SWIMMING—AMATEUR ATHLETIC UNION provided watery graves for three-accepted world records at Topeka's senior women's outdoor swimming championships. Chris von Saltza (SI, July 21) set new mark in 200-meter backstroke with 2:37.4 time, retiring 2:38.5 set by L. de Nijs of the Netherlands. Earlier same day the 14-year-old California star bettered U.S. record for 100-meter freestyle with time of 1:03.5, established herself as fastest American girl swimmer ever. Sylvia Ruuska, 16, youngest member of 1956 U.S. Olympic team, swam 400-meter individual medley in 5:43.7 to beat world standard; and Seattle's Nancy Ramey captured 100-meter butterfly record with 1:10.3.
Murray Rose, Australian Olympic gold medal holder, broke world records for 886—yard and 800-meter freestyle with single 9:13.5 time in Culver City, Calif., bettering Australia's Jon Konrads' mark of 9:14.5 established earlier this year at Melbourne championships.
TENNIS—EARL BUCHHOLZ took junior singles in National Junior and Boys' Championships in Kalamazoo with defeat of fellow St. Louisan Chuck McKinley 6-0, 6-3, 6-3, added title to French and English junior championships.
Ham Richardson, top-seeded in Meadow Club Invitational at Southampton, N.Y., disarmed fellow Davis Cup team member Sam Giammalva, won title 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 despite shaky form on last two days.
BOXING—SPIDER WEBB, taking exception to retreat forced upon him by German Middleweight Franz Szuzina, braced long enough to unbottle handful of rights, lay them with authority on opponent's face, send him backing from mid-ring to ropes. With Szuzina near collapse, Webb bore in on open target, was declared winner by TKO in 1:20 of seventh round. Webb, a substitute for injured ex-Champion Gene Fullmer, went into Madison Square Garden 12-to-5 favorite, held only marginal lead going into seventh.
Tony Di Biase, New York University geology major, built up strong lead, was able to absorb late-rounds revival by fellow New Yorker Jimmy Archer to gain unanimous decision in 10-round welterweight match in Manhattan. Despite cuts near both eyes, Archer pressed fight to the last.
GOLF—KEN VENTURI, 27-year-old San Francisco pro who had dominated winter tour but gone winless since March, took early lead and held it despite inspired rallies by Jack Burke, Julius Boros, captured first rich tournament of career, pocketing winner's prize of $9,000 in Chicago Open with 72 hole total of 272.
MILEPOSTS—MARRIED—BOBBY LOCKE, South African golfer four times winner of British Open, and Mary Elizabeth Fenton, Rutland, Vt.; at Guilford, England.
DIED—HAROLD C. RICHARD, 73, New York banker and champion bridge player who chairmaned committee that wrote first rules of contract bridge in 1927; at York Harbor, Maine.