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May 04, 1959
A roundup of the sports information of the week
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May 04, 1959


A roundup of the sports information of the week

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HORSE RACING—With Derby time pushing ever closer, Bluegrass hardboots were still looking for a favorite. Tomy Lee showed courage, beating down Dunce and Scotland to win $32,550 Blue Grass Stakes while Sword Dancer, Brookmeade's spunky little chestnut, earned new respect by sprinting home ahead of Easy Spur and Silver Spoon in Stepping Stone Purse.

TENNIS—Pancho Gonzales, whose crackling service seemed to simmer down on tour (he trails Lew Hoad 12-5 in head-to-head matches), cranked it up again for Leisy pro championship tournament at Cleveland, boomed it past persistent Hoad to win 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 for his seventh straight title.

TRACK & FIELD—Track buffs, busy focusing on Penn and Drake Relays (see page 16), also had ear cocked for returns from South and Far West. At Norfolk, powerful Dave Sime lunged for tape (below) in time to nip Briton Peter Radford in 9.5 hundred, but was overtaken by France's Jocelyn Delecour in 21 flat 220. At Mt. San Antonio Relays in Pomona. un-California-like cold tightened up some muscles, particularly those of USC's Dallas Long, who could do no better than 61 feet 10� inches in shotput. However, Bill Dellinger warmed up long enough to run two miles in 8:48.2 for new U.S. citizens' record.

BOXING—Sugar Bay Robinson, no easy man to pin down, was still wriggling and dealing after Justice Saul Streit of New York Supreme Court upheld Boxing Commission's right to vacate Robinson's middleweight title and gave him 15 days (until May 7) to sign to defend against Carmen Basilio. Challenged Sugar Ray defiantly: "Why wait 15 days? Let them do it right now. I'll fight Basilio some time, but not until I'm ready." But from California came word that perhaps Robinson was ready. Promoter Roy Warner, every bit the optimist, confidently announced that Sugar Ray had agreed to meet Basilio Sept. 21 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum—for 45% of the gate. However, Basilio was not so sure: "It sounds like another camouflage job to me. That Robinson's pretty cute. He's always scheming."

Bombed and befuddled by more left hands than he had seen in a month of Sundays, slowed-down Virgil Akins found himself inevitably worn down and outclassed by more agile Welterweight Champion Don Jordan, who punched his way to 15-round decision at St. Louis (see page 68).