THE DEVIL FINDS WORK FOR SONNY
Scarcely had the bruises Cassius Clay inflicted on his body and soul begun to heal than Sonny Liston was in trouble of a more familiar kind. His old enemy, the law, to which he has lost a few decisions, was belting him around again. In Denver, a city that had begun to accept him, Sonny was up on charges of driving 76 miles an hour in a 30-mile zone, driving without a valid license, and carrying a concealed .22 automatic pistol. All in all, a mild assortment of raps compared to some Sonny has been up against, but one wonders why the ex-champion, in the light of his past record and his desire to regain the heavyweight title, would put himself in jeopardy with boxing commissions around the country. He is already barred in some states.
Liston's closest friend is his secretary, Teddy King. King had something of an explanation. Since losing the title, he said, Liston had been in "a state of shock."
"He just came out of it two days ago," King said. "Yesterday [the day before the speeding incident] was the first day I think I saw him smile. He came in and told me some funny jokes.
"The trouble with him is he needs something to do. All he does is sit around all day. He doesn't train enough.
"I think we're going to get him to buy some property and open a real estate office—someplace where he can go and sit for six hours a day."
Idle hands—that's the explanation.
THE IDEALISTIC SNOOKS
The recruiting of Canadian players for U.S. college hockey teams has become such standard practice over the years that only two major college teams still do without them. One is, of course, the U.S. Military Academy squad at West Point. The other is Boston College, which never has put a Canadian import on its ice, which plays the longest—and probably the toughest—college schedule in the East, and which has reached the NCAA tournament more times than any eastern college.
All this stems from the stubborn idealism of John Andrew (Snooks) Kelley, at 56 the dean of America's college coaches, who concluded his 28th season at BC last week with an excellent record of 18 wins, nine losses and one tie. This, with 10 sophomores on his varsity. His career total: 362 wins, 157 losses, 14 ties. He has had losing seasons only twice, in 1934 and in 1958.