?A year's experimentation has convinced the USGA: it is going back to its old two-stroke penalty for balls hit out of bounds. Under a local option, however, players can move the unplayable ball two club lengths and take a one-stroke penalty.
? Cassius Clay, pride of Louisville and Olympic light heavyweight champion turned pro, will use California as home base. There he hopes to interest Archie Moore in coaching him.
?Big Eight will poll the conference on barring Kansas Halfback Bert Coan, whose school is already on NCAA probation, from further play. Some members charge that Coan, a native Texan, received "excessive entertainment" from Houston Oilman Bud Adams, a Kansas alumnus.
Mellowing in the off season, Most Valuable Player Dick Groat of the Pirates revealed a secret of the Series and sweet revenge. Groat and some Pirate teammates once had a day to kill in New York and decided to take in a Yankee game. Breezing up to the Stadium gates, they presented themselves, expecting, like all major leaguers, to be waved on through. Not so at the home of the mighty Yankees. "Don't bother us," said the gateman. "We're busy."
Groat and teammates got hold of a front-office man, who gave them tickets. "There were about 12,000 fans there that day," Groat recalls, "but they sat us somewhere out in left field."
After the game the visiting Bucs decided to pay a call on former teammate Bobby Del Greco. They went to the Yankee dressing room, but the doorman barred the way. "Not now," he said. "You'll have to wait." Groat and company waited. The doorman watched them for a while, then snapped: "Look, buddy, I don't care who you guys are. Nobody hangs around this entrance. You go around the corner there."
"None of us said anything," Groat says, "and later we got to see Bobby. But I never forgot the rudeness. I made up my mind then, if I ever got a chance to return the favor for that Yankee treatment, I'd be more than pleased. I consider we're even now."
One thing about Australians, they're not afraid to challenge anybody to anything. Last spring they challenged the New York Yacht Club to race for the America's Cup in 1962, and the New Yorkers accepted. This posed an interesting problem. The rules specify that the race must be sailed in the complex, highly tuned, superexpensive 12-meter sloop. The Australians have no 12-meter sloops of their own (they had to charter John Matthews' venerable Vim to get acquainted with one). They never have had any 12-meter sloops. And they never have raced anybody else's.