RECORD BREAKERS—PARRY O'BRIEN, self-assured Californian on tour of Europe, treated 5,000 German fans to sight of his record-breaking prowess, grimacing and grunting in best style as he heaved 16-pound shot 61 feet 8� inches to better his own indoor world record mark in international meet at Frankfurt (Feb.8).
Peter Matiukha, thick-shouldered Russian weight lifter, did some fancy muscle-flexing at Lvov, hoisted 327.8 pounds to break world middle heavyweight record for two-hand press (Feb.3).
TRACK & FIELD—RON DELANY, turkey-trotting faster than usual, had his best chance for new world indoor mile record at Millrose Games in New York. Pulled out by Maryland's Burr Grim, the not-so-lazy Irishman gave it good try but could do no better than 4:04.6, full second off Gunnar Nielsen's mark. Best newcomers: North Carolina's Dave Scurlock, big and strong at 6-foot-5, 180 pounds, who bulled into lead at start, never gave it up to win half mile in 1:52.6; U.S. Army's Ken Kave, who burst out of starting blocks to outrun Penn State's Bob Brown, Villanova's Ed Collymore and Duke's Dave Sime in 60-yard dash in 6.2.
AUTO RACING—NASCAR PRESIDENT BILL FRANCE, intrigued by news that Russia has car that averaged 170 mph over 6-mile run (SI, Feb. 3), hastened to take pen in hand, invited streamlined Soviet-made Kharkov Six to show off its speed at Daytona Beach performance trials. Wrote France: "We know nothing of your country's plans for the car, but since we are the largest auto racing body in the U.S. we wish to extend an invitation."
HORSE RACING—THREE-YEAR-OLDS, with Kentucky Derby stars in their eyes, were off and running at Santa Anita and Hialeah. Old Pueblo, touted by Californians as newest Swaps, kept his record clean by winning Santa Anita's $67,360 California Breeders' Champion Stakes, but not until Silky Sullivan, a late-running heart-stopper (see page 21), sent Eddie Arcaro and his mount to winner's circle with severe case of jitters. Calumet's Kentucky Pride and Tim Tarn were all shook up by Fred Hooper's sleek Olymar, who moved up along rail in stretch to thrust past Kentucky Pride in Hialeah's $25,425 Bahamas Stakes. But, lest horse-players begin to grieve for Calumet, Iron Liege came to rescue in $65,700 McLennan Handicap, held off Oh Johnny to win it handsomely.
BOXING—WILLI BESMANOFF, poker-faced German heavyweight mauler beaten in his last five starts, engaged in some unexpected bubble-pricking at Seattle, punishing 6th-ranked but lethargic Pat McMurtry with severe head and body blows to win split-decision 10-rounder before 5,537 who contributed $23,817. Four days later, McMurtry was carted off to hospital with pneumonia.
Ralph Dupas, flashy-boxing New Orleans lightweight, moving gracefully and quickly, led frustrated Welterweight Gaspar Ortega merry chase for 10 rounds, meanwhile piling up points with flicking left jab, to take split decision at Norfolk.
Light heavyweight champion Archie Moore, debonair and ageless as ever and togged out in bop goatee and beret, flew into New York after highly profitable goodwill tour of South America, promptly delivered himself of some typical bons mots. On Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson: "Who's got a better right to fight Patterson? I have a master plan for victory. Essentially, a highly technical defense...I couldn't lose." On his own title: "I would like to defend against that Canadian fellow, Yvon Durelle...pounds never did bother me. I know how to train. Everybody ought to know that." On Tony Anthony: "A good boy. I was sorry I had to knock him out last fall."
Welterweight jigsaw puzzle began to fall into place when New York Commissioner Julius Helfand, wearing his World Boxing Committee hat, okayed blind draw which picked Isaac Logart to meet Virgil Akins, winner to face Vince Martinez for title.
SOCCER—WALES, eliminated in own group but given second chance when Arab nations refused to play Israel, barely edged plucky Israelis 2-0 at Cardiff, became fourth British team (others: England, Scotland, Northern Ireland) to qualify for World Cup finals at Stockholm June 8-29.