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Darrell Royal, former Miss. State football coach, agreed to assume Washington hot spot vacated by Johnny Cherberg. Said Royal: "I'm bubbling over." His $17,000 salary ($5,000 more than Cherberg's) is one of the highest in game.

Duke of Edinburgh was elected president of Royal Yachting Association, the first time in more than 20 years that member of royal family has held post. Predecessors include King Edward VII, King George V, and King Edward VIII.

Jimmy Huntington, 40-year-old father of seven, mushed borrowed 12-dog team to first place in three 25-mile heats, won Alaskan Sled Dog Racing championship at Anchorage with overall time of 7:10:52 across a very slow course.

Willie Mays reported for spring training and met a question: Did it bother him to be compared with Brooklyn's Duke Snider? Said Willie: "I'm happy about it. Some fellows play for 20 years without being compared to anybody."

Katherine (Renie) Cox, 17-year-old skier from Port Leyden, N.Y., took seconds in downhill and slalom on the squally slopes of Cannon Mountain (Franconia, N.H.), won National Junior girls' combined championship (see page 56).