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BASKETBALL—NBA club owners argued for 17 hours, tentatively bounced around the franchises of four cities as if dealing with the marbles teams of a cub scout troop, and ended up by not letting Philadelphia's Eddie Gottlieb sell Wilt Chamberlain and his Warrior teammates to a syndicate seeking a franchise in San Francisco for $850,000.
BOATING—JOHN BAKOS, an open-throttle marathon driver from St. Cloud, Fla., won the Miami-Nassau powerboat race (see page 74) after successfully disentangling his 25-foot Bertram Moppie from a mixed-up start that accidentally sent off the field. His 280-hp AOK one sped over the unusually calm 180-mile run in the record time of 3:42:20. cutting 38 minutes off the previous mark set by runner-up Sam Griffith, who had won the race four times in the last five years.
BOXING—EDER JOFRE, an interior decorator when he isn't in the ring, finished off Challenger Herman Marquez in the tenth round of a scheduled 15-round world championship bantamweight bout in San Francisco (see page 22). He first staggered Marquez with a combination to the head, then knocked him out with a left hook to the jaw.
Luis Rodriguez cut up the usually durable Yama Bahama in the first and third rounds of a scheduled ten-rounder in New York, and the bloodied Bimini middleweight wasn't allowed out for the fourth. It was Rodriguez' forty-third win in 47 bouts, and only the second time Bahama has not finished a fight.
GOLF—ARNOLD PALMER birdied three of the last six holes to win the $58,000 Las Vegas Tournament of Champions in his typical rush-from-the-rear style. This time the runner-up was Billy Casper, who watched helplessly as Palmer sank a 25-foot putt for a total of 276 and a one-stroke victory. It was Palmer's fifth tournament win; his third dramatic finish in a month.
Peter Thomson, of Australia, set a 72-hole record for famed St. Andrews Old Course in Scotland. He shot rounds of 66, 69, 72 and 68 for a total of 275, winning the $16,800 Martini Tournament for the third straight year.
GYMNASTICS—DALE McCLEMENTS, a little Seattle high school girl who is hardly as high as a parallel bar, won the national women's AAU title in her home town by the littlest of margins. She defeated Gail Sontgerath of West Palm Beach, Fla. by 1/1000th of a point (75.767 to 75.766). En route to the championship she upset favored Doris Fuchs of Rochester, N.Y. Olympian Muriel Grossfeld, a student at the University of Illinois, retained her national championship in the floor exercises and won the balance beam, and Barbara Galleher kept the tumbling title, but lost on the rebound tumbling to Beverly Averyt of Austin, Tex. Olympian Don Tonry, with the Army, won the men's All-Around title and added individual championships in the parallel bars and floor exercises. Hal Holmes of Champaign, Ill. kept his tumbling title, Frank Schmitz, a Lafayette, La. teenager, took the rebound tumbling and Seattle's Charlie Denny won on the flying rings. Two Pasadena, Calif. entrants took home awards: Carl Wolf in still rings and Steve Leidner in the rope climb.
HARNESS RACING—DUKE RODNEY ($2.70), an outstanding three-year-old last season, proved lie's still in top condition by trotting to a new world record for the mile and 1/16 in the $67,105 Realization Trot in Westbury, N.Y. Driven by Billy Haughton, the Duke broke the old mark of 2:10 for Roosevelt Raceway when he went the mile and 1/16 in 2:03 4/5. It was his first start since March 30. Orbiter, driven by Ralph Baldwin, finished second,� lengths behind.
HORSE RACING—DECIDEDLY ($19.40) broke Whirlaway's 21-year-old Churchill Downs record by a full second, winning the Kentucky Derby in a blistering 2:00 2/5 over Roman Line and favored Ridan and giving Jockey Bill Hartack his third Derby victory (see page 18).
Cicada ($2.20), Meadow Stable's highly favored filly in a field of six for the $42,800 Kentucky Oaks, came through as expected, breezing to a three-length win ahead of Flaming Page. Willie Shoemaker rode Cicada over the mile and 1/16 course.