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U.S. Olympians, sharpening up for Melbourne, rarely looked better as they broke one world and two U.S. records, equaled or bettered several others previously lowered in warm-up meet at Ontario, Calif. (Oct. 20). Charley Jenkins, Arnie Sowell, Tom Courtney and Lou Jones, displaying tremendous speed and flawless baton handling, sped through mile relay in 3:08.6 for new world standard; Max Truex raced 5,000 meters in 14:22.8 and Ira Davis hopped, stepped and jumped 51 feet 11 inches to break American records.
Australian swimmers staged wholesale assault on world marks at North Sydney, cracking six in pre-Olympic carnival. Freestyler Lorraine Crapp bagged biggest load, breaking four in one race (2:18.5 for 200 meters, 2:20.1 for 220 yards; 4:47.2 for 400 meters; 4:48.6 for 440 yards), came back to add fifth when she thrashed 100 meters in 1:03.2 to help teammates Margaret Gibson, Barbara Jackson and Dawn Fraser set record of 4:22.3 for 440-yard relay (Oct. 20).
Art Luppino, Arizona tailback, picked up 53 yards (Oct. 20) for new college rushing record of 3,235 (see page 37).
Oklahoma had still another explosive Saturday, blasting Kansas 34-12 for its 34th straight, best ever in modern college football history, but powerful Michigan State kept pace with Sooners, overwhelming Notre Dame 47-14, and Georgia Tech stayed up there by beating Auburn 28-7. Penn State provided week's biggest upset, knocking Ohio State out of unbeaten ranks 7-6, while TCU also fell from charmed circle, bowing to Texas Aggies by same score (for other results, see page 37).
New York defeated Pittsburgh 38-10 and Chicago Bears overwhelmed Baltimore 58-27 to remain hard on heels of unbeaten Chicago Cards and Detroit in NFL conferences. Cards had to rally to beat Philadelphia 20-6, and Lions barely edged San Francisco 20-17. Cleveland lost to Washington 20-9; Green Bay won over Los Angeles 42-17.
New York Yankees continued to pile up post-season honors: triple-crown winner Mickey Mantle switch-slugged at .705 clip (376 total bases in 533 AB) to take American League slugging title ( National League champion: Brooklyn's Duke Snider with .598); Left-hander Whitey Ford, owner of best lifetime record among active pitchers (80-28), topped circuit with 2.47 ERA ( National League champion: Milwaukee's Lew Burdette with 2.71). Yogi Berra, Yankee World Series star, also received kudos of another sort from St. Louis friends (Professional and Businessmen's Club of The Hill), who called him "one of three best-known Italians in the world." The others: Columbus and Marconi.