BASEBALL—Unrated GARDENA ( Calif.) put together a walk, a wild pitch and a single to upset the defending champion, Clearwater Bombers, 1-0 in the opening game of the world softball tournament in Clearwater, Fla.
BOATING—As the summer yachting season drew to a close, U.S. sailors ruled the waters in two major international competitions: in Milford, Conn., THOMAS ALLEN of Buffalo, sailing his own homemade 19-foot sloop, easily captured the world Lightning championship with a score of 167� points. Second place went to Argentina's Jorge A. Salas-Chaves; a close third was Erik Schmidt of Brazil.
In Oyster Bay, L.I. a team of five U.S. skippers and crew took the International Class Skoal trophy in a best-of-five series against Norway. Meanwhile, in the North American men's sailing championship in Montreal, HARRY MELGES of Lake Geneva, Wis. pushed all the way by Houston's Bob Mosbacher and Marblehead's John McNamara, held on to win his second consecutive Mallory Cup.
Before 40,000 powerboat fans strung along the banks of Washington's Potomac River, MISS CENTURY 21, driven by Bill Muncey, streaked to victory in the President's Cup Regatta and clinched top honors for unlimited hydroplanes in 1961.
BOXING—KAZUO TAKAYAMA, Japanese featherweight who will challenge the U.S.'s Davey Moore for the world championship in Tokyo, Nov. 13, warmed up with a second-round knockout over the Philippines' Gil Flores, in Tokyo.
Eddie Machen, third-ranking heavyweight, battered a bloodied Mike De John into the ropes again and again in the 8th round of their scheduled 10-rounder in Syracuse, then floored the defenseless De John for the third time in the 9th before Referee Arthur Mercante, who had not heard pleas of De John's handlers to stop the slaughter, declared Machen the winner by a KO.
CHESS—BOBBY FISCHER, 18-year-old U.S. champion, after 10 games was leading Former World Champion Mikhail Tal of Latvia by half point with a score of 7�-2�, in the international chess masters' tournament in Bled, Yugoslavia. Fischer overcame his own b�te noire when he defeated Tal after 47 moves for the first time in five encounters. The winner of the 19-game tournament probably will meet Russia's Mikhail Botvinnik for the world title.
FISHING—A 60-knot wind off Block Island Sound cut the three-day U.S. Atlantic Tuna Tournament to two, but TONY BLASI of Ozone Park, N.Y. already had caught a 758�-pound bluefin, the largest by 12 ounces ever taken in the competition.
FOOTBALL—Before a capacity crowd of 60,000 at Philadelphia's Franklin Field, PHILADELPHIA EAGLE Halfback Tim Brown caught the opening kickoff five yards deep in his own end zone and ran it back for a 105-yard touchdown to open the 1961 National Football League season. In spite of a fourth-period passing barrage by Cleveland Browns' Quarterback Milt Plum, the Eagles hung on to win 27-20, as Tom Brookshier intercepted a Plum pass in the dying seconds of the game.
At Yankee Stadium, the ST. LOUIS CARDINALS spoiled Allie Sherman's coaching debut with a fourth-period offensive, overcame a 10-7 deficit to beat the surprised New York Giants 21-10.