Pitt's Arnie Sowell and U.S. Navy's Milt Campbell staged world indoor record-breaking show at Millrose Games in New York. Light-footed Sowell feather-stepped past old rival Tom Courtney to clock 1:49.7 for 800 meters, 1:50.3 for half-mile; hulking Campbell whip-sawed over 60-yard hurdles in 7 seconds. (Feb. 9).
Dave Ricketts of Duquesne, who broke NCAA consecutive foul shooting record week earlier, arched in two more against Niagara to raise mark to 42 (Feb. 4).
David Theile, another of Australia's quick-armed young Olympians, pinwheeled up and down 33 1/3-yard pool in 55.6 at Maryborough to lower world standard for 100-yard backstroke (Feb. 7).
North Carolina, beginning to feel pressure of long winning streak, squeezed past Maryland 65-61, Duke 75-73 for 18 in row, prompted Coach Frank McGuire to predict: "Somebody is going to beat us and then my boys will get better." Kansas and Wilt Chamberlain held firm in Big Seven, outscoring Nebraska 69-54; Texas Tech came up with upset, edging SMU 68-67.
Fort Wayne pulled ahead in tight NBA Western Division race as St. Louis went into tailspin and Rochester began to move within striking distance of Pistons. Syracuse won two out of three from New York to take third place in East but was still far behind Boston, riding blithely along eight games ahead of Philadelphia.
TRACK AND FIELD
Ron Delany, turkey-trotting along at own pace, got up with plenty to spare to beat Hungary's Laszlo Tabori in respectable 4:06.7 Wanamaker Mile at Millrose Games in New York. Among other winners: pint-sized Ira Murchison, who made up for poor start with bursting finish to equal world indoor record of 6.1 for 60-yard dash; Horace Ashenfelter, 9:02.3 winner over Phil Coleman in two-mile; Bob Richards and Bob Gutowski, who both soared 15 feet 6 inches in pole vault; Phil Reavis and Charlie Stead, tied for first in high jump at 6 feet 8 inches (see page 38).
Ted Williams, Boston's temperamental outfielder who set long distance record for expectorating last year and, at 38, still one of baseball's top hitters (.345 BA, 82 RBI, 24 HR in 1956), signed for 16th season with Red Sox at usual $100,000, biggest paycheck in majors. Taking dead aim at critical Boston sportswriters, Williams forecast "a damn good season," reasoned, "I play baseball because I love the game...but I also need the money."
Boston edged Detroit 1-0 and tied Montreal 2-2 in stick-to-stick battles with leaders to trail first-place Red Wings by five points, Canadiens by one in NHL. New York had best week in long time, upsetting Boston and Montreal and tying Chicago and Toronto to take over fourth place.