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George Mikan, voted player of the half century before he retired in 1954 to become general manager of Minneapolis, took "old No. 99" out of mothballs, returned to try to bolster fading Lakers, scored 21 points in first two games.

Katy Rodolph, pretty U.S. skier from Reno, Nev., flipped and crashed into tree on treacherous slope in Hahnenkamm meet at Kitzbühel, Austria, suffered broken vertebra in neck, will be unable to compete in Winter Olympics at Cortina.

Bob Zuppke, 76-year-old former Illinois coach recovering from stroke, was given Stagg Award "for services...outstanding in advancement of the best interests of football" by American Football Coaches Association at Los Angeles.

Nasrullah, 16-year-old sire of Nashua, became one of the world's most expensive stallions when syndicate represented by A. B. Hancock Jr. purchased Belair Stud's five shares for $251,100, bringing worth of 35 existing shares to $1,757,700.

Stan (The Man) Musial, veteran first baseman-outfielder with .342 lifetime average, signed for 14th season with St. Louis Cardinals for reported $80,000, will soon be shooting for his seventh National League batting championship.