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March 19, 1956
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March 19, 1956


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Walter Reed Swim Club's swift young mermaids Shelley Mann (backstroke), Mary Jane Sears (breaststroke), Betty Mullen (butterfly) and Wanda Werner (freestyle), swooshed through 400-yard medley in fantastic 4:23 at Detroit in special attempt, bettered own world short-course record by more than 10 seconds (March 8).

Philadelphia Warriors, fresh from title-clinching triumph over New York in Eastern Division of NBA, went all-out in next game, overwhelmed Boston Celtics 142-120 at Philadelphia for new league scoring mark (March 8).

Yale's sharpshooting sophomore Johnny Lee scored 41 points as Elis defeated Harvard 99-73 at New Haven, bringing his Ivy League total to 337, a new one-season standard (March 10).

Tommy Kono, barrel-chested Nisei strong boy, moved out of middleweight class to take crack at light-heavyweight world records, promptly pressed 317� pounds, hefted total of 977� pounds to surpass two marks in Hawaiian AAU championships at Honolulu (March 10).


Tony DeMarco, wild-punching former short-term welterweight titleholder, hit the canvas in first round but bounced back to belabor ailing (with infected left ear) Lightweight Champion Wallace (Bud) Smith with jolting left hooks to stomach, won non-title fight by TKO in ninth at Boston when Smith's seconds threw in towel.

Rory Calhoun, unbeaten young (21) middleweight sensation from White Plains, N.Y., floored game but outclassed Andre Tessier with right-hand smash in fifth, earned his 19th straight victory when referee stopped bout in New York.

Golden Glovers moved step closer to March 21 finals in New York's Madison Square Garden as Pittsburgh won eastern title in New York and St. Louis took western crown in Chicago.


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