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The EASTERN COLLEGE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE voted down a proposal that would have placed a four-year limit (instead of the prevailing five) on college competition and thus would have eliminated "red-shirting." Ironically, the East's top exponents of red-shirting—Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Penn State—voted for the proposal. All three schools say they are against red-shirting in principle, feel they must do it to compete with intersectional opponents.
Kansas lost its Big Eight title to runner-up Missouri when the conference ruled Kansas had used an ineligible player (Halfback Bert Coan) the last two games of the season (in one of which Kansas beat Missouri). The ruling technically gives Missouri an undefeated season.
Phil Sabroe of Humboldt ( Calif.) State College was named coach of the year by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, then saw his team lose to Lenoir Rhyne ( N.C.) College 15-14 in the St. Petersburg, Fla. Holiday Bowl. Coach DICK VORIS of the University of Virginia (loser in its last 28 games) handed in his resignation, received his salary for the remainder of his contract, which had a year to run.
GOLF—BOB GOALBY of Crystal River, Fla. shot a four-round 272 to take first place (and $2,800) in the $20,000 Coral Gables Open, last 72-hole event on this year's tournament circuit. Tied for 10th place was this year's top money-winner, Arnold Palmer of Ligonier, Pa., who won $730, boosted his record-breaking total to $75,106.66. Amateur HARRY SHOEMAKER of Chattanooga went into the final round of the first National Open Left-handed tournament at Bradenton, Fla. three strokes behind Professional Thorne Wood of Asheboro, N.C., rallied to win the title by one stroke, posting a four-round total of 289.
HOCKEY—The MONTREAL CANADIENS, with substitute goal tender Charlie Hodge in the nets, won their sixth, seventh and eighth straight games—all eight victories coming since Hodge replaced the injured Jacques Plante. Montreal took the measure of the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-2 (as Canadien Bernie (Boom Boom) Geoffrion tallied two goals to become the fifth-highest scorer in NHL history), then pasted the Detroit Red Wings 6-4 and 5-1. The three wins boosted Montreal's league-leading point total to seven over Toronto. Meanwhile, the New York Rangers beat the Boston Bruins 3-0 (Ranger Goalie Gump Worsley's first shutout, in two years) and tied them 2-2, vacated the cellar by hurdling the Bruins.
Mrs. Mirabel Topham, owner of the Aintreo course where Britain's Grand National steeplechase is run, announced the approaches to the jumps would be changed in an attempt to cut casualties. This year only eight of 26 starters reached the finish line. But, she admonished, "I don't want anyone to think the jumps themselves will be any easier."
SWIMMING—ROGER GOETTSCHE of New Trier High School in Winnetka, Ill. did the 100-yard backstroke in 55.1, broke the American and national interscholastic record by 1/10 second.
TENNIS—ITALY lost the first two singles matches of the Davis Cup Interzone finals to the U.S. at Perth, Australia, then beat the Americans in the doubles and the final singles. The Italians will meet the Australians for the cup later this month, as the U.S. failed to reach the Challenge Round for the first time since 1936. Earl Buchholz and Barry MacKay first beat Orlando Sirola and Nicola Pietrangeli, respectively. But Buchholz, 20, and Chuck McKinley, 19, dropped the doubles to the more experienced Italians. In the final singles, Pietrangeli outlasted Buchholz 6-1, 6-2, 6-8, 3-6, 6-4, and Sirola upset MacKay 9-7, 6-3, 8-6.