Dickie Hemric, sharpshooting Wake Forest center, rolled up 30 points in team's 93-85 win over Southern California in Dixie Classic at Raleigh, N.C., set new four-year college scoring record of 2,164 points. Old mark: 2,154 by Jim Lacy of Loyola of Baltimore (1946-49).
Louis Nuta of Miami pushed his souped-up boat 122.455 mph for new world record in seven-liter class; Guy C. Wilson of Los Angeles traveled 85.312 mph for new standard in E racing runabout division at Orange Bowl regatta speed trials in Miami.
Larkin (Sonny) Weedon, 30-year-old carpenter, broke world duckpin record, bowled five-game total of 786 at Washington, D.C. Old record: 785 by Bill Brozey of Baltimore in 1950.
Poona II, Irish-bred three-year-old colt, breezed mile-and-eighth on turf in 1:47 2/5 to win $10,000 Arcadia Purse at Santa Anita, Arcadia, Calif., cut full second off old American mark set by Abbe Sting on July 4, 1953 at Arlington Park, Chicago.
Duquesne staged ironman act, used five men to edge La Salle 67-65 in tense Holiday Festival final at New York. Baskets by Mickey Winograd, Si Green and Dick Ricketts put Dukes ahead to stay despite eight points in last three minutes by La Salle's great Tom Gola, who had 30 in losing cause. Duquesne won way into finals with wins over Villanova 87-68, Dayton 90-75. La Salle eliminated Syracuse 103-54, UCLA 85-77. Later in week La Salle outran St. Louis 88-79.
Dartmouth won sixth straight, nipped favored Connecticut 66-65 on Dick Fairley's long one-hander with five seconds left in New England tournament. Len Wilson starred for Indians with 24 points.
Villanova turned in major upset, trounced third-ranked North Carolina State 91-78, ended 12-game winning streak. Bob Schafer led Villanova with 33 points, Jim Smith starred on defense. State, winner over Minnesota 85-84 on John Maglio's hook shot with nine seconds to go in Dixie Classic final, missed Cliff Dwyer, out with infected elbow.
Canisius' John McCarthy scored 11 straight points, 27 in game, led team to 59-56 win over St. Bonaventure in Queen City affair.
George Washington got tremendous one-two scoring punch from Joe Holup (29 points) and Corky Devlin (27 points), beat Richmond 89-75 to take Richmond Invitation.
Notre Dame won Sugar Bowl classic 74-69 despite 30 points by Holy Cross's Tom Heinsohn. Jack Stephens hit for 24 points for Irish, who led by three with 70 seconds to go, then froze ball and capitalized on Holy Cross fouls.
Maryland used fast break to good advantage, surprised Cincinnati 78-61, won Kentucky All-America City honors.
TCU rolled over guest team Alabama 77-62 in Southwest Conference tournament after disposing of SMU 74-71, Texas A&M 72-57. Dick O'Neal got hot in first half for TCU, netted 24 of his 30 points.
Missouri swept past Kansas State 89-71, took Big Seven honors. Med Park scored 24 points for Tigers, who romped over Nebraska 75-58, beat Oklahoma 95-87 in early games.
Marquette upset Louisville 66-62 for eighth straight after losers defeated Eastern Kentucky 93-77, captured title in Kentucky Invitation.
Kentucky continued burning pace, battered St. Louis 82-65, Temple 101-69, ran unbeaten string to 32, seven this year. Bob Burrow tallied 50 markers in two games, had help from Phil Grawemeyer against St. Louis, Ray Mills in Temple contest.
Syracuse Nationals split four games, stretched lead to two games over slumping N.Y. Knickerbockers and Boston Celtics, tied for second in Eastern Division of National Basketball Association. Knicks dropped four out of five to Philadelphia, Rochester, Milwaukee, Boston.
Ft. Wayne Pistons whipped Minneapolis Lakers 93-76, Philadelphia 89-66, continued to make runaway of Western Division race. Second-place Lakers broke even in four games, lost ground to streaking Rochester, who won three straight after two-point loss to Syracuse.
Ohio State turned two Southern California fumbles into touchdowns, powered way to 20-7 victory in Rose Bowl game played in drenching downpour. Quarterback Dave Leggett went over from three, passed 21 yards to Bobby Watkins to give alert Buckeyes 14-0 lead before Southern Cal's Aramis Dandoy got away on spectacular 86-yard punt return. Winners marched 77 yards for clincher in last period, Jerry Harkrader scoring from nine-yard line.
Navy completely outclassed Mississippi, hammered out 21-0 win in Sugar Bowl. Fullback Joe Gattuso scored twice for Middies, shared offensive honors with Quarterback George Welsh and Halfback Johnny Weaver.
Duke exploded in second half, romped over Nebraska 34-7 in Orange Bowl. Duke's hard-hitting halfbacks, Bob Pascal and Nick McKeithan, and Quarterback Jerry Barger broke game wide open in third quarter with sharp thrusts through Cornhusker line, accurate passes.
Georgia Tech scored twice in last half, defeated Arkansas 14-6 in Cotton Bowl. Trailing 6-0, Tech turned loose three crashing fullbacks, George Humphreys, Johnny Hunsinger and Dick Mattison, who ripped Arkansas line, paved way for touchdowns by Paul Rotenberry and Wade Mitchell.
Auburn set new Gator Bowl rushing record of 423 yards, drubbed Baylor 33-13. Fullback Joe Childress scored twice on short runs, kicked three extra points, gained 134 yards to pace Auburn attack.
East scored tying touchdown on pass from Notre Dame's Ralph Guglielmi to Purdue's John Kerr in last quarter, won 13-12 decision over favored West on conversion by Penn State's Jim Garrity in Shrine game at San Francisco.
Texas Western's Jesse Whittenton ran for two scores, passed for three more, kicked five extra points, led his team to 47-20 win over Florida State in rough Sun Bowl game.
Fort Ord, Calif. scored in first three periods, trampled Fort Hood, Tex. 36-0 in Shrimp Bowl at Galveston, Tex.
U.S. two-man team of Tony Trabert and Vic Seixas won first three matches, regained coveted Davis Cup from Australia 3-2. Playing beautifully, determined Trabert whipped Lew Hoad 6-4, 2-6, 12-10, 6-3, sharp Seixas drubbed Ken Rosewall 8-6, 6-8, 6-4, 6-3 in singles, then teamed to trounce Hoad and Rosewall 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 10-8 in doubles, clinched Cup for U.S. With pressure off, Australia took last two singles, averted humiliating shutout. Rosewall upset Trabert 9-7, 7-5, 6-3, Rex Hartwig replaced injured Hoad, trimmed Seixas 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3.
Eddie Moylan of Trenton, N.J. out-stroked and outmaneuvered Defending Champion Tom Brown of San Francisco 6-0, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, won Sugar Bowl title for third time.
Paul Andrews of Buffalo, fifth-ranking light-heavyweight protege of Joe Louis, floored No. 1 Contender Boardwalk Billy Smith three times, scored sixth-round TKO at Miami. Smith, in line for title shot after eight straight victories, was 2-1 favorite before fight, odds went to 6-5, take your pick at last minute.
Peter Mueller, clowning German middleweight, went down three times in fourth, came back swinging to KO Ernie Durando of Bayonne in seventh round at Milwaukee.
Ralph Dupas of New Orleans, clever lightweight contender, outboxed Cisco Andrade of Compton, Calif. in 10-rounder at New Orleans, ended loser's 28-fight unbeaten streak, moved nearer title bout with Lightweight Champion Jimmy Carter.
Mr. Sullivan's driving finish nosed out stablemate, Guerrero, won $29,000 California Breeders' Trial Stakes at Santa Anita, Arcadia, Calif. Willie Shoemaker, nation's leading jockey, up on Mr. Sullivan, finished 1954 with 380 winners.
Determine, Andrew J. Crevolin's little gray Kentucky Derby champion, started new year by splashing to one-length victory in $28,450 Malibu Sequet Stakes on rain-drenched track at Santa Anita.
Imbros, Crevolin's fast-moving four-year-old, equalled own track record of 1:09 for six furlongs, captured $23,900 Palos Verdes Handicap at Santa Anita. Imbros got sound ride from Johnny Longden, won by length over Berseem.
Detroit Red Wings edged league-leading Montreal Canadiens 3-2 after 4-1 loss to same team, remained four points behind Canadiens, five ahead of Toronto Maple Leafs in National Hockey League. Boston Bruins and N.Y. Rangers, in battle for fourth, broke even in three-game series, each winning one, tying one.
TRACK AND FIELD
Wes Santee, top U.S. miler, promised record-breaking race, disappointed with 4:14 mile on soft track in Sugar Bowl meet at New Orleans. James Mashburn of Oklahoma A&M won 440-yard dash in 48 flat, was voted meet's outstanding athlete.
D.C. Keisacker of Miami averaged better than 75 mph despite high waves, strong winds, led all way in 266-cubic-inch hydroplane, won international Grand Prix Paladium Trophy race in Orange Bowl regatta at Miami Beach.
Paul Schreck of New Orleans sailed his "Majordomo" to narrow victory over Gene Walet II, North American champion, in Lightning Class of Sugar Bowl regatta at New Orleans.
HONORED—Mal Whitfield, smooth-striding U.S. track star, Olympic 800-meter champion in 1948 and 1952, world record-holder in 880-yard run (1:48.6) and 600-yard indoor run (1:09.6), winner of eight American national outdoor and indoor titles; voted James E. Sullivan Memorial Trophy, presented annually by AAU to "amateur athlete who did most to advance cause of good sportsmanship during the year."
HONORED—Dr. Roger Bannister, first man to run mile under four minutes; named Britain's sportsman of 1954. Bannister recently announced retirement, was selected as SI's sportsman of year (SI, Jan. 3).
HONORED—Marilyn Bell, diminutive 17-year-old schoolgirl, first person to swim Lake Ontario; awarded Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's outstanding athlete of 1954.
DIED—James Wray, 83, who began life as fisherman in Australia, later became professional sculler, crew coach at Harvard (1905-15) and Cornell (1927-36); at Maiden, Mass. Wray's 1930 Cornell crew won IRA regatta at Poughkeepsie.
OTHER RESULTS FOR THE RECORD
Cesar Brion, 10-round split decision over Dan Bucceroni, heavyweights, New York.
Billy McNeece, 10-round split decision over Bobby Dykes, middleweights, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Charlie Salas, 10-round split decision over George Johnson, middleweights, Miami Beach.
Al Andrews, 10-round decision over Elmo Smith, middleweights, Duluth, Minn.
Lauro Salas, 6-round TKO over Mickey Zielke, lightweights, Minneapolis.
Danny Kid, 7-round KO over Vince Blake, for Philippine flyweight title, Manila.
John Craig, Boston U., over Aubrey Seeman, in fence-off, Christmas invitation college tournament, New York.
Cotton Bowl: Georgia Tech 14—Arkansas 6
East-West All-Star: East 13—West 12
Gator Bowl: Auburn 33—Baylor 13
Orange Bowl: Duke 34—Nebraska 7
Palmetto Shrine: Ft. Jackson 26—Shaw Air Force 21
Prairie View: Prairie View 14—Texas Southern 12
Rice Bowl: U.S. Air Force 21—U.S. Marines 14
Rose Bowl: Ohio State 20—S. California 7
Salad Bowl: Skyline Conf. 20—Border Conf. 13
Santa Claus Bowl: Lincoln, Neb. 6—Houston 0
Shrimp Bowl: Ft. Ord 36—Ft. Hood 0
Sugar Bowl: Navy 21—Mississippi 0
Sun Bowl: Texas Western 47—Florida St. 20
Tangerine Bowl: Omaha 7—E. Kentucky 6
Dan Sikes, Jacksonville, Fla., Gator Bowl Invitation, with 210 for 54 holes, Jacksonville.
Mal Dorfman, Pennsylvania, over Don Varner, 14-21, 21-2, 21-19, natl. collegiate title, Chicago.
LANDSEAIR: $12,225 New Year's Handicap, 6 f., by 1½ lengths, in 1:11 2/5, Tropical Pk., Coral Gables, Fla. Chris Rogers up.
North All-Stars, over South, 10-9, Coconut Bowl, W. Palm Beach, Fla.
Ray Gassner, St. Petersburg, Fla., 5-m. endurance race, in 3:56, Orange Bowl regatta, Miami Beach.
Howard Abbey, Miami, 9-hr. endurance run, Orange Bowl regatta, Miami Beach.
Keith Wegeman, Steamboat Springs, Colo., Class A jumping title, with leaps of 285, 258, 272 ft., New Year's tournament, Steamboat Springs.
Arthur Devlin, Lake Placid, N.Y., Class A jump, with 223.1 pts., Lake Placid, N.Y.
RESULTS OF 100 LEADING COLLEGE BASKETBALL GAMES
Brown 64—Colby 57
Canisius 81—Yale 60
Canisius 70—Ga. Tech 56
Canisius 59—St. Bon. 56
Dartmouth 87—Mass. 65
Dartmouth 73-Middlebury 69
Dartmouth 66-Connecticut 65
Dayton 70—St. John's 56
Delaware 79—Cortland 75
Duquesne 87—Villanova 68
Duquesne 90—Dayton 75
Duquesne 67—La Salle 65
Georgetown 71—Fordham 70
Ga. Tech 72—Idaho St. 69
Hofstra 66—Lehigh 62
Hofstra 115—Delaware 68
Kentucky 101—Temple 69
Lafayette 78—St. Peter's 54
Lafayette 89—Marietta 69
Lafayette 75—Hofstra 72
La Salle 103—Syracuse 54
La Salle 85—UCLA 77
La Salle 88—St. Louis 79
Marietta 69—Wagner 63
Niagara 79—St. John's 70
Pitt 81—Pennsylvania 75
St. Bon. 73—Columbia 71
St. Bon. 66—Georgetown 59
St. John's 89—Villanova 77
St. Peter's 74—Lehigh 62
Seton Hall 92—Gonzaga 70
Stanford 65—Seton Hall 63
UCLA 104—Dayton 92
Villanova 91—N. Car. St. 78
SOUTH & SOUTHWEST
Alabama 70—Baylor 67
Alabama 84—Arkansas 64
Arkansas 73—Rice 66
Arkansas 68—Tulsa 60
Cincinnati 78—Miss. 70
Cincinnati 82—Evansville 62
Duke 92—W. Virginia 79
East Ky. 84—West Ky. 81
Evansville 96—Denver 81
NYU 74—Miami 67
N. Carolina 67—S. Cal. 58
N. Carolina 65—Duke 52
N. Car. St. 95—Cornell 61
N. Car. St. 47—N. Carolina 44
N. Car. St. 85—Minnesota 84
Notre Dame 66—Loyola 45
Notre Dame 74—Holy Cross 69
Richmond 90—Bost. Coll. 68
Geo. Wash. 92—Colgate 77
Geo. Wash. 87—Wm. & Mary 73
Geo. Wash. 89—Richmond 75
Holy Cross 89—Bradley 81
Kentucky 82—St. Louis 65
Louisville 108—Murray St. 83
Louisville 93—E. Kentucky 77
Maryland 78—Cincinnati 61
Maryland 83—Rh. Island 66
Minnesota 81—W. Forest 73
Minnesota 79—Duke 73
S. Cal. 77—Cornell 58
Spring Hill 66—Florida 60
Stanford 72—Vanderbilt 64
Texas A&M 66—Texas 61
TCU 74—SMU 71
TCU 72—Texas A&M 57
TCU 77—Alabama 62
VPI 88—Rutgers 77
W. Forest 96—W. Virginia 94
W&L 90—Carnegie Tech 79
Wm. & Mary 84—Boston U. 74
Cinn. 68—Okla. City 67
Detroit 76—Toledo 58
Detroit 82—Wayne 57
Iowa 73—Stanford 46
Kan. St. 70—Iowa St. 60
Marquette 80—St. Jose St. 68
Marquette 66—Louisville 62
Michigan St. 85—Penn. St. 74
Missouri 75—Nebraska 58
Missouri 95—Oklahoma 87
Missouri 89—Kan. St. 71
N'western 93—Princeton 83
Ohio St. 72—Okla. City 61
Oklahoma 73—Colorado 71
St. Louis 80—Indiana 78
Wayne 71—Penn. St. 66
Wichita 87—Arizona 64
Wichita 81—Colo. A&M 59
Wisconsin 66—Princeton 64
Wisconsin 79—Illinois 64
Oregon St. 68—Wash. St. 48
San Fran. 70—S. Diego St. 56
Seattle 88—Arizona St. 80
Utah St. 78—Mont. St. 72
Washington 77—Idaho 57
Washington 58-Oregon St. 57