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May 18, 1964
BASKETBALL—Defending Champion RUSSIA won six games and lost none for its second straight title in the women's world tournament at Lima, Peru. Two other Iron Curtain countries, Czechoslovakia (5-1) and Bulgaria (4-2), placed second and third, while the U.S. (3-3), which was crushed 71-37 in its game with the Soviets, finished fourth in the 13-nation field.
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May 18, 1964

A Roundup Of The Sports Information Of The Week

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BASKETBALL—Defending Champion RUSSIA won six games and lost none for its second straight title in the women's world tournament at Lima, Peru. Two other Iron Curtain countries, Czechoslovakia (5-1) and Bulgaria (4-2), placed second and third, while the U.S. (3-3), which was crushed 71-37 in its game with the Soviets, finished fourth in the 13-nation field.

BOATING—John B. Kilroy's 73-foot aluminum sloop KIALOA II (SI, Feb. 3) was first across the finish line and also won the overall title in the Newport Beach, Calif. to Ensenada, Mexico ocean race with a corrected time of 15.595 hours for the 140-mile test. Jack Buchanan's Limbo was runner-up in the final standings, although the 24-foot Class E entry actually finished 174th in the field of 400.

BOXING—"Dirty American judges," yelled some of the 30,000 fans in Accra, Ghana after World Featherweight Champion SUGAR RAMOS of Mexico City was awarded a split decision over Ghana's Floyd Robertson in a 15-round title fight. Ramos outboxed his challenger in the early rounds, but began to tire in the eighth, and was knocked down for the count of six before the bell rang to end the 13th. Ramos limped through the last two rounds, and the British referee gave the fight to Robertson, but the judges, one from Miami and one from Mexico City, scored in favor of Ramos to extend his career record to 44 wins, one loss and three draws.

A nationally televised light heavyweight fight, scheduled to go 10 rounds in Chicago's Coliseum, ended abruptly at 1:26 of the first round after BOBBY FOSTER of Washington knocked down Allen Thomas of Chicago three times. It was Foster's 15th victory in 17 fights and his ninth straight kayo.

GOLF—Californian BILLY CASPER overcame the steaming Texas heat and shot a par 70 on the final round for a victory by four strokes in Fort Worth's $75,000 Colonial Invitation (see page 81). It was his second win in less than two months.

Mickey Wright won her third LPGA title in four tries this season when she shot a 54-hole total of 215 to take the $12,500 St. Louis Open by six strokes over Kathy Whitworth.

GYMNASTICS—In the AAU national championships at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y., MAKOTO (Doug) SAKAMOTO, 17, of Los Angeles won the men's all-round title for the second straight year, edging Lieut. Gregor Weiss of the USAF, 112.95 to 112.70. Sakamoto injured both hands during the competition, however, and missed the rest of the meet. ARMANDO VEGA of Los Angeles, who finished third in the all-round, retained his individual titles in the long-horse vault, still rings and parallel bars. MARIE WALTHER, 19, of Kent State University defeated Defending Champion Muriel Grossfeld 75.95 to 75.10 for the women's all-round title, and JUDY WILLS of Gulf-port, Miss., who recently gained the women's world trampoline championship in London, successfully defended her national title in the event.

HARNESS RACING—Mrs. Leonard J. Buck's favored OVERTRICK ($2.90), driven by John Patterson, finished four lengths ahead of Meadow Skipper to win the $104,381 Realization Pace, the richest race ever held for 4-year-old Standardbreds, at Roosevelt Raceway. It was the 1963 champion 3-year-old's first victory in two starts this season, and his time for the mile and a sixteenth was 2:06 4/5—just 2/5 second off the world record for that distance.

HORSE RACING—Bob Ussery rode Roy Sturgis' MR. BRICK ($5.30), the sixth-place Kentucky Derby finisher, to an easy victory in the $61,700 Withers Stakes at Aqueduct. Reginald Webster's National was four lengths behind in second, followed by 11 other 3-year-olds in the one-mile test.

Wheatley Stable's BOLD QUEEN ($14), ridden by Tom Lee, defeated eight other 3-year-old fillies to win the $24,100 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico. The favorite, Mrs. W. R. Hawn's Blue Norther, who had won all five of her starts this season, came up with sore legs and was scratched at the last minute.

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