Football howls competed freely with wassail bowls in annual New Year's Day hangover from 1957 season but biggest "K" for effort went to Oregon's inspired and game Ducks, who stubbornly battled Ohio State right down to wire before losing 10-7, when substitute Halfback Don Sutherin confidently kicked 34-yard field goal in last quarter of Rose Bowl game at Pasadena (see page 42). Navy's merry sailors had another time of their lives in Cotton Bowl at Dallas, parlaying Tom Forrestal's compass-point passing and lithe-footed running of Ned Oldham, Harry Hurst and Roland Brandquist into 20-7 victory over fumbling Rice team. At Miami's Orange Bowl, Oklahoma was outgained by Duke, suffered 150 yards in penalties, but caught fire in last quarter to score three touchdowns in seven minutes, finally overwhelmed Blue Devils 48-21. At New Orleans' Sugar Bowl, Mississippi's unheralded Quarterback Ray Brown shone like diamond in rough in 39-7 triumph over Texas. In lesser games, Texas Southern put together three safeties to tie Prairie View A&M 6-6 in Prairie View Bowl at Houston; Louisville took to air to defeat Drake 34-20 in Sun Bowl at El Paso; East Texas State edged Mississippi Southern 10-9 on Neal Hinson's 31-yard field goal in Tangerine Bowl at Orlando, Fla.
Detroit's trigger-armed Tobin Rote picked up where he left off in pro playoff, tossing five touchdown passes to Los Angeles' Elroy (Crazylegs) Hirseh, New York's Kyle Rote, San Francisco's R. C. Owens and Joe Perry (who scored three more on short plunges) to lead Hawaii All-Stars to 53-34 win over College All-Stars in Hula Bowl at Honolulu. Best bets for overwhelmed collegians: Texas A&M's John Crow and-Michigan State's Walt Kowalczyk, who hammered pro line for five touchdowns between them.
Ray Richards, affable oldtimer who has spent considerably more than half his 50 years in football, became first NFL casualty, resigning as head coach of Chicago Cardinals "for the best interests of everyone concerned." Cards, rated off 1956 performance, were expected to be threat for Eastern Division title, wound up with 3-9 record when management failed to provide Richards with talent.
Zora Folley, stand-up Chandler, Ariz, heavyweight ranked No. 2 by NBA, toyed with willing but in-over-his-head Garvin Sawyer, put together knockdown combinations in eighth and ninth to win 10-rounder at Washington, D.C. Victory prompted NBA Secretary Fred J. Saddy to suggest bout between Folley and top-ranked Eddie Machen, winner to meet Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson. Reasoned Saddy: "With complications involving the champion [ Cus D'Amato's unwillingness to do business with IBC fighters], there is no reason why those who are listed as contenders should be searching in the backwoods for competition while avoiding each other."
Larry Boardman, onetime bang-bang lightweight from Marlborough, Conn, who got freeze-out treatment and then found himself in losing streak just about same time Blinky Palermo was eliminated from his "strategy board," bounced back from early knockdown to put away Peter Schmidt with sizzling right to head (see below) in sixth at New York. Eager once again, Boardman reflected: "I want to be the fighter I was before I got disgusted because I wasn't getting anywhere."
Walter O'Malley, rapidly finding out that there is no homelike place for his transplanted Los Angeles Dodgers, got the word on his hopes for promised new stadium at Chavez Ravine: voters will decide in California primary election June 3. Meanwhile, O'Malley, who may have slightly overplayed his hand when he rushed Dodgers out of friendly confines of dreary old Ebbets Field, is still hopeful of playing 1958 home games in either Los Angeles Coliseum or Pasadena's sprawling Rose Bowl.
Kansas displayed evidences of brilliance in Big Eight tournament final, outscoring Kansas State 79-65 with help of Wilt Chamberlain's 38 points but saw winning streak go down drain three nights later when Chamberlain was sidelined by groin infection, and Coach Hank Iba's Oklahoma State team won 52-50 in overtime. Maryland also was tumbled from unbeaten ranks by Memphis State 47-46, absorbed second loss at hands of Clemson 73-66. West Virginia and Mississippi State held firm among undefeated, and North Carolina continued along comeback trail, beating Wake Forest 71-45.