RECORD BREAKERS—U.S. SWIMMERS, given shot at chlorinated spotlight after week-long spree by Australian hot-shots, did some record breaking of their own:
Charles Griffin, 18-year-old senior from Washington, D.C., and his Hill School teammates went on first-class binge in 61-24 victory over West Philadelphia Catholic at Pottstown, Pa. Griffin breaststroked 200 yards in 2:23.3 to break U.S. mark set by Michigan's Cy Hopkins week earlier, teamed up with Bob Kaufmann (backstroke), Chris Stack (butterfly) and Bryan Williams (freestyle) for new prep school standard of 1:45.7 for 200-yard medley relay, rested while Larry Paine, Alex Humphrey, Williams and Kaufmann whizzed through 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:32.4 for another prep school record (March 1).
Michigan State's Don Nichols, Frank Modine, Roger Harmon and Don Patterson set sizzling pace in 400-yard medley relay, climbed out of pool at East Lansing with new college record of 3:46.3 as Spartans beat Wisconsin 62-43 (March 1).
Lewis Schaefer, busy-bee 16-year-old Berea (Ohio) H.S. junior, windmilled 100-yard backstroke in 56.6 to better national interscholastic mark in Ohio championships at Columbus (March 1).
HORSE RACING—TIM TAM and JEWEL'S REWARD came charging down Hialeah stretch almost ear-to-ear in search of Flamingo Stakes gold, and at wire it was Mrs. Elizabeth Arden Graham's Jewel's Reward out in front by bare head. But stewards detected obvious bumping by Jewel's Reward, awarded first place and $97,800 of $135,000 gross to Calumet's Tim Tarn (see page 12). Muttered Jockey Manuel Ycaza philosophically after disqualification which cost him roughly $7,780: "Races are races."
Round table, odds-on bet every time he goes to post at Santa Anita these days, carried 130 pounds gracefully and speedily under careful guidance of Willie Shoemaker, ran down front-running Terrang in stretch to win $135,000 Santa Anita Handicap (see below). Winning pot of $97,900 brought 4-year-old Round Table's earnings to $901,164, fourth highest in history.
Old Pueblo, unbeaten in eight straight and regarded by some as California's best offering for Kentucky Derby, had one of those days, fading badly at mile-and-eighth and finishing dead last behind The Shoe in $15,000 High Sierra Purse at Santa Anita. Explained Eddie Arcaro: "Instructions were to rate him...but I just have to believe that I had such a hold that I choked him down and he got discouraged."
BOXING—HEAVYWEIGHT WILLIE PASTRANO, whose boxing skill entranced Londoners last October, found his fancy dancing and rapierlike left of little use against wild-swinging, mauling Britisher Brian London (egged on by shouts of "bore in, lay on him" from his father, onetime British Heavyweight Champion Jack London) until late rounds, finally managed to pull out close decision in 10-rounder at Harringay Arena. Pastrano, obviously surprised by London's bullishness, had best description for his opponent: "A crash and bang fighter."
Lightweight Champin Joe Brown, guarded almost constantly by edgy Cuban police on alert for Castro's kidnap-happy rebels, needed little protection once he entered ring, quickly floored hometown hero Orlando (Baby) Echevarria twice with scorching rights to jaw to score first-round KO in nontitle TV bout beamed back to U.S. from Havana's spanking new $2 million Sports Palace. "My easiest fight," mused Veteran Brown. "He's very strong, but not too smart."
TRACK & FIELD—RON DELANY, a born early dawdler, once more saved his best for last, called on his patented quick kick twice in 50 minutes to trundle home first in 1,000 in 2:12.8 (see below) and two-mile in 9:17.6, gave Villanova boost to team title in IC4A championships at New York. Other Villanova winners: Phil Reavis, who kicked over at 6 feet 8¾ inches in high jump; Ed Collymore, who outscrambled field in 60-yard sprint in 6.2. Without Delany to provide excitement, Hungary's Istvan Rozsavolgyi, in last U.S. start, came off eased-up middle-quarters pace to finish fast, won special mile in 4:08.7.
Keith Gardner, Jamaica-born Nebraska senior, had himself a high time in Big Eight championships at Kansas City, skimming over 60-yard low hurdles in 6.7 to tie world indoor record he set week earlier, clocked meet, record 7.2 for 60-yard highs and finished third in 60-yard dash, but Kansas spirited Wilt Chamberlain away from basketball court long enough for him to leap 6 feet 6¾ inches for first-place tie in high jump, scored in 11 of 12 events to win team title with 58[5/6] points.
BASEBALL—MICKEY MANTLE, older, wiser and considerably richer than when he first began to gladden Casey Stengel's heart seven years ago (see below), took quick but perceptive look at latest figures in his contract, signed with New York Yankees for estimated $75,000, third highest (behind Ted Williams and Stan Musial) paycheck in major leagues. No great enthusiast at best, Switcher Mantle confided: "I feel good about everything."
GOLF—KEN VENTURI, 26, slender San Franciscan who is currently hottest pro on winter tour, rattled off four straight 69s with near errorless shotmaking for 276, pocketed $2,000 first prize (his third of year) in Baton Rouge (La.) Open. Major casualty: Dow Finsterwald's streak of 72 consecutive in-the-money performances.
FIELD TRIALS—SATILLA NIP PARADE, frisky 23-month-old pointer, expertly handled by Co-owner (with Dr. J. O. Thomas) Lee Smith, roamed smoothly and confidently over Sportsman-Industrialist L. B. May-tag's rambling Sedgefields Plantation at Union Springs. Ala., sniffed out and handled three finds cleanly despite strong wind, to win National Shooting Dog title.
HOCKEY—MONTREAL, to surprise of no one, beat Toronto 4-1 to win 10th NHL title, sat back to watch rest of league jockey for playoff berths. Hottest hands of all belonged to New York's Andy Bathgate, who helped Rangers stretch unbeaten string to eight and all but clinch second.
Harvard, badly beaten in West early in season, found no such opposition in Ivy League, last week overran Yale defenses 6-2 at New Haven to capture title for sixth straight year. Slick-skating Bob Cleary had heaviest Harvard hand, shook up Yales with two goals, three assists.
Red Blackbourne, handy-handed New Hampshire freshman goalie, was kept busier than bartender at clambake by Boston University puck slappers. Red picked off 102 shots but was left contemplating the eight that got away as his team lost 8-0 at Durham, N.H.
BASKETBALL—NCAA put long finger on conference champions, best of independents for annual tournament (see page 32), left little for NIT. Kansas State was still nation's top team, followed by West Virginia, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Temple.
Boston tucked away Eastern Division title in NBA, left slumping Syracuse and Philadelphia to fight for second. In West, Detroit pulled two games ahead of Cincinnati in battle for runner-up spot.
SKIING—DARTMOUTH picked up one individual crown, made most of 2-3-4 finish in downhill to end Denver's four-year monopoly of NCAA title at Hanover, N.H. Winners: Dartmouth's Bob Gebhardt (see below) in slalom; Denver's Oddvar Ronnestad in jumping; Denver's Clarence Servold in cross-country; Norwich's Gary Vaughn in downhill. Named skimeister: Dartmouth's Dave Harwood.