Bobsledders back from their thumping defeat at the Olympics report they had the worst sleds at Cortina. The sleds which finished fifth and 19th were patched-up relics of the 1932 Olympics. But Art Tyler's brand-new four-man sled finished third.
Casey Stengel, looking over his spring crop of Yankee youngsters at St. Petersburg, also looked ahead to 1957, when he will be crowding 70 and "won't be here any more." The threat: retirement at the end of the 1957 season. The promise: to leave the Yankees with a team of young, polished veterans.
Kenneth St. Oegger, racing Henry J. Kaiser's 5,400-pound hydroplane Hawaii-Kai, survived with a broken leg and mere bruises when the boat flipped at 193.6 mph. The boat, now matchwood, was certain to beat Slo-Mo-Shun IV's unlimited hydroplane record of 178.5 mph.
Iowa startled Big Ten favorite Illinois with a 96-72 victory and so took command of the conference basketball race. Winners of other major conferences decided last week: North Carolina State (Atlantic Coast), UCLA (Pacific Coast), Utah (Mountain States), Alabama (Southeastern), Houston ( Missouri Valley), West Virginia (Southern), Dartmouth (Ivy). Next stop for most of them: the NCAA playoffs.
Bill Russell, University of San Francisco's All-America basketball player, has a problem. Offered $50,000 to play for the Harlem Clowns next season, Russell would prefer "legitimate" pro basketball with the NBA. But, says Russell, "$50,000 a year is exactly $50,000 more than I'm making right now."
The return bout between Sugar Ray Robinson and Bobo Olson, set for April 20, is off until May 18 because of Robinson's virus infection.