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Observer, La Grande, Ore.,
Heavyweight Title Bout
Locks Only State O.K.
' STOCKHOLM iUPl Only the I take pluce when the champion
approval of the Now York State visits New York in niid-Janua-j.
Athletic Commission appeared to "We have been burned before
be missing today to complete the I and want some further informs-
picture of a return heavyweight
championship bout between Inge-
mar Johnassol and r'loyd Hatter
tin in New York City late next
Verbal agreement on such a
bout was reached Monday be -
tween Johansson and members
of the new promoting group. Fea
ture Sports Inc.. organized by at
torney Roy Chon.
But Johansson wants the New
York commission to assure him
that everything is In order be
fore he goes through a formal con
tract signing, which probably will
By United Pratt International
Menday't Coll Batketball
United Pratt InlamaHanal
Boston 107 Minneapolis 104
Philadelphia lot Cincinnati 1M
- St. Louis 120 Syracuse 106
Holiday Ftttival Tournament
at Now York
Cincinnati 86 St. Joseph Pa.) 77
Iowa 80 New York U. 75
St. Johns (NY) 73 Durt mouth M
St. Bor.avenlure 96 Manhattan 86
Queen City Invitational
at Buffalo, N.Y.
Canisius 80 Wisconsin 65
Boston Collegers Pittsburgh 66
at Raleigh, N.C.
Wake Forest 80 Holy Cross 71
Unytcn 36 North Carolina St. 33
Duke 63 Utah 52
North Carolina 72 Minnesota 65
at Miami, Fla.
Xav.er (Ohio) 88 Florida 74
Miami r"la.) 110 Brig. Young 93
Blue Oratt Tournament
at Louisville, Ky.
Louisville 86 Fordham 61
Indiana 72 Maryland 63
Tennessee 79 Princeton 71
Kentucky 96 Ohio State 93
Auburn 76 FlorfctaSt. 63
Vanderhilt 76 Yale 65
Big Eight Tournament
at Kentat City, Mo.
Oklahoma 70 Missouri 65
Kansas 67 Oklahoma St. 59
Michigan St. 85 Butler 80
Loyola '111 I 85 Montana St. 73
Del'aul 75 Marquetto 55
Southwest Conference Tourney
at Houtton, Tex.
Arkansas 71 Baylor 06
SMU 85 Texas Tech 65
Texas A&M 72 Tex. Christian 61
Texas 79 I! ice 53
at Oklahoma City. Okla.
Wichita 78 Cornell 62
I'tah St. 75 Niagara 65
Bowling Green 61 Tulsa 58
Oklahoma City U. 84 Clemson 57
Wetf . .
Lot Angelet Invitational
at Lot Angela Calif.
Southern Cal. 81 Northwestern 62
West Virginia 66 Stanford 47
I TLA 93 Michigan 68
California 72 Illinois 48
Far West Clattic
at Corvallit, Or.
Oregon St. 49 Idaho 48
Oregon 63 Washington St. 48
Denver 76 Hawaii 59
New Mex. St. 66 Portland V. 61
West Coast Con. Tournament 1
(At San Francitce 1st round
St. Mary s 65 Seattle SO
Santa Clara 85 Pepnerdinc 63
Far Witt Conference Tournament'
(At Chico, Calif. Itt round) 1
San Francisco St. 69 Sac. St. 55
Chico State 74 Cal Aggies 68
Willamette 75 Humboldt State 64'
Whittier 68 Nevada 81
l-ong Beach Slate 72 Posmlena 69'
-Kastcrn Washington 78 St. Mar-1
Gonzaga 52. Wyoming 43 '
Illinois VaHey17. Phoenix 1
Keel Pnfnf tit - Hntnl Rlvr M I
Drill for Ontario
Pencil AAan figures
Tues., Dec. 29, 1959 Page 2
lion from the New York State
Athletic Commission." said Edwin
Ahlqvist, Johansson's adviser.
"The commission can view the
situation better thujf we can. We
want tighter regulations for the
1 economic side ot Uie promotion,
I We have been promised that by
t'ohn and his group.
Ahlqvist said that Cohn and his
associates "seem very honest."'
"But Vclella and his associates
also -lid at the first stages of our
hegofiotions," he added. )
Ahlqvist was referring to Vin
cent Vclella. a New Vork
politician from whom the Conn
grcup purchased Feature Sports
Inc.- And with it the return Bout
contract between Johansson and
Patterson. Vclella currently is un
der indictment In New York afid
the company's promoter' license
has been 'revoked by the com
Casey Tibbs Wins
Sixth B rone Title
DALLAS. Tex. UP1 Casey
Tibbs. 30, one of the personality
kids of the ride-for-money cowboy
clan, had his sixth national aaddle
bronc title lately tucked away
today. - 'v
The Fort Pierre. N.D.. veteran
of 15 years on the rodeo trail
clinched that honor Sunday in the
second day of action In the na
tional finals rodeo being staged
here as a highlight to Cotton
Bowl Week. -
DUNCAN WINS FEATURE
WKST HEMPSTEAP N. Y.
jJJPIi Len Duncan. 48-year-old
veteran from Philadelphia, won
the featured 35-lap race for three
quarter autos at Of; ltland Gar
den. Ben Land Is df Lancaster. Pa.
was secord and Bob Marshman
of Beading, Pa., was third.
Sports Storv Of
. . m
United Prett IntornoNonal ,
NEW YORK lUPD The top
sports story of the "fabulous fif
ties" occurred on May 8. 1954,
when barrel chested Roger Ban
nister stunned the athletic world
by breaking the four-minute bar
rier in the mile run.
That was the verdict announced
today in a poll Of United Press
International sports writers on the
top 10 sports stories of the dec
ade Just drawing to a close.
Crowding Bannister's miracle
mile for lop honors was Don Lar-
sen's "iiertect game for the Now
York Yankees in the 1958 World
Here's how the VP! writers rat
ed the 10 biggest events from
1. Roger Bannister breaks four
minute mile barrier I95i.
2. Don Larsen's perfect pitching
in World Series tl5S.
3. Major league baseball expan
sion to West Coast 1 19571.
- 4. College basketball scandals
I Russia beats U. S. for Sum
mer Olympic team title U95t.
6. Bobby Thomson's homer wins
pennant playoff for Giants U951).
7. Ihgemar Johansson knocks
out Floyd Patterson (1959.
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Lead In Four
By NEIL ANDERSEN
Obtervor Staff Writer
The La Grande Tigers, riding
the crest of a five game winning ,
streak, continue their daily work
outs in preparation for the first
game of the year Saturday night.
The Tiger will tangle with On
tario in the first of two grimes at
the Eastern Oregon College Coli- j
teum at 7 p.m. I
La Grande has faced the Ontar-1
to team, always a powerhouse in
the Snake Hiver Valley league,
already this season. The blue
clad Tiger walked off with a 65
46 win in their second game of,
the season. -
' While the team has been busy
on the floor the statistician has
been busy with the pencil. Coach
Jack Rainey has no leading, scorer ;
but came up with a list M per
formances in other departments.
' Gary Vorus tops the Tiger team
in field goal percentage with an
outstanding 44- per cenl. Buck
Corey, who also leads in two other
departments. Is second along with
Dave Carman at 42 per cent. Bob
Robeson has hit 48 per cent of
his shots and Ray Westenskow
connected on 37 per cent to com
plete the top five. ' . I
Cerey Rofcewnot I
. Cerey has pulled 7t rebounds off
the boards to more than double
the total of the second place Wes
tenskow. Last year's most valu
able player has 'grabbed 32 re
bounds Just six more than Robe
ton with 26. Rob Chandler has 23
and Carman XI. Jimmy Hilliard
has cleared the boards 19 times.
Venn 13 and Ron Coleman 12.
Steve Smith, the Tiger's back
court smoothie, heads the team
in assists with nine. He also leads
the team in free throw percentage
after a sparkling 13 for 16 per
formance in La Grande's last out
ing at Elgin. The 21 counters that
Smith had In that game also
marks the largest single point
production by a Tiger player this
La Grande s big center. Corey,
also has the lead In the loose
balls recovered department. Corey
has 30 but Smith trails by only
one with 29. Smith's tunning mate,
Carman, has grabbed uo 20 locsr
balls to 19 for Robeson. 18 for I includes Hilliard with 36; Smith,
Westenskow and 11 for Hilliard. 35: Buddy Hilliard. 30: Hon Colt
Corey has seven assists. West-1 man. !0; and Dale Peterson
enskow six and Robeson five to with 17.
Mile Rated Top
8. Ben Hogan wins U.S. Ope.i
16 months after near-fatal crash
. West Point "cribbing scan
dals'' oust 90, wreck football team
10. Rocky Marciano retired un
defeated after 49 fights 1956.1.
Ohnodo't Foot Ralod Highly
Other stories prominently men
tioned in the balloting were Alex
Oltnedo's feat in leading the
United States to its 1958 Davis
Clip win over Australia, the Bal
timore Colts' overtime playoff vic
tory over the New York Giants
in 1958, Ray Robinson's recapture
of the middleweight title from
Turpin in 1955. Ed Furgol's victory
in the 1954 U.S. Open golf cham
pionship, and Nashua's victory
over Swaps in a match race at
Chicago in 1955.
But ' Bannister's historic mile
run was a sports shot heard round
the world. Competing for the Brit
ish Amateur Athletic Association
in a dual meet against Oxford,
the blond British medical student
climaxed a long, secret training
campaign by flashing across the
finish line in three minutes. 59.4
second for the mile run.
The miracle mile was a feat
that had eluded the world's ath
letes so long that many wondered
1 I IV f mania '
UP AND IN Rob Chandler goes up for a layin during
a practice session at the high school. The Tiger forward
has been handicapped during the first five games by
a back injury. Coach Jack Rainey is counting on the
tall, slender srnior to provide scoring punch and back
board strength when the Intermountain conference
season gets underway in January. (Observer Photo)
Coast Hoop Prestige
Rises With Victories
United Prett International 1a high-scoring UCLA quintet.
West Coast basketball prestige The Bears, third-ranked nation
went up a notch today, due in ! ally, threw up as tight a defense
large par! to the efforts of a deas Illinois is likely to see this
fense mir-Jed California, club and
trail Smith in that t-ategory.
The team field gral piro-nta"
if it were humanly possible. In
the six years sine? Ba'inisler's
feat. 20 other athletes have taken
heart and followed his example,
with the amaiirg Herb Elliott
lowering the ma:k all the way to
3:54 5. Hut Bannister was the
trailblaier. and his race in 1954
was the athletic sensation of the
The husky LarseVs perfect
game polled 84 points in the bal
loting, cnly two less tl-an Bannis
ter's mile. The Yankee righthand
er faced only 27 Brooklyn Dodgers
in (he fifth game of the -56 Se
ries and retired all of them fo
the only "perfect" game in World
Series history. Oddly, the closing
d;iys of the decade saw Larsrn
traded from the Yankees to Kansas
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108 Depot , ' "Home of Frigieiaiae' 3-3327
eason while breezing to a 82-48
decision over the Big 10 club in
the Los Angeles Basketball Clas
sic Monday night. -
The previously undefeated II
lini, ninth in the rankings, lost
possession numerous times to the
ball-hawking Bears and were sel
dom able to break loose for a
clear shot. Govenor Vaughn, the
team's leading scorer, was held
to eight points, although Mannie
Jackson managed to collect 17.
Darrall Imhoff paced the Bear
attack by dropping in 23 points,
17 of which came in the first half.
The 6-10 center also controlled
both backboards while serving as
the bulwark of the California de
fense. In the first half of the twin-'
bill, played before a crowd of
10.530 at the new Los Angeles
Sports Arena. UCLA used 16 play
ers while overpowering a weak
Michigan team. 938. Kemp Mil
le" led the Bruin scoring parade
with 15 points.
The Wolverines' Terry Miller
poured in 32 points in a futile
effort to keep Michigan in the
USC flollt On
Second-ranked West Virginia
scored a 66-47 victory over Stan
ford and Southern California
trounced Northwestern, 81-62, in
Ail-American Jerry West scored
27 points to lead a second-half
surge by the Mountaineers. Stan
ford stayed in front during most
of the first half and remained
within a point of West Virginia
Big Game Hunters
Big game hunters who
across more sportsmen - than
game during the 1999 seasons
have good reason to bemoan the
fact that everywhere the "woods
were full of hunters." -
Incomplete reports from license
agent throughout the state indi
cate 'there were more big game
hunter afield during '59 seasons
than ever before. ' Big game tigs
sales through Oct. 31 show a sub
stantial increase in the number
of deer tags Issued, and the num
ber of elk tag sales is expected
to exceed or at least eqt'M last
- Tallies through October show
a total of 242,790 deer tags Were
issued. This exceeds last year's
record sales by more than 10,
000 tags. Total deer tags for 1959
is expected to reach around 244.
Cal Bears Slip
Into 3rd Spot
NEW YORK UPI The Unit
ed Press International major col
lege basketball ratings (first-place
votes and won lost records through
Dec. 26 in parentheses I:
1. Cincinnati 24 7-0
2. West Virginia (31 '8-01
3. Calif crnia (7 6-0 -
4. Ohio State Hi 7-l
5. Utah (8-01
6. St. Louis '8-2i
7. Bradley (6-1)
8. Indiana (6-1
9. Illinois (5-0)
10. New Y'ork University (7-0 43
11. North Carolina, 34; 12. Tex
as A & M. 32; 13, Iowa. 26; 14.
Kentucky, 20; 15 Kansas. 16: 16.
Villanova, 13; 17, Georgia Tech,
12: 18 (tic), Duke and Southern
California, 11 each; 20. Michigan
Tops Ivy League
Player Of 50's
NEW YORK (UPD Diet
Kazmaier. who won All-America
honors after leading Princeton to
its second straight undefeated sea
son in 1951, today was named the
Ivy League's football player of
the decade in a poll conducted
by the league.
ference tourney at San Fran
cisco, St. Mary's upset Seattle,
65-60. and Santa Clara shellacked
Pcpperdine, 85-63. in a pair of
first round games Monday night.
Idaho State turned on the pow
er In the final period to hand Col
orado State a 58-51 setback and
Gonzaga eliminated Wyoming, 52
43, at Pocatello in the Idaho State
Down one point at halftime, the
Bengals took command of the
backboards in the second half to
win going away. i
In first round play of the Far,
West Conference Tourney Mon-j
day night. San Francisco State,
defeated Sacramento State, 69-55.
Chico Slate edged the Cal Ag-j
gies. 74-68. Willamette belted
Humboldt State. 75-64, and Whit
tier durrwxd Nevada, 68 51.
until the Mountaineers opened upj
with nine minutes remaining. :
USC had little trouble in post
ing its sixth straight win against
Northwestern. Johnny Werhas led
the Troi.nns with 22 points.
In the West Coast Athletic Con-1
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caWOOO. Last year 233.885 tags were
Reports from license dealers
disclose the tale of 36,541 elk
tags, which is above the sales re
ported t this time lost year. Fi
nal tallies are expected to push
the 1959 total elk tag sales above
last year's record of 42,448.
tllea.al Elk Kill Down
Reports from the narth coast
indicate some improvement of the
wanton waste of elk in the Clat
sop area during the 1959 seascn.
During the 1958 season, an un
precedented 67 elk, of which 50
were spike bulls, were Illegally
killed bv hunters. This year 15
illegally killed animals were
found in the same area, plus an
additional 12 in the Wilson unit,
opened to elk hunting for 'the
first time. . '.
Phil Schneider, slate game di
rector, said that although the il
legal kill was down, the 27 -am
mals reported indicates that some
hunters still flagrantly violate
the principles of hunting tradi
tions and sportsmanship.
Most encouraging and gratify
ing of all was the increased co
operation this year from sports
men in reporting game law viola
tors. Thirteen arrests were made
for the 27 illegal elk kills. Most
of the arrests were made with
the assistance of hunters who ob
served the violations. If this is
any indication of things to come
it seems that sportsmen are be
coming aware of the big stake
they hold in Oregon's, fish and
game future. It also indicates
that game law violators are be
coming extremely unpopular and
will not be tolerated. '
The new inboards for 1960 will
weigh less, have more power,
lower profiles and more rugged
ness for marine use.
In its annual preview, Popular
Boating noted that added horse
power has been gained by in
creasing compression ratio and
weight has been kept to a mini
mum through extensive use of
high strength aluminum alloys.
The V-engine shape predomina
tes in higher horsepower gaso
line engines with the result that
power plants present lower sil
houettes and save valuable be-
The new inboards feature, as
do all pure marine engines, cool
ing water passages especially de-
singed for salt-water use in the
block manifold and head.
A new development in the die
sel field has also been announced.
Flat and vertical cylinder diesels
are being manufactured which re
portedly run on almost everything
including diesel oil, gasoline, fur
nace oil, kerosene, jet fuels or
just about any hydrocarbon li
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CORVALLIS L'PI - Oregon
State vs. Oregon.
That's- the way the finals of the
fourth annual Far West Classic
shape up today.
This will be the fourth year in
a row that the host Beavers have
reached the finals having won the
trophy In three previous appear
ances. Action in the tournament Mon
day saw Oregon State ease Idaho
49-48 on Bill Wold's last second
shot and Oregon have an easy
time in whipping Washington
State 63-48. In consolation play
Denver walloped Hawaii 76-59 and
New Mexico State topped Port
Oregon's win might prove cost
ly. The Ducks lost their leading
scorer and 6-7 center Glenn Moore
with a sprained ankleThe team
physician said he definitely would
be out of action in tonight's cham
Wold hit his winning shot with
only four seconds left in a play
resembling last year's semifinal
when Jim Woodland hit a similar
shot with four seconds left to give
Oregon Stale a 49-47 win over Air
Force and advance them to the
Wold Saves OSC
Wold's shot climaxed a thrilling
second half that saw the Beavers
come back from a 24-22 halftime
deficit to tic at 33-33. then go eight,
points ahead only to have Idaho
come back to tie and eventually
take the lead.
Idaho had grabbed a 46-45 lead
with 1:24 to go but Karl Anderson
regained the lead for Oregon Slate
on a hook, 47-46. Idaho played for
one last shot but never got it as
Jay Carty fouled Joe King and he
Then it was Oregon Slate's turn
for last ditch heroics and Wold
came through. Carty paced OSC
with 15 points followed by Wold
with 13. ,
Oregon Wins, Letes Mcere
Oregon lost Moore with only
2:31 played in the second half.
There was no contact, Moore just
fell to the floor.
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