Jon Konrads, 15, barrel-chested, blue-eyed, crew-cut and latest of Australia's flipper-footed supernovas, who blazoned into swimming spotlight with world record-breaking freestyle performances at 800 meters and 880 yards, continued his sensational thrashing in New South Wales championships at North Sydney's Olympic pool, swooshing to four more world marks: 4:25.9 for 400 meters and 440 yards (Jan. 15); 2:04.8 for 200 meters and 220 yards (Jan. 18). Konrads, whose equally spritely sister Ilsa, 13, was busy clocking 4:59.9 for 440-yard freestyle in Victorian championships at Melbourne to become first female ever to break five minutes in three successive races, exulted breathlessly: "I feel on top of the world"—as indeed he was. Other record breakers in Aussies' greatest week: Brian Wilkinson, 19, who nuzzled into picture with 63.8 for 110-yard butterfly (Jan. 14); John Monckton, 19, who clocked 2:18.8 for 200 meters and 220 yards (Jan. 15).
TRACK & FIELD
Villanova's Ron Delany, trailing by 15 yards with two laps to go, quickly chicken-stepped past faltering field, pitter-pattered his way to 4:05 victory in mile to get indoor season off to rousing start at Boston (see page 10). Among other winners: Western Michigan's Ira Murchison in 50-yard dash (5.5); Winston-Salem Teachers' Elias Gilbert in 45-yard high hurdles (5.6); U.S. Army's Joe Gaffney in 600 (1:13.1); Yale's Tom Carroll in 1,000 (2:13.7); Iowa's Charlie (Deacon) Jones in two-mile (9:04.2); ex-Villanovan Don Bragg in pole vault (14 ft. 9 in.); ex-Morgan Stater George Dennis in high jump (6 ft. 9� in.); Boston AA's Hal Connolly in 35-pound weight (66 ft. 3 in.).
Wilt was back and Kansas had him so Jayhawks got back on winning path with victories over Colorado 67-46, Missouri 68-54 as Chamberlain scored 67 points to challenge Cincinnati's fabulous Oscar Robertson for major college scoring lead. West Virginia, top-ranked in nation, was still proving hard to catch, out-scoring Pitt 71-64 to stretch unbeaten string to 13. Kansas State, beaten only by neighboring Kansas, edged Oklahoma 64-60 while North Carolina State became latest to beat once-heralded North Carolina 58-57 before Coach Frank McGuire's team untracked long enough to win over Clemson 90-81. Temple also began to horn in on national picture, beating Penn and Gettysburg for 11 straight.
Boston came out of three-game losing streak to take three out of four, remained 5� games ahead of Syracuse in East as Philadelphia squeezed past luckless New York in fight for third. St. Louis began to hit bumps in West but second-place Cincinnati also had its troubles and Hawks held lead at eight games. Detroit's George Yardley hit jackpot in 131-113 loss to Boston, scoring 51 points to tie Bob Pettit's one-game NBA record while Minneapolis Lakers, perked up by return of Johnny Kundla, who moved out of front office to replace Coach George Mikan, startled even themselves by winning two out of three.
Walter O'Malley, most frenetic of all Dodgers, continued his game of potsy in search for home base, made one last pitch for sprawling Los Angeles Coliseum after reluctantly announcing he would use tiny Wrigley Field. This time it worked (see page 21) and O'Malley began making plans to convert huge amphitheater into ball park (see below). Cracked Walter, who has visions of packing 101,528-seat Coliseum: "We're going to have the world's largest cow pasture."
Cincinnati Redlegs, getting restless lately over city's unwillingness to do anything about tight parking situation, received enough assurance to cause Owner Powel Crosley to shelve thoughts of moving: City Council adopted resolution of intent to spend $2 million for sites which would provide Crosley Field with 2,600 more parking spaces.
Britain's Stirling Moss, nearly sidelined two days earlier when wife Katie accidentally jabbed her finger in his left eye, discarded bandage, roared his Cooper-Climax around and around Buenos Aires Municipal Autodrome at average speed of 85.39 mph to finish ahead of Italy's Luigi Musso (in Ferrari), Britain's Mike Hawthorn (in Ferrari) and Argentina's Juan Manuel Fangio (in privately-entered Maserati), picked up eight points in Argentine Grand Prix, first race for 1958 world driving championship.
Jack Curtice, merry Texan with corn pone sense of humor and flair for wide-open passing game, found West Coast bait (five-year contract at $19,000 per) too tempting to resist, decided to leave Utah, where he had led his Kokomos to national prominence, to try his luck at perking up sagging Stanford (see page 26).