BOBSLEDDING—Italy's Eugenio Monti confounded experts at world bobsled championships at Cortina, Italy, by steering Italy's four-man team to .2-second victory over favored German and U.S. teams with aggregate time of 5:04.75 for four heats. Monti, who with his partner and brakeman, Renzo Alvera, has four times won the two-man world championships, said before race of the two extra teammates who rode sandwiched between him and Alvera: "All I ask of them is that they sit still. They can even close their eyes if they want."
BOXING—In nontelevised double-header championship matches, which drew 31,830 fans, for a $363,890 gate at Los Angeles Coliseum, Bantam Champ Jose Becerra of Mexico knocked out France's Alphonse Halimi, and Junior Welter Champ Carlos Ortiz of New York defeated Mexico's Raymundo Torres, also by knockout (see page 48). In Philadelphia Arena bout (which drew surprising SRO crowd) 20-year-old Philadelphia Lightweight Len Matthews made short work of fifth-ranked Johnny Busso, first knocked him through the ropes for mandatory eight count, then ended it all in first round with a sharp left hook.
Back home in Sweden after weeks of sparring with various promoters, Edwin Ahlquist. Ingemar Johansson's adviser, spoke optimistically of plans for a rematch with Floyd Patterson this June in the Polo Grounds. Adding to the optimism was N.Y. court consent decree, which voided Irving B. Kahn's TelePrompTer Corp.'s contracts with Floyd Patterson Enterprises Ltd. and Rosensohn Enterprises Inc. Said N.Y. Attorney General Louis J. Lefkowitz: "It will now be possible for any persons interested in the promotion of the fight or in the ancillary rights to deal openly with the principals."
HORSE RACING—Making his 1960 debut, Brookmeade Stable's Sword Dancer, 1959 Horse of the Year, was the dismay of Hialeah bettors who backed him at 1 to 4. He finished fourth in the seven furlongs, 3¾ lengths behind winner Petare. Philosophized Trainer Elliott Burch: "Well, this makes the Widener [Hialeah's $100,000 feature race February 20] that much more interesting."
February 15, 1960
HOCKEY—What would have been biggest hockey trade of this year—Detroit Red Wing star Red Kelly to the last-place New York Rangers—astonishingly fell flat when Kelly and teammate Bill McNeill (included in trade to New York for Rangers' Eddie Shack and Bill Gadsby) refused to be swapped. Both men want to stay in Detroit. Kelly has business interests in the city, and his wife is a skating instructor there. Clarence Campbell, NHL president, warned them they would be placed on voluntary-retired list and not allowed to play professional hockey for a year. Said 32-year-old Kelly: "I'm hurt that the Red Wings would trade me after 12 seasons. But a fellow has to quit some time, and now looks like a good time for me."