FIGURE SKATING—Carol Heiss, 20-year-old New York University junior, an overwhelming favorite to win an Olympic gold medal in figure skating later this month, moved serenely through her school figures and free-skating numbers, was given near-perfect score by enchanted judges as she won her fourth straight national championship, at Seattle.
In the men's division Dave Jenkins, 23-year-old medical student at Western Reserve, holder of national and world figure titles for the last three years, put on a dazzling display of leaps and flips in the free skating to defeat Tim Brown of Sacramento for the championship.
TRACK & FIELD—High Jumper John Thomas 18, Boston University sophomore, faltered briefly in his Millrose Games jumping duel with Charley Dumas of Southern California but cleared 6 feet 11 on his third try, then scaled 7 feet 1½ to up his own world indoor record by¼ inch.
Earlier in same meet Houston and Australia's Al Lawrence sprinted away from Houston and Poland's John Macy in the last quarter mile of the three-mile run, missed the world indoor record by a thin second in time of 13:38.0.
February 8, 1960
BASEBALL—Baseball's new major league, the Continental, issued its own official birth certificate at full-scale powwow in New York, named Buffalo as the eighth and final entry. Rest of the roster: New York, Houston, Toronto, Atlanta, Denver, Dallas-Fort Worth, Minneapolis-St. Paul.
FOOTBALL—The new professional American Football League rounded out its roster with the admission of Oakland, Calif. as its eighth franchise. With Los Angeles and San Francisco clubs in the NFL, a Los Angeles club already in the AFL, California now claims four of the nation's 20 pro franchises.
HORSE RACING—In Santa Anita Maturity First Landing demonstrated that he had fully recovered from the kidney infection that made his 1959 season such a disappointment, justified Owner Christopher Chenery's $10,000 supplementary entry fee. Under brilliant, whipflashing ride by Jockey Eddie Arcaro, colt defeated Bagdad, Willie Shoemaker up, by a half length in $166,490 classic. Impressive victory, his biggest since 1958 Garden State Stakes, indicated that Chenery's strapping 4-year-old bay is ready to throw a strong challenge at Sword Dancer, 1959's Horse of the Year, when the two meet in New York this spring.
BOXING—Although the action was thick and fast, none of it, alas, was in the ring, and the Ingemar Johansson-Floyd Patterson rematch seemed as uncertain and distant as ever. New York Attorney General Louis J. Lefkowitz charged TelePrompTer, which televised the first fight, and Floyd Patterson Enterprises with attempting to monopolize and control the heavyweight championship and began action to dissolve the firms under the state's antitrust law. John DeJohn and Joe Netro, comanagers of Carmen Basilio, were banned for life by New York boxing commission for making payments to Hoodlum Gabe Genovese. New York State Assemblyman Francis J. Souhan, a former member of the boxing commission, introduced a bill which he thought would solve everything: outlaw professional boxing in New York.