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Year-end honors passed out last week: Native Dancer, named American Champion of 1954 by Board of Selectors of Thoroughbred Racing Association, following similar honor in Morning-Telegraph-Racing Form poll; UCLA, voted national college football champion and Grantland Rice Award by Football Writers Association of America; Alan Ameche, Wisconsin's All-America fullback, winner of Heisman Memorial Trophy as college football's outstanding player of 1954; Ron Beagle, All-America Navy end, winner of Maxwell Trophy as nation's outstanding college player; Max Boydston, Oklahoma's All-America end, named Lineman of the Year by Touchdown Club of Washington, D.C.; Leo Durocher, who led the New York Giants to the National League pennant and a four-game World Series sweep over Cleveland after finishing fifth in 1953, nominated Comeback Man of the Year by Chicago baseball writers; Stella Walsh, 44-year-old holder of 65 world and national track and field records, voted Outstanding Woman Track Athlete of 1954 by Southern Pacific A.A.U. Association.

Leo Lewis, Little All-America back from Lincoln University (Jefferson City, Mo.), set new four-year small-college record of 4,458 yards rushing, 465 points scored, 64 touchdowns.


Notre Dame trailed in first quarter, came back to whip SMU 26-14 in final game. Powerful Irish line checked Mustang attack, gave Quarterback Ralph Guglielmi perfect protection on passes, sprang Halfback Joe Heap loose for two touchdowns.

Florida A&M clobbered Maryland State 67-19 in Orange Blossom game, claimed national Negro college championship.

Last of major All-America teams appeared this week. Herewith a rough consensus of selections by AP, UP, INS, Collier's, Look (Look picked two men for each position).

Picked on all five teams: Quarterback Ralph Guglielmi of Notre Dame; halfback Howard Cassady of Ohio State; Fullback Alan Ameche of Wisconsin; Guard Bud Brooks of Arkansas.

Picked on four teams: End Max Boydston and Center Kurt Burris of Oklahoma; Halfback Dick Moegle of Rice; Tackles Jack Ellena of UCLA and Sid Fournet of Louisiana State.

Picked on three teams: End Ron Beagle of Navy.

Picked on two teams: Guards Tom Bettis of Purdue, Calvin Jones of Iowa and Jim Salsbury of UCLA.

Harold (Red) Drew of Alabama resigned under alumni pressure as open season on football coaches began. His eight-year record of 53-26-7 included three major bowl games, but 1954 team won four, lost five, tied two. Drew's replacement: J. B. (Ears) Whitworth of Oklahoma A&M, former 'Bama guard. Other coaches who resigned or were fired:

Harvey Robinson of Tennessee, fired after 4-6 1954 record. Rumored replacement: Bowden Wyatt of Arkansas, given Cadillac this week by appreciative Razor-back fans.

Ed Danowski of Fordham, resigned after nine years and persistent talk that alumni wanted return to big-time football and coach to match.

Bernie Witucki of Tulsa, fired after Golden Hurricanes lost all 11 games for worst season since 1895.

Lowell (Red) Dawson of Pittsburgh, resigned in midseason because of ill health. His successor: Assistant Coach Johnny Michelosen.

DeOrmond (Tuss) McLaughry of Dartmouth, retired after 14 years and 44-58-3 record.

Kip Taylor of Oregon State, resigned after 1-8 record.

Bill Young of Furman, resigned despite 5-5 record this year.

Jim Patton of New Mexico A&M, resigned when team lost all nine games.

Detroit Lions scored touchdown in closing minutes to earn 13-13 tie with Philadelphia Eagles, clinch third straight Western Division title in National Football League. Chicago Bears intercepted seven passes, defeated city rivals, Cardinals, 29-7. San Francisco 49ers routed Green Bay Packers 35-0 to hold third place.

Cleveland Browns used Otto Graham's passing to beat Washington Redskins 34-14, need one more win for Eastern Division crown. Following game, Redskin Guard Dave Sparks, 26, collapsed, died of coronary thrombosis. New York Giants retained slim chance for tie, whipping Pittsburgh Steelers 24-3, on passing of Rookie Quarterback Bobby Clatterbuck (17 for 22). Last-place Baltimore Colts upset Los Angeles Rams 22-21 on 13-yard field goal (Colts' fifth of game) by Gary Kerkorian in last 12 seconds.


La Salle, SI choice for No. 1 ranking this year, got off to flying start with victories over Millersville Teachers, 88-72, and Loyola of New Orleans, 85-71. All-America Tom Gola sparked La Salle in both games.

Kentucky, ranked No. 1 last year, won opener over Louisiana State 74-58 for 26th straight win.

Iowa, favored for Big Ten title, warmed up with independent triumphs over Washington (St. Louis), 80-61, and Loyola of Chicago, 89-79.

Dayton's highly regarded team trounced Gustavus Adolphus 82-63 and Memphis State 88-69.

North Carolina State showed good offense, weak defense in 111-97 win over William & Mary, nosed out Temple 70-65.

Niagara whipped Buffalo State Teachers 81-60, upset strong Fordham 71-65, despite 27 points by Rams' Ed Conlin.

UCLA, rated best in Pacific Coast Conference, won over Kansas State 86-57.

Rochester Royals snapped Ft. Wayne's seven-game winning streak 97-96, but Pistons continued at top of Western Division in National Basketball Association.

Syracuse Nationals split four games but increased lead over Philadelphia Warriors in Eastern division. High-scoring Boston Celtics held slim edge over rallying New York Knickerbockers for third.


Baltimore Orioles figured in second major trade, sending Catcher Clint Courtney, Pitcher Bob Chakales, Infielder Jim Brideweser to Chicago White Sox for Pitchers Don Johnson and Don Ferrarese, Catcher Matt Batts, Infielder Fred Marsh.

Orioles and New York Yankees also completed big 18-player deal, Yankees getting First Baseman Dick Kryhoski, Catcher Darrell Johnson, Pitcher Mike Blyzka, Outfielders Jim Fridley and Ted Del Guercio for Pitcher Bill Miller. Infielders Kal Segrist and Don Leppert.


Johnny Saxton, who won world welterweight title from Kid Gavilan in much-criticized fight last month, outclutched Ramon Fuentes in 10-round nontitle go at Los Angeles. Crowd of 8,844 booed, stomped feet, tossed wadded paper cups into ring as fighters wrestled, grabbed, clinched.

Charlie Norkus, wild-swinging Port Washington, L.I. heavyweight, won decision over seventh-ranked Roland La Starza at Cleveland.

Marty Marshall, promising Detroit light heavyweight, knocked Bob Satterfield out of proposed nontitle fight with Archie Moore with second-round KO at Chicago.

Frankie Ryff, unbeaten New York lightweight, bled freely from cuts about eyes but won split decision over Orlando Zulueta at New York for 16th straight victory and possible rookie of year honors.

Ray Robinson began comeback by outboxing Gene Burton in exhibition at Hamilton, Ont., was suspended by Michigan Board of Athletic Control for running out on Dec. 8 fight with Joe Rindone at Detroit.

Bill Daly, manager of Welterweight Vince Martinez, was fined $500 by New York State Athletic Commission for not keeping adequate records of $100-per-fight TV payments to N.Y. Boxing Managers Guild. Commission was unable to determine whether payments came off top of purse, as charged by Phil Martinez, or from Daly's share


Joe Jones set new Bowie, Md. track record of 1:50 4/5 for mile and eighth, winning by length and half in John B. Campbell Memorial Handicap.

Determine, Andrew Crevolin's Kentucky Derby winner, splashed through mud to take two-and-half-length victory in $15,000 Oakland Handicap at Golden Gate Fields, Albany, Calif., boosting 1954 earnings to $313,550.

King Ranch's High Gun was named best three-year-old for 1954 by Thoroughbred Racing Associations of U.S. Others honored: Belair Stud's Nashua, best two-year-old colt; Wheatley Stable's High Voltage, best two-year-old filly; Foxcatcher Farm's Parlo, best three-year-old filly; Mrs. Charles Silver's Lavender Hill, outstanding older race mare; Lawrence Troiano's King Commander, champion steeplechaser.

Ken Rosewall of Australia helped soothe Aussie criticism of Davis Cup squad, out-stroking Vic Seixas, U.S. champion, 6-1, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5, to capture Victorian singles title at Melbourne. Seixas and Tony Trabert dropped first two sets but surged back to whip Australia's Rex Hartwig and Mervyn Rose, 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2, for doubles crown.

Toronto Maple Leafs, sparked by standout play of Goalie Harry Lumley, ripped off five straight, moved within four points of league-leading Montreal Canadiens in National Hockey League. Detroit Red Wings were third, Boston Bruins came up to challenge slumping New York Rangers for fourth.

England trounced Germany 3-1 before 100,000 at London in first soccer game between two countries since 1935, regained prestige lost by drubbing at hands of Hungary last May.

Ch. Bang Away of Sirrah Crest, five-year-old boxer, won 100th best-in-show at Bronx County Kennel Club in New York. Holder of world record for all-breed top awards, Bang Away took first event in 1950.

Ludlovian Bruce of Greenfair, 2½-year-old international champion, became youngest dog to win national English springer spaniel trial at Carbondale, Ill.


BORN—To Nancy Chaffee Kiner, former tennis star, and Ralph Kiner, home-run hitting outfielder of Cleveland Indians; their second son, Scott McPherran.

DIED—Mrs. Lena Feller, 61, mother of Bob Feller, veteran Cleveland pitcher; after long illness; at Van Meter, Ia.

DIED—Blandy Benjamin Clarkson, 64, V.M.I. football coach and athletic director (1920-47); at Lexington, Va. Clarkson's 1920 V.M.I. team was unbeaten.

DIED—Dr. William Welles Hoyt, 78, Harvard graduate, Olympic pole vault record holder (10 feet, 9¾ inches) in 1896; at Cambridge, N.Y.


Bob Slater, Kansas City, 1954 Intl. Motor Contest Assn. big-car champion, with 2,950 pts., Chicago.


Akron 84—Buffalo 74
Amherst 71—Brown 70
Auburn 90—Birm. S. 77
Baylor 80—Oklahoma 64
Bowl. Gr. 80—W. Ont. 57
California 64-Oregon 52
Canisius 88—Syracuse 68
Cincinnati 96—Bradley 76
Colby 68—St. Michael's 67
Colgate 88—Hartwick 60
Colorado 88—Brig. Y. 66
Colo. A&M 58—Colo. St. 54
Cornell 66—Scranton 53
Dartmouth 73—M'burg 56
Dayton 88—Memph. St. 69
Denver 66—Regis 63
De Paul 94—Minnesota 93
Detroit 84—Mich. St. 78
Fairfield 76—Bost. C. 65
Florida 76—Wofford 61
Holy Cross 71—Tufts 40
Indiana 77—Valparaiso 66
Iona 73—Loyola (Bait.) 67
Iowa 89—Loyola (Chi.) 79
Lafayette 93—Sw'more 54
La Salle 85—Loy. (N.O.) 71
Louisville 89—E. Ky. 77
Marquette 113—Ripon 56
Maryland 60—Georget'n 43
Michigan 101—Pitt 71
M'berg 97—F&M 72
Navy 81—Yale 69
Niagara 71—Fordham 65
N. Carol. 99—Clemson 66
N. Car. St. 70—Temple 65
N'western 87—W. Mich. 63
NotreDame 72-Wisconsin 61
Ohio State 98—Butler 80
Ohio U. 81—Marietta 75
Okla. A&M 70—Texas 63
Penn. 69—Purdue 68
Penn St. 81—Dickinson 63
R.I. 85—St. Joseph's 82
St. Bon. 104—Ithaca 70
St. Louis 50—Alabama 45
Seton Hall 97—Albright 75
Tenn. 82—W. & L. 66
Trinity 70—M.I.T. 68
Tulane 91—La. Coll. 53
Utah 71—Idaho 54
Utah St. 66—Idaho St. 58
Vanderbilt 88—Sewanee 48
Villanova 82—W. Chest. 44
Wesleyan 67—Coast G. 62
Wm.&Mary 103-Furman 101
Wyoming 77—Montana 63


Stroh Beer, Detroit, over Maibach Furniture, Akron, 24,558-23,203, U.S. team championship, Detroit.
Doris Roe, Women's Central States Tenpin Tournament all-events title, with 1,770, Pittsburgh.
Beulah Pk. Jockeys, Columbus, O., Women's Central States Tenpin Tournament team title, with 2,884, Pittsburgh.


Bert Whitehurst, 3-round KO over Dave Ragus, heavyweights, Milwaukee.
Allie Gronik, 8-round decision over Bob Stecher, middleweights, Detroit.
Gil Turner, 9-round TKO over Ray Drake, middleweights, New York.
Rocky Castellani, 8-round TKO over Moses Ward, middleweights, Chicago.
Bobby Bickle, 4-round TKO over Warren Woods, welterweights, Topeka, Kan.
Joe Lopes, 10-round decision over Lulu Perez, lightweights, New York.
Johnny Gonsalves, 10-round decision over Johnny Salkeld, lightweights, Calgary.
Jake Tuli, 6-round TKO over Heink Van Der Zee, flyweights, Cardiff, Wales.

BRIDGE (Winter natl. championship, Atlanta).

George Heath, Dallas, and Paul H. Hodge, Abilene, Tex., open pair title.
John R. Crawford and SIDNEY SILODOR, Philadelphia, and B. JAY BECKER and GEORGE RAPEE, New York, open team of four title.
Mrs. George T. Lindley, Norfolk, Va. and SAID HAD-DAD, Washington, D.C., mixed pair title.

A. N. Gleason, Utica, N.Y., Intl. Friendly Curling games championship, by 4 pts., Seignory Club, Que.

Ch. Elblac's Bugle of Hastern, best-in-show, Brooklyn Kennel Club, N.Y.


Compton 7—Boise 6
Delaware 19—Kent St. 7
Fla. A&M 67—Md. St. 19
Fla. St. 13—Tampa 0
Ft. Belv. 32—Ft. Mon. 14
Ft. Ord 7—Ft. Lewis 6
Houston 19—Detroit 7
N. Car. C. 19—Tenn. St. 6
Notre Dame 26—S.M.U. 14
Quantico 41—Ft. Jack. 11
San Diego 26-Camp Pend. 19
S. Car. 19—Citadel 6
Southern 14—Xavier 13
Texas C. 28—Ark. A&M 9


Johnny Sloan, Chicago, over Ed Rawlings, 21-5, 21-5, Kansas City singles tournament.
Alvis Grant and Raleigh Blakely, Dallas, over Bill McGreevy and Harry Dreyfus, 10-21, 21-18, 21-16, Kansas City doubles tournament.


Walter Zward, Philadelphia, Penguin regatta, with 253 pts., Red Bank, N.J.
Kit Kat II, skippered by Carter and Ham Ford, Riverside Y.C. frostbite regatta, with 37 pts., Riverside, Conn.
John's other wife, skippered by John Geyer, frostbite dinghy regatta, with 56 pts., Indian Harbor Y.C., Greenwich, Conn.

G. Diehl Mateer Jr., Philadelphia, over Cal MacCracken, 15-8, 11-15, 15-12, 15-5, Gold Squash Rackets invitation, Cedarhurst, N.Y.

Reynaldo Gorno, Argentina, Japan intl. marathon, in 2:24:55, Kamakura.