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Britain's fearless Don Campbell, his heart set on jacking up own world water-speed record, rocketed his Bluebird II (see below) across misty and deceptively mirrorlike Lake Coniston at 260.107 mph, throttled down to 218.024 for return run to average 239.07 mph, fastest ever for jet-propelled hydroplane, at Lancashire, England (Nov. 7). White and shaken but satisfied after history-making effort, Campbell indicated he may redesign his craft and go for 300 mph next year (see page 21).
Russia's sturdy Vladimir Stogov and Evgeny Minaev muscled their way to record performances as world weight-lifting championships got under way at Teheran. Bantamweight Stogov, runner-up to America's Charlie Vinci at Melbourne, hefted total of 760.6 pounds in snatch, press and jerk to break Vinci's world mark (Nov. 8); Featherweight Minaev pressed record 257.4 pounds on way to title in his division (Nov. 9).
Tom Baird Jr., husky 35-year-old insurance agent, slurped soft drinks and broth to maintain his stamina, relentlessly took aim at headpin for some 65 hours, bowled 286 games for new nonstop record before he was overtaken by drowsiness at Middletown, Ohio (Nov. 4). Asked how he planned to celebrate, weary Baird quipped: "I've got to go down to the YMCA and bowl with my team."
Oklahoma became first to clinch bowl bid, shaking off sluggishness to beat Missouri 39-14 for 47th straight and place in Orange Bowl. Texas A&M and Auburn continued among unbeaten, Aggies turning back SMU 19-6 while Tigers defeated Mississippi State 15-7. Michigan State turned on power to trounce Notre Dame 34-6; Iowa sizzled in 44-20 romp over Minnesota; Ohio State, sniffing roses, overpowered Purdue 20-7; Tennessee beat Georgia Tech 21-6; Duke held Navy even 6-6; Army, bothered no little by Lee Grosscup's needle-accurate passing, just did get past Utah 39-33; Princeton beat Harvard 28-20. Upsets of week: Penn's 33-20 victory over Yale; Illinois' 20-19 triumph over Michigan; William and Mary's 7-6 shocker over North Carolina State; VMI's bubble-bursting 12-7 job on Lehigh; Washington's 13-6 win over Oregon.
Los Angeles Rams, wheed up by 102,368, largest crowd ever to watch NFL game, who jampacked Coliseum, controlled San Francisco's Y. A. Tittle, gave own Norm Van Brocklin plenty of passing room to upset Western Division-leading 49ers 37-24 and put Baltimore, last-minute 21-17 winner over Washington, and Detroit Lions, who beat Philadelphia 27-17, within reach of first place. Cleveland Browns had it easy against Pittsburgh, winning 24-0 to maintain top rung in East as second-place Giants downed Chicago Cards 27-14. Chicago Bears beat Green Bay 21-14.
Bold Ruler, breaking fast out of chute under slick-handed Eddie Arcaro, never stopped running, leaving Gallant Man 2� lengths behind, Round Table even deeper in ruck over 1�-mile route in $82,350 Trenton Handicap at Garden State, strode right back into contention for 3-year-old honors (see page 14).
Hasty House Farms' Mahan, 6-year-old English-bred chestnut who was distant 10th two years ago when he ran in French colors, had better luck this time, rolling out in front of Third Brother on turn to win $100,000 International by 3� lengths on turf at Laurel. Ireland's Stephanotis, sold to Hasty House same morning, was third behind Third Brother.