RECORD BREAKERS—RON DELANY, running like a barefoot man on a hot tar road, whirled through 58.4 final quarter to set new world indoor record at 4:03.4 for mile (March 14), .2 better than Gunnar Nielsen's old mark (see below). Said Ron: "People expected me to break the record all year. I am not a machine. I can't be turned on and off. I just felt good at the end of three-quarters and I decided I could do it."
St. Louis Bud Weisers, rolling team series of 3,858, broke 21-year-old mark of Math Hermanns by 61 pins at St. Louis (March 12). Team consisted of Don Carter (754), Tom Hennessey (759), Ray Bluth (834), Dick Weber (775), Pat Patterson (736).
Tim Jecko, studious Yale junior, churned through 200-yard butterfly in 2:06.4 to create new collegiate record at Annapolis (March 14). Jecko, teammate Roger Anderson won three titles apiece as Yale took eight of 16 championships at Eastern Intercollegiate League meet.
Eddie Southern, Texas University's big runner, ripped off 46.2 quarter-mile to tie Herb McKenley's collegiate mark at Fort Worth (March 15). Southern also ran brilliant 45.8 anchor leg on mile-relay team.
INTERNATIONAL EVENTS—SOVIET-AMERICAN competition this year in freestyle wrestling, weight lifting, basketball, track has been virtually assured. Russia will compete in wrestling at Norman, Okla. April 11; at Stillwater, Okla. April 12; at Tulsa April 15, with fourth match pending. Weight-lifting matches are scheduled for Chicago May 12, New York May 16. American men's, women's basketball teams will play six games in Soviet Union, two each in Moscow, Leningrad, Tbilisi between April 26 and May 4. An American track team of 44 men, 20 women will compete in 32 events in Moscow, July 27-28.
BASKETBALL—TEMPLE, KANSAS STATE, KENTUCKY, SEATTLE won way into semifinals of NCAA tournament (see page 44) by winning regional titles. Temple, paced by Guy Rodgers, Mel Brodsky, Pickles Kennedy and stoop-shouldered rebounder Jay Norman, outshot Dartmouth 69-50 at Charlotte, N.C. for 25th straight win, will meet Kentucky, which routed Notre Dame 89-56 at Lexington, Ky. as Ed Beck contained Tom Hawkins to paltry 15 points. At Lawrence, Kans., Kansas State defeated Oklahoma State 69-57, as Cowboys were unable to cope with high and mighty front line of Bob Boozer, Jack Parr and Wally Frank, earned right to face Seattle, which narrowly beat California 66-62 at San Francisco, with Elgin Baylor, Sweet Charlie Brown leading way.
Tennessee State successfully defended NAIA tournament title, defeating Western Illinois, which had won 27 in row, 85-73 at Kansas City. Dick Barnett, who scored 31 points for victors, was voted tourney's most valuable player.
BOXING—SUPREME COURT agreed to hear appeal of IBC ( James D. Norris, president), co-defendants in antitrust conspiracy suit which Government won last March in lower court. Before court finally decides fate of Jim Norris and his friends (unlikely before next fall), briefs will be filed, arguments heard. Meanwhile, IBC will be carrying on business as usual at same old dubious stand.
Tony Anthony, slender Harlem light heavyweight, punching wisely and well, survived first-round knockdown (more a push, actually) to belabor hardy Yvon Durelle with artful flurries, floor him for two-count in sixth, triumph on TKO in seventh at New York as Referee Ruby Goldstein intervened (see below).
Holly Mims, wily Washington, D.C. middleweight recently returned to wars, dumped high-riding Spider Webb for nine-count in sixth round at Fort Wayne, Ind., boxed way to unanimous upset decision.