Jiro Nagasawa, 24-year-old Yale graduate student who aspires to be a sportswriter in his native Tokyo, continued assault on world 220-yard butterfly record, lowered mark for second time in nine days in meet at New York (March 23). Nagasawa's time: 2:20.1, 2/10 second better than his previous effort.
Carin Cone, pretty 15-year-old youngster from Ridgewood, N.J., hustled through 150-yard backstroke in 1:47.5 to set new U.S. short-course standard in same meet (March 23).
Argentina's crafty "old man" of the tracks, Juan Manuel Fangio, teamed up with Italy's Eugenio Castellotti to fight bitter duel with England's Mike Hawthorn (spelled by Desmond Titterington) until brakes on Hawthorn's D-Jaguar gave way, then had easy time piloting red Ferrari to record-breaking victory in 12-hour Grand Prix grind at Sebring, Fla. Fangio averaged 84.066 mph, covered 1,088.8 miles, finished two laps ahead of another Ferrari piloted by Luigi Musso and Harry Schell (see page 32).
April 2, 1956
Ralph (Tiger) Jones, plodding middleweight spoiler, stalked and outpunched European Champion Charley Humez in early rounds, piled up enough points to win close 10-round decision in Frenchman's U.S. pro debut in New York.
Raul (Raton) Macias, Mexico's bustling NBA world bantamweight champion, hammered away at Leo Espinosa with damaging left hooks, put challenger away in 10th round at Mexico City.
East champions, representing New York, split first four bouts with West team from Chicago, went on to take next four and 6-2 victory in Inter-City Golden Gloves competition in New York.
Fresh revelations of boxing's dirty business came in Los Angeles where ex-Boxers Tommy Campbell and Georgie Hansford and ex-Manager Eddie Stanley told Governor Goody Knight's investigating committee that Babe McCoy, 300-pound Olympic Auditorium match-maker with police record and longtime monopolist of West Coast boxing, had instructed them to throw fights in 1940s and 1950 (see page 22).
Needles, rugged homebred stretch runner owned by Jackson Dudley and Bonnie Heath, staged another of his dramatic finishes, charged up on outside to take $145,400 Florida Derby by nearly length in track record time of 1:48 3/5 for mile-and-eighth at Gulfstream Park, Fla. Victory bolstered Needles' position as favorite for Kentucky Derby.
USLTA, making early effort to rebuild Trabertless Davis Cup team, gave Captain Bill Talbert 12-man preliminary squad composed of Veterans Vic Seixas, Art Larsen, Gil Shea, Ham Richardson, Herb Flam and seven promising youngsters: Sam Giammalva, 21; J. Allen Morris, 22; Whitney Reed, 22; Barry MacKay, 19; Art Andrews, 18; Ron Holmberg, 18; Earl Baumgardner, 18.
TRACK AND FIELD
Harrison Dillard, 32-year-old veteran, showed there is still life in his weary old legs, skipped over 60-yard high hurdles in 0:07.1 to tie own world indoor record in Chicago Daily News Relays. With fast-talking Wes Santee grounded by court decision which ended his injunction against AAU suspension, Bankers' Mile took on normal look, went to Iowa's Ted Wheeler, who barely held off challenging Phil Coleman to win in fine time of 4:07.5.
Cambridge, putting its weight advantage (eight pounds a man) to good use, moved into lead at start, maintained powerful beat against lighter but game Oxford crew to win traditional race by length and quarter as some 200,000 spectators lined banks of calm River Thames and millions more watched event on television.
San Francisco, to surprise of no one, and Louisville, to surprise of some, emerged as nation's top college teams at conclusion of NCAA and NIT tournaments. Dons, with All-America Bill Russell scoring 26 points and playing goal tender, swept past Iowa's Big Ten champions 83-71 for 55th straight victory and NCAA title at Evanston, Ill. while Louisville, played to standstill by Payton in first half, despite Charlie Tyra's hook shots, perked up in next 20 minutes to run away from Flyers 93-80 for NIT crown in New York (see page 42).
Guard George Swyers' last-second basket gave Seattle's Buchan Bakers 59-57 triumph over favored Phillips 66ers and national AAU championship at Denver.
NBA playoffs continued with Syracuse, who eliminated Boston, splitting first two games with Philadelphia in East, while St. Louis took 2 to 1 lead in West series with Fort Wayne after Pistons disposed of Minneapolis.
Montreal and Detroit were each within one victory of reaching Stanley Cup final at week's end. Fast-skating Canadiens poured it on to win three of first four games from New York Rangers; Red Wings swept three straight from Toronto.
Maryland, last year's college champion, got season off to good start, outscoring 1955 Open titlist Mount Washington 12-11 in final minutes at Baltimore.
DIED—Lou Moore, 52, former race driver, official, owner or builder of five Indianapolis winning cars; of cerebral hemorrhage, at Atlanta.