Dieter K�nig, speed-minded German, bounced his Class A hydro over Knoxville's Port Loudon Lake at 60.606 mph for new Division I NOA world speed record, received partial credit for two Division III marks when Parker Smith of Winchester, Tenn., in boats powered by K�nig engines, zoomed 50 mph in Class A runabout and 57.143 mph in Class A hydro (Oct. 27).
Oklahoma, on brink of defeat after 44 straight, picked itself up in last quarter, barely squeezed past stubborn Colorado 14-13 to keep intact nation's longest winning streak in another rough week for some favorites. Unbeaten Iowa just did beat Northwestern 6-0, while Notre Dame needed last-ditch pass to overhaul Pitt 13-7; Army scored twice in final period to defeat Virginia 20-12; Michigan State came from behind to catch Illinois 19-14; Ohio State edged Wisconsin 16-13; Duke was played to 14-14 standstill by North Carolina State. Not so fortunate were LSU, upset by Florida 22-14; Mississippi, beaten by Arkansas 12-6; Minnesota, pounded down by Michigan 24-7; Syracuse, surprised by Penn State 20-12; UCLA, shocked by Stanford 20-6. Winners, as expected, included Oregon, Texas A&M, Texas, Auburn, Dartmouth. (For regional report, see page 9.)
San Francisco 49ers reacted to news of sudden death of Co-Owner Tony Morabito (see "Mileposts") by turning two pass interceptions into second-half touchdowns and 21-17 victory over Chicago Bears to take over lead in NFL Western Division as Green Bay struck like lightning in last quarter to rock Baltimore Colts 21-17 and Los Angeles, back on home grounds after disastrous road trip, rolled over Detroit 35-17. Cleveland Browns contained Chicago Cards after first quarter to win 17-7 and regain lead in East with some help from Washington Redskins, who upset New York Giants 31-14. Pittsburgh and Philadelphia staged old-fashioned defensive battle before Steelers came out on top 6-0 to tie Giants for second.
Boston Celtics, with just-as-good-as-ever Bob Cousy and Bill Sharman and better-than-ever Bill Russell, began taking NBA apart, gave every evidence that they are out to repeat as champions. Celts raced past St. Louis 115-90, newcomer Detroit 105-94, teased New York Knicks for one half before Cousy, Sharman and Russell exploded for 131-121 victory. Philadelphia, Syracuse and Knicks each broke even in two starts to trail Boston in East, while Cincinnati made successful NBA debut, outscoring Nationals 110-100 to stand as West's only unbeaten team in first week.
U.S., trailing by three points at end of third quarter, fought back grimly on shooting of Iowa Wesleyan's Bobby Spies (who led scorers with 18 points) to overtake Russians for 51-48 victory and second straight women's world title in final game of two-week tournament at Rio de Janeiro.
American distaff stick-wielders polished off Dartford College of Physical Education 10-0, London U. 4-0, but found their match in spirited England team, which rallied for three goals in last five minutes to gain 7-7 tie at London. U.S. team wound up tour with 10 victories, 10 draws in major matches.
Harvard's accurate leapers, Peter Haskell and Dick, Tomkins, steered through air gracefully to win two' events as Crimson retained intercollegiate championship and Lieutenant General James Gavin trophy with 326 points at Good Hill Farm private airport in Woodbury, Conn. Haskell, jumping from Cessna 182 at 2,300 feet, landed only eight yards from target to win spot jumping; Tomkins, taking off at 3,700 feet in sky-diving competition, maintained perfect style for 10 seconds in free fall before opening chute, floated to within 13 yards of center of X.
Walter O'Malley, his usual affable and glib self, and his Dodgers (mostly front office personnel) invaded Los Angeles last week (see page 29), peddled a few tickets, allowed us how they might use Wrigley Field and spacious Memorial Coliseum for their games until new stadium is constructed at Chavez Ravine, signed Manager Walter Alston and Captain Pee Wee Reese to 1958 contracts, and generally began job of creating good will.