Chicago Cardinals and Detroit Lions kept records clean in NFL, Cards breezing past Washington 31-3, while Lions held off rallying Los Angeles 24-21. New York short-circuited radio-controlled Cleveland 21-9; Philadelphia outlasted Pittsburgh 35-21; Green Bay edged Baltimore 38-33; Chicago Bears trounced San Francisco 31-7.
Bold Ruler, No. 1 candidate for 2-year-old honors, loped along until Eddie Arcaro decided he was ready, then surged down Widener chute to easy 2¼-length victory in $124,845 Belmont Futurity (see page 62). Dedicate, top-weighted at 120 pounds, found it little burden as he moved up to take Find at head of stretch, held off challenging Summer Tan under firm urging of Jockey Bill Boland to win $129,850 Hawthorne Gold Cup by scant head.
Robert Miller, agile Army Specialist Third Class, piled up 4,293 points in five modern pentathlon events at San Antonio to lead qualifiers for U.S. Olympic team. Others picked: Navy Lieut. William Andre of Montclair, N. J.; George Lambert of Sioux City, Iowa.
Detroit got off to flying start in NHL, outskating Chicago 3-1, Toronto 4-1, New York 2-1 to grab three-point lead, while Black Hawks failed to win even once in three starts and Montreal, New York, Boston and Toronto played .500 hockey.
TRACK AND FIELD
U.S. Olympians stretched their muscles in exhibition at Berkeley, produced several good performances. Harold Connolly spun hammer 216 feet 10½ inches, six inches better than Cliff Blair's pending U.S. record but two feet off Connolly's world mark of Oct. 3; Parry O'Brien tossed shot 60 feet 6 inches; Bud Held, who missed making team by mere inch but later set new U.S. record, tossed javelin 256 feet 2½ inches to beat out Olympic Champion Cy Young; Arnie Sowell sprinted 800 meters in 1:48.8.
Jim Bailey, cocky Oregon-educated Aussie, clowned through 800 meters in slow 1:51.2 as crowd booed his antics, to qualify for spot on Australian Olympic team in trials at Melbourne but John Landy, world's fastest miler, was still big question mark. Suffering from painfully inflamed tendons in both legs, Landy failed to enter 5,000 meters, is pessimistic about chances of competing in 1,500 meters this Saturday.
Tony De Marco, free-swinging strong boy, tossed his choicest bombs at jaded Kid Gavilan but couldn't bring down once-fancy-stepping Cuban and had to be satisfied with 10-round decision in non-TV battle of ex-welterweight champions before 8,112 at Boston. Beaten on cards of all three officials but always good for a protest these days, the Keed complained, "I didn't beat him big, but I beat him."