RECORD BREAKERS—CALIFORNIA'S lanky DON BOWDEN, only American miler to break four minutes, kicked off 1:49.1 half mile to anchor Bear teammates Jack Yerman, Willie White and Maynard Orme to 3:19.8 clocking, fastest ever for sprint medley relay (March 28), next day came back to carry Bear quartet to meet record of 7:30.8 for two-mile relay in talent-loaded Texas Relays at Austin.
John Fromm, strong-armed Pacific Lutheran spear-carrier, was another who did some record-busting at Austin, hurling javelin 252 feet 10� inches to break existing college standard (March 28).
SWIMMING—MICHIGAN, with Tony Tashnick winning two events (see page 10), found balance to swoosh off with 72 points and eighth NCAA title at Ann Arbor as Yale's shrewd Bob Kiphuth (who drew tribute from happy young Wolverine Coach Cus Stager: "You chased the devil out of us") maneuvered his Elis into second place with 63 points, single point ahead of Michigan State, beefed up by doubles from Breast-stroker Franklin Modine, who set record of 1:05 for 100 yards and took 200 in 2:25.4 with new over-water stroke, and Freestyler Bill Steuart, who won at 440 yards (4:34.3) and 1,500 meters (18:45.8). Other heroes: Ohio State's Don Harper, who captured one-meter and 3-meter dives again; Yale's Roger Anderson, who won fingernail decision over Dick Hanley in 220-yard freestyle in 2:03.7; Yale's Jim Dolbey, upset winner in 57.8 in 100-yard backstroke.
GOLF—SAM SNEAD, frequently wild off tees and erratic with irons, but nevertheless steady with putter in clutch, teamed up with JIMMY DEMARET to beat Japan's Torakichi (Pete) Nakamura and Koichi Ono by two strokes (140-142) in exhibition at Boca Raton (see page 27).
HORSE RACING—TIM TAM, faced with dreary prospect of trailing 75-to-1 Lincoln Road to finish, responded to Willie Hartack's urging in stretch, pushed ahead resolutely to win $119,000 Florida Derby by half length at Gulfstream (see below).
Promised Land, Mrs. Ethel D. Jacobs' truculent steel-gray 4-year-old, stormed down middle under steady flogging by Ismael Valenzuela, hoofed past old veteran Find as favored Iron Liege faded badly to sixth, to score by two lengths in $113,300 John B. Campbell Memorial Handicap on closing day at weather-beaten Bowie.
Mr. What, American-owned (see page 10) 8-year-old, bounded into lead at hazardous Becher's Brook, carefully negotiated all other obstacles until he bobbled momentarily on last jump, but was yanked up firmly and quickly by Jockey Arthur Freeman to capture Grand National before 100,000 rain-and fogbound fans at Aintree.
Grand Chal, Alfred H. Smith's 7-year-old gelding, guided neatly over timber by Custer Cassidy, fought off late-charging Coup-de-Vite to win Carolina Cup Steeplechase at Camden, S.C.
BOXING—SUGAR RAY ROBINSON, aging, provocative but still master craftsman at his trade, battered and probed at Carmen Basilio's closed left eye for better part of 15 rounds at Chicago, came away with middleweight title for fifth time in his brilliant career (see page 18).
Heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson gave British fight fans, long used to home-bred horizontal heavyweights, sample of his talents in 3-round exhibition with Sparring Mate Dusty Rhodes at London's Empress Hall, inspired one writer to intone: "The heavyweights of these shores could flatter but never flatten Patterson."