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April 02, 1956


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Jiro Nagasawa, 24-year-old Yale graduate student who aspires to be a sportswriter in his native Tokyo, continued assault on world 220-yard butterfly record, lowered mark for second time in nine days in meet at New York (March 23). Nagasawa's time: 2:20.1, 2/10 second better than his previous effort.

Carin Cone, pretty 15-year-old youngster from Ridgewood, N.J., hustled through 150-yard backstroke in 1:47.5 to set new U.S. short-course standard in same meet (March 23).

Argentina's crafty "old man" of the tracks, Juan Manuel Fangio, teamed up with Italy's Eugenio Castellotti to fight bitter duel with England's Mike Hawthorn (spelled by Desmond Titterington) until brakes on Hawthorn's D-Jaguar gave way, then had easy time piloting red Ferrari to record-breaking victory in 12-hour Grand Prix grind at Sebring, Fla. Fangio averaged 84.066 mph, covered 1,088.8 miles, finished two laps ahead of another Ferrari piloted by Luigi Musso and Harry Schell (see page 32).


Ralph (Tiger) Jones, plodding middleweight spoiler, stalked and outpunched European Champion Charley Humez in early rounds, piled up enough points to win close 10-round decision in Frenchman's U.S. pro debut in New York.

Raul (Raton) Macias, Mexico's bustling NBA world bantamweight champion, hammered away at Leo Espinosa with damaging left hooks, put challenger away in 10th round at Mexico City.

East champions, representing New York, split first four bouts with West team from Chicago, went on to take next four and 6-2 victory in Inter-City Golden Gloves competition in New York.

Fresh revelations of boxing's dirty business came in Los Angeles where ex-Boxers Tommy Campbell and Georgie Hansford and ex-Manager Eddie Stanley told Governor Goody Knight's investigating committee that Babe McCoy, 300-pound Olympic Auditorium match-maker with police record and longtime monopolist of West Coast boxing, had instructed them to throw fights in 1940s and 1950 (see page 22).

Needles, rugged homebred stretch runner owned by Jackson Dudley and Bonnie Heath, staged another of his dramatic finishes, charged up on outside to take $145,400 Florida Derby by nearly length in track record time of 1:48 3/5 for mile-and-eighth at Gulfstream Park, Fla. Victory bolstered Needles' position as favorite for Kentucky Derby.

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