, young British racers, teamed up to pilot their Mercedes to victory in 580-mile Targa Florio at Palermo, Sicily, last race for 1955 world sports car championship, pushed Mercedes ahead of Ferrari for team title.
, lethal-punching New York light heavyweight, exploded his rapid combinations, flattened Cal Brad in first round at Los Angeles to score his eighth straight knockout.
Ralph (Tiger) Jones, seventh-ranked middleweight from Yonkers, N.Y., took aggressive Al Andrews' best punches, countered with blistering attack that staggered Andrews in fourth and sixth rounds, had rival on verge of knockout in 10th, won unanimous decision at Miami, Fla.
Julius Helfand, New York Boxing Commission chairman, vigorously denied he had cooled off on boxing probe, came out flatly against federal investigation ("I do not feel the U.S. Government should be wasting its time"), insisted sport can be controlled "provided working commissions...honestly administer and control it in stead of trying to steal important fights...." Helfand's stand is in direct opposition to
National Boxing Association
, which recently gave unanimous approval to resolution calling for federal investigation.
, hard-throwing young
right-hander with 14-9 record, led National League pitchers with 2.84 earned run average, became first major leaguer to lead in ERA while performing for last-place team. American League leader was veteran left-hander
, who turned in brilliant 1.97 average while winning 15,losing 10 for
Chicago White Sox
, former Detroit manager, returned to major leagues after tenure at Seattle, was choice of new General Manager
St. Louis Cardinals
out of seventh-place wilderness.
Kimberly Kid, Leonard J. Buck's slickstepping 5-year-old who earned reputation on Grand Circuit, made rare appearance on half-mile track, responded to urging of Driver Ned Bower in stretch to take $29,000 Gotham Trot in track record time of 3:08 3/5 for 1� miles at Yonkers, N.Y.
Russian strong boys showed off their muscles in world championships at Munich, won four individual titles, scored 29 points to 25 for second-place U.S. to capture "Prize of Nations" and team crown. Among individual champions: Middle-Heavyweight Arkadii Vorobiev of Russia; Light Heavyweight
of Sacramento, Calif.; Middleweight Pete George of Akron, Ohio; Featherweight Rafael Tchimichkian of Russia.