Rocky Marciano, tapering off training for his Tuesday title defense against Archie Moore at Yankee Stadium, was a better than 3-1 favorite to remain World Heavyweight Champion. In the bookmakers' odds you must bet $16 to win $5 on Marciano, $5 to win $14 if you like Moore. Capsule preview by SI's Budd Schulberg: Marciano in seven or eight rounds.
The Brooklyn Dodgers, who virtually won the National League pennant in the first month of the season, made it official by sweeping two games with the second-place Braves, showed themselves to be almost too-old pros by failing to register excitement over their record feat.
The American League's up-and-down pennant race and the heavyweight championship fight continued to preoccupy the sports pages, but a new story was coming along fast: the 1955 collegiate football season. Opening weekends are sometimes slow but there's nothing wrong with this one: UCLA, ranked No. 1 in the AP's pre-season poll, plays Texas A&M Friday night; the next day will bring Georgia Tech- Miami, Texas- Texas Tech, Mississippi-Georgia, Maryland-Missouri, Pittsburgh-California.
Tony Trabert, playing as if his Davis Cup performance had been just a creaky warm-up, disposed of Australia's Lew Hoad and Ken Rosewall in straight sets on consecutive days at Forest Hills, regained the national tennis title he lost last year.
President Eisenhower, following up his July initiative on physical fitness for the nation's youth, set a further conference for Lowry Air Force Base near Denver, Sept. 27-28, to continue a study of the problem. After two days of discussion, representative sportsmen and citizens from all parts of the U.S. will be guests of the President at a dinner at which he will address them and receive their recommendations.