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Spider Webb, once-beaten middleweight who has become apple of IBC eye since Bobby Boyd got his comeuppance, out-mauled and outhooked gangling Charley Cotton in dull 10-rounder at Chicago.
Rory Calhoun, hard-punching young White Plains, N.Y. middleweight beaten only by Webb in split decision, softened up Britain's John L. Sullivan with body blows, floored opponent with jolting right to jaw in seventh before winning by TKO in eighth at Cleveland.
John Jones, 24-year-old part-time cowboy from Fresno on rodeo circuit for first time, won steer-wrestling title, picked up enough dollars in three events ($4,124) to take all-round championship at New York's Madison Square Garden. Jim Shoulders led bareback bronc riders, all but clinched rare triple crown for year.
RETIRED—Betty Hicks, 35, pint-sized but long-hitting California golfer who turned pro six weeks after winning U.S. amateur in 1941, woman athlete of year in 1941; because of illness and "the professional tournament game is for the well heeled, the nerveless, the young and the carefree. I am none of these."
RETIRED—Mrs. Fanny Blankers-Koen, 38, once limber-legged Dutch housewife who won four gold medals at 1948 Olympics, decorated as Knight with Order of Orange Nassau by Queen Juliana in 1949 for "services to sport"; at Amsterdam.
RETIRED—Ralph (Babe) Pinelli, 61, former Cincinnati infielder, sharp-eyed National League umpire who never missed game in 22 years; after working his sixth World Series. His new job; to scout future California major leaguers for Redlegs.