sac- to 0 1 2 0 0 Atlanta Gets Franchise For '61 in New AFL Loop Chicago Also Due to Be Added To Round Out 10-Cluh 10-Cluh 10-Cluh League ATLANTA (LTD The new American Football League, gearing to expand to 10 teams in its second year of operation, has granted a franchise to Atlanta and expects to add Chicago as another 1961 starter very shortly. An Atlanta group, Georgia Sports Inc., headed by attorney Eaton Chalkley disclosed Tuesday it obtained an AFL franchise at a meeting In Denver last Friday night. Thus Atlanta won membership membership in the new pro football circuit less than four months after it lost out to Oakland. Calif., in close, bidding for the eighth place. The AFL plans to begin opera-! opera-! opera-! " . tions this year with eight teams. DodgCl'S Craig Verified by WIsmer Ollt TVo MoiltllS In New York, Harry Wismer,111 A " u iUUIll,ls head of the league's expansion Due tO FraClllTC committee, said Chicago would bej L os avqelES fUPD-Roner fUPD-Roner fUPD-Roner the 10th city and that Chicago's entry is expected "very soon." Other AFL members are Buf falo, Boston, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, New York, Denver and Oakland. These were the original eight. Wismer said Atlanta and Chicago Chicago will not begin playing in the league until 1961. "The only thing that keeps At lanta from being able to play this year is a segregation issue," he said. "But if Atlanta, can get the Georgia Tech field by 1961, it will be able to begin playing then. The Chicago entry will play in either Comiskey Tark or Soldiers Field." "We are the ninth team," Chalkley told newsmen in Atlanta. Atlanta. He said his organization, Georgia Sports Inc., was a $2'2 million corrporation, and that the league directors had accepted his proposals and a $25,000 down payment payment for the franchise. May Operate This Year Chalkley said it was not de termined whether Atlanta could begin operations this year, de pending on the availability of a stadium, players and other details. details. The group headed by Chalkley, husband of screen star Susan Hayward. is working on stadium plans. Atlanta groups are urging construction of a new municipal stadium, but plans for this are not far enough along to count on it. Georgia Tech's stadium, Grant Field, seats 45,000. There was no immediate elaboration elaboration on possible solutions to the segregation problem arising from a franchise in Atlanta. Georgia law forbids racially- racially- mixed athletic contests, i In its earlier bid for an AFL franchise, in January, another Atlanta Atlanta group presented proposals which put the Southern metropolis metropolis in strong contention. The directors switched in favor of Oakland 'upon the insistence of Los Angeles. The Atlanta franchise would give the South its first major professional professional football. Atlanta already holds a franchise in the new major league for baseball, the Continental League, which plans to begin operations in 1961. Craig, right handed pitcher who was a key figure in the Los Angeles Angeles Dodgers pennant drive last year, will be out of action "for at least two months" due to a fractured collar bone suffered suffered Monday night, the club announced. announced. The lanky pitcher suffered the injury in a game he started against the Cincinnati Reds here in the Coliseum. Craig was covering home plate in the eighth inning when the Dodgers caught outfielder Yada Tiason in a rundown between home and third. As the speedy Pinson broke for the plate, he knocked over Craig taking the throw from third baseman Jim Gilliam. Despite being bowled off his feet, Craig made the tag in Tinson. But a few minutes later he motioned to manager Walt Alston Alston and told him he had hurt his shoulder. Larry Sherry replaced replaced him on the mound. Ring Ratings Give Liston Top Position NEW YORK (UPI)-The (UPI)-The (UPI)-The Ring Magazine today named Sonny Liston, of Philadelphia, top contender contender for the world heavyweight heavyweight championship. Because of Liston's first-round first-round first-round knockout over Roy Harris on April 25, he replaces Zora Fol-ley, Fol-ley, Fol-ley, pf Chandler, Ariz., as number number one contender in the Ring's latest ratings. Ex-champion Ex-champion Ex-champion Floyd Patterson, of Rockville Centre, N. Y.. remains remains in third place. Floyd will try to recapture the crown from Swedan's Ingemar Johansson on June 20. Harris of Cut-and-Shoot, Cut-and-Shoot, Cut-and-Shoot, Cut-and-Shoot, Cut-and-Shoot, Tex., dropped from sixth to 10th. Pone Kingpetch, of Thailand, who recently won the world fly. weight championship from Pascual Pascual Perez, of Argentina, was named "fighter of the month." The Ring continues to recognize recognize Paul Pender, of Brookline, Mass., as world middleweight champion.