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May 12, 1958
RECORD BREAKERS—EDDIE SOUTHERN, U. of Texas powerboy regarded by some as nation's finest runner (see page 45), buzzed around two turns in rabbit-quick tempo, sprinted 440 in 46.1 to break 12-year-old college record (46.2 by Illinois' Herb McKenley) in triangular meet with Rice and Texas A&M at Austin (May 1). Complained Eddie: "This is the worst I've felt in a long time. I didn't get this tired when I ran hard for four straight days."
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May 12, 1958

A Worldwide Roundup Of The Sports Information Of The Week

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USC parlayed winning efforts by Rink Babka in discus (184 feet 1� inches), Davey Davis in shotput (58 feet 1� inches), Charley Dumas in high jump (6 feet 8� inches), Max Truex in 2-mile (9:01.1) into 78-53 triumph over UCLA at Los Angeles, packed away 79th straight dual-meet victory.

BOXING—ARCHIE MOORE, fat, flabby and 41 going on 45, called in at last minute for $10,000 TV shot, stopped only long enough to preen his goatee and flex his bulging muscles, huffed and puffed his way to 10-round split decision over willing Willi Besmanoff in Derby Eve nontitle fight at Louisville. From 196�-pound Archie came his latest blueprint for future: "I'm taking off weight so I can fight either Floyd Patterson for the heavyweight championship or Ray Robinson for my title. Ray has lots of walking-around money now. When he gets down to that last $300,000, maybe he'll listen. We'll fight for the old man's championship of the world."

Willie Pep, another wily old (35) pro, called on his past for every trick in trade, bewildered young Lightweight Jimmy Kelly (James K. Kalogaropoulos) with cunning assortment of jabs, uppercuts, hooks and right crosses while stepping carefully out of range, walked off with decision in 10-rounder at Boston. Victory earned Willie No. 7 spot in NBA featherweight rankings but failed to impress New York State Boxing Commission, which refused to grant him license.

GOLF—TOMMY BOLT, once-tempestuous Oklahoman, shot cautious 74 on final round, barely held off onrushing Ken Venturi, who finished with 69, by single stroke 282-283 to pocket $5,000 in Colonial Invitation at Fort Worth. Bragged Bolt: "I didn't even get mad the whole tournament."

MOTOR SPORTS—JUAN MANUEL FANGIO, world's top sports car driver, tooling along at 115 mph in Dayton Steel Foundry Special while taking driver's test at Indianapolis, came near-cropper when Ray Crawford's car, booming around turn at 135 mph, went into spin, narrowly missed hitting him. Cracked Crawford: "I was just showing Fangio what not to do here."

Walt Hansgen, Westfield, N.J. Jaguar dealer, got early jump on field, roared around 3.2-mile circuit at 77.6 mph average in Briggs Cunningham's new Lister Jag, stayed ahead of Ed Crawford, in another Cunningham Jag, and Lance Reventlow, in Corvette-powered Scarab, to win one-hour feature of SCCA National Point Meeting before 18,000 at Virginia International Raceway in Danville. Earlier, Crawford beat Hansgen in 30-minute jaunt.

BOATING—YALE, sweeping powerfully and formfully with four Olympians aboard, pulled together in perfect cadence to shake off Penn and Columbia, left opponents wallowing on New York's murky, rain-flattened Harlem River (see below) to win Blackwell Cup by 2� lengths in 9:30.5 for two miles.

Harvard's inexperienced combination of five sophomores, two juniors, one senior found strength to fight off two thrusts by disappointing Princeton, chugged along at even beat to set course record of 8:40.6 for 1�-mile Compton Cup on Princeton's becalmed Carnegie Lake. But all was not black for wounded Tigers, who found reason to rejoice when 150-pounders stroked back from streak-breaking loss to Cornell week earlier, overpowered Penn by four lengths to capture sixth straight Wood-Hammond Cup.

Long Island Sound's Bus Mosbacher, Warner Willcox, Don Mckenzie and SAM BARTON left host skippers in their wake during annual Bermuda Race Week, expertly maneuvered International One-Design hulls to victory in seven-race Amorita Cup. Willcox completed American sweep, outsailing Bert Darrell for King Edward VII Cup.

MILEPOST—HONORED—The late HERMAN HICKMAN, one of U. of Tennessee's most distinguished alumni: by his alma mater, which announced establishment of Herman Hickman Memorial Scholarship, at Knoxville.

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