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Daily Sports Editor
Michigan May Break Millrose Record...
THERE is a strong possibility that the Millrose Games' 19-year-old record
in the two-mile relay will go the way of all track records Saturday night
when Michigan's quartet, potentially the greatest in Varsity history, trots
out on the Madison Square Garden boards. Georgetown holds the present
mark of 7:44, set in 1925.
Last winter, a Maize and Blue quartet beat the nation's best relay
teams at the Garden in 7:47.4. Three members of that quartet-Bob
Ufer, John Roxborough, and Ross Hume--are back again this year.
The fourth, Dave Matthews, has been replaced by this season's captain,
Bob Hume. A comparison of the times run by each man in last year's
race and their present capabilities is interesting.
UFER was clocked in 1:56.3, Roxborough in 1:56.7, Ross Hume in 1:57.8,
and Matthews in 1:56.5. In recent time trials on the Field House
track, Ufer ran the half-mile in 1:55, Roxborough in 1:55.1, and Bob Hume
in 1:55.8. Ross had an ailing knee at the time and did. not compete. But
he has indicated since then that he is capable of doing as well as his twin
brother, Bob.
On the basis of these times the present team is capable of 7:40.7
under the most favorable conditions, which should be helped by a
running start. That gives the team a~t least 3.3 seconds to play around
Of course, there are a couple of other important factors to be con-
sidered. Both Ufer and Ross Hume are slated to compete in individual
events prior to the relay. Ufer. will face Cliff Bourland, Jimmy Herbert,
and Joe Nowicki in the Mel Sheppard 600-yard dash, while Hume is slated
to run in the Wanamaker mile against Gil Dodds, Frank Dixon, Bill Hulse,
and Earl Mitchell. Both have a job on their hands.
Bourland won the 1943 National Collegiates outdoors in 47 seconds
flat and is reported in good condition. Herbert is always dangerous, a
three-time Millrose winner. Nowicki won the 1943 National Collegiate
half-mile in which Ufer placed second. He is now stationed in V-12 at
Rochester University.
WHAT ABOUT the mile? Dodds, Dixon, Hulse, and Mitchell are capable
of 4:15 or better. Ross has never done better, than 4:19. Last Saturday
he and his twin brother, Bob, were clocked in 3:07.7 .for the three-quarter
mile. According to Coach Ken Doherty, Ross is capable of running under
4:20, although he is not in the best possible condition. Doherty doesn't
expect Ross to do any better than fifth in this field. Anything better
would be an upset.
The importance of these two events and their effect on the relay
team's -showing can't be overlooked. If the 600 or mile is too close to
the relay, either Ufer or Hume will not be able to run as well as-expected.
Millrose authorities have promised an hour between these two events
and the relay. Whether or. not that will be sufficient time to revive
both men is problematical.
And what about Ufer in the 600? Bob is not in as good condition now
as he was a year ago. He ran' a 500-yard dash at the Field House last
Saturday in 58.1 seconds, just two-tenths of a second off his last year's
performance. Bob's time in the Sheppard 600 in 1943 was 1:11, short of
Hugh Short's record at 1:10.2. Bourland, Herbert, and Nowicki are all
capable of running a great race and beating Ufer, which isn't likely to
happen. Bourland appears to be the greatest threat on the basis of last
year's outdoor quarter in 47 seconds.



Matmen Ready
For Gopher
Tilt Tomorrow
Courtright Confident
Wolverine Team Will
Annex Third Straight
Coach Ray Courtright put his
vaunted Wolverine wrestling team
through its last practice yesterday
before meeting the inexperienced
Minnesota matmen at 3 p.m. tomor-
row in Yost Field House, where Mich-
igan will be seeking its third succes-
sive win of the campaign.
There will be no practice today as
all of the servicemen will have to
attend Convocation at 4:15 p.m. in
the Hill Auditorium.
Team Works Pinholds
Corky's practice room has been
teaming with excitement all week.
There have been several round robin
matches this week to determine who
would wrestle at 145 and 165 pounds
against Minnesota; a major part of
the week has been spent working on
take-downs and pinning holds. These
practices followed on the heels of the
Purdue contest, in which the highly-
touted Michigan squad scored only
one fall.
Michigan's many mistakes in the
Purdue match have served as a fore-
runner to this week's practice ses-
sions. Coach Courtright stated, "I
won't know whether they have ironed
out their faults until tomorrow's
Warrick Holds Position
First string aspirant Alan Hol1-
combe bested Chip Warrick in a
closely fought bout, 6-5, Tuesday, but
Warrick came back yesterday and
again won his position with a 6-1
decision over Holcombe.
Hugh Wilson and George McIntyre
battled it out to see who would
wrestle at 165 pounds and Wilson
came out on top with an 11-8 deci-
sion. The two flyweights, Bob Git-
tins and Bob Reichert, came to grips,
and the result was a hard-fought 0-0
The boys are in good shape and
Michigan's mentor feels confident
that his team will stay in the unde-
feated ranks when they meet the
green wrestlers from Minneapolis.
"I'd like to see more pins tomorrow,
so the boys should go after them,"
Courtright added.
Navy Cagers Play Tonight
The seventh round of the Navy in-
tramural basketball tournament will
be played off tonight at 8:40 in Wat-
erman Gym. The Gyrenes will play
the Bulldogs, and the Fins meet the
Paper Dolls.

Hoosier's Star Forward

Play Again Tomorrow;
Hoosiers Are Underdog
Wolverine Starting Lineup To Remain Intact;
Invading Team Made Up Entirely of Freshmen

.high scorer on the invading
Indiana five who will lead his
Hoosier mates against Michigan
tonight. Indiana, seventh in the
Conference, is seeking its first Big
Ten victory.
Baseball League'
Discusses Plans
NEW YORK, Feb. 3.-(OP)-The cli-
max of the conversational, or "hot
stove" baseball season will be reached
this week-end when the leading fig-
ures of the national game gather here
for the first meeting of baseball's
Post-War Planning Committee and
for the annual dinner of the New
York Baseball Writers' Association.
Theaconversational league already
has had something more than just
spring training drills on the basis of
pessimistic utterances by Sam Bread-
on and Alva Bradley.
Last week the Cardinals' boss,
shocked by the loss of his star short-
stop, Martin Marion, expressed doubt
that the Cards would have enough
manpower to continue through the
1944 season. After listening to a few
blistering retorts from other major
league magnates, Breadon reversed
his stand, just as Brooklyn's Branch
Dickey had previously done when he
revealed a few worries about the pros-
pects of the big minor leagues.

Michigan's victory-starved cagers,
having tasted defeat in seven of their
eight Conference games, will attempt
to get back on the winning side of the
ledger when they tackle a weak In-
diana five tonight at 8 p.m. at Yost
Field House in the first of a two-
game series.
Michigan, for the first time this
season, will enjoy the role of favorite.
The Hoosier quintet has met defeat
in every one of its five Big Ten tilts
thus far. Iowa and Ohio each chalk-
ed up two victories over Coach Harry
Good's squad, while Indiana's fifth
defeat came at the hands of Purdue's
high-stepping Boilermakers. It must
be noted that both Purdue and Iowa
are unfeated in Conference competi-
tion, while Ohio's lone setback was a:
close, 42-40, verdict to Northwestern.
On the basis of this, Indiana will be
the underdog in tonight's contest, but
should definitely not be considered a
pushover for Coach Bennie Ooster-
baan's crew.
Hoosiers Have All-Freshmen Team.
The Indiana aggregation is com-
posed entirely of freshmen and av-
erages 5 ft. 10 in. in height. The
Hoosier starting line-up will have
Claude Retherford and Paul Shields
at forwards, Dick Peed at center, and
Ray Brandenburg and Sam Young at
Shields is Indiana's high-scorer this
season, having registered 143 points
Indians To Continue
Playing Ball in '44
CLEVELAND, Feb. 3.-(I')-Owner
Alva Bradley assured the American
League today he had no intention of
closing down his Cleveland Indians
ball park.
The Tribe's president said he tele-
phoned League President William
Harridge his denial of a statement
previously attributed to him thathe
would "close my park if I can't pre-
sent high quality baseball" this year.
"I want Harridge to know exactly
what I said," Bradley asserted in an
interview. "The point I was trying
to make was that I thought baseball
should make every effort to continue
in spite of the many handicaps that
face it.
"I added that I didn't think it was
right to offer fans a game too far
below standards, and that if we ever
reached the point where we'd have
to putcatchers in the outfield, I'd be
in favor of suspending."

so far this season. Coming as he
does from former Coach Branch Mc-
Mrachin's home town, this strapping
6 ft. 2 in. forward seems to have all
the natural ability necessary for a
basketball player.
Preliminary Tilt Tonight
Coach Oosterbaan announced last
night that the Wolverine starting
line-up will remain intact. Tom King
and Dave Strack will be at forward,
Elroy (Crazy Legs) Hirsch will hold
down the pivot position, and John
Leddy and Don Lund are expected
to start at guards.
A preliminary tilt between Michi-
gan's reserve cagers and a group of
Marine football players will get un-
derway at 6:30 p.m. in the Yost Field
Tigers Sign Rookie
FLINT, Feb. 3.--(R)--The Detroit
Tigers, outbidding half a dozen other
major league clubs, today signed to
a contract 17-year-old Emergy (Jim)
Hresko, pitching and batting star of
Flint American Legion junior base-
The New York Giants were report-
ed to have offered Hresko a $2,500
bonus and $300 a month salary.

Paris Is Puck
Foe Tomorrow
In Sixth Match
Michigan's hockey squad will take
to the ice Saturday for the sixth
time this season, against a team from
Paris, Ont. and in doing so, will
endeavor to even up the win and loss
So far this season the team has
come out slightly behind in the rat-
ings. The first game found the vars-
ity sextet losing to London A.C.,4-1,
a game which was characterized by
much ragged, uncooperative play.
In the second encounter, which
came several weeks later, the play
showed much improvement and Sar-
nia took a 4-2 beating at the hands
of Coach Eddie Lowrey's charges.
The third game was by far the
most disastrous one for the Maize
and Blue team. Woodstock, Ont.
sent down a crew which completely
pulverized Michigan, 6-0. After this
debacle Lowrey rearranged the for-
ward wall so that Vince Abbey, John
Jenswold and Ted Greer made up
the starting front line. This new
combination proved highly successful
in the Fingal Army Air Base game,
when Michigan showed such fire that
the RCAF lads were battered, 8-0.
Last week-end was again disas-
trous for the pucksters who were
trounced 4-3, in a heart-breaking
match with the Vickers Sports Club.
It stands therefore, two wins, three
losses-the sextet is out to even up.


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Wolverine Swimmers Will Face
Ohio State, Kio Nikama Saturday




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Ohio State's mermen, defending
Conference champions, will be the
underdogs when they face Michigan
at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, in the Sports
Building pool.
Leading the Buckeyes will be Capt.
Kio Nikama, who is entered in the
220 and 440-yard swims. The Ha-
waiian ace, who teamed with Bill
Smith last season, is expected to take
these respective events, but he will
be given a close race by Paul Maloney,
outdoor National A A U distance
champion of the Wolverine squad in
the 440.
Ohio Has Weak Squad
Nikama may be entered in the 50-
yard free style event, but he must
face Merton Church, defending Big
Ten champion at the distance, and
Chuck Fries, who won the event from
Church in the Purdue meet last week.
The Buckeyes, who have one of
their weakest teams in history, are
not expected to give the Wolverines
much trouble, as Michigan will be
represented by a fine squad including
breastroker Heini Kessler and a crack
relay team composed of Achilles Pu-
lakus, Mert Church, Ace Cory, and
Chuck Fries. Michigan's divers may
have trouble in taking the diving
event, due to Bobby Stone, who has
been winning for the Scarlet and
Grey squad since the beginning of
the season.
Nikama Is Buckeye Mainstay
Ohio Coach Mike Peppe expresses
little hope for the success of his
squad, in view of the fact that the
B uc key es were overwhelmed by
Northwestern, whom the Wolverines
had previously trounced. Coach Matt
Mann of the Maise and Blue squad
expects the Bucks to give his boys a
fine runfor their money and per
usual, Matt shows no marked en-
thusiasm concerning the event.
The only solace that Ohio State

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