BASKETBALL—After 17 years in Syracuse, the NATIONALS were sold for $500,000 to a Philadelphia business syndicate. The Nats, who finished second behind Boston in the Eastern Division, lost more than $39,000 last year. President and General Manager Daniel Biasone was threatened with a rent hike at the Onondaga War Memorial (the team's home court) and in an action that just might have been the last straw was asked to move out of his office.
At the half-way mark of the world basketball championships in Rio de Janeiro, the country that invented the game was virtually eliminated from contention. Yugoslavia and Russia both defeated the pickup team from the U.S. and, along with last year's winner Brazil, remained unbeaten to lead the round-robin tournament.
BICYCLE RACING—Playing it safe as usual, JACQUES ANQUETIL of France controlled the 15-day, 1,500-mile Tour of Spain race from beginning to end and pedaled into Madrid ahead of some 100 perspiring opponents. Anquetil, 29, is the only man who has won all three major tours—France (three times), Italy and Spain. Anquetil's cautious, conservative approach to bike racing earns him more than $100,000 a year but infuriates the crowds, who love to hate him.
BOXING—Brazil's undefeated EDER JOFRE kept his record unblemished and his world bantamweight title intact when Johnny Jamito of the Philippines failed to answer the bell for the 12th round in a 15-round championship bout in Manila. It was the 35th knockout for the titleholder, who has won 45 fights while drawing three.
GOLF—After Doug Sanders withdrew, only two of the top 10 leading money winners remained in the $35.000 Oklahoma City Open. DON FAIRFIELD, taking advantage of a good situation, won his first tournament in nearly three years with an eight-under-par 280. Julius Boros, fifth in the financial standings, finished second, one stroke back, while the other representative, lefty Bob Charles (seepage 28) ended up 20th with a 288 total and collected $555, enough to boost him from 10th to ninth place in the standings.
HARNESS RACING—-In a field still kept small by the coughing-horse epidemic, STEPHAN SMITH ($6.20) stormed past the remaining five healthy contenders to win the $50,000 National Championship Pace at Yonkers. Favorite Henry T. Adios was second, a length and a half ahead of Royal Rick.
HORSE RACING—The big three were at it again, but this time CANDY SPOTS ($5), with Willie Shoemaker in the irons, pulled away and won the $180,000 Preakness by a comfortable 3� lengths (see page 22). Derby Winner Chateaugay, with Braulio Baeza up, finished second, 4� lengths ahead of Never Bend, ridden by Manuel Ycaza.
Former Tennis Star Eleanora Sears's SPICY LIVING ($32), with Jimmy Combest aboard, rallied in the stretch and easily won the $60.150 Acorn Stakes at Aqueduct. Nalee, 3� lengths back, was second in the first leg of the Triple Crown for Fillies, with Lamb Chop a close third. Favorite Smart Deb, an early contender, wound up 10th.
On a wet track at Garden State, RED BELLE ($7), with Bill Boland in the saddle, scored her third major success of the season by winning the $28,000 Colonial Handicap. Mah Moola was second, 2 lengths back, with Patrol Woman third.
LACROSSE—Undefeated NAVY sewed up its fourth straight National Collegiate title by pumping in 19 goals to the University of Baltimore's seven for its 18th straight victory in two years. Meanwhile, in Baltimore the UNIVERSITY CLUB snapped Mt. Washington's 17-game winning streak 8-6.