Mister Gus, a son of Nasrullah, showed plenty of heart as he responded to Bill Boland's call for still more run in dash to wire in 1?-mile, $59,300 San Antonio Handicap at Santa Anita, nipping Honeys Alibi and favored Bobby Brocato in photo.
Wake Forest and Alabama turned in major surprises in hoop-happy South, Deacons defeating Duke 80-77 to move into Atlantic Coast Conference lead with Blue Devils and North Carolina; Alabama stopping Vanderbilt 88-61 to give them top billing in Southeastern Conference.
Illinois continued to head up Big Ten, beating Indiana 92-89 and Ohio State 111-64, chilling the hot hand of Robin Freeman, State's master-gunner, in the bargain by holding him to 12 points.
San Francisco scored victories No. 43 and 44 humbling COP 77-60 and Fresno State 79-46 to remain unbeaten along with St. Francis of Brooklyn. Independents Louisville and Dayton got through week without losses (see page 43).
Ted Kroll, playing finest golf of 18-year professional career, shot 16-under-par 264 for first money in $10,000 Tucson Open. Dow Finsterwald stayed with Kroll until 71st hole before faltering to wind up with 267 as flock of low scores brought earnings on 274s down to $124 apiece.
Fay Crocker, cocky National Open champion playing out of Montevideo, calmly stroked seven-foot downhill putt on final hole to beat Patty Berg 144 to 145 and successfully defend her title in Miami Beach women's open.
Russia continued mastery evidenced in Winter Olympics by sweeping first three places in world championships at Oslo. Winner: Oleg Goncharenko. Runners-up: Robert Merculov and Evgeny Grishin.
Frank Leahy, former Notre Dame coach, expressed disinterest in University of Southern California coaching spot which will open in 1957 when incumbent Jess Hill moves up to athletic director. Said Leahy: "I've had all the coaching I can absorb."