BASEBALL—CONTINENTAL LEAGUE, struggling to coexist, with two established major leagues, had some good news. New York's Board of Estimate formally approved $442,500 appropriation to complete engineering plans for construction of $15 million, 55,000-seat stadium in Flushing Meadows; Continental directors agreed to underwrite newly approved Class D Western Carolina League, thereby creating source of player supply for third league. Probable opening date: May 13.
BASKETBALL—NBA, reacting swiftly and sharply to threat of second pro league, approved shift of financially troubled Minneapolis Lakers to Los Angeles, at same time put crimp in Abe Saperstein's plans for American League.
Cincinnati Royals, buried in NBA cellar the past two years, tapped little-known Charlie Wolf of nearby Villa Madonna College to succeed Tom Marshall as coach. Wolf, whose job will be made easier by drafted (but so far unsigned) Oscar Robertson, was told bluntly by Executive Vice-president Tom Grace: "Pull this club out."
BOATING—AMERICA'S CUP, battered, 109-year-old goblet for which England unsuccessfully challenged U.S. two years ago, will be contested for again in 1962. New York Yacht Club unconditionally accepted challenge by Australia's Royal Sydney Yacht Club Squadron but left door open for late-bidding England to try again—if Aussies agree to elimination series to determine British Commonwealth representative.
Royal Bermuda YC, over L.I. Sound sailors, in 4 straight, to retain Amorita Cup; WARREN BROWN, Royal Bermuda YC, over Donald MacKenzie, Larchmont ( N.Y.) YC, 2 victories to 0, for King Edward VII Gold Cup, Bermuda Race Week, Hamilton.
Havard, stroked by Perry Boyden, over Rutgers (by 1� lengths), Wisconsin, MIT and Boston U., in course record 8:43.4 for 1� miles, Cambridge, Mass.
Penn, stroked by Tony Palms, over Princeton (by 1� lengths) and Columbia, in 8:43.1 for 1� miles, Childs Cup, Princeton, N.J.
BOXING—BRIAN LONDON, unskilled British heavyweight, flogged less-skilled Pete Rademacher in 7-round KO (see page 22), pushed former Olympic champion closer to pro fight oblivion, London.
Sonny Liston, Jim Norris-sponsored heavyweight, splattered helpless Roy Harris with quick, solid blows, won by TKO in 1st round, Houston (see page 64).
Henry Hank, 2-round KO over Rory Calhoun, middleweights, San Francisco.