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.
Boston and St. Louis, only teams over .500 mark, held firm at top of NBA Eastern and Western Divisions. Celtics dropped pair to Minneapolis and Fort Wayne but bounced back to beat Rochester 108-86, 101-87 while Hawks got 49-point spree from Bob Pettit to whip Royals 118-105, then split pair with Fort Wayne and New York. Philadelphia began to make move in East, running off three straight over Rochester, Minneapolis and Syracuse before Nats stopped streak.
Boston, still sizzling, beat Chicago 5-3 before New York stopped surge momentarily with 4-4 tie but Bruins overcame Toronto 4-3 to extend unbeaten streak to nine and NHL lead to two points over Detroit. Red Wings also beat slumping Toronto, divided two games with third-place Montreal, losing 6-2 and winning 8-3 as veteran Ted Lindsay turned hat trick to bring career goal total to 301.
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."