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November 28, 1955

A Roundup Of The Week's News

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Cleveland Browns , hard pressed in opening half, rallied on brilliant passing of Otto Graham and George Ratterman, flashy running of Curly Morrison to trounce Pittsburgh Steelers 41-14 at Cleveland, retained lead in Eastern Conference.

Washington Redskins stunned Chicago Cards with 55-yard punt return by Bert Zagers, went on to throttle rivals 31-0, stayed close behind Browns.

New York Giants , beginning to gain momentum, put on sparkling defensive show to hobble Philadelphia attack, exploded with 21 points in third period to easily whip Philadelphia Eagles 31-7, moved out of cellar for first time this year.


Willie Pastrano , fast-growing 19-year-old New Orleans youngster with fast hands and faster feet, jiggled and danced around hard-working but outclassed heavyweight Joe Rowan, stung rival with snaking left jabs, took 10-rounder in New York.

Chuck Spieser, balding ex—Michigan State light heavyweight, floored veteran Paddy Young with sharp left hook in first round, knocked him down three more times in second to win by TKO at Chicago

Ewart (Pottie) Potgieter, lumbering 7-foot 2-inch, 325�-pound African giant with punch of welterweight, appeared bewildered as he "fought" to 10-round draw with 225-pound James J. Parker before 12,000 laughing spectators in London, passed off lack of punching ability with "I think I must be getting a cold."

Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission revoked licenses of Carmen Graziano and Anthony Ferrante, co-managers of Lightweight Champion Wallace (Bud) Smith (also recently paroled Joey Giardello, promising heavyweight Joe Rowan), charged them with "associating and consorting with criminals, gamblers, bookmakers and persons of similar ill repute...and that they had themselves engaged and were engaging in similar pursuits and conduct." Investigation disclosed Ferrante had been in contact with Tony Caponigro (also known as Tony Bananas), "an individual with a long criminal record." Commissioner Jim Crowley , onetime Fordham football coach, hoped NBA and New York would recognize suspensions, got immediate favorable reaction from New York's Julius Helfand.


Nail, off-track specialist purchased by Mrs. Anson Bigelow because she saw him wink at her, once again belied experts' opinion, displayed ability to last by plodding mile and sixteenth through mud to win $79,350 Pimlico Futurity, brought 1955 earnings to $239,930, tops among 2-year-olds, second only to Hasty Road's $277,132 in 1953.

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