BOXING—CARMEN BASILIO, his scraggy face showing little emotion as he methodically dismantled arrogant Art Aragon with deadly blows to body and head, was almost as relieved as his sliced-up opponent when referee stopped middleweight fight in eighth at Los Angeles (see page 58).
Tony Anthony, No. 2 light heavyweight contender, stuck timid toe into heavyweight ranks, was something less than ball of fire in 10-rounder with cagey Archie McBride at Syracuse, N.Y. Anthony, flustered and confounded by McBride's crowding, salvaged split decision by bouncing rival to canvas in fourth and sixth rounds.
INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SPORTS—BRITAIN'S MIKE HAWTHORN, at wheel of Ferrari, trailed Tony Brooks' Vanwall to finish in 249-mile Grand Prix of Italy at Monza but moved step closer to world driving title when Stirling Moss was forced out by gear trouble. Hawthorn earned six points, now leads Moss 42-32 with only Grand Prix of Morocco left. Brooks' winning time: 2:03.47.8. His speed: 121.167 mph.
Hod-Rodders celebrated Labor Day weekend in bang-bang fashion. At Bonneville's Salt Flats, Mickey Thompson of El Monte, Calif., who got his twin-engine Chrysler Class E streamliner up to unofficial speeds of 286.852 and 294.117 mph, clocked 266.866 mph for two-way U.S. record. At Oklahoma City, Art Arfons roared his Green Monster at 156.25 mph for new drag mark.
USAC's first pro sports car race attracted assorted group of stock, big car, midget and sports car drivers and some 15,000 buffs to Lime Rock, proved that best cars usually win. George Constantine, 40, a Massachusetts Civil Defense director, kept tail pipe of his 3.9-liter Aston Martin snorting in faces of pursuers as he whipped around 1�-mile course at 78.83-mph average, was well in front of runner-up Bruce Kessler, in 3.5-liter Ferrari, when rain forced halt at end of 93rd lap.
TRACK & FIELD—AUSTRALIA'S amazing HERB ELLIOTT, at no time looking nearly as weary as he claimed to be, pranced mile in 3:55.4, second only to his 3:54.5 world record, at London, moved on to Oslo, where two days later he hustled 1,500 meters in 3:37.4, also second-fastest time ever. With 10 under-four-minute miles behind him this year, Elliott admitted, "I am beginning to tire," headed for home and six-month rest from competition.
GOLF—U.S. AMATEURS, warming up for national championship at San Francisco's Olympic Country Club, had easy time of it, piling up 30 points to 17 for Canada, seven for Mexico in defense of America's Cup. Biggest surprise: Gary Cowan, curly-topped 19-year-old Canadian, who upset Americans Harvie Ward and Hillman Robbins.
HARNESS RACING-ADIOS HARRY, J. Howard Lyons' ailing 7-year-old who is world's fastest pacer (1:55 for mile), returned to winning form at Yonkers Raceway, picked up $5,000 purse in free-for-all to boost earnings to $340,990 and regain title (from Lord Steward) as harness racing's biggest money winner.
BRIDGE—ITALY'S contract bridge world champions, subject of recent controversy which resulted in official censure of U.S. star Tobias Stone, started slowly, drove to third straight European championship by winning 13 successive matches at Oslo. Italy's Walter Avarelli, Giorgio Belladonna, Eugenio Chiaradia, Massimo D'Alelio, Guglielmo Siniscalco and Pierre Forquet will defend world title against U.S. team (to be selected in October playoff between Vanderbilt-winning Fishbein squad and Rothlein group) in U.S. next February.
SWIMMING—RUSSIANS thrashed off with men's title in European championships at Budapest, but there was plenty of glory for Netherlands' quick-kicking Lenie de Nijs, Ada Den Haan, Atie Voorbij and Cockie Gastelaats, who set world record of 4:52.9 in 400-meter medley to help Dutch capture women's team crown; 17-year-old Scotsman Ian Black, who scored triple in 200-meter butterfly, 400- and 1,500-meter freestyle; Hungary's free-wheeling swimmers, who outroughed Soviets 4-2 in water polo.