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Jack Davis, limber-legged U.S. hurdler from Glendale, Calif., scissored over 120-yard high hurdles in 13.3 on humpbacked grass track ("It had bags of life") to break own world record in last pre-Olympic warm-up at Bendigo (Nov. 17). Earlier at Gee-long, U.S. Steeplechaser Phil Coleman trailed England's Chris Brasher in two-mile race but his 8:47.8 was fast enough to surpass American mark (Nov. 14).
Ada den Haan, youngest of rapid-thrashing Dutch teen-agers, breaststroked 200 meters in 2:46.4, best time ever for Olympic distance, at Naarden (Nov. 13).
Iowa and Oregon State, longtime also-rans, rode into Rose Bowl but not before suffering many anxious moments. Hawk-eyes barely squeezed past Ohio State 6-0 to clinch tie for Big Ten title while Beavers were hard pressed against Idaho, rallied in final minutes for 14-10 victory. Colorado, which handled Utah 21-7, nailed down Orange Bowl berth, when mighty Oklahoma overwhelmed Missouri 67-14 for 38th straight; unbeaten Tennessee whipped Mississippi 27-7; Yale overpowered Princeton 42-20 to gain at least tie for Ivy League championship; Syracuse, with Jimmy Brown scoring 43 points, clubbed Colgate 61-7; Pitt's second half razzle-dazzle beat Army 20-7; Navy had easy time with Virginia 34-7; Texas Aggies beat Rice 21-7 to move closer to Southwest Conference title.
Washington, riding high in role of upsetters, made it four straight, beating New York 33-7, but Giants held NFL Eastern Conference lead with man-sized assist from Pittsburgh, 14-7 winner over Chicago Cards. Detroit and Chicago Bears continued in first-place tie in Western Conference, Lions checking Baltimore 27-3 while Bears outscored Los Angeles 30-21. Other results: Cleveland shut out Philadelphia 16-0; San Francisco edged Green Bay 17-16.
Mickey Mantle, switch-hitting New York Yankee slugger who won triple crown, added still another feather to his already fully-packed cap, was unanimously voted American League's Most Valuable Player by Baseball Writers Association. Something less than surprised when informed of selection at Commerce, Okla., Mickey dead panned: "It makes me real proud."