THE INSIDE TRACK
?Look for an upset in the Big Ten swim meet—and a hot protest from favored Indiana if it occurs. Reason: the conference, aware that Indiana's only weakness is team depth, has decided to award points for 12 places instead of the usual six.
?Duke Football Coach Bill Murray just got the good news that junior Don Altman, quarterback who led the Cotton Bowl comeback over Arkansas, will sign a major league baseball contract and lose his senior year of eligibility.
?Fines are coming up for athletes who cut classes at Kansas University. Too many of the boys are being lost through midseason scholastic difficulties. The first cut will cost $1, and the penalty will double with each offense.
?The American Football League teams may never equal the NFL's, but they're full of trust and confidence in each other. AFL Commissioner Joe Foss now plans to give club owners and players lie-detector tests in an effort to resolve some disputes over players' services.
?Finding a place to play is worrying the Los Angeles Lakers. The club should make the NBA playoffs, but the city's Sports Arena is already booked on playoff dates.
?Watch for a five-city indoor track circuit to spring up in Texas next year. Reason: the success of the indoor track meet at Fort Worth earlier this month (7,200 paid admissions, 2,000 turned away).
?After two discouraging years for duck hunters, Canada's Prairie Provinces are again dry; there will not be enough water for nesting ducks during the spring breeding season, which means severe restrictions on bag limits next fall.
For a brief spell during his early training at Palm Beach, Ingemar Johansson was, by his standards, a stern disciplinarian, even to observing the dietary laws of the prizefighting profession. Passionately fond of the American delicacy strawberry shortcake, he gave it up for Lent and the duration of his training period (SI, Feb. 13). But one night he and his sweetheart, Birgit Lundgren, slipped away to a movie, Exodus. Then they stopped for a snack. Ingemar ordered strawberry shortcake. A couple of nights later Ingemar called room service at his hotel. "Please send up a double order of strawberry shortcake," he said.