Sport: Cochran's Carom

A faint click click, followed by loud applause, broke the tingly silence. Boyish-looking Welker Cochran strutted and grinned because with that last shot he had beaten grey-haired Willie Hoppe, 50-to-46, in 45 innings, regained the world's three-cushion billiard championship.

This dramatic match last week ended 14 successive days of caroms, draw shots and four-cushion banks at Chicago's Sherman Hotel. Defending Champion Johnny Layton, a 3-to-1 favorite to repeat, fell behind at the start. When he met Hoppe, a fly zoomed on his cue ball, rested comfortably while Layton fidgeted. When the fly took...

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