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Marquis de Portago, intrepid Spanish sportsman who added bobsledding to his repertory in time to snatch fourth place in Winter Olympics, slithered down St. Moritz's icy 870-meter Cresta run in 28.8 aboard flimsy skeleton sled to lower Jack Crammond's 25-year-old record by two-tenths of second (Dec. 31).
Harold Connolly, Olympic hammer throw gold medal winner and world record holder, added another mark, swinging ball and triangle prodigious 66 feet 8� inches to better world standard for 35-pound weight at Medford, Mass. (Dec. 31).
Sam Griffith of Miami pushed his 266-cubic-inch hydroplane Pussy Cat to bolt-loosening 61.758 mph average in first 60 minutes of Orange Bowl Regatta nine-hour endurance marathon at Miami for international powerboat record before dropping out of race after 18 laps (Dec. 31).
Michigan State's Don Nichols, Paul Reinke, Roger Harmon and Don Patterson barreled through 200-yard medley relay in 1:44.4 in meet against Michigan at Ann Arbor to break Iowa State's mark by four-tenths of second (Jan. 5).
Charles Chevalier, 54, sturdy Heaton Moor Golf Club pro who has made career of holing out tee shots, did it for 25th time on 138-yard fourth hole at home course in Lancashire, surpassing own world record. Greying Chevalier attributed skill to "good luck and good judgment," admitted: "I was very bucked at reaching my official quarter century" (Jan. 2).
College football season came to crunching end with annual flock of bowl games (see page 43). Iowa scored early and often to defeat Oregon State 35-19 in Rose Bowl; TCU was unable to check Syracuse's powerful Jimmy Brown but used Chuck Curtis' passing wizardry for 28-27 victory in Cotton Bowl; underdog Baylor took advantage of last-quarter fumble to upset Tennessee 13-7 in Sugar Bowl; Colorado blew 20-point half-time lead but recovered in time to beat Clemson 27-21 in Orange Bowl; George Washington outpowered Texas Western 13-0 in Sun Bowl; West Texas held off Mississippi Southern 20-13 in Tangerine Bowl; Prairie View outscored Texas Southern 27-6 in Prairie View Bowl; South turned loose Miami's Don Bosseler for 178 yards and two touchdowns to defeat North 21-7 in pro showcase Senior Bowl at Mobile. In Honolulu's Hula Bowl, Norm Van Brocklin of Los Angeles Rams completed 19 of 20 passes good for 281 yards and five touchdowns to give pro all-stars 52-21 victory over collegians.
Lloyd Jordan, who left comfortable Amherst after 18 years to come to Harvard in 1950, was latest coaching casualty. Reason: "poor teaching." Most likely successor: Backfield Coach Harold (Josh) Williams. But other coaches were more fortunate: Bill Meek, who led University of Houston out of woods in two years, signed 10-year contract to do same for SMU; Terry Brennan, given one more chance by Notre Dame, was "re-engaged for next year."