continued to hold slim lead in National Hockey League. Sharp-shooting Canadiens, led by Bernie (Boom Boom) Geoffrion and Maurice (Rocket) Richard, piled up 28 goals in first nine games, held opponents to 17. Close behind Canadiens were Detroit Red Wings, who lost prime opportunity to overtake leaders when they dropped game to Chicago Black Hawks 4-2. It was Chicago's first victory of season. New York Rangers remained third.
of Britain, driving Ferrari, won Spanish Grand Prix race, at Barcelona. Hawthorn averaged 157 kph for 505-kilometer race. Runners-up: Luigi Musso of Italy in Maserati; Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina in Mercedes.
Marshall Teague of Daytona Beach was named national stock car champion for 1954 by American Automobile Association after Teague accumulated 2,320 points in 16 races.
Moscow Dynamos, Soviet Union soccer champions, began tour of Europe, beat Girondins of Bordeaux, France 3-0 in first encounter.
DIED?Hugh Duffy, 87, all-time baseball batting champion, major league outfielder (1888-1905) and manager; after long illness, in Boston. Playing for Boston Bean-eaters in 1894, Outfielder Duffy made 236 hits in 539 times at bat for average of .438, a record which has never been equaled.
DIED?Earl Whitehill, 54, left-handed pitcher for Detroit, Washington and other teams (1923-1939); of injuries received in automobile accident, at Omaha. In 17 years of major league career, Whitehill won 218, lost 185.
, 35, winner of U.S. Open; as "golfer of year" by Professional Golfers' Association after poll of 902 pros, golf writers, officials. Runner-up: Bob Toski, year's leading money winner ($65,891).
OTHER RESULTS FOR THE RECORD