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New York Giants , perking up after miserable start, tallied on 98-yard opening kickoff return by Jim Patton (who later raced 69 yards after snaring punt), caught fire in second half to romp over Washington Redskins 35-7 in New York.
Baltimore's sparkling first-year Halfback L. G. Dupre sprinted 23 yards for touchdown in third quarter, gave Colts hard-earned 14-10 win over Green Bay Packers, tie for first place with losing Los Angeles in Western Conference.
Jimmy Slade, slippery heavyweight spoiler, went into ring 6-1 underdog, slashed away at clowning Tommy (Hurricane) Jackson for 10 rounds, came out with surprise split decision before 7,797 who paid $61,066 at Cleveland, ruined Hurricane's chances for title shot. Jackson complained he "couldn't get my arms and legs working right," was packed off to hospital for observation as Trainer Whitey Bimstein lamented: "I don't know what happened to the fella."
Mario D'Agata, Italian deaf-mute who got himself shot up by business partner earlier this year, was given fifth-round TKO victory and European bantamweight championship when France's reluctant Andre Valignat was disqualified by referee for using "incorrect tactics" at Milan.
Commissioner Julius Helfand , still seeking information about cloak-and-dagger workings of New York Boxing Managers Guild, got little information from Acting President Cus D'Amato but lifted suspensions of D'Amato, Bobby Melnick and Bobby Nelson, made one more attempt when he ordered Recording Secretary Andy Nieder-reiter to produce elusive records next Friday (see page 13).
Gene Tunney, Mickey Walker and Harry Greb were among 10 former champions elected to the Boxing Hall of Fame by 113 sportswriters and broadcasters. Others named: Benny Leonard, Tony Canzoneri, Barney Ross, Tommy Loughran, Jimmy McLarnin, Jimmy Wilde, Marcel Cerdan.