After running Finland's fastest 400-meter intermediate hurdles (50.1), ARI SALIN then lost his next two starts before home crowds. In Lappeenranta he was defeated by UCLA's WAYNE COLLETT, who had a winning time of 50.3 seconds. And the following day in Kotka RALPH MANN beat Salin in 50.7.
WATER SKIING—World-record holder MIKE SUYDERHOUD of San Anselmo, Calif. took the senior men's title in the national championships in Canton, Ohio. It was his third victory in a row in the event; LIZ ALLAN of Winter Park, Fla. won her third straight women's title.
MILEPOSTS—SUSPENDED: DENNY McLAIN, this time for up to 30 days; by Detroit Tiger General Manager Jim Campbell, for dousing two writers with buckets of water (page 44). McLain exits with a 3-5 record and a 4.75 ERA.
SUSPENDED: Eight of the 10 black members of the Syracuse University football team, including the two top ground-gainers of last year, AL NEWTON (689 yards) and GREG ALLEN (362 yards), when they refused to report for the first preseason practice and sign an agreement with the coaches and captains proposed by Chancellor John Corbally and approved by the Human Rights Commission of Syracuse and Onondaga County.
TURNED PRO: RAY LUNNY, 19, of Redwood City, Calif., National AAU and Golden Gloves featherweight boxing champion.
DIED: NOEL BLACK, 34, of Sacramento, killed while attempting to break a record in the national speed trials on the Bonneville Salt Flats; he lost control of his car in the wind after driving a timed-mile at 330 mph.
DIED: JAMES K. HACKETT, 52, veteran harness-race driver who guided Best of All to victory in the 1967 Little Brown Jug; of an apparent heart attack at Latonia (Ky.) Raceway.
DIED: ED ROMMEL, 72, who spent 45 years in professional baseball—as player, manager, coach and umpire; after a long illness, in Baltimore. As a pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics (1920-32), Rommel posted a 171-119 won-lost record. He was an American League umpire for 22 years and one of the first to wear glasses.