Tom Courtney of Fordham raced half-mile in 1:52.6, fastest time ever recorded for distance on flat board track, set new meet record in Pioneer Club games at New York.
Alidon, Louis B. Mayer's gelding, streaked mile-and-quarter on grass in 1:58 4/5 in $33,850 Camino Real Handicap, bettered unofficial American mark by 1.2 seconds at Santa Anita, Calif.
Johnny Longden booted home Berseem in $28,250 Santa Barbara Handicap, was aboard Alidon, scored 10th and 11th Santa Anita stakes victories, broke old mark of nine by Eddie Arcaro in 1952.
Richard S. Ferg, enterprising skin-diving enthusiast, outfitted self in stylish rubber frogman suit, consumed 19 tanks of compressed air, stayed underwater 24 hours, 21 minutes, established new submergence record in New York.
Bill Cleary, sure-handed Harvard center, scored five goals in NCAA hockey tournament at Colorado Springs, Col., and raised season's total to 89 points for all-time college standard.
La Salle, led by brilliant play of All-America Tom Gola, powered past West Virginia 95-61, Princeton 73-46, Canisius 99-64, twice broke NCAA tournament scoring records. Graceful Gola scored 76 points in three games, climaxed sensational play with 30 points, 25 rebounds against Canisius at Philadelphia.
Iowa, beaten by Michigan 74-58 in final Big 10 game, regained winning form, outclassed Penn State 82-53, put down desperate last-ditch Marquette rally, polished off Warriors 86-81 at Evanston, Ill., prepared to meet La Salle in NCAA semi-final March 18 at Kansas City. Bill Logan topped Hawkeyes with 31 points.
San Francisco, nation's No. 1 team, coasted past West Texas 89-66, stunned Utah 78-59, outlasted powerful Oregon State 57-56, won NCAA Western playoff at Corvallis, Ore. Big Bill Russell (6 feet 10 inches) outplayed bigger Wade (Swede) Halbrook (7 feet 3 inches) in final game, scored 29 points.
Colorado outplayed Tulsa 69-59, swept past surprising Bradley 93-81 at Manhattan, Kan., won dubious honor of meeting San Francisco in other NCAA semi-final.
Utah, eliminated by San Francisco, smashed Seattle 108-65 in Western consolation, set NCAA tournament scoring mark.
NIT opened in New York's Madison Square Garden with St. Louis outrunning Connecticut 110-103 for new tournament record. Niagara controlled boards, downed Lafayette 83-70, ended Leopards' 21-game streak. St. Francis of Loretto, Pa. got superb 29-point performance from Maurice Stokes, defeated Seton Hall 89-78. Louisville overpowered Manhattan 91-86.
Princeton climaxed tremendous comeback, trounced Brown 58-39 to earn triple tie with Penn and Columbia for Ivy League title, then took crown with 86-69 win over Lions, who downed Penn 73-71 in first playoff game.
NBA playoffs began this week with second-place N.Y. Knickerbockers meeting third-place Boston Celtics in Eastern Division two-out-of-three series, Minneapolis Lakers facing Rochester Royals in Western Division, winners to meet first-place Syracuse Nationals and Ft. Wayne Pistons.
PAN AMERICAN GAMES
Argentina won two gold medals, U.S. one in opening track and field events at Mexico City. Herman Wyatt and Ernie Shelton of U.S. leaped record-breaking 6 feet 7 inches, tied for first in high jump; Argentina's Oswaldo Suarez won 10,000-meter, Ingebogg Pfuller tossed discus 141 feet 8½ inches for new record.
Mrs. Maxine Mitchell of Los Angeles took women's foils title; Bantamweight Charles Vinci of York, Pa. lifted 660 pounds in press, snatch, clean-and-jerk, sent U.S. into lead in weightlifting. U.S. also defeated Mexico 5-1 in baseball opener, Brazil 51-45 in women's basketball.
Raul (Raton) Macias, somber, hard-hitting little Mexican, blasted Chamrern Songkitrat to canvas four times with fast left hooks, bruising rights, stopped Thailander in 11th round, won NBA version of "world" bantamweight championship (except in California) at San Francisco.
Carl (Bobo) Olson, busy middleweight champion, overwhelmed Willie Vaughn of Los Angeles with thumping body blows in early rounds, shifted two-fisted attack to head in eighth, won easy 10-round decision in nontitle bout at Hollywood, Calif.
Earl Walls, Canadian heavyweight title-holder, battled through 12 hard rounds with James J. Parker of Paterson, N.J., was satisfied with draw after erring announcer gave fight and crown to Parker, then admitted referee and judges' cards added up to stalemate at Toronto.
Maryland won four out of five bouts, rallied to edge Syracuse 39-35 for Eastern Intercollegiate honors at College Park, Md.
Briggs Cunningham's British Jaguar "D," with Mike Hawthorn of England and Phil Walters of W. Palm Beach, Fla. at the wheel, was declared provisional winner of confused 12-hour Grand Prix of Endurance at Sebring, Fla., pending decision on protest lodged by Allen Guiberson of Dallas, whose Ferrari was placed second by embarrassed AAA officials.
Beverly Baker Fleitz, ambidextrous, hardhitting stylist from Long Beach, Calif., celebrated 25th birthday, downed Louise Brough 8-6, 3-6, 6-2, won La Jolla invitation, became potential successor to retired Maureen (Little Mo) Connolly who withdrew from same tournament.
TRACK AND FIELD
Wes Santee made last start before Pan American games, lapped one runner, breezed home in 4:08.6 mile at Milwaukee Journal games. Abe Woodson of Illinois came up with meet's best performance, won 50-yard high hurdles in 0:06.1.
Joe Gaffney of Philadelphia's Shanahan Catholic Club ran off with Borican 600 in 1:12.6 in Pioneer Club meet at New York, was overshadowed by Tom Courtney's record-breaking 1:52.6 half-mile. Andy Stanfield, Olympic 200-meter champion, won 60-yard dash in 0:06.5.
Michigan outskated, outfought Colorado College 5-3 in rough game which saw 19 penalties handed out, 47 saves by alert Wolverine Goalie Lorne Howes, took NCAA championship at Colorado Springs, Col. Harvard's Ivy League winners came from behind on three goals by Bill Cleary, beat St. Lawrence 6-3 in consolation match.
Detroit Red Wings edged Chicago 3-2, throttled Toronto 6-1, remained close behind Montreal Canadiens as National Hockey League race headed into final week and Stanley Cup playoffs. Fiery, hot-tempered Maurice (Rocket) Richard of Montreal erupted as Canadiens lost to Boston 4-2, struck Linesman Cliff Thompson, was given match penalty, $100 fine, possible suspension.
Roman Patrol, dashing Pin Oak Farm favorite, took to Jockey Doug Dodson's whip in stretch, outgalloped Speed Rouser to win by four lengths in $49,000 Louisiana Derby, closing feature at Fair Grounds in New Orleans.
Berseem sprinted into lead at start, stayed there for full mile-and-sixteenth, won $28,250 Santa Barbara Handicap by length-and-half in 1:42 for Jockey Johnny Longden's 10th stakes victory and new riding record, later stretched to 11, at Santa Anita, Calif.
Mrs. Grace DeMoss Smith of Miami grabbed lead on eighth hole, went on to whip Barbara Romack, national amateur titleholder from Sacramento, Calif., 4 and 3 in Florida East Coast final at St. Augustine.
Patty Berg, veteran St. Andrews, Ill. shotmaker, toured Augusta (Ga.) Country Club course in 291 for 72 holes, broke tournament record by two strokes, took sixth women's titleholders championship.
Pitt captured four first places, piled up 69 points, easily won fourth straight Eastern Collegiate swim championship at New Brunswick, N.J.
Yale was forced to limit by Harvard, won final event, 400-yard freestyle relay, nosed out Cantabs 44-40 for 127th consecutive dual meet victory and Eastern Intercollegiate title at Cambridge, Mass.
Texas scored heavily in distance events, swept first four places in 440-yard freestyle, outscored Texas A&M, captured Southwest Conference title.
Cornell's Jim Brown defeated Columbia's Barry Pariser in saber, gave Big Red 70-point total, clinched three-weapon crown in Intercollegiate Fencing Association championships at New York. Columbia won saber and épée honors, Navy took foil.
Pitt's Bill Hulings (123 pounds), Ed Perry (130 pounds), Joe Solomon (177 pounds) won individual titles, paced Panthers to close triumph in Eastern Intercollegiate tournament at University Park, Pa.
Dartmouth-trained skiers dominated national Alpine championships and Olympic trials at Franconia, N.H. Chiharu (Chick) Igaya, Big Green sophomore, won combined, tied with Bill Beck in downhill in 1:55.3. Ralph Miller zoomed down run twice in 108.8 total time, took national slalom crown. Tom Corcoran, former Dartmouth star, overcame fog, heavy rain, won giant slalom Olympic trial in 2:03.95.
Mrs. Andrea Mead Lawrence, Vermont-born Olympic winner, made grand comeback at N. Conway, N.H., regained national slalom, downhill titles, won Alpine combined honors. Petite, blue-eyed, 16-year-old Betsy Snite of Norwich, Vt. upset Andy in giant slalom, became good bet for U.S. Olympic team berth.
Bradley Andres, young San Diego daredevil, pushed his Harley-Davidson 94.57 mph for new record, finished on top in 200-mile American Motorcycle Association national expert race with 2:05.46.54 elapsed time at Daytona Beach, Fla. Dan Richards of Little Rock, Ark. was first in 100-mile beach and road race for amateurs.
Karl Schwenzfeier, agile Penn State gymnast, won four events, won all-round trophy in Eastern Intercollegiate meet at Annapolis, Md. Unbeaten Penn State was awarded team title based on season's record (see page 34).
Jack Lovett Jr., Montgomery, Ala. insurance broker, blasted 3,496 targets out of 3,600 in 1954, became first man to win national high over-all skeet shooting crown three years in row. Mrs. Carola Mandel (SI, Sept. 13), pretty wife of Chicago department store executive, swept all divisions, was named women's champion.
U.S. won all four doubles matches, nosed out Canada 5-4 in North American Zone Thomas Cup final, won right to meet Asiatic Zone titleholder May 24, 25 in Malaya.
ELECTED—John Wilmer Galbreath, prominent sportsman, real estate dealer, former polo player, master of Darby Dan Farms, president of Pittsburgh Pirates, and Arthur Boyd Hancock Jr., Kentucky-born director of Claiborne Farms, president of Thoroughbred Club of America (1947-48), member of Kentucky State Racing Commission; to The Jockey Club, in New York.
DIED—Jorge Pasquel, 48, dapper multimillionaire Mexican sportsman, diamond importer; in plane crash with five others, in San Luis Potosi Mountains, Mexico. Pasquel raided baseball's major leagues in 1946, lured some 18 stars to ill-fated Mexican
OTHER RESULTS FOR THE RECORD
Bradley 69—Okla. City 65
Bradley 81—SMU 79
Canisius 73—Williams 60
Canisius 73—Vill. 71
Colorado 69—Tulsa 59
Colorado 93—Bradley 81
Columbia 73—Penn 71
Iowa 82—Penn St. 53
Iowa 86 Marquette 81
Ky. 84—Penn St. 59
La Salle 95—W. Va. 61
La Salle 73—Princeton 46
La Salle 99—Canisius 64
Louisville 91—Manhatt. 86
Marquette 90-Miami(0.) 79
Marquette 79—Ky. 71
Niagara 83-Laf. 70
Oregon St. 83—Seattle 71
Penn St. 59—Memph. St. 55
Princeton 86—Columbia 69
St. Francis 89-S. Hall 78
St. Louis 110—Conn. 103
San Fran. 89—W. Texas 66
San Fran. 78—Utah 59
San Fran.57—Oregon St.56
Seattle 80—Idaho St. 63
Tulsa 68—SMU 67
Utah 108—Seattle 85
Vill. 74-Duke 73
Vill. 64—Princeton 57
East Texas State, over Southeastern (Okla.), 71-5 4, NAIA championship, Kansas City.
Moberly (Mo.), over Hannibal-LaGrange, 71-64, natl. jr. college championship, Hutchinson, Kan.
Gil Turner, 8-round TKO over Joe Micell, middle-weights, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Ronnie Delaney, 10-round decision over Al (Sugar) Wilson, middleweights, New York.
Frankie Ryff, 10-round decision over Danny Jo Perez, lightweights, New York.
Dai Dower, 15-round decision over Nazzareno Gianelli, for European flyweight title, London.
Campbell Brothers, skipped by Garnet Campbell, over N. Ontario, 9-6, The MacDonald Brier, Regina.
(Eastern championships, Princeton, N.J.)
David Travers, Buffalo, N.Y., sr. men's title.
Muriel Reich, New York, sr. ladies' title.
Mary and Richard Keller, sr. pairs title.
Bo Wininger, Oklahoma City, over Jimmy Clark & Billy Maxwell, in playoff, with 66, Baton Rouge, La. Open.
Mrs. Jackie Pung, Honolulu, Jacksonville, Fla. Open, with 297.
LADY BALLADIER: $17,300 Miss Maryland Stakes, 5½ f., by a nose, in 1:06.2, Bowie, Md. Oliver Cutshaw up.
FLY WHEEL: $15,000 Appleton Handicap, 1‚⅛ m., by 4 lengths, in 1:49 1/5, Gulfstream Pk., Hallandale, Fla. Hedley Woodhouse up.
Richard K. Hebard and James M. Carlisle, Scarsdale, N.Y., over John Moses and Rawle Deland, 8-6, 8-10, 6-1, 8-6, natl. doubles championship, Scarsdale, N.Y.
John Hayward, Clearwater, Fla,, intl. midwinter Snipe regatta, with 6,241 pts., Clearwater, Fla.
(Natl, midwinter pistol championship, Tampa, Fla.)
Harry Reeves, Detroit, men's over-all, with 2,607 pts.
Lucille Chambliss, Winter Haven, Fla., women's over-all, with 1,688 pts.
Tauno Pulkkinen, New York, USEASA 18.6-m. cross country title, in 2:07.29, Andover, Me.
Tony Trabert, Cincinnati, over Tom Brown, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4, men's singles, Barranquilla, Colombia.
Doris Hart, Coral Gables, Fla., over Dorothy Head Knode, 8-6, 7-5, women's singles, Barranquilla, Colombia.
RESULTS OF GRAPEFRUIT-CIRCUIT GAMES
N.Y. (N) B
NATIONAL BASKETBAL ASSOCIATION
2. New York
1. Ft. Wayne
Natl. Hockey League
5. New York