ff Apparently intrigued by the freewheeling advantages of operating outside an established athletic conference—no unprofitable schedule commitments, no prying commissioners to police athletes' subsidies—the University of Washington's board of regents voted to follow in the steps of California, U.C.L.A. and U.S.C. (TIME, Dec. 23) and desert the 43-year-old Pacific Coast Conference. With Stanford also slipping away fast, the P.C.C. has one clear course left: divide up its $250,000 bankroll and dissolve. With leathery old (51) Jockey Charlie Smirke aboard. Sir Victor Sassoon's easily ridden colt Hard Ridden ran off with the Derby Stakes at Epsom Downs by five lengths over the 100-to-1 shot Paddy's Point. A casual bargain picked up at public auction for $792, Hard Ridden repaid Millionaire Banker Sir Victor's investment with a Derby winner's $56,000 purse. CJ Although they seem stuck in the second division of the American League, the Detroit Tigers finally managed to boost themselves out of baseball's sociological basement. Third Baseman Ossie Virgil, native of the Dominican Republic, was called up from the minors, became the first Negro to play for the Tigers. Sole survivor from the old days of lily-white big-league ball: the Boston Red Sox, who have yet to find room on their roster for a Negro.