George Linn, 20-year-old Alabama forward, took rebound off North Carolina backboard in final seconds of first half, tossed overhand shot through basket 84 feet 11 inches away for longest-field goal on record, at Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Furman University rolled up 154-67 victory over The Citadel for new national major college scoring standard.
Albert Wiggins, Ohio State swimming star, won 120-yard individual medley in 1:07.7 in dual meet with Wisconsin at Madison, breaking old U.S. record of 1:11, established by James Gaughran of Stanford in 1954.
Rich Hanley of Evanston, Ill. high school swam 100-yard freestyle in 51.2 for new national interscholastic mark at Evanston.
Leo Lebel of Lake Placid, N.Y. cleared 15 barrels for new world barrel-jumping record of 28 feet 7 inches in championships at Grossinger, N.Y.; Aldrine Lebel, his sister, retained women's title with record-breaking performance, leaping 18 feet 3 inches over eight barrels in same competition.
Georgia Tech, beaten five times in first seven games, turned in stunning upset, edged heavily-favored Kentucky 59-58 on diminutive Joe Helms's back court steal, jump shot with 11 seconds to play. Tech victory was first Engineer win over Wildcats since 1940, ended Kentucky's 32-game winning streak and string of 129 home court triumphs. Cracked Tech's happy Coach John (Whack) Hyder: "We'll live on this one for a long time."
St. Francis of Loretto, Pa. surprised Duquesne 82-72 after Dukes trimmed loaded Fort Belvoir 60-56. Led by classy Maurice Stokes, who scored 24 points, St. Francis took lead early in third quarter, was never headed. Duquesne's Dick Ricketts, sidelined for week with sprained ankle, returned to action, got 16 points in first half, then was held scoreless until taken out in final minutes. Dukes also lost Si Green, game's top scorer with 26 points, and Mickey Winograd on fouls late in game.
Richmond's Warren Mills harassed eighth-ranked George Washington with ball-stealing tactics, dazzling floorwork, 23 points, led Spiders to 72-67 upset over Colonials. Richmond trailed 34-31 at half, took lead on Mills's jump shots, stayed there despite scoring of George Washington's Corky Devlin and Joe Holup.
North Carolina State used tremendous height advantage, outscored Duke 96-91, moved into second place in AP poll. Fired by Vic Molodet (33 points), giant Centers Ron Shavlik (28 points) and Cliff Dwyer (26 points), State ran up 18-point lead in first half, fought off Duke comeback led by Ronnie Mayer and Harold Turner.
Maryland rolled to wins over South Carolina 68-51, Virginia 78-65, Clemson 71-63, increased winning streak to seven games, record to 10-2. Bob Kessler was offensive star for Terrapins.
Louisville came from behind, nipped Notre Dame 73-69 on four points by Herb Harrah in closing seconds. Phil Rollins topped Louisville scorers with 18, Jack Stephens was outstanding with 29 for Irish, who later trounced NYU 93-74.
La Salle's fourth-ranked team had little trouble subduing Brandeis 102-56 with regulars playing part time.
Dayton scored seven straight points near end of game, beat Villanova 59-52 after whipping Canisius 68-54.
Illinois romped to 99-75 win over Indiana in Big Ten opener after defending champions scored over Michigan 95-77.
Minnesota rebounded from 74-72 loss to Northwestern, nipped Iowa 81-80 on last-second foul shot by Dave Tucker.
Missouri began fight for Big Seven title, controlled boards to win handily over Kansas 76-65, racked up Nebraska 69-57 with second-half surge.
UCLA split pair of Pacific Coast Conference games with Stanford, losing first 61-56, winning 91-75 next night.
Utah returned to home territory, won easily over Denver 82-58, New Mexico 69-59 in Skyline Conference.
San Francisco outscored St. Mary's 51-37, ran season's record to 9-1 as Jerry Muller played star role.
Boston Celtics beat Philadelphia Warriors 117-105, Rochester Royals 98-92, moved within one-and-a-half games of league-leading Syracuse Nationals, who lost two out of three, in Eastern Division of National Basketball Association. N.Y. Knickerbockers broke even in four games, were third, half-game behind Celtics.
Ft. Wayne Pistons edged Minneapolis Lakers 93-92, 89-86, increased lead to seven and one half games in Western Division. Last-place Milwaukee Hawks, paced by high-scoring Bob Pettit, upset Ft. Wayne, won four out of six.
South drove 76, 63 yards on ground in second half, defeated North 12-6 in Senior Bowl game at Mobile, Ala. SMU's Frank Eidom and Maryland's Dick Bielski powered scoring drives after Ohio State's Dave Leggett sneaked across from one for North touchdown in second quarter.
U.S. College All-Stars showed little regard for Pros Otto Graham, Elroy Hirsch, Gordon Solteau, Lou Groza in Hawaii All-Star line-up, ran over opposition 33-13 in Hula Bowl at Honolulu. Paul Larson of California, Dick Moegle of Rice, Prima Villanueva of UCLA, Bobby Watkins of Ohio State scored for collegians.
Bowden Wyatt, presented with Cadillac and $20,000 "appreciation fund" for self and assistants by doting fans and salary increase by grateful school after his Arkansas team won Southwest Conference title, left Razorbacks to accept head coaching post at Tennessee where he won fame as end in 1936-'38. Wyatt signed five-year contract at $15,000 per year. This week Osceola, Ark. fans started new fund—"to buy Tennessee license plates for Wyatt's Cadillac."
Golden Abbey, 5-year-old son of King's Abbey, stormed into lead in home stretch, raced to three-length victory in $28,000 Santa Catalina Handicap for California-foaled horses at Santa Anita, Arcadia, Calif. Favored Correlation finished fifth.
Summer Tan, Mrs. Russell A. Firestone's bay colt who won rich Garden State to become leading 2-year-old money winner of 1954, was given top weight of 128 pounds for Experimental Free Handicap in ratings of 3-year-olds by Frank E. (Jimmy) Kilroe, successor to late John B. Campbell as Jockey Club handicapper. William B. Woodward Jr.'s Nashua, Belmont Futurity winner, was close second at 127 pounds. Other noteworthy ratings: Royal Coinage 124; Blue Ruler 123; Royal Note 122; Flying Fury, Saratoga, Trentonian 119; Thinking Cap 118; Bunny's Babe, Grand-paw, High Voltage, Prince Noor, Pyrenees, Roman Patrol 117; Delta and Myrtle's Jet 116.
Sugar Ray Robinson, reported in need of ready cash after 30-month career as song-and-dance man, fought five lackadaisical rounds, then opened up with brief burst of old form, knocked out much-beaten Joe Rindone of Boston in sixth round at Detroit. Satisfied with performance in first comeback effort, Sugar Ray agreed to meet Ralph (Tiger) Jones Jan. 19 in nationally-televised 10-rounder at Chicago Stadium, set sights on ultimate fight with Middleweight Champion Bobo Olson.
Floyd Patterson of Brooklyn, N.Y., quick-handed No. 4 light heavyweight, battered Middleweight Willie Troy with bruising combinations, won by TKO at end of fifth round at New York.
Kid Gavilan, mambo-dancing ex-welterweight champion who lost title to Johnny Saxton in weird Philadelphia fight (SI, Nov. 1), ditched Manager Angel Lopez for Cuban Banker Jamid Chade, who said he will purchase Gavilan's contract from Lopez, latter to get small cut of Kid's ring earnings until 1957. Gavilan also reached agreement with IBC, waived claim to return bout with Saxton, got guarantee of shot at winner of proposed Saxton-Carmen Basilio title fight, signed to meet Ernie Durando Feb. 4 in Madison Square Garden.
Montreal Canadiens, led by Bernie (Boom Boom) Geoffrion, loop's leading scorer with 48 points, and Jean Beliveau blasted N.Y. Rangers 7-1, Chicago Black Hawks 6-0, tied Boston Bruins 1-1, held four-point edge over Detroit Red Wings, who won two, tied one, in torrid National Hockey League race.
Maurice (Rocket) Richard, colorful Montreal forward, was fined $250 for slapping official in Toronto game Dec. 29, then presented with $2,000 by Canadiens Hockey Club as tribute to 400th goal of career. Richard paid fine, turned $2,000 over to Montreal hospitals.
Gene Littler, nerveless former U.S. Amateur champion from San Diego, Calif., fired sub-par 69 in final round for 276 total, captured rich Los Angeles Open and $5,000 for first major victory since turning pro.
Louise Suggs of Atlanta, Ga. dropped 11-foot putt on first hole, won sudden-death play-off from Beverly Hanson of Indio, Calif., took honors in women's section.
Sam Snead, in first start since back injury forced him out of Miami Open last month, shot sparkling seven-under-par 65, won top money in $7,500 MacNaughton pro-amateur at Miami Beach.
Vic Seixas, smooth-stroking Philadelphian who teamed with Tony Trabert to return Davis Cup to U.S., breezed to 6-3, 7-5, 8-6 victory over Lennart Bergelin of Sweden, won South Australian championship.
Eddie Moylan of Trenton, N.J., country's No. 7 player, outran, outshot tough Bernard Bartzen of San Angelo, Texas 10-8, 6-4, 6-3, took Dixie championship at Tampa, Fla.
G. Diehl Mateer Jr. of Philadelphia, nation's top-ranking amateur, forced wiry Azam Khan of Pakistan into early errors, scored quick 15-9, 15-5, 15-10 victory in U.S. Open championship at New York. Mateer also edged Khan 11-15, 15-11, 13-15, 15-10, 15-10 in Canadian pro-amateur at Toronto.
HONORED—Terry Brennan, 26, Notre Dame football coach whose 1954 team posted 9-1 record, and Hamilton Richardson, 21, member of Davis Cup squad, Tulane University law student recently awarded Rhodes scholarship; picked among nation's 10 outstanding young men by U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce.
HONORED—John (Hi) Simmons, who coached University of Missouri to 1954 NCAA championship; named "College Baseball Coach of the Year" by American Association of College Baseball Coaches.
DIED —Dr. Edward Patrick Kilroe, 82, one-time officer of Metropolitan and Queens County Jockey Clubs; of cerebral hemorrhage, in New York. Dr. Kilroe's son, Frank E. (Jimmy), was recently named successor to late John B. Campbell as Jockey Club handicapper.
OTHER RESULTS FOR THE RECORD
Curtis Turner, Roanoke, Va., 25-m. Tobacco Bowl sportsmen's stock car race, Winston-Salem, N.C.
Dave Volk, Baltimore, Natl. Duckpin Bowling Congress, U.S. classic, with 2,010 pins, Washington, D.C.
John Holman, 10-round decision over Julio Maderos, heavyweights, Miami Beach.
John Summerlin, 6-round TKO over Arthur Wright, heavyweights, Detroit.
Gil Turner, 10-round decision over Italo Scortichini, middleweights, New York.
Bob Boyd, 10-round decision over Bob Stecher, middle-weights, Chicago.
Joey Klein, 7-round TKO over Gerald Dreyer, welter-weights, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Bobby Bickle, 10-round split decision over Chuck Foster, welterweights, Topeka, Kan.
Wallace (Bud) Smith and JOHNNY GONSALVES, 10-round draw, lightweights, Miami.
Jimmy Soo, 2-round TKO over Jimmy Di Mura, lightweights, Philadelphia.
Billy Peacock, 7-round KO over Keeny Teran, bantamweights, Hollywood, Calif.
Lou Collins Rink, Wauwatosa, Wis., over B. C. Phippen Rink, Sarnia, Ont., 13-9, Intl. bonspiel, Detroit.
Ch. Taylor's Dark Knight, owned by Dr. Gilbert H. Taylor, best-in-show, American Spaniel Club, New York.
RESULTS OF 100 LEADING COLLEGE BASKETBALL GAMES
Amherst 72—Bowdoin 52
Boston U. 73—Army 70
Canisius 78—St. Joseph's 66
Columbia 75—Syracuse 74
Columbia 72—Yale 56
Conn. 102—N. Hampshire 84
Conn. 99—Maine 58
Cornell 69—Columbia 55
Cornell 70—Dartmouth 66
Dayton 59—Villanova 52
Duquesne 60—Ft. Belvoir 56
Fordham 66—Princeton 56
Fordham 71—Rutgers 65
Harvard 59—Brown 55
Holy Cross 102—Boston C. 63
LaSalle 102—Brandeis 56
Manhattan 78—Brig. Young 75
Manhattan 95—CCNY 70
NYU 79—W. Virginia 78
Niagara 85—St. Bon. 61
Notre Dame 93—NYU 74
Penn 42—Yale 40
Penn 54—Harvard 52
Penn 83—Princeton 75
Penn St. 84—Navy 64
St. Francis 82—Duquesne 72
Seton Hall 83—Colby 63
Seton Hall 84—Loyola 71
SOUTH & SOUTHWEST
Alabama 77—N. Carolina 55
Alabama 70—Mississippi 59
Baylor 85—Texas 67
Duke 81—Temple 64
Duke 97—Florida St. 75
Florida 81—Georgia 68
Furman 91—Miami 74
Furman 154—The Citadel 67
Geo. Wash. 74—Georgetown 55
Georgia 90—Miss. St. 75
Georgia 76—LSU 70
Georgia Tech 59—Kentucky 58
LSU 84—N. Carolina 77
Louisville 73—Notre Dame 69
Maryland 68—S. Carolina 51
Maryland 78—Virginia 65
Maryland 71—Clemson 63
Navy 77—Wm. & Mary 56
N. Carolina 95—W. Forest 78
N. Carolina St. 96—Duke 91
Rice 61—Texas A&M 41
Richmond 92—Villanova 82
Richmond 72—Geo. Wash. 67
SMU 74—Texas 51
SMU 76—Rice 67
Temple 80—Richmond 71
Tennessee 94—Clemson 55
Texas A&M 62—Arkansas 59
TCU 67—Arkansas 62
Texas T. 83—N. Mex. A&M 54
Tulane 85—Florida 74
Vanderbilt 86—Wm.&Mary 61
Vanderbilt 73—Tennessee 69
Virginia 89—S. Carolina 69
Virginia 106—VMI 84
W. Virginia 98—VPI 82
Dayton 68—Canisius 54
Illinois 99—Indiana 75
Indiana 95—Michigan 77
Iowa 86—Wisconsin 69
Kansas St. 99—Oklahoma 82
Kansas St. 78—Iowa St. 77
Marquette 74—Drake 71
Marquette 97—Bradley 73
Michigan 88—Ohio St. 81
Michigan St. 94—Wisconsin 77
Minnesota 81—Iowa 80
Missouri 76—Kansas 65
Missouri 69—Nebraska 57
Nebraska 76—Iowa St. 63
N'western 74—Minnesota 72
Notre Dame 83—Butler 58
Ohio St. 83—Michigan St. 76
Purdue 109—Bradley 92
Purdue 78—N'western 77
St. Louis 85—Houston 84
Brig. Young 92—N. Mexico 62
Brig. Young 90—Denver 68
Montana 44—Wyoming 42
Oregon 69—Wash. St. 55
Oregon St. 70—Wash. St. 58
Oregon St. 56—Wash. St. 52
San Fran. 51—St. Mary's 37
S. Cal. 63—California 56
S. Cal. 81—California 65
Stanford 61—UCLA 56
UCLA 91—Stanford 75
Utah 82—Denver 58
Utah 69—N. Mexico 59
Washington 82—Idaho 53
Wash. St. 63—Oregon 56
Wyoming 65—Utah St. 60
BASKETBALL'S TOP TEN
(Verdict of the Associated Press writers' poll)
2--North Carolina State (22)
4--La Salle (5)
5--San Francisco (8)
RUNNERS-UP: 11, Maryland 196; 12, Dayton (1) 155; 13, Richmond 108; 14, Minnesota (1) 105; 15, Niagara 75.
Natl. Hockey League
5. New York
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
3. New York
1. Ft. Wayne