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Dutch whiz kids Tineke Lageberg, 16, and Ada Den Haan, 15, who have been staging fullblown assault on world swim records, peeled off three more sensational performances in short-course pools. Tineke thrashed 220-yard butterfly in 2:38.1 at Naarden (March 19). four days later tore through 200-meter butterfly in 2:38.8 at M�nchen-Gladbach, West Germany; Ada breast-stroked 220 yards in 2:50, fastest ever for women, at Naarden (March 19). Another record breaker: Russia's Vladimir Struyanov, who swooshed 400-meter medley in 5:08.3 at Moscow to break own world mark (March 18).
Joe Davis, nimble-fingered British cue master who ran off maximum snooker break of 147 against Willie Davis at London's Leicester Square Hall in January 1955, only to have it disallowed because of rules squabble, received belated recognition for new world record from Billiards Association and Control Council. Exulted patient Davis: "It fills a gap in my snooker history" (March 20).
Miguel Berrios, pint-sized Puerto Rican, got one foot inside featherweight throne room, aggressively chasing bicycling Carmelo Costa until he caught him with solid left hook to jaw in 10th, went on to take 12-round split decision and first blood in elimination series in New York. Berrios' next step: against British Empire Champion Hogan (Kid) Bassey in Washington, D.C., April 26, winner to meet France's baby-faced Cherif Hamia for Sandy Saddler's vacated title.
Joey Giambra, fancy-boxing middleweight contender now fighting under Sid Flaherty's aegis, turned killer to batter faded Al Andrews to canvas four times in first, added one more knockdown for good measure before referee halted one-sided bout at end of sixth at Oakland, Calif.
Art Aragon, brassy, self-styled Los Angeles Golden Boy whose speckled career has been dotted with ineptitude, violence and suspicion, got his comeuppance from Superior Judge Herbert V. Walker: one to five years in prison for trying to fix fight with Dick Goldstein (see page 28). Out on $5,000 bail pending appeal, shattered Aragon grieved: "My heart's broken."