Yale's Dave Armstrong, Roger Anderson and Tim Jecko, who helped set world record of 3:18.3 week earlier, teamed up with Aussie Rex Aubrey to churn water white in Payne Whitney pool at New Haven, freestyling 400-yard relay in 3:15.1 for U.S. and college marks but lost chance for new world standard because Aubrey is Australian citizen (March 2).
Hill School's Bob Kaufmann, off and winging in backstroke, set pace for Charlie Griffin (breaststroke), Bryan Williams (butterfly) and Charlie Brown (freestyle), who combined to clock speedy 1:44.8 in 200-yard medley relay at Pottstown, Pa., lowering U.S. prep school record held by Deerfield Academy (March 2).
Jim Brewer, muscular North Phoenix H.S. senior pole-vaulter, sound after injury which cut effectiveness last year, soared up and over bar at 14 feet 4¼ inches to break own national interscholastic record at Phoenix (March 1).
March 11, 1957
North Carolina polished off Wake Forest 69-64, Duke 86-72 to finish regular season unbeaten in 24 games, sat back to await Atlantic Coast Conference playoffs and chance for NCAA bid, already in bag for Kentucky, Brigham Young, Connecticut, Miami of Ohio and Texas Western, who clinched league titles. South Carolina's Grady Wallace pumped home 83 points in last two games to take over major-college scoring lead with 31-point average.
Boston put down Rochester 111-102 to clinch first Eastern Division title and NBA spotlight shifted to second-place duel between Syracuse and Philadelphia as New York's playoff hopes grew dimmer. St. Louis crept closer to Fort Wayne in West while Minneapolis, sold provisionally to Marty Marion and Milton Fischmann (who plan move to Kansas City) for $150,000, battled Rochester for third place.
TRACK AND FIELD
Ireland's Ron Delany, eating up ground with peculiarly gaited rapidity of turkey fleeing from Thanksgiving dinner, collared front-running Lew Stieglitz of Connecticut 50 yards from home in breathtaking 57.5 last quarter to win two-mile thriller in record-breaking 9:06.6 and complete unprecedented double (he earlier won 1,000-yard run in 2:14) to help power-packed Villanova pile up 46 points for first IC4A title in New York. Other Villanova winners: Charlie Jenkins, in 600-yard run in 1:12.1; Don Bragg, all alone at 15 feet in pole vault; Phil Reavis and Charlie Stead tied for first in high jump at 6 feet 9½ inches. Meet also signaled big-time return of Duke's mercury-footed Dave Sime, who captured 60-yard dash in 6.2, while Olympic Champion Tom Courtney blazed through special handicap ¾ mile in 2:59.5, best ever indoors.
Indiana, bolstered by Greg Bell's magnificent 25-foot 7-inch broad jump and disqualification of second-place Ohio State (whose one-man gang, Glenn Davis, scored 16½ points) foursome in mile relay, won Big Ten crown with 37½ points to 31½ for Buckeyes.
Jimmy Demaret, colorful veteran from Kiamesha Lake, N.Y., parlayed deadly putting and steady iron play on final round into one-stroke victory over Peter Thomson (278 to 279) and $2,000 payoff in Baton Rouge (La.) Open.
Vince Martinez, Bill Daly's cautious-stabbing welterweight, ranked No. 5 by NBA but relegated to back room by IBC these days, found rejuvenated and still-aggressive Kid Gavilan quite a handful but jabbed and hooked to close 10-round decision at Newark. Complained oft-edged Gavilan, his feelings salved by $7,500 purse: "What I got to do to win?" Co-promoter Willie (The Beard) Gilzenberg, chased across river by New York Boxing Commissioner Julius Helfand and bubbling over after first successful promotion, which drew 8,500 fans and $35,920 gate, had no answer for Gavilan but chortled: "The right guy won for us." To prove his point, Willie blandly tossed out $100,000 offers to Carmen Basilio and Gene Fullmer, will probably settle for Martinez-Gavilan return.
Rory Calhoun, once-beaten young White Plains, N.Y. middleweight, back at his trade after being sidelined for two months with pulled muscle, took four rounds to get his bearings, then belabored Charley Cotton with good combinations to take 10-round split decision at Denver.
Bold Ruler and Sir William, energetic pair of 3-year-olds, were week's biggest money-winners in races at opposite ends of nation. Bold Ruler, responding neatly to Eddie Arcaro's brilliant ride in $131,400 Flamingo Stakes at Hialeah, galloped nine furlongs in track record 1:47, thought to be fastest ever for 3-year-old; Sir William took over when favored Prince Khaled was scratched, prancing home first by head in $143,000 Santa Anita Derby (see page 52).
Just Rite Roz, alert 3-year-old liver-and-white pointer bitch, ranging and casting well over retired Appliance Magnate Bud Maytag's rolling Sedgefields Plantation at Union Springs, Ala., flushed and pinned down eight coveys in perfect run under expert handling of Druggist William P. Swift Jr. to win National Shooting Dog Championship, nation's top amateur trial. Crowed Owner Jim Waugh: "She's a hunting fool. Can't seem to get enough."
Wariel's Allegheny Sport, 5-year-old pointer owned by R. W. Riggins and the Rev. J. A. Bays of Knoxville, sloshing tirelessly over muddy terrain at Grand Junction, Tenn., pointed 19 coveys and four singles in near-record run to win professional bird-dogdom's "world series" and $1,500 for Trainer-Handler Herman Smith of Hatchechubbee, Ala.
Juan Manuel Fangio, relentlessly heavy-footed old master, stuck to business while dashing Marquis de Portago and Texan Carroll Shelby provided thrills, rolling his Maserati 315 miles along Havana's broad waterfront boulevard at 100-mph average to win first Cuban Grand Prix in 3:11.59 (see page 32).
Lance Reventlow, spirited sports-car-racing offspring of Woolworth Heiress Barbara Hutton, reached his 21st birthday (properly celebrated by a luau-and-champagne party), and with it came both riches and woe. Among his riches: $400,000 all-electronic Beverly Hills mansion, complete with pushbutton window shades, from doting mother. His woe: suspension by SCCA because he misstated age when applying for racing license last year.
Detroit faltered ever so slightly and Montreal and Boston began to come on with rush in NHL. Canadiens trounced Red Wings 3-0, 5-1 in fierce stick-to-stick meetings before Bruins put temporary halt to streak with 5-2 victory. At week's end, Detroit held slender three-point edge over Montreal, led Boston by six points.
ENGAGEMENT REVEALED—Harold Connolly, 25, U.S. Olympic hammer throw champion, world record holder (224 feet 10½ inches); and buxom Olga Fikotova, 24, Czech gold medal winner in discus throw; in Prague (see page 31).