BOATING—BILL MUNCEY, national unlimited hydroplane champion for the last two years, powered the sturdy Miss Century 21 to a first-place finish in the Governor's Cup regatta on the Ohio River at Madison, Ind. An unusually durable boat, Miss Century 21 has now finished her last 40 heats untroubled. In the Governor's Cup she lost in the last heat to Gale V with Bill Cantrell driving but tied the Cantrell boat for heat standings with two firsts and a second and won on the basis of a superior speed average of 105.9 to Gale V's 104.9 mph. Muncey repeated as national champion driver with 2,425 points, while Cantrell edged Ron Musson, who lost his chance at a higher rating by seven points when his Miss Bardahl threw a rod and was unable to finish the Ohio River race.
BOXING—LEN MATTHEWS, eighth-ranking lightweight, combined a left hook with a right cross in the eighth round to knock out Jimmy Soo after a close bout at Philadelphia.
Joe Erskine, British heavyweight, won on a fifth-round TKO over former Canadian Champion George Chuvalo when the referee disqualified the Canadian for butting. Erskine, who also had been fouled by Chuvalo in the second and third rounds, was then offered $30,000 to meet the No. 1 heavyweight challenger, Sonny Liston, in Philadelphia.
Young Jack Johnson, Los Angeles heavyweight, hammered Sweden's Thoerner Aashman to the canvas three times in the fourth round, won by an automatic TKO at Goteborg, Sweden. Before the referee stopped the fight the 16-pound-heavier Johnson dropped Aashman first with a right to the jaw, changed his style and scored the next two knockdowns with powerful left hooks.
Cassius Clay, 19-year-old Louisville heavyweight, showed surprising punching power, knocked out Alex Miteff with a hard right at 1:45 of the sixth round, at Louisville (see page 22).
CHESS—BOBBY FISCHER, 18, Brooklyn prodigy and U.S. champion, went unbeaten in the international masters' tournament against a field of 20 of the world's finest players in Bled, Yugoslavia, defeated U.S.S.R.'s Mikhail Tal for the first time but was runner-up in the tournament as Tal won 14�-4� to Fischer's 13�-5�-Fischer might have won the tournament had he not grown impatient and drawn with lesser opponents Boris Ivkov and Ludek Pachman. However, his impressive showing makes him a favorite in the Men's Interzonal matches to be held in Holland early in February to determine the challenger for Mikhail Botvinnik's world title.
Captain JOHN A. HUDSON, USAF, co-champion of last year's Armed Forces tournament, went undefeated and won the 1961 championship 9�-1�. Airman 2/c Gilbert Ramirez was second and the 1960 co-winner, Army Specialist Arthur W. Feurstein, third.
FIELD HOCKEY—U.S. WOMEN'S TEAM, with Mary Ann Leight scoring a second-half goal and frantic goalie, Pat Zelley, successfully protecting the American net six times in two minutes against English power shots, rallied to tie England's women 1-1, at Haverford, Pa. The series stands at three victories for U.S., two for England, one tie.
GOLF—Army Specialist 4/c TONY EVANS dropped in two putts of 100 feet and 40 feet, scored a 72 for a four-round total of 284 to win the Inter-Service championship by two strokes over Airman 1/c Clyde Sniffen at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Army Sergeant Cliff Harrington broke the course record with a first-round 66 on the par-72 course and was tied with Evans at the end of three rounds but finished third with 288.
Dexter A. Daniels, a Florida automobile dealer, defeated retired Marine pilot William K. Lanman 2 and 1 in the final round of the USGA's senior men's amateur tournament at Tulsa, Okla. Both players were severely handicapped by 30-mile-an-hour winds that drove par beyond reach and scores sky-high.