New York Rangers, enjoying their unaccustomed role of NHL leaders as they watched advantage over Montreal swell to four points, suddenly found Canadiens breathing down their neck at week's end when last-place Toronto upset them 5-1. Canadiens, hardly rattled, mowed down Boston 4-2, played 3-3 tie with Detroit to move within single point of top. Bruins and Chicago were tied for third, only two points ahead of Red Wings and three in front of Maple Leafs.
Whitby Dunlops, Canadian amateur champions, spotted visiting Russian all-stars two quick goals in opening minutes, then bewildered guests (and tickled 14,327 who crowded into Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens) with pattern passes, screened shots and hard but legal forechecks to win 7-2. Next day, Russians moved on to Windsor, played 5-5 tie with Bulldogs (see page 18).
Widower Creed, spunky black 4-year-old side-wheeler who gave West Coast aficionados shock of their betting lives when he won at 93-1 week earlier, showed he was no one day's wonder in final leg of $75,000 American Pacing Classic at Hollywood Park, moving up on outside under determined drive by Jimmy Wingfield to win stretch duel with Dottie's Pick in 1:58 3/5.
Max Hochberg's Torpid, winner of just about, everything in sight (19 victories in 22 starts, including Yonkers Futurity, Little Brown Jug) and everybody's choice for 3-year-old Triple Crown until illness forced him out of $100,000 Messenger Stake, was voted 1957 Headliner Award, symbolic of Horse of Year, by U.S. Harness Writers Association in New York.
U.S. trio of Hugh Wiley, Charles Dennehy and Bill Steinkraus continued to amaze with their outstanding performances at Royal Agricultural Fair in Toronto, guiding their jumpers to international team challenge trophy, but gave way to Britain's formful Ted Williams, Pat Smythe and Dawn Palethorpe in over-all point standings at end of eight-day show.
HONORED—Sugar Ray Robinson, articulate and skillful fighter, dancer, businessman, collector of boxing titles (he has held world welterweight championship, won middleweight crown four times); named to receive Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial Award, for "outstanding contribution in the field of sports," at Daytona Beach, Fla.
DIED—Francis I. (Frank) Foreman, 94, second oldest living major leaguer (oldest: Dummy Hoy, 95) master of slow curve (he won 25 games for Baltimore in 1889), scorner of sore arms in true Oriole tradition ("a faint heart is one of the big causes of sore arms"); of heart attack, at Baltimore.