BOXING—In a scheduled 10-round fight in Chicago, Sonny Liston, fast-rising heavyweight with a solid punch, gave further proof that he is a top contender for the heavyweight crown when he drove Nino Valdes to the ropes in the third round, then sat him on the floor for the full count with a stunning right. With only one loss in 26 pro fights, Liston felt ready to take on either Champion Ingemar Johansson or Floyd Patterson. "I don't think Johansson is much of a puncher," said Liston. "The shape he had Patterson in, he should have killed him. I know Patterson would never get up the second time if I caught him."
BOATING—A close finish in the Seattle Gold Cup hydro race had the two deadlocked drivers of Maverick and Miss Thrift-way—Bill Stead and Bill Muncey—waiting for nearly two hours with the suspense of expectant fathers while the judges studied race films to determine the winner. In the day's first heats Maverick collected a first and a second, while Miss Thriftway was achieving a first and a third. Thus, going into the final heat, Maverick led Thriftway by 75 points, but missed a buoy on the seventh lap and had to circle back. Miss Thriftway was first, Maverick fourth. But after studying the films the officials disqualified the third-place boat, giving Maverick and Miss Thriftway each a final total of 1,325 points. Under the rules victory went to Maverick (see above) as the boat with the fastest over-all time, a scant 13.3 seconds over Miss Thriftway.
GOLF—In the final round of the $25,000 Car-ling open in Cleveland, Dow Finsterwald, three strokes off the pace and trailing in seventh place, treated the gallery to a display of brilliant golf with three birdies on the first nine, enough to bring him home 8 under par for a 72-hole total of 276. Gene Littler, tied for first place with Paul Harney going into the last round, lost his big chance on the 12th hole when his drive landed under a bridge, forcing him to take a 6. Tied with Littler for second was big Mike Souchak with 277.
INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SPORTS—Robert Donner Jr., 28-year-old Colorado Springs radio station owner, inaugurated the opening of the country's newest and highest (elevation 6,500 feet) auto track, the Continental Divide Raceways, by taking the first race with an average 70.2 mph over the 22.4-mile distance in his Porsche-RSK; went on to capture two races the following day before a crowd of 12,000. Sidney Langsam, owner of the track set in the foothills between Denver and Colorado Springs, anticipates putting Denver on the international racing map, has plans to accommodate 60,000 fans.