PARACHUTING—THE U. S. TEAM amassed a surprising 11,009.317 points as the sixth world championships went into the final day of what has been a three-week air-tumbling spree in Orange, Mass. With a victory in the women's group accuracy jump from 1,000 meters and a solid filling of second-and third-place finishes, the U.S. jumpers were trailing the strong Chechoslovakian team by only 25.089 points. The Russian chutists, steady in calm air but jerky in a breeze, sank below the leaders in spite of erroneous reports published in Berlin that gave the Soviet team a commanding lead. Individual winners included Girard Tr�ves of France and Czech Dagmar Kuldova, the 1,000-meter accuracy champions. Another Czech, Maria Stancikova, won the women's style jump. Geuorgui Galabov, from Bulgaria, one of the 24 participating countries, was the leader in the incompleted 1,500-meter accuracy jump. Muriel Simbro of Van Nuys, Calif. led in the same event for women. Except for one minor injury, incurred when an Irish girl smashed through a glass housing for a computer, and some high winds, nothing has interrupted the steady plop of the planned 2,000 jumps.
SWIMMING—MURRAY ROSE, 23, in his latest summer splash—the Far Western championships in Los Altos, Calif.—lowered Jon Konrads' world record in the 800-meter freestyle. Rose swam it in 8:51.5, slicing 8 seconds from the old mark. Later, making one of his rare appearances in a sprint, the versatile Australian equaled the world time of 2:00.4 for the 200 meters. The women's 800-meter freestyle mark also toppled as Carolyn House finished in 9:51.6, which was 4 seconds faster than it has ever been done before. Her Los Angeles club teammate, Sharon Finneran, also set a world record, doing the 200-meter butterfly in 2:30.9.
TENNIS—THE U.S. NATIONALS opened at Forest Hills, N.Y. with an unusually heavy international field. The USLTA charter plane brought players from 34 nations, among them 49-year-old Jadwiga Jedrzejowska, women's champion of Poland 26 times, who was a finalist at Wimbledon in 1937. The Russians, playing here for the first time, started off fairly uneventfully as dimpled schoolboy Alexander Metreveli easily disposed of Bronson Van Wyck of Montclair, N.J., and Tomas Lejus quietly took his opening match from Evert Schneider. Sergei Likhachev proceeded more explosively, protesting a line call during the two-day, darkness-interrupted match against Californian Jim McManus. McManus finally won 4-6, 16-18, 12-10, 6-1, 6-4. Australian Roy Emerson, the man who could pose a challenge to Rod Laver's attempt at a sweep of all the major tennis crowns, got a break. Italian Nicola Pietrangeli, scheduled to face Emerson, decided to stay home at the last minute. Some lively American play came from surprisingly bouncy Whitney Reed, who bumped out Dennis Ralston 4-6, 6-2, 10-8, 2-6, 6-3, and junior champion Vicki Palmer, who upset Billie Jean Moffitt. Miss Moffitt won the first set 8-6 and was losing 0-5 when she quit because of exhaustion and dizziness.
WATER SKIING—CHUCK STEARNS, 23, won his fourth U.S. championship in six years as he out-maneuvered a big field at Callaway Gardens, Ga. With a first in the six-buoy slalom and thirds in both the tricks and jumping events, the husky Long Beach ( Calif.) State College senior scored 2,751 points to take the men's overall title.
MILEPOSTS—BARRED: JOHN UELSES, who broke the world pole vault record this year and is a recently enrolled student at Philadelphia's La Salle College, from amateur track meets, by Florida AAU officials who charged that Uelses accepted $185 to appear in the Hollywood Relays.
TRADED: CHARLIE FLOWERS, San Diego Charger fullback, to the New York Titans (see page 62), where he brings a ray of hope to a generally bleak outlook.
SIGNED AGAIN: JERRY LUCAS, pro basketball hopeful, this time with a Cleveland syndicate that is trying to get an NBA franchise for 1963, as a public relations director, under a three-year $140,000 contract.