BASEBALL—SYRACUSE, a Tiger farm team, rebounded from a last-place finish in the International League in 1962 to win the league's Northern Division pennant, and ATLANTA (Cardinals) took the Southern Division championship. Third Baseman Don Buford of Indianapolis (White Sox) had the league's highest batting average (.336), while Outfielder Richie Allen of Arkansas (Phils) led in home runs (33) and RBIs (97). Another last-place team in 1962, SPOKANE ( Dodgers) ran away with the Pacific Coast League's Northern Division title, and OKLAHOMA CITY ( Colts) edged San Diego by half a game to win the Southern Division. Outfielder Chico Salmon of Denver (Braves) took the batting title with .327, First Baseman Deron Johnson of San Diego ( Reds) hit the most homers (33) and Outfielder Bill Cowan of Salt Lake City ( Cubs) had the most RBIs (119).
BOATING—A' Speranziella, designed, built and raced by RENATO LEVI of Italy, whipped into the lead after a choppy 45-mile crossing of Lyme Bay, overtook Thunderstreak, raced by Tommy Sop-with, the son of Britain's prewar America's Cup helmsman, and slogged on to win the 170-mile powerboat race from Cowes to Torquay, England.
Lars Thorn, a 57-year-old Swedish sailor, thoroughly dominated an international fleet battling for the 5.5-meter class U.S. National Championship at Oyster Bay, N.Y. Thorn sailed his Rush VII to three victories in the five-race series to put him solidly ahead of defending Champion Ernest Fay of Houston (see page 52).
BOXING—In a rain-slippery outdoor ring in Milan, SANDRO MAZZINGHI, 24, of Italy knocked out Defending Champion Ralph Dupas, 28, of New Orleans in the ninth round to win the world junior middleweight title.
GOLF—JACK NICKLAUS fought oft" a strong finish by Julius Boros to win the $50,000 purse by a single stroke, 140-141 for 36 holes, in the $75,000 "World Series" tournament in Akron (see page 20).
Tommy Jacobs, 28, Bermuda Dunes, Calif. pro who had won the national junior championship at 16 but only three PGA tournaments since, stroked an eight-under-par 272 to win the $40,000 Utah Open in Salt Lake City.
Although Canada got dangerously close midway through the Americas Cup Matches in Des Moines, the U.S. AMATEUR TEAM, captained by Billy Joe Patton, rallied to keep the trophy here for the seventh year in a row.
HARNESS RACING—SPEEDY SCOT, the Triple Crown candidate, and Driver Ralph Baldwin took up where they left off in The Hambletonian by beating challenger Florlis in both heats of the $39,549 Horseman Futurity in Indianapolis.
HORSE RACING—GOLDEN RULER ($6.80) beat Chieftain by nearly a length in a thrilling duel for the huge $112,500 purse in the rich $352,500 Arlington-Washington Futurity in Chicago (see page 16).
Before a record 71,675 holiday-happy Labor Day crowd off on a $5.5 million betting spree, KELSO ($3.40) effortlessly romped through an impressive field to win the $110,600 Aqueduct Stakes in New York. Not-so-happy followers included Candy Spots, Rex Ellsworth's 3-year-old, who injured his left front leg during the running and will be out for the rest of the year at least.