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Arnie Sowell , soft-striding Pitt speedster, rushed into early lead, outran country's top half-milers in 1:47.6 for new AAU record, became third runner to better 880-yard world mark this year in National AAU championships at Boulder, Col. (see page 13).
Harold Connolly , Boston University graduate student who recently became first American to surpass 200 feet in 16-pound hammer throw (SI, June 27), got off tremendous heave of 199 feet 8 inches; Bob Backus , NYAC strongman, threw 56-pound weight 43 feet 5 inches; Bud Held of San Francisco Olympic Club tossed javelin 260 feet 3 inches; Rod Richard, fast-breaking Army sprinter, barreled 220 yards around turn in 21 flat, for records in same meet.
Jon Hendricks, flashy Australian swim star, churned through 100-meter freestyle in 0:55.8 to crack American long-course record day after setting 200-meter freestyle mark with 2:06.9; in Keo Nakama meet at Honolulu.
New York Yankees continued to win big ones, increased lead over Chicago White Sox to three games in American League. Casey Stengel's money players ran off three straight against Kansas City, cooled off Cleveland by taking three out of four, pushed Indians six games off pace. Superb relief pitching of veteran Jim Konstanty , homers by Yogi Berra and Irv Noren and Bob Cerv's pinch single won first two games 2-1, 3-2, stretched winning streak to seven before Indians' Early Wynn tossed 5-0 shutout at Yanks, who came back to take second game of Sunday doubleheader 2-0 for southpaw Whitey Ford's ninth win.
Boston Red Sox , with sights set on first division, rolled past Detroit 5-4, 12-7, 7-0, faltered long enough to drop pair to Chicago 3-2, 8-3 when aching back forced slugging Ted Williams out of lineup but quickly bounced back on able hurling of Willard Nixon and Tom Brewer to whip White Sox 5-2, 8-2 and move within game of fourth-place Tigers.
Brooklyn Dodgers began week by racking up second-place Chicago Cubs three in row, aided by fireball-flinging Don Newcombe's 12th win, moved on to Milwaukee where they lost two out of three but still managed to hold comfortable 12�-game lead in National League. Braves' Lou Burdette and Bob Buhl , aided by home-run hitting of rejuvenated Eddie Mathews , who belted No. 16 and No. 17, beat Dodgers 8-2, 4-0. Newcombe , with help of Rookie Karl Spooner , sandwiched in his 13th victory 5-3, also got three hits to lift batting average to .451.
Cincinnati handled New York Giants with ease, won two of three from last year's champions, lost first game of series to Philadelphia 8-6, then clobbered Phillies 6-0, 16-5, 5-0 as Joe Nuxhall and Art Fowler contributed whitewash jobs and big Ted Kluszewski powered way into tie with Brooklyn's Duke Snider for league's home run leadership. Victories moved Redlegs into fifth place, scant percentage point behind sagging Giants, who attempted to bolster team by selling veteran Outfielder Monte Irvin to Minneapolis and bringing up Second Baseman Wayne (Twig) Terwilliger from same club but still lost three straight to St. Louis Cardinals 5-3, 9-2, 7-2.