John Devitt, another of Australia's rising young aqua stars, shrugged off wind and rain which swept 55-meter outdoor North Sydney pool, churned up his own swell as he freestyled 110 yards in amazing 55.2, fastest ever for long course, in New South Wales championships (Jan. 19).
Viking Victory, brown, 4-year-old Coal-town offspring who finished 13 lengths off pace only five days earlier, hustled 5� furlongs in 1:03 for new world mark in claiming race at Florida's Tropical Park (Jan. 16).
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Fred Dwyer, slender greeting-card salesman, saved special message for Hungary's Laszlo Tabori until final 300 yards, then uncorked withering sprint to win two-mile race in 8:52.4 to open indoor season at Boston (see page 23).
Mickey Mantle, whose slugging feats have aroused his business acumen, had busiest week since 1956 World Series. After returning unsigned contract to New York Yankees, Mickey trekked down to Baltimore to be crowned Sultan of Swat (opposite); flew out to Chicago to help Casey Stengel accept J. Louis Comiskey award from Chicago baseball writers; found himself designated Player of Year and winner of Sid Mercer plaque by New York writers; shuffled off to Rochester, N.Y. to haul away $10,000 diamond-studded belt as Hickok's Pro Athlete of Year.
Iowa State, Texas and Tulane checked in with week's biggest upsets (see page 8) but North Carolina escaped unscathed, beating North Carolina State 83-57 for 15th straight.
Boston picked up pace after All-Star game (won by East 109-97) break, took three straight to lead NBA Eastern Division by five games. Celtics ended week by trouncing second-place New York 114-78 as magical Bob Cousy scored 32 points in 28 minutes. St. Louis caught fire to win four out of five in West, got third coach of season when Alex Hannum replaced Slater Martin. Fort Wayne held shaky �-game edge with Rochester, Minneapolis and St. Louis in virtual tie for second.
Colgate's Hal Lahar, with three seasons to go on five-year pact, became latest postseason contract jumper, moving to U. of Houston, whose oil-rich boosters had unsuccessfully dangled two oil wells and 125-foot air-conditioned yacht as lure to Oklahoma's Bud Wilkinson. Other major shifts: Wyoming's Phil Dickens (after 10-0 season) to Indiana; UCLA Line Coach James Myers to Iowa State.
Pancho Gonzales, cocky old pro whose devastating power has disillusioned many an amateur champion, won four out of first five matches with Aussie Ken Rosewall as tour began in Australia.