TENNIS—For the first time since 1958 the U.S. DAVIS CUP TEAM ( Dennis Ralston and Chuck McKinley) won the Challenge Round, 3-2, over Australia in Adelaide (see page 18).
TRACK & FIELD—The indoor season opened with the San Francisco Examiner Holiday Invitational meet, and a U.S. record quickly fell when Toronto's BILL CROTHERS ran 880 yards in 1:50.2, bettering by 1/10 of a second Arnie Sowell's 1957 mark. ULIS WILLIAMS of Arizona State took the 440 in 50.5 as Adolph Plummer, the outdoor world-record holder, finished second and PHIL SHINNICK of Washington broad-jumped 25 feet 6� inches, half an inch farther than Ralph Boston. As expected, HAYES JONES won the 60-yard high hurdles (his 49th successive indoor victory), HERB CARPER the 60-yard dash, BRUCE KIDD the two-mile run, KEITH FORMAN the mile, PARRY O'BRIEN the shotput and JOHN THOMAS the high jump. The most stunning performance of the meet, however, was given by a 17-year-old Spokane schoolboy, GERRY LINDGREN, who won a two-mile race in nine flat, slicing 23.5 seconds off the national high school indoor record.
Australia's RON CLARKE broke two world records in one race in Melbourne. He covered 10,000 meters in 28:15.6, cutting 2.6 seconds off the mark set by Russia's Pyotr Bolotnikov; and on the way he established a new time of 27:17.6 for six miles, bettering by 26.2 seconds the record held by Hungary's S�ndor Iharos.
MILEPOSTS—RETIRED: WILLIAM SOL CUTCHINS, 62, one of earliest members of Cassius Clay's "millionaires' syndicate," as president of Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation, Louisville.
DIED: SIR JACK HOBBS, Britain's finest cricket batsman, less than a week after his 81st birthday in Sussex, England (see page 8).
DIED: GEORGE WAGNER, 48, who as Gorgeous George made a fortune entertaining the country as a wrestler and clown in the early days of TV, of a heart attack in Los Angeles.
DIED: GEORGE WILSON, 63, an All-America halfback at Washington in 1925, of a heart attack while working on a dock in San Francisco.