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Hampton Pool, central figure in reported dissension on Los Angeles Rams, quit as head coach one week after resignation of four aides. A former Ram assistant, Pool replaced Joe Stydahar.
Fordham discontinued football for fifth time in 71 years, blaming decision on "continuing financial loss." A pre-World War II power under Coaches Frank Cavanaugh and Jim Crowley, Rams played in Cotton Bowl in 1940, Sugar Bowl in 1941.
Carl (Bobo) Olson bombarded game Pierre Langlois of France with combinations, scored 11th-round TKO victory in third successful defense of middleweight championship this year before 16,453, at San Francisco. Olson out-slicked aggressive opponent, opened two-inch gash over Langlois' left eye, causing referee to stop fight.
Carmen Basilio of Canastota, N.Y., No. 2 contender for Johnny Saxton's welterweight title, toyed with Irish Ronnie Harper, won by TKO when Detroit boxer was unable to answer bell for fourth round, at Akron, Ohio.
Sandy Saddler , who won featherweight title from Willie Pep in 1950 and hasn't defended it since 1951, was stripped of crown by National Boxing Association. N.Y. State Athletic Commission accepted a $1,000 challenge check from Teddy (Redtop) Davis, ordered Saddler to sign for title fight in 20 days. Sandy defied both, signed to meet Lulu Perez in non-title bout Jan. 17 at Boston.
Baltimore Orioles continued drasticrebuilding job, buying Elwin (Preacher) Roe, 36-year-old pitcher, and Billy Cox , 35-year-old third baseman, from Brooklyn Dodgers for reported $55,000, two minor leaguers. Roe won 93, lost 37 as Dodger, had dismal 3-4 record last season. Cox, rated one of National League's best fielders, batted .235 in 77 games.
Ralph Kiner astounded baseball world when he volunteered to take 38?% slash in $65,000 salary because of bad year in 1954, signed with Cleveland Indians for $39,000. Commissioner Ford Frick held up approval of contract on basis of law which prohibits cut of more than 25%; major league player representatives ordered Kiner to sign new pact with Indians at $48,750.