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September 10, 1956


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Ed Hintz, Chicago banker-boxing judge whose vote helped Johnny Saxton take middleweight title from Carmen Basilio and who had explained, "I'm stupid but honest" when he became embroiled in Illinois banking scandal, pleaded guilty in Springfield to charges he had conspired to defraud state of $637,000. The sentence: one to three years at Joliet and $3,000 fine to go along with three-year federal penalty.

New Zealand upset South Africa 11-5 before 60,000, largest crowd ever, at Auckland for third victory in four matches to win Rugby Union test and unofficial world title. Defeat was first in test series in 60 years for South Africa's Springboks.

England, beaten only once by Australia in four earlier matches, played to draw in rain-plagued final test at London to retain The Ashes as Cricketer Dennis Compton brought total runs to 3,963, breaking Sir Len Hutton's former record by 33.

Bob Rosburg, nearsighted young San Franciscan, finished in 284 tie with veteran Ed Furgol after 72 holes, calmly parred first hole of sudden-death playoff to take Motor City Open at Detroit when opponent flubbed six-foot putt for bogey.


Britain's Stirling Moss pushed his Maserati around fast Monza track at record 129.656 mph to edge Juan Manuel Fangio by mere seconds in Grand Prix of Europe, but Fangio, who took over wheel of teammate Peter Collins' car when forced to abandon own Ferrari on 20th lap because of tire trouble, earned enough points to win fourth world title (see page 52).

Donald Healey, 58-year-old British racer and motor executive who realized lifelong ambition when he drove streamlined Austin-Healey at 203.06 mph over Bonneville Salt Flats, sailed for England full of hope for future. "Wizard of Warwick" promised to return next year to try to "crack 300 mph."


Miss Pepsi, with Chuck Thompson at wheel, was named winner of Gold Cup at Detroit after Miss Thriftway was disqualified for hitting buoy in final heat. Decision brought loud protest, put final word up to 16-man ABPA Inboard Racing Commission (see page 51). Runner-up: Lieut. Colonel Russell Schleeh in Shanty I, winner over Canada's Miss Supertest II for Harmsworth Trophy earlier in week.

Seattle's Corinthian Yacht Club skippers sailed their Y-class boat to flat-footed point tie with St. Petersburg ( Fla.) Yacht Club in four-day regatta at Montreal, won North American junior sailing championship and Sears Trophy on basis of taking three second places to one for rivals.

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