Al Hall, beefy former Cornell star now attached to Boston Army Base, hefted and swung cumbersome ball and triangle 67 feet 9� inches at Medford, Mass. to better Harold Connolly's pending world record for 35-pound weight by more than foot (Feb. 16).
Murray Halberg, durable little New Zealander, fought off challenging Neville Scott in face of 12-foot per second wind in backstretch to clock 4:01 for mile, fastest ever on grass, at Auckland (Feb. 17).
Undefeated North Carolina beat Virginia 68-59, Wake Forest 72-69 for 20th straight, but three-way fight for nation's major college scoring lead held spotlight. Latest leader: South Carolina's Grady Wallace, with 30.57 average; runners-up: Kansas' Wilt Chamberlain, 30.06; Columbia's Chet Forte, 29.56.
Philadelphia began stretch run for NBA Eastern Division playoff berth, winning three in row to trail solidly placed but temporarily slumping Boston by 5� games. New York and Syracuse were still dog-fighting for third. Fort Wayne, moving to Detroit next fall, pulled 2� games ahead of St. Louis in West, but Hawks were beginning to hurt after sharp-eyed Bob Pettit, league's top scorer, broke bone in left forearm in game with Boston.
Tim Flock, curly-topped Atlantan, wheeled his 1957 Mercury 160 miles up and down 4.1-mile beach and black-top course at 101.32 mph to win SPORTS ILLUSTRATED trophy (see page 36), became first to better 100 mph in NASCAR Convertible Race at Daytona Beach. Next day Cotton Owens of Spartanburg, S.C., in 1957 Pontiac, roared 101.6 mph to take 160-miler for late model hard tops.
TRACK & FIELD
Hungary's Laszlo Tabori bided time while Houston's John Macy set scorching early pace, moved up neatly and surely with 1� laps to go to take two-mile race in 8:53.4 for his first U.S. triumph in NYAC games at New York (see page 32). Among other winners: Villanova's queer-gaited Ron Delany, running just as fast as necessary, outkicked Fred Dwyer in 4:06.8 in Baxter Mile; Pitt's Arnie Sowell breezed home ahead of ailing Tom Courtney in 1:50.7 half mile; Charlie Jenkins, off and running at gun, poured it on to edge Reggie Pearman in :57 in 500-yard run.
Glenn Davis, Ohio State's Olympic 400-meter hurdle champion who has passed up Eastern indoor circuit to help Buckeyes in dual meets, is being kept as busy as a pup at a flea circus. His latest feat in a losing meet with Michigan State (74�-66�): first in 60-yard dash, 70-yard low hurdles, 300-yard dash, broad jump, anchor man on winning relay team; second in high hurdles, tie for third in high jump.