Stella Walsh, Polish-born track and basketball star shot to death by a robber in Cleveland, went to the grave yesterday amid reports of uncertainty as to whether the multiple medal winner in Olympic and AAU women's events was actually female.
The priest who conducted the cemetery rites confirmed reports that the coroner's office, although affirming that birth and death certificates list Walsh as female, was bringing in "other people to talk about gender determination." Meantime, Cuyahoga County Coroner Samuel Gerber would not state whether the post-mortem showed Walsh, age 69, was a male or a female. The International Olympic Committee stands by to consider possible revocation of medals won nearly five decades ago. . .
College football: Houston Coach Bill Yeoman says he will use Terry Elson at quarterback the first quarter against Navy in Sunday's Garden State Bowl, Brent Chinn in the second quarter. . . San Diego State, supplier of so many NFL passers and receivers, obviously wants no letup, naming as its new head coach Doug Scovil. Not only has Scovil coordinated the record-smashing Brigham Young offense for throwers Gifford Nielsen, Marc Wilson and Jim McMahon but he was Navy quarterback coach when Roger Staubach won the Heisman. . . It's three years since Warren Powers bolted as Washington Stae coach to take over at Missouri, and Friday he pays off the final $10,000 installment on the $55,000 WSU demanded to let him out of his contract. With interest it cost him $70,000; he says $50,000 came out of his own pocket, the rest from a fund set up by his lawyer at Mizzou. Still bitter, WSU Athletic Director Sam Jankovich claims Powers' move "cost us $150,000 at the gate". . . The Gold Bowl score eluded some editions Sunday; it was North Carolina A&T over N.C. Central, again, 37-0. . . A heart attack during a campus gym workout has killed 6-foot-6 1/2, 270-pound Hershel Martin, 20, an offensive tackle at Eastern Michigan U. . .
A heap more quicksand is poured in the path of Laurel Race Course's struggle to keep its November spectacle, the Washington, D.C. International, up with the thoroughbred racing Jonses by attracting the top grass runners:
The Arlington Million, a "world championship" at 1 1/4 miles on turf at Chicagoland's Arlington Park Aug. 30, with a purse quadrupling even the last one at Laurel, which had to dig hard to get up $250,000. Arlington Park plans worldwide television of the event, is "negotiating to get worldwide wagering" and reports "an unprecedented" 276 nominations at $1,000 each, including Arc de Triomphe captor Detroit and Arc runner-up Argument -- which won last month's D.C.