BASEBALL—SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, with Jim Withers pitching, shut out Oklahoma State 1-0 in fifth game of series to become the first college to win three NCAA championships, in Omaha. The losing pitcher, LITTLETON FOWLER, was nonetheless named most valuable player of the series. He pitched a total of 23 innings for Oklahoma State during the five games, allowed only 14 hits and struck out 13 batters.
BASKETBALL—For the first time an Ivy League college was involved in the current scandals when New York District Attorney Frank Hogan disclosed that Columbia player Fred Portnoy agreed to shave points in four games last season. So far, 35 players and former players from 20 colleges have been named, surpassing the 1951 investigation of 33 players from seven colleges.
BOATING—MIT, leading from the start, won the three-day National Dinghy championship on the Severn River at Annapolis, Md. MIT took eight firsts and scored 217 points to beat out Navy with 197 points. MIT Skipper DON NELSEN won the Allan Trophy as top sailor, with 114 points.
In the 50-mile Farallon Island race off San Francisco, BARUNA, Jim Michael's 72-foot yawl, plowing through a heavy fog which caused her old rival Bolero and eight other yachts to give up, finished first with a time of 13:04:37.
GOLF—GENE LITTLER, a quiet, methodical pro from La Jolla, Calif., three strokes behind the leader, Doug Sanders, going into the final 18, birdied three holes for a 2-under-par 68 to win (by one stroke) the U.S. Open at Oakland Hills CC in Birmingham, Mich. (see page 11). While Littler's putting was flawless (not a single 3-putt on the last 36 holes), Sanders topped the 3 mark three times on the final 18, finished with a 282 and a second-place tie with Bob Goalby of Coastal River, Fla.
Unconcerned by a driving rain and howling winds, MICHAEL BONALLACK, husky 26-year-old English auto-coach builder, defeated 40-year-old Jimmy Walker of Scotland 6 and 4 in a 36-hole final to win the British Amateur championship in Turnberry, Scotland. Bonallack was never less than 4 up after the 7th hole. In the semifinals Walker edged out Ralph Morrow of Oklahoma City 1 up.
Mary Lena Faulk of Sea Island, Ga. fired a birdie 3 on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff against Mickey Wright and Jo Ann Prentice to win the Eastern Women's Open at Dillsburg. Pa. The three were tied after regulation 54 holes with 214s.
HORSE RACING—In a close finish KELSO ($2.90) crossed the wire a head behind Joseph Colando's Our Hope in the $56,000 Whitney at Belmont but was awarded the victory through a disqualification when Jockey Eddie Arcaro claimed Pete Anderson, aboard Our Hope, had forced his mount to the rail, knocking him off stride in the stretch.
Blue Light ($39.50) nipped Conn Smythe's Just Don't Shove in a photo finish in the $71,475 Queen's Plate, Canada's most important race, at Woodbine near Toronto. With Hugh Dittfach up, Blue Light ran the 1� mile for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds in 2:05 to rack up the first Queen's Plate victory in 50 years of racing for owner Colonel K. R. Marshall, who won $46,475, a gold cup worth $5,000 and the Queen's traditional 50 guineas ($150).
Sea Orbit ($8.40) closed with a rush to beat Dress Up by half a length in the $54,840 Inglewood Handicap at Hollywood Park. The California-bred 5-year-old, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Willis Merrill and ridden by Angel Valenzuela, ran the 1[1/16] mile in 1:41.