BASEBALL—BIRDIE TEBBETTS, reported on way out in Cincinnati, beat Redlegs to punch, resigned because "in my heart, I believe that it is better for Cincinnati baseball." His temporary replacement: grizzled old (62) Jimmy Dykes.
Pittsburgh Pirates dumped Milwaukee twice, suddenly had illusions about National League pennant when they found themselves in second place, only five games behind Braves. But dream lasted only until they hit Cincinnati where revived Red-legs won three out of four, sent Pirates limping back to third place behind San Francisco. Braves pulled up slack, won seven straight from Redlegs and Phillies to stretch lead over Giants to fat eight games. Los Angeles, perked up by news that Walter Alston's job was safe for 1959, climbed out of cellar to fourth-place tie.
New York Yankees, heading hell-bent for American League flag, began to sputter, lost two to Orioles, one to Senators and three out of four to Red Sox as Chicago, latest to have go at leaders, ran off five in row, but were still 11� games off pace.
BOXING—FRANKIE CARBO, ex-convict and boxing's shadowy lamster, under indictment by New York grand jury on 10 counts of being undercover manager and matchmaker, had still another reason to keep himself scarce. Federal Government got into act with civil suit for $750,719 in back taxes, interest and penalties for seven of the years from 1944 to 1952, stirred rumor that next step may well be criminal action for subsequent tax years.
Nino Valdes, hulking Cuban heavyweight who has been yammering for shot at title, sputtered fitfully and spasmodically while Manager Bobby Gleason screamed himself hoarse, rallied manfully in last two rounds to take 10-round split decision from weary Mike DeJohn at Rochester, N.Y.
FOOTBALL—COLLEGE ALL-STARS, looking more like pros than Detroit Lions, caught NFL champions with their defenses down, passed and kicked their way to 35-19 victory before 70,000 at Chicago. Down seven points at end of first quarter, All-Stars took to air with Michigan State's Jim Ninowski (see page 10) pitching to Illinois' Bobby Mitchell, who raced 84 and 18 yards for touchdowns. Added bonus came from Texas A&M's Bobby Joe Conrad (see page 28), a neophyte at art of field goal kicking, who booted four—from 19, 44, 24 and 24 yards.
Pros, anxious to test their rookies under combat conditions, cranked up exhibition season, but it was veterans who stole show. Ball-hawking Cliff Livingston blocked two punts, intercepted pass to lead New York Giants to 19-10 win over San Francisco; tricky Willie Galimore galloped for two scores to help Chicago Bears defeat Chicago Cards 24-7; Norm Van Brocklin, as adept as ever despite shift from Los Angeles to Philadelphia, tossed three touchdown passes to beat Baltimore 30-28; Billy Wade, onetime Van Brocklin stand-in, treated 73,164 to eye-filling show at Los Angeles, sparking Rams to 31-10 triumph over Washington; Cleveland outdefensed Pittsburgh 10-0.
TENNIS—U.S. DAVIS CUPPERS moved step nearer Brisbane, polishing off Argentina in quick order in American Zone final at Rye, N.Y. Barry MacKay and Ham Richardson overpowered Eduardo Soriano and Enrique Morea in singles while MacKay teamed up with Sammy Giammalva to turn back same pair in doubles for clinching point.
SHOOTING—SOVIET sharpshooters were on target, outbanged U.S. experts 2,776 to 2,727 for new world record, won small-bore pistol event as world shooting championships got under way in Moscow.
HORSE RACING—CHICAGO'S ARLINGTON PARK hung out dollar sign last week, ponied up $267,225 for two big races, found willing takers. Battle Heart, bred and owned by Lexington's Ed Metz and winner of only $5,977 in six previous starts, a fact which readily explained his 45-to-1 price, stepped smartly through six furlongs, showed his hoofs to favored and previously unbeaten Dark Vintage to haul down $71,000 of $107.150 gross in Princess Pat for 2-year-old fillies. Three days later, Claiborne Farm's strapping Nadir, no stranger to big purses, broke fast, pranced merrily around heavy track under superb handling of fiery Manuel Ycaza to win $160,075 American Derby for 3-year-olds and $144,600 pot for Owner Bull Hancock. Raved Ycaza (who once called Jewel's Reward "the best horse I ever rode"): "He's a great one...the best 3-year-old I've ever ridden."