NYAC meet at Madison Square Garden produced two new world's indoor records and one tie. Lieut. Parry O'Brien bettered his own mark by 3½ inches in 16-pound shotput with heave of 59 feet 9 inches; Villanova's front-running Charley Jenkins, undefeated this season, hotfooted through 500 yards in 56.4 to eclipse Mai Whitfield's record of 56.6; Lee Calhoun of North Carolina College streaked over four barriers in 60-yard hurdles final in 7.1 for his fifth straight win to tie old standard (Feb. 11).
Colonel Fred A. Wanklyn of Nassau boated 85-pound wahoo on 20-pound test line in Exuma Sound waters in central Bahamas, claimed world record (Feb. 9). Previous mark was 67 pounds 8 ounces.
Murray Halberg, 22-year-old New Zealander, ran mile in 4:01.8 over grass track at Auckland, fastest time ever recorded on turf (Feb. 11).
Peter Waterman, most vertical of horizontally inclined British boxers, endured prebout Calypso taunt of sly Kid Gavilan ("He's very fast on his feet,/I'll knock him into the street."), spate of hooks and bolos for 10 rounds at London's Harringay Arena, was awarded roundly booed decision by Referee Ben Green (see page 15).
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Larry Boardman, 19-year-old lightweight, gained split decision over Champion Wallace (Bud) Smith in nontitle bout at Boston. Smith, who apparently has inherited predecessor Jimmy Carter's modus operandi (win two, lose one, etc.), claimed, "I'm plenty peeved."
Ralph (Tiger) Jones, stolid journeyman middleweight, held off Tony Baldoni, moving up in class, for four rounds, floored him with chopping right in fifth, before putting him down on back in sixth for knockout win at Washington, D.C.
Isaac Logart, Cuba's white-shoed successor to Kid Gavilan, showed little of Keed's old flash in taking dreary split decision from Ramon Fuentes, onetime Forest Lawn gravedigger, in New York.
TRACK AND FIELD
Arnie Sowell, running well within himself, took lead on first turn in featured NYAC half mile at Madison Square Garden, withstood brief challenge from Tom Courtney to win breezing in spanking 1:51.8. Santee-less mile, which is fast becoming joke of indoor season, was dawdled through to swelling chorus of boos, fitful paper bombardment of track as race commenced at near stroll and closed with Ron Delany, eventual victor in 4:14, jostling little George King attempting to pass on turn. George Sydnor won 6.2 60-yard dash in another jeered decision, over David Sime, who was locked out at start (see below). Among other winners: Morgan State's Bob Barksdale in high jump (6 feet 9 inches, meet record); Pioneer Club's one-mile relay (Tucker, Bowens, R. Maiocco and Pearman—3:18.8, fastest scratch clocking of season); Pioneer Club's Harry Bright in
1,000-yard run (2:13.8); NYAC's Horace Ashenfelter in 2-mile run (9:06.6); Bob Richards, who cleared 15 feet in pole vault for 89th time.
Calumet Farm's Liberty Sun righted himself after floundering in soupy going at Hialeah, splashed up on outside under Willie Hartack's urging in stretch to run down leaders, win by neck in mile-and-furlong $34,350 Everglades Stakes. Favored Nail led until running out of wind at end.
Mister Gus, a son of Nasrullah, showed plenty of heart as he responded to Bill Boland's call for still more run in dash to wire in 1‚⅛-mile, $59,300 San Antonio Handicap at Santa Anita, nipping Honeys Alibi and favored Bobby Brocato in photo.
Wake Forest and Alabama turned in major surprises in hoop-happy South, Deacons defeating Duke 80-77 to move into Atlantic Coast Conference lead with Blue Devils and North Carolina; Alabama stopping Vanderbilt 88-61 to give them top billing in Southeastern Conference.
Illinois continued to head up Big Ten, beating Indiana 92-89 and Ohio State 111-64, chilling the hot hand of Robin Freeman, State's master-gunner, in the bargain by holding him to 12 points.
San Francisco scored victories No. 43 and 44 humbling COP 77-60 and Fresno State 79-46 to remain unbeaten along with St. Francis of Brooklyn. Independents Louisville and Dayton got through week without losses (see page 43).
Ted Kroll, playing finest golf of 18-year professional career, shot 16-under-par 264 for first money in $10,000 Tucson Open. Dow Finsterwald stayed with Kroll until 71st hole before faltering to wind up with 267 as flock of low scores brought earnings on 274s down to $124 apiece.
Fay Crocker, cocky National Open champion playing out of Montevideo, calmly stroked seven-foot downhill putt on final hole to beat Patty Berg 144 to 145 and successfully defend her title in Miami Beach women's open.
Russia continued mastery evidenced in Winter Olympics by sweeping first three places in world championships at Oslo. Winner: Oleg Goncharenko. Runners-up: Robert Merculov and Evgeny Grishin.
Frank Leahy, former Notre Dame coach, expressed disinterest in University of Southern California coaching spot which will open in 1957 when incumbent Jess Hill moves up to athletic director. Said Leahy: "I've had all the coaching I can absorb."
DIED—Connie Mack, 93, manager of Philadelphia Athletics for 50 years (1901-1950); at Philadelphia (see-page 17).