Michigan's Dick Hanley and Ohio State's Al Wiggins put on world short-course record-breaking show in Big Ten swimming championships at Minneapolis but couldn't stop talent-deep Michigan State from winning team title. Hanley set pace by thrashing 220-yard freestyle in 2:01.5 (March 8); husky Wiggins strong-armed 100-yard butterfly in 54.3 (March 9). Other records hauled down last week: Seattle's perky Nancy Ramey whipped through 100-yard butterfly in 1:03.8 for world mark at Portland, Ore. (March 9); Yale's Tim Jecko churned 200-yard butterfly in 2:08.7 to break his own college standard at Cambridge, Mass. as Elis trounced Harvard 59-27 for 156th straight dual meet victory and 11th Eastern Intercollegiate League crown (March 9).
Master Sergeant Huelet L. Benner, keen-eyed West Point instructor, set sharpshooting example for future generals, planting 18 bullets in X-ring and barely missing with two more to post 200 points and new world record for 20-shot slow fire at 25 yards with .22 caliber pistol (March 6), went on to win seventh national midwinter title with over-all score of 2,610-106X at Tampa, Fla.
Major league exhibition season got under way in Florida and Arizona, with hitters well ahead of cautious pitchers. Yankees and Dodgers moved slowly, splitting first two games with St. Louis and Milwaukee, respectively.
Detroit finally cracked ice to beat Boston 4-2 after six winless games, held grimly to three-point lead over Montreal as Canadiens and Bruins (who trailed by five) sputtered through bad week. Fourth-place New York, off on tear, stretched unbeaten streak to seven.
Federal Judge Sylvester J. Ryan caught IBC ( James D. Norris, president) and its sprawling empire with not entirely unexpected left hook in New York, setting off myriad speculation on boxing's future. His ruling: IBC is indeed a monopoly and in violation of Sherman Antitrust Act (see page 16).
Walter Byars, stubby little Boston welterweight unknown outside of native New England and poorly regarded at 5 to 1, played it cute, outboxing, outthinking and even out-punching lanky Garnett (Sugar) Hart for 10 exciting rounds to win decision in New York.
Sugar Ray Robinson, often guilty of postponing lights for one reason or another, will have to wait one more week (until May 1) to get return shot at Middleweight Champion Gene Fullmer in Chicago. Reason: beer and toiletries TV sponsors requested change from April 24 date to coincide with early May sales promotion campaign.