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December 26, 1955
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December 26, 1955

A Roundup Of The Week's News

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Nashua , handsome Belair Stud 3-year-old whose racing fate was left in doubt after death of Owner William Woodward Jr., went to Leslie Combs II (leader of 5-man syndicate) of Kentucky's Spendthrift Farm for $1,251,200—largest price ever for Thoroughbred—in sealed bidding in New York. Combs announced Nashua will continue to be trained by Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons , who plans to run colt at Hialeah in February (see page 30).

Bobby Brocato , taken to front at start by Jockey George Taniguchi, ran away from field, won by 4� lengths although eased up at wire in $35,000 Tanforan Handicap at San Bruno, Calif.

Dave Stephens, promising Aussie, surprised touring Hungarian record breakers Laszlo Tabori and Sandor Iharos, took 5,000-meter run in good 14:07.2 at Melbourne three days after slender Iharos outran Tabori by inches to win 2-mile race in 8:47.4 for new Australian record. Hungary's Istvan Rozsavolgyi had better luck, winning half-mile and 1,500-meter events.

Herb Score (SI Cover, May 30), fastballing Cleveland Indians right-hander who struck out 245 for first-year major league record, was appropriately named American League Rookie of the Year by Baseball Writers' Association, who had earlier picked St. Louis Cardinals' distance-hitting Bill Virdon for National League honors.

Detroit , on move after slow start, blanked Toronto 4-0, cooled off streaking Montreal 2-0 for rookie Goalie Glen Hall's second and third shutouts. Earlier, league-leading Canadiens beat New York 2-0, then lost able Goalie Jacques Plante, who suffered broken nose in practice session, but called up minor leaguer Bob Perreault in time to stop Chicago 5-0. Slumping second-place Rangers, seeking cure after losing four in row, brought in three players from minors, halted skid by outroughing Toronto 4-1, trailed by 12 points in NHL.

Horst Fritsche, East German swim star, sped 100-yard breaststroke in 1:02.2, bettered existing world record for event for second time in two days.

Scott Frost , potato farmer Sol Camp's swift standardbred who took every major 3-year-old trotting stake to earn $186,101, was solid choice of U.S. Trotting Association poll for Harness Horse of the Year.

Casey Tibbs , colorful young (25) bronc peeler who announced intention to retire from fulltime competition, went out in fine style, became world's all-round cowboy champion by piling up 42,064 points but lost his saddle bronc title to Deb Copenhaver, hard-riding Post Falls, Idaho buster.

Bill Lillard, slim 28-year-old transplanted Texan, held firm in exciting final match with Joe Wilman, barely beat veteran by eight pins for men's title in national All-Star tournament at Chicago. Anita Cantaline of Detroit outrolled rallying Doris Porter to take women's crown (see page 47).


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