BASKETBALL—The NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION played another game of musical chairs, but this time everyone got a seat as former Syracuse coach and NBA player Alex Hannum was named to coach the San Francisco Warriors, replacing Bob Feerick, who will move up to general manager, while Eddie Gottlieb, who owned the Warrior franchise in Philadelphia and remained general manager after selling the club to a San Francisco group, becomes managing director.
"No athletic team has ever paid tribute to the gallant men who forged this country's independence, and certainly Philadelphia, Shrine of Liberty, should do so," said Walter Stalberg after successfully renaming the NBA's recently shifted Syracuse Nationals the PHILADELPHIA 76ers, to win the name-the-club contest over more than 4,000 entries. His reward: An all-expense trip for two to San Francisco and perhaps a chance to see the old Philadelphia club in action.
BOATING—"The crew is tired, I'm tired, and I'm sure Bill Muncey is tired," said Willard Rhodes, president of Associated Grocers, which sponsors Miss Thriftway, the hydroplane, built in 1959 (replacing two earlier Miss Thriftways) that Muncey (SI, July 8) has driven to two Gold Cup victories and three straight unlimited hydro championships. Making her final appearance at the Seafair Trophy race on Seattle's Lake Washington, Miss Thriftway appeared tired, too, as she sputtered out and failed to qualify for the final heat. The $25,000 race was won by Tahoe Miss with Chuck Thompson at the controls.
BOXING—Before 25,000 fans in Ibadan, Nigeria, National Hero DICK TIGER easily retained his world middleweight title by pummeling Gene Fullmer almost at will until the referee stopped the fight after seven rounds (see page 12). It was only the second time that Fullmer had been stopped in 64 pro bouts (55 wins, six losses, three draws). Tiger, who has never been knocked out, now has an overall record of 48 wins, 11 losses and three draws.
BRIDGE—In the AMERICAN CONTRACT BRIDGE LEAGUE'S summer tournament in Los Angeles the team of Clifford Russell, Harold Harkavy, Russell Arnold, William Seamon and Mrs. Edith Kemp, all of Miami Beach, Fla., and Alvin Roth of New York, won the masters' team championship (see page 52) to add the Spingold Cup to the shelf already holding the Vanderbilt Cup won last spring.
FOOTBALL—With opening games less than a month away (Sept. 14) the NFL played its first exhibitions. Viking rookie Fred Cox kicked five field goals to lead MINNESOTA to a 43-28 victory over San Francisco. Packer Quarterback Bart Starr returned to form, completing eight of 15 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns, as GREEN BAY downed Pittsburgh 27-7. Cleveland, playing under new Coach Blanton Collier, fumbled its way to a 24-10 loss to DETROIT. BALTIMORE scored all its points in the first half and held on to beat Philadelphia 26-21, and New York lost to CHICAGO 17-7.
In AFL exhibition games SAN DIEGO trounced Boston 50-17, as Charger Quarterback John Hadl completed 14 of 25 passes for 263 yards and two touchdowns and ran four yards for another. HOUSTON, three-time Eastern Division champions, beat the New York Jets 17-0, and OAKLAND downed Denver 35-19.
GOLF—Former Ohio State University Golfer TOM WEISKOPF, 20, upset two-time Public Links champion and Walker Cupper Dick Sikes 3 and 2 and, in the finals, beat National Amateur title holder Labron Harris Jr. 5 and 4 to win the 61st Western Amateur Championship in Benton Harbor, Mich.
The U.S. team of four pros and four amateurs won the CARLING CUP best ball golf match from Canada for the fifth straight time in Toledo.
HARNESS RACING—Don Miller guided favorite CHEER HONEY ($3.30) to an easy 1� length victory over Campus Queen in the $47,372.50 Hudson Futurity at Yonkers, with Kentucky Belle prancing in third. Later, in the $25,000 Kimberly Kid trot, Norman S. Woolworth's PORTERHOUSE ($10.80), with Earle Avery in the sulky, upset Su Mac Lad, the richest ($700,799) Standardbred in history, by a length.