Russia made its long-range concentration on Olympics pay off, finishing with grand flourish in gymnastics and Greco-Roman wrestling to lead U.S. in total medals (99-74) and unofficial point standings (722-593). American and Australian swimmers engaged in record-splashing spree in Melbourne's final week to salvage some glory but hardly enough points to catch front-running Soviets (for medal winners and records, (see pages 54-62).
U.S. and Australian track stars continued assault on world records, splitting four in post-Olympic meet at Sydney. American quartet of Leamon King, Andy Stanfield, Thane Baker and Bobby Morrow, triple gold-medal winner, sprinted 880-yard relay in 1:23.8; another foursome of Jerome Walters, Lon Spurrier, Arnie Sowell and Tom Courtney circled cinders in 7:23 for two miles. Pretty Shrub Nursery Assistant Betty Cuthbert anchored Aussie girls to two marks, teaming up with Shirley Strickland, Norma Croker and Fleur Mellor for 0:45.6 clocking in 440-yard relay and then came back to help 880-yard relay team register 1:36.3 (Dec. 5).
Jim George, husky Akron weight lifter, muscled up 388� pounds in clean and jerk at Melbourne to better light heavyweight world standard set by American Tommy Kono in Olympics (Dec. 5).
Roger Murphy, young Oakland, Calif. pilot, bounced his seven-liter Galloping Gael over Seattle's Lake Washington in runs of 129.032 mph and 134.328 mph for measured mile, came away with new world record of 131.680 mph (Dec. 4).
San Francisco, minus graduated All-Americas and Olympians Bill Russell and K. C. Jones, scored over San Francisco State 82-54, California 70-56 and Seattle 57-52 to extend nation's longest winning streak to 59; but it was Kansas' 7-foot phenom, Wilt Chamberlain, who provided week's biggest news in college basketball. Basket-stuffing Wilt made varsity debut with 52 points against Northwestern, added 39 more against Marquette (see pages 26-29).
Boston ran winning streak to 10 before losing to Philadelphia 113-111, split next two games to remain on top in East in NBA but began to cast furtive glances at streaking New York Knicks, who won five straight over Minneapolis, Rochester and St. Louis to move within three and a half games of leaders. Rochester zoomed to top in West as slumping Hawks (who have lost six in row) plummeted into cellar.
All-America selectors engaged in their annual autumn free-for-all, and seven (AP, UP, INS, NBC, Collier's, Look and Sporting News) managed to agree on eight college stars: Ends Ron Kramer of Michigan and Joe Walton of Pitt; Guards Jim Parker of Ohio State and Bill Glass of Baylor; Center Jerry Tubbs of Oklahoma; Backs Tommy McDonald of Oklahoma, Jim Brown of Syracuse and Johnny Majors of Tennessee. Tackle John Witte of Oregon State was picked on six teams; Tackle Alex Karras of Iowa on three; Backs Paul Hornung of Notre Dame and John Brodie of Stanford on three each.