BOXING—In his first defense of the world junior welterweight title, the Philippines' Roberto Cruz looked more like a punching bag than a champion. Before 25,000 fans in Manila, EDDIE PERKINS of Chicago, who held the title for three months last year but lost it on a decision to now-retired Duilio Loi on Dec. 15, landed blows on Cruz at will to win a unanimous decision in 15 rounds.
FLYING—The world's second and third most famous Jacquelines—Cochran and Auriol—have been carrying on an aeronautical war for the women's speed record since 1951. This week JACQUELINE AURIOL, the 44-year-old daughter-in-law of former French President Vincent Auriol, piloted her Mirage III jet 2,030 kilometers per hour (the equivalent of 1,261 mph) to regain the 100-kilometer closed-course record from American Aviatrix Jacqueline Cochran, who sped 1,203 mph last May.
GOLF—After a four-week layoff ARNOLD PALMER returned to the links and hushed his all-too-eager critics by winning the $I00,000 Thunderbird Classic in Harrison, N.Y. on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff with Paul Harney, from Worcester, Mass. (see page 16). Palmer blew a four-foot putt on the final hole to end up in a tie with Harney at 277 after 72 holes, but then sank a four-footer for the $25,000 top prize money to move into second place with $56,545 behind leading money winner Jack Nicklaus. Defending Champion Gene Littler made a gallant charge but couldn't hold the pace and ended up third with 278, while Bill Collins and Dow Finsterwald tied for fourth, one stroke back.
HARNESS RACING—Favorite MEADOW SKIPPER ($3.80), with Del Miller in charge, grounded Fly Fly Byrd in the last 30 yards and triumphed by half a length in the $35,237 Commodore Purse at Roosevelt Raceway.
Earlier in the week at Roosevelt, Gene Sears drove STEPHAN SMITH ($7.20) to a two-length victory in the $25,000 Dr. Stanton Pace, achieving this year's fastest time for a mile over a half-mile track with 1:58 4/5 (one second off the world record). Henry T. Adios scampered in second, ahead of his brother and the favorite Irvin Paul.
HORSE RACING—After only two victories in 20 starts, a 40-to-l long shot named B. MAJOR ($81.20), with Ray Broussard up, stood off a stretch drive by favorite Candy Spots to win the $113,333 Chicagoan at Washington Park by a neck. Get Around took third-place money of $15,000. By stashing away $68,333 for the win, the Elmendorf Farm colt almost tripled his previous earnings of $37,255.
George D. Widener's revitalized CREWMAN ($3.80), with Eric Guerin in the saddle, showed that he was a 3-year-old to be reckoned with as he trampled to a four-length triumph over Hot Dust in the $41,300 Leonard Richards Stakes at Delaware Park.
On a dry, dusty day ashore at Hollywood Park, NATIVE DIVER ($9). with Ralph Neves aboard, easily beat Pirate Cove to the wire, while favorite Windy Sea sank in the stretch and finished out of the money in the $54,950 Inglewood Handicap.
Mrs. Frank E. Power's Irish-bred POLLINGFOLD ($18.90), ridden by Willie Harmatz, upset favorite Tutankhamen in the $27,800 Bowling Green Handicap at Aqueduct. Mrs. H. C. Phipps's Royal Record, who won the Bowling Green last year, was the sentimental choice since he was trained by retiring SUNNY JIM FITZSIMMONS but, alas, he trotted in fourth. But just as in the fairy tales the retiring master closed out his brilliant career with a victory as KING'S STORY won the Miss Woodford Stakes at Monmouth Park.
Canadian Industrialist E. P. Taylor annexed his eighth Queen's Plate triumph as Manuel Ycaza rode favorite CANEBORA ($8.40) to victory over 18 other Canadian 3-year-olds in the $79,850 event at Toronto's Woodbine track.