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Russian speed skaters zipped to amazing world marks in pre-Olympic trials, firmly established themselves as ones to beat at Cortina. Soviet's Yuri Mikhailov, 25-year-old construction engineering student, streaked 1,500 meters in 2:09.1 for record in Swiss championships (see below) at Davos (Jan. 20); Evgeny Grishin slid along sleek ice at Lake Misurina in 0:40.2 for 500 meters to crack Teammate Yuri Sergeev's old record by six-tenths of second (Jan. 22).
Dave Sime, unheralded Duke sophomore, showed heels to unsuspecting veteran field in sprints at Washington (D.C.) Star games, stepping off 100 yards in 0:09.5 for new U.S. indoor record, also tied mark of 7 seconds flat for 70 yards (Jan. 21).
Isabell Daniels, lanky young miss from Tennessee A&I, sprinted 50-yard dash in 0:05.8 for new world indoor record, then went on to tie 100-yard mark of 0:11.1 in women's national AAU championships at Washington, D.C. (Jan. 21).
Sandy Saddler, anything-goes featherweight champion once banned in New York for dirty fighting, was up to old tricks against game little Flash Elorde of Philippines, used head as battering ram, elbowed, backhanded, hit on break and then topped off performance by working on cut over challenger's left eye until it bled freely enough for referee to stop title bout in 13th round before small but loud-booing crowd at San Francisco's Cow Palace.
Boxing's pot continued to boil last week. New York's hard-hitting Commissioner Julius Helfand, victorious in battle with New York Guild, lashed out at National Boxing Association's recently passed resolution which permits fighters of suspended managers to sign own contracts, angrily called it "sheer hypocrisy" as NBA President Lou Radzienda listened at Boxing Writers' dinner in New York (see page 11).
International Guild's Charley Johnston and Bill Daly and Ohio Guild's Al Del Monte, in Cleveland to plead innocent to federal grand jury indictments charging violation of Sherman Antitrust Act, were hit with $150,000 suit filed by Herman Spero, producer of boycotted studio TV boxing shows which kicked off investigation.