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Dutch whiz kids Tineke Lageberg, 16, and Ada Den Haan, 15, who have been staging fullblown assault on world swim records, peeled off three more sensational performances in short-course pools. Tineke thrashed 220-yard butterfly in 2:38.1 at Naarden (March 19). four days later tore through 200-meter butterfly in 2:38.8 at München-Gladbach, West Germany; Ada breast-stroked 220 yards in 2:50, fastest ever for women, at Naarden (March 19). Another record breaker: Russia's Vladimir Struyanov, who swooshed 400-meter medley in 5:08.3 at Moscow to break own world mark (March 18).

Joe Davis, nimble-fingered British cue master who ran off maximum snooker break of 147 against Willie Davis at London's Leicester Square Hall in January 1955, only to have it disallowed because of rules squabble, received belated recognition for new world record from Billiards Association and Control Council. Exulted patient Davis: "It fills a gap in my snooker history" (March 20).

Juan Manuel Fangio, Argentina's heavy-footed world champion, with assist from France's Jean Behra, perked around twisting 5.2-mile course at 85.36 mph average in his flame-red Maserati, covered record-breaking 1,024.4 miles in 12 hours to win at Sebring (see page 14).

Montreal called on famed power play to beat Chicago 3-0, clinching second place behind Detroit and earning Vezina Trophy for Goalie Jacques Plante as NHL teams prepared for Stanley Cup playoffs. Canadiens went up against Rangers in first two games at New York; Red Wings, whose Gordie Howe won scoring title (with 89 points) for fifth time in six years, were host to third-place Boston.


Miguel Berrios, pint-sized Puerto Rican, got one foot inside featherweight throne room, aggressively chasing bicycling Carmelo Costa until he caught him with solid left hook to jaw in 10th, went on to take 12-round split decision and first blood in elimination series in New York. Berrios' next step: against British Empire Champion Hogan (Kid) Bassey in Washington, D.C., April 26, winner to meet France's baby-faced Cherif Hamia for Sandy Saddler's vacated title.

Joey Giambra, fancy-boxing middleweight contender now fighting under Sid Flaherty's aegis, turned killer to batter faded Al Andrews to canvas four times in first, added one more knockdown for good measure before referee halted one-sided bout at end of sixth at Oakland, Calif.

Art Aragon, brassy, self-styled Los Angeles Golden Boy whose speckled career has been dotted with ineptitude, violence and suspicion, got his comeuppance from Superior Judge Herbert V. Walker: one to five years in prison for trying to fix fight with Dick Goldstein (see page 28). Out on $5,000 bail pending appeal, shattered Aragon grieved: "My heart's broken."

Calumet stuffed more greenbacks into its already bulging saddle bags, toting up $116,900 after pair of 1-2 finishes at Gulfstream. Gen. Duke hot-hoofed to wire ahead of stablemate Iron Liege in $18,695 Fountain of Youth Stakes to become 2½-to-1 Kentucky Derby favorite (followed by Bold Ruler 3 to 1; Calumet's Barbizon 4 to 1; Iron Liege, Round Table, Federal Hill 6 to 1) in latest Caliente Winter Book. Bardstown and Fabius (see below) played footsie with Needles in $126,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap before Bardstown, held well in hand by Willie Hartack, eased home by half length.


North Carolina and Bradley (see below) were sitting on top of world after thrilling triumphs in season's two biggest tournaments. Unbeaten Tar Heels edged Kansas and Wilt Chamberlain 54-53 in triple overtime for 32nd straight and NCAA title at Kansas City (see page 59); Bradley, after setting NIT record in 116-81 victory over Xavier and easily handling Temple 94 66, barely outhustled fighting Memphis State 84-83 in New York.

Boston ran over Syracuse 108-90, 120-105, 83-80 to sweep Eastern semifinal, sat back to await outcome of St. Louis-Minneapolis series and opening of NBA final playoff Saturday at Boston. Hawks clipped Lakers twice 118-109, 106-104 on last-period scoring bursts by cast-wearing Bob Pettit.

Yankees and Dodgers picked up where they left off last October, but things weren't quite the same as rivals split at Miami, Brooklyn winning first 3-2 and New York taking second 14-4. Big difference was Mickey Mantle, sidelined by severe ligament strain in left ankle, suffered when he stepped in outfield hole in pre-game drill. New York Giants forgot themselves, went off on five-game winning tear to rise to top of National League Grapefruit standings before Cleveland brought them up short 4-3.

NYU moved into lead when Paul Rosenberg upset Navy's Jim Woods in epee. got added fillip from Bernie Balaban's win in sabre to edge Columbia 65-64 for NCAA title at Detroit.

Cleveland got look at Laszlo Tabori and Ron Delany in final indoor meet, liked what it saw. Tabori ran at record-breaking pace for 1½ miles before sloughing off but won two-mile in respectable 8:54.6. Delany, ambling along with pack in usual casual fashion, stepped out in last quarter to win 4:10.4 mile.

Austria's Olympic Champion Toni Sailer swept down Mt. Baldy to win downhill, next day skimmed off with slalom and combined titles in Harriman Cup at Sun Valley. Women's combined winner: France's Therese Le Due.


MARRIAGE REVEALED—Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, 44, jaunty millionaire sportsman, financier, prominent horse owner (his greatest: Native Dancer, who won 21 of 22 races before being retired to stud); and willowy Chicago Socialite Jean Cudahy Harvey, 20; his third, her first; on March 12, at Mexico City.

RETIRED—Dr. Daniel Allen Penick, 87, scholarly U. of Texas tennis coach whose expert tutoring (a player "first should learn to use his head, then his eyes, his feet and then his hands") has produced such stars as Wilmer Allison (who replaces him), Berkeley Bell, Sammy Giammalva and 10 Southwest Conference team titles; after more than 50 years, at Houston.

ACQUITTED—Elmer L. Anderson, 67, former West Virginia conservation officer; of charge of murdering Hunter Clyde J. Tennant (SI, March 12, 1956), at Parkersburg, W. Va.

DIED—Bob Goldich, 33 onetime midget racer who graduated to sports cars in 1954, Chicago manufacturer's representative; of multiple injuries, when his Arnolt-Bristol went into twisting S-curve too fast, drifted and flipped, at Sebring.