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May 14, 1956


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Duke's Dave Sime, getting off mark as fast as any man and faster than most, warmed up with near-record 0:09.4 for 100 and 0:20.3 for 220, placed in broad jump and discus but saved his best for last when he hurriedly rippled through 220-yard low hurdles in 0:22.2 for new world record at Durham, N.C. (May 5).

Parry O'Brien, California strong boy intent on discouraging pretenders to his ranking as world's best shotputter, hurled 16-pound ball 61 feet one inch, surpassed own world outdoor mark by three inches in exhibition at Salt Lake City (May 5).

Thelma Hopkins, high-stepping 19-year-old Queens University medical student, used her straddle style to soar over high-jump bar at 5 feet 8� inches in Belfast to break world standard held by Russia's Alexandra Chudina (May 5).


New York Yankees, getting plenty of slugging mileage from Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra and Hank Bauer (13 homers) and pitching from Left-Hander Whitey Ford, won five out of seven from Detroit, Kansas City and Chicago, made signs of turning American League race into shambles. White Sox could beat only Washington in six games, dropped to fourth as Cleveland's Big Three, Early Wynn, Mike Garcia and Bob Lemon, brought Indians victories over Washington and Baltimore and second place behind New York.

Milwaukee, still plagued by bad weather, played only three times but edged Philadelphia 6-4, New York 3-2 to hold National League lead despite determined bid by Cincinnati, which used tremendous hitting power to take six out of seven, moved into runner-up spot. Faltering Dodgers finally ended four-game losing streak by beating St. Louis 7-3 for Don Newcombe's third win but promptly hit skids again and were floundering around in fourth place with Giants, who won marathon 17-inning 6-5 decision over Chicago in game that saw three records broken, including one by unfortunate Don Hoak, who struck out six times (for more facts and figures, see page 52).


Needles, frisky Florida-bred favorite, came from behind after slow start to beat field of 16 in richest Kentucky Derby (see page 15).

Nashua, who caused raised eyebrows when he finished fifth in last race, stumbled coming out of gate but recovered handsomely to nip Find by scant head in rousing finish worth $37,100 in Grey Lag Handicap at Jamaica, pushed earnings to $1,077,615, barely $8,145 short of alltime record held by Citation (see next page).

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