Wes Santee, who has done everything but run a four-minute mile, was given a chance to do just that—and go after the Olympic 1,500-meter crown as well—when his three-week-old suspension, for accepting excessive expense money last spring in three California meets, was lifted by the AAU.
Phog Allen, never at a loss for words in 38 years of coaching Kansas basketball teams, was stopped by a 7-foot freshman named Wilt (The Stilt) Chamberlain. Along with 14,000 fans, Allen watched his 19-year-old phenomenon score 42 points and lead the Kansas freshmen to an 81-71 victory over the Kansas varsity. Said Allen finally, "He's just like putting hot grease on lettuce. He makes you wilt."
Le Mans' famed 24-hour race, its future threatened by the death of some 80 persons there this year, is back on the 1956 program—but not the same big 170-mph Mercedes-Benzes, Jaguars and Ferraris. The French have decided on a cylinder-displacement limit of 2,500 cc (roughly that of a production Austin-Healey) on all prototype models as part of a new safety program.
New York State's 1955 racing season came to an end last week at both flat racing and harness tracks and all that was left were some big round figures: 9,582,236 bettors poured enough money into the parimutuels for the state to emerge with a tax share of $63 million. The biggest factor in a multi-million-dollar increase since parimutuel betting was legalized 15 years ago: attendance at the trotting tracks was up from 126,239 in 1940 to more than 5 million this year.
Five football teams were all set for a big day on Jan. 2: Oklahoma and Maryland (Orange Bowl), UCLA and Michigan State ( Rose Bowl), TCU ( Cotton Bowl). Sugar and Cotton Bowl officials expect to complete the lineup after this week's games.