San Francisco broke up California's filibustering tactics after Bruins' first-quarter game of "keep-away" gave them 13-3 lead, went on to win 33-24, set new major-college mark of 40 consecutive victories at Berkeley, Calif. Old record was held jointly by Seton Hall and LIU (Jan. 28).
Dave Stephens, Australia's hustling travel agent, was model of consistency of pace, ripping off six miles in 4:38, 4:38, 4:43, 4:41, 4:42.2 and 4:31.8 for new world mark of 27:54 at Melbourne. When told he had erased Emil Zatopek's standard, Stephens beamed, "He's my friend and teacher. I think he'll be as pleased as I am" (Jan. 25).
Robert Henry Pape, 32-year-old British Royal Navy Commissioned Master-at-Arms, outlegged field of five in Hong Kong stadium for 30 miles, claimed new world mark of 2:54:45, beating old standard by more than three minutes (Jan. 25).
February 6, 1956
Kent County (England) Smallbore Rifle Assn. scored 2,000 points out of possible 2,000 in all-Britain competition to set unbeatable world mark, surpassing previous record of 1,998. All 20 members of club, including teen-age cousins Valerie Mills and Brenda Williams, scored bull's-eyes at 25 yards with 10 shots (Jan. 27).
Evgeny Grishin, Russian Olympic speed-skater, zoomed over Lake Misurina to set world mark of 40.2 for 500-meters; broke 1,500-meter standard as did Teammate Yuri Mikhailov, with identical 2:08.6 clockings.
Louisville dropped Dayton from unbeaten powers 66-64 after 14 straight wins, on Guard Gerry Moreman's basket with two seconds remaining and Kentucky was dumped by Vanderbilt 81-73 in week's major upsets as 6-foot Guards Babe Taylor and Al Rochelle scored 52 points, led freeze throughout last eight minutes. Downcast Kentucky Coach Rupp snapped at taunting Vandy student after game: "My name will be around a lot longer than yours."
North Carolina State rallied in final minutes to defeat St. John's 82-70, with Center Ron Shavlik contributing 20 points on 10 field goals. North Carolina, Atlantic Coast Conference leader, was idle.
Temple and St. Francis of Brooklyn continued undefeated along with San Francisco (see "Record Breakers"), each winning 13th in row. St. Francis met tough metropolitan rival, Seton Hall, eked out 81-78 victory, mauled Ithaca 101-49 while Owls beat Delaware 108-81 and Navy 93-74.
West packed lineup with towering re-bounders, humbled East 108-94 in NBA's annual All-Star game at Rochester, N.Y. Bob Pettit, 6 foot 9 inch St. Louis forward, scored 20 points, grabbed 20 rebounds, received most valuable player award.
Joe Lapchick, gaunt (6 foot 5 inch, 178 pounds), high-strung N.Y. Knickerbocker coach, resigned because of physical and emotional strain of job, reported differences with Knick boss Ned Irish, may finish out season with club.
Willie Pastrano, light-footed, light-punching New Orleans light-heavyweight, absorbed body punches from crowding Michigan State Grad Chuck Spieser, peppered opponent's head in final three rounds, gained unimpressive 10-round draw with 12-to-5 underdog in Miami Beach, Fla. 10-rounder.
Joey Giambra, husky young middleweight contender, showed evidence of rust in first bout since Army discharge last December, came on with rights to head in late rounds to salvage 10-round decision over tiring Al Andrews at Norfolk, Va.
Julius Helfand, New York boxing commissioner, tied in International Guild brass Charley Johnston, Bill Daly and Jack Kearns with St. Nick TV promotions, drawing testimony from Du Mont's general counsel that he had found it necessary to deal with three managers in negotiating St. Nick contract, leading to inference that Promoters Tex Sullivan and Willie (The Beard) Gilzenberg are perhaps only nominally in command at Manhattan fight club.
Cleveland boxing commission suspended Johnston, Daly and Ohio Guild's Al Del Monte indefinitely pending outcome of antitrust suit against trio (SI, Jan. 23).
Johnny Cherberg, embattled University of Washington coach who received vote of confidence and new one-year contract from school regents despite November player revolt, was dismissed in turnabout, after three-month attempt to hold team together, charged sabotage by "unhappy alliance" including athletic director, university vice-president and influential alumnus.
New York Giants, Polo Grounds tenants for their 31-year existence, deserted Manhattan ball yard for cross-river Yankee Stadium, signed 10-year lease on new home at insistence of "continually worried" NFL Commissioner Bert Bell who feared Coogan's Bluff property might become site of new housing development. Switch freshened rumors that baseball Giants would soon follow suit.
TRACK AND FIELD
Villanova continued dominance of indoor season in Boston AA games as Dublin-bred Ron Delany, disregarding fast early pace, came from 25 yards back in final quarter to take Hunter Mile in 4:06.3, swiftest board clocking of winter; Wes Santee, sidelined for month with calf injury, labored in fourth. Other Villanova winners: Charley Jenkins in 600 (1:09.9—meet record and third fastest indoor time ever); George Sydnor in 50-yard dash (5.6); Phil Reavis—tied with Ernie Shelton—in high jump (6 feet 9 inches).
Merv Lincoln, little-known Australian miler, battled John Landy (see above) around final turn at Melbourne then faded, finished second in 4:00.6 to tie for world's 10th fastest mile.
Trackmaster, long-priced son of On Trust, with substitute jockey Ralph Neves applying bat, found Arcadia, Calif. strip, softened by recent downpour, to his liking, closed fast in homestretch to win $155,960 Santa Anita Maturity by head from favored Traffic Judge.
Willie Hartack, riding top-weighted Sea O Erin, broke on top ("When the man said 'Go,' I commenced"), led throughout mile and furlong to capture $33,750 Royal Palm Handicap at Hialeah by half-length from onrushing Illusionist for Hasty House Farm colt's second victory in row in rich race.
Slo-Mo-Shun V, Stan Sayres' celebrated hydroplane which won 1951 and 1954 Gold Cup races, was damaged in 1955 trials, sold to Rooster Tails, Inc., syndicate of 10 Seattle fans who plan to enter her in 1956 race under new name-Miss Seattle.
Jimmy Demaret, exotically togged veteran, bagged pair of birdies on back nine to take $15,000 Palm Springs (Calif.) Thunderbird Invitational with 269 as Cary Middlecoff faltered on final round for 270.
Pete Burke, 50-year-old kid brother of former National Open Champ Billy Burke (1931), received honors which eluded him in salad days, took spectacular iron shot to get out of trees to green on 18th hole, sank 10-foot putt, won PGA Seniors' title by single stroke at Dunedin, Fla. with 215.
Carleton Mitchell's 39-foot yawl Finisterre plowed through rough seas off Miami to win Lipton Cup race on corrected time.
Eventide, 37-foot ketch, owned by Stephen and Esther Newmark of Los Angeles, took over-all honors in 1,430-mile San Diego-to-Acapulco race.
Russians, making first appearance in Winter Olympics, got off to brilliant start in first five days at Cortina. (See page 17, and Olympic Scoreboard, page 42.)
MARRIED—Rodney Clark (Hot Rod) Hundley, 21, clowning West Virginia University basketballer, and high school sweetheart Nancy Jane Hammond, 20; at Morgantown, W. Va.
ELECTED—Hank Greenberg and Joe Cronin, general managers of Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox, former American League stars; to Hall of Fame at Coopers-town, N.Y.
DIED—Col. Blake R. Van Leer, 62, president of Georgia Tech since 1944, longtime champion of college athletics who stood firm on furor surrounding Pitt and its Negro Fullback Bobby Grier playing Tech in 1956 Sugar Bowl—"We have made a contract and we will fulfill it"; of coronary thrombosis at Atlanta, Ga.
DIED—Billy Evans, 71, American League umpire (1906-27). Thereafter general manager of Cleveland Indians (1928-35), Detroit Tigers (1947-51) and Cleveland Ram football club (1941-42), Southern Association president (1943-46), Boston Red Sox farm director (1936-40), sportswriter; of heart attack at Miami.
RESULTS OF 60 LEADING COLLEGE BASKETBALL GAMES
Canisius 81—Creighton 65
Connecticut 82—Colgate 80
Duquesne 70—St. Bona. 60
Fordham 64—Army 46
Lafayette 78—Albright 74
Niagara 60—Duquesne 51
Siena 78—Manhattan 73
St. Fran. (N.Y.) 81—Seton Hall 78
St. Fran. 101—Ithaca 49
St. Jos. 74—W. Ches. 60
St. Joseph's 72—Penn 70
Syracuse 102—Conn. 82
Temple 108—Delaware 62
Villanova 88—Delaware 62
Yale 76—Fordham 65
SOUTH & SOUTHWEST
Alabama 99—Georgia 75
Arkansas 85—Mississippi 69
Georgia Tech 73—Tenn. 72
Houston 71—Tulsa 62
Houston 95—Miami 77
Houston 104—Trin.(Tex.) 62
La Salle 74—Richmond 59
Memp. State 105—Miss. St. 73
N.C. St. 82—St. John's 70
SMU 105—TCU 64
Temple 93—Navy 74
UCLA 99—Anz. St.(Tem.) 79
Vanderbilt 81—Kentucky 73
Virginia 78—VMI 77
Wake For. 89—So. Car. 75
Wake For. 104—Clem. 103
West Va. 76—Furman 73
Bradley 65—Marquette 57
Detroit 89—Drake 77
Drake 79—Bradley 73
Illinois 80—De Paul 66
Iowa 67—Purdue 63
Iowa St. 70—Colorado 68
Iowa St. 71—Oklahoma 59
Louisville 66—Dayton 64
Michigan St. 94—Ohio St. 91
Minnesota 83—Northwest. 67
Ohio St. 91—Northwest. 67
Ohio U. 89—Toledo 79
Okla. City 56—Wichita 55
St. Louis 104—Cinc. 86
Tulsa 46—Okla. A&M 42
Col. A&M 66—Wyoming 56
Mont. 72—St. Fran. (Pa.) 56
St. Fran. 95—Seattle 88
San Fran. 33—Calif. 24
Seattle 106—St. Fran. 83
So. Cal. 65—Idaho 56
So. Cal. 73—Idaho 59
Stanford 74—Oregon 55
Stanford 73—Oregon 60
Utah 97—Hawaii 77
Utah St. 63—BYU 56
Wash. 66—Oregon St. 58
Wash. 83—Oregon St. 63
BASKETBALL'S TOP TEN
Team standings this week (first-place votes in parentheses):
1—San Francisco (90)
4—North Carolina State (4)
9—North Carolina (4)
RUNNERS-UP: 11, St. Louis (3) 164; 12, Alabama (2) 142; 13, St. Francis (Brooklyn) 141; 14, Holy Cross (4) 122; 15, Oklahoma City (4) 115.