Beach. "I may retire," said weary and washed-up Gavilan, who then took off for New York, where he belatedly joined IBC-men Truman Gibson and Harry Markson before Grand Jury investigating boxing's dirty business.