BOXING—Second-ranked heavyweight contender DOUG JONES of New York, winner of three straight since his controversial loss to Cassius Clay last year, probably lost his ranking and his slim chance for a title bout when he dropped a split decision to Billy Daniels, a Brooklyn barber. Daniels, a last-minute, unranked substitute for ailing Tony Alongi, had lost four of his previous five fights before upsetting Jones at Madison Square Garden.
GOLF—Rookie CHUCK COURTNEY, 23, of La Jolla, Calif. shot two five-under-par 66s over the final rounds of the St. Paul (Minn.) Open and an overall 272 to win his first pro tournament. Courtney's victory raised his earnings to $15,584 and moved him ahead of George Archer as 1964's top rookie money winner.
HARNESS RACING—SPEEDY COUNT ($3.70), one of the Hambletonian favorites (see page 51), won his fifth race in seven starts this season when Billy Haughton drove him to a �-length victory over Marco Hanover in a one-mile Invitational Trot at Roosevelt Raceway.
Castleton Farm's remarkable 4-year-old SPEEDY SCOT ($2.80), with Ralph Baldwin in the sulky, defeated an outstanding field of older horses in winning the $50,000 American Trotting Championship at Roosevelt Raceway by � of a length, and what's more, set a world record of 2:31[2/5] for a mile and a quarter over a half-mile track. The four horses who trailed Scot to the wire—Duke Rodney, Su Mac Lad, A.C.'s Viking and Porterhouse—also broke the old mark of 2:32[3/5].
HORSE RACING—MISS CAVANDISH ($3.40), with Howard Grant in the saddle, just about clinched 3-year-old Filly of the Year honors with an easy two-length win over Beautiful Day in the 84th running of the $56,200 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga. Bought by Harry S. Nichols, a Detroit air-conditioning executive, for $1,500 at the Keeneland Fall Yearling Sales two years ago, the daughter of 1958 Belmont winner Cavan has already earned $233,868 this season, with victories in the Monmouth Oaks, the Coaching Club American Oaks, the Delaware Oaks and a second to Old Hat in the Delaware Handicap.
Anthony Imbesi's TOSMAH ($6.80), last year's champion 2-year-old filly and Miss Cavandish's strongest challenger for filly honors this season, followed up her Arlington Classic victory a week earlier by beating Old Hat by half a length in the $81,550 Matron Stakes at Arlington Park. "I believe she is the best 3-year-old filly in the nation," said Jockey Sammy Boulmetis after guiding Tosmah to her fifth stakes triumph and sixth win in nine starts this year.
Greentree Stable's MALICIOUS ($4.60), with Johnny Rotz up, led all the way to defeat fast-finishing Quadrangle, the Belmont winner, by a nose in the first running of the $28,100 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga. It was the fifth win in seven starts this season for the chestnut 3-year-old who covered the mile in a sparkling 1:35[3/5], a fifth of a second off the track record, and reversed an earlier loss (by a neck) to Quadrangle in the Dwyer.
"This surpassed our wildest guesses," said Head Auctioneer Humphrey S. Finney at the end of the four-day SARATOGA YEARLING SALES at which 212 Thoroughbreds were sold for a record $3,765,800, an average $17,763 per horse. Leading the bidding was David Shaer, a Milford, Mass. shoe manufacturer, who paid a record Saratoga sales price of $94,000 for a chestnut colt by Turn-to out of Legendra. Not far behind was Trainer Elliot Burch, who established the high mark for fillies at the auction when he bid $90,000 for a chestnut by First Landing out of Quill.
PARACHUTING—Led by TEE TAYLOR, a 22-year-old ex-secretary from Dallas, and RICHARD FORTENBERRY, a 26-year-old Air Force sergeant from Riverside, Calif., the U.S. gained three out of four titles at the World Championships in Leutkirch, Germany. The diminutive (5 feet 2 inches, 110 pounds) Miss Taylor, with only two years of jumping experience, became the second U.S. woman to win the ladies' individual championship when she finished ahead of Russia's Tatiana Vojnova in the point standings. On the strength of her victory, the U.S. women also took the team championship, followed by East Germany and Russia. Sergeant Fortenberry won the men's individual title, but the U.S. men's team came in third, behind Czechoslovakia and Russia.
SWIMMING—BARRY WATSON, a 25-year-old British printer, stepped into the English Channel at dawn on the French coast and emerged from the water east of Dover nine hours and 35 minutes later to set a new record for the 22-mile crossing. The old mark for the France-to-England route was 10 hours and 35 minutes, set by Brojen Das, a Pakistani, in 1961, while the record for the more difficult England-to- France swim belongs to Helge Jensen of Canada, who was clocked in 10 hours and 23 minutes in 1960.