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August 15, 1966
BOXING—CASSIUS CLAY barely worked up a sweat as he defended his world heavyweight title by knocking out plodding Englishman Brian London in the third round in London (page 16).
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August 15, 1966

A Roundup Of The Sports Information Of The Week

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BOXING—CASSIUS CLAY barely worked up a sweat as he defended his world heavyweight title by knocking out plodding Englishman Brian London in the third round in London (page 16).

Vicente Saldivar of Mexico survived a fourth-round knockdown to retain his world featherweight championship with a unanimous 15-round decision over Mitsunori Seki of Japan in Mexico City.

COMMONWEALTH GAMES—Australian swimmers set two world records, tied one, and a Canadian women's relay team set another as the 10-day British Empire and Commonwealth Games began in Kingston, Jamaica. IAN O'BRIEN of Australia was timed in a record 2:28 for the 220-yard breast-stroke. AUSTRALIA's 880-yard freestyle relay team tied the mark of 8:07.3, while MICHAEL WENDEN's 1:57.4 clocking for the 220, which he swam as the opening leg of the relay, was still another record. The fourth mark was set by the CANADIAN women's 440-yard freestyle relay team, which churned through the pool in 4:10.8. In track competition Australia's Ron Clarke, who holds seven world records, was upset in the six-mile run by unknown NAFTALI TEMU, 22, of Kenya. "I can't believe it. I don't believe it. I've got to take a cold shower to make me believe it," said Clarke, who lost by 140 yards and 25 seconds as Temu ran a 27:14.6. Canada's HARRY JEROME won the 100-yard dash as expected, in 9.4.

FOOTBALL—The GREEN BAY PACKERS, remembering how they were humiliated by the college boys three years earlier, trounced the All-Stars 38-0 in Chicago's Soldier Field (page 20).

GOLF—DICK SIKES, 26, of Springdale, Ark., who is sponsored on the tour by Cleveland Browns' owner Arthur Modell, won the $100,000 Cleveland Open when he shot four straight subpar rounds for a 72-hole total of 268, finishing three strokes ahead of runner-up Bob Goalby. Sikes had won only one previous tournament during his three years on the tour. U.S. Open Champion Billy Casper started the final round in sixth place, eight under par, but he quit after shooting a 40 for the first nine holes on the last day, saying: "The heavy air here is bad for my allergies."

Kathy Whitworth shot a final-round 70 to beat Carol Mann by one stroke as she won the $15,000 Lady Carling Open with a 54-hole total of 217. Miss Whitworth's first-place check for $2,250 increased her official earnings to $29,002, tops on the tour.

HARNESS RACING—POLARIS ($3), driven by George Sholty, nipped Carlisle by three-quarters of a length to win the $25,000 Yonkers Futurity Prep in 2:03.1.

Bret Hanover ($2.40), the 1-to-5 favorite, paced the mile in less than two minutes for the 23rd time when he defeated Timely Knight by a length in 1:59.8 in the General Mad Anthony race at Brandywine. It was Bret's 55th victory in 59 starts. Cardigan Bay, competing for the first time since he injured himself two months earlier, finished third, another length back.

HORSE RACING—BUCKPASSER ($3.20), with Braulio Baeza up, virtually clinched 3-year-old Horse of the Year honors as he set a track record of 1:47 for the mile and one-eighth in winning the $129,100 American Derby at Arlington Park. Carrying the heaviest weight (128 pounds) ever assigned him, Buckpasser defeated Jolly Jet by a neck for his eighth straight win and his 17th in 20 career starts. The victory boosted Buckpasser's earnings to $984,657. He conceivably could become the first 3-year-old to reach $1 million if he wins the Travers at Saratoga next weekend.

Meanwhile, two sons of Bold Ruler also won races last week. STAUNCHNESS ($38.80), going off under Apprentice Ernie Cardone at 18 to 1, outlasted Prolijo by a length to win the $55,600 Whitney Handicap at Saratoga. GREAT POWER ($3.40), with Willie Shoemaker up, beat In Reality by a nose and stablemate Disciplinarian, a third son of Bold Ruler, by a little more than six and a half lengths to take the $104,485 Sapling Stakes at Monmouth Park.

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