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Original Issue

A roundup of the sports information of the week


BASEBALL—In the first interleague swap of the unrestricted trading period San Francisco got Cleveland's HARVEY KUENN, former AL batting champion, for the Giants' left-handed pitcher JOHNNY ANTONELLI, and outfielder WILLIE KIRKLAND. In an NL transaction the Milwaukee Braves bought BILLY MARTIN, onetime Yankee infield star, from Cincinnati for $40,000.

BASKETBALL—OHIO STATE, last year's NCAA champions, started off in fine form with an 85-64 victory over Ohio University. All-America Jerry Lucas, besides setting up countless baskets, scored 29 points for the Buckeyes. Some other top teams, however, were off on the wrong foot: Purdue dropped its first two, lost to Pittsburgh by a point, 80-81, then to Penn State, 59-63; Utah also lost its first two, 64-85 to Los Angeles Loyola, and 56-59 to Stanford; Wake Forest dropped its opener to Davidson 59-65; Kentucky lost to Florida State 58-63. UTAH STATE came through in the final seconds of its game against NYU to break a tie and win 67-65.

In the NIBL the CLEVELAND PIPERS moved into an early-season lead with impressive victories over the Bartlesville Phillips 66ers (124-96) and the Akron Goodyears (131-118). Burly Dan Swartz of the fast-breaking Pipers scored 66 points in the two names. The Denver D-C Truckers, after losing 102-98 to the Seattle Buchan Bakers, came back to beat the Buchans 102-93. Bartlesville, defending NIBL champion, is in the cellar with one win and three losses.

BOWLING—DON CARTER of St. Louis won the $44,000 national Professional Bowlers Association championship at Memphis with a total of 237.17 points compiled in a 30-game match-play final. Runner-up: Ronnie Gaudern of San Antonio, playing in his first professional tournament, with 227.24 points.

BOXING—GENE FULLMER and SUGAR RAY ROBINSON, in a bout for the National Boxing Association title, fought to a 15-round draw in the Los Angeles Sports Arena. In the split decision one judge gave it to Fullmer, the referee to Robinson, while the second judge called it a tie. Result: a draw, with Fullmer retaining his title (see page 16).

Archie Moore, weighing in at a trim 189 pounds, won a 10-round decision over Buddy Turman in a bout at Dallas.

FIELD TRIAL—CHIP OF LARUE, owned by Louis Frank of Napoleon, Ohio, displayed perfect points in finding two coveys of quail, won the American Brittany Spaniel championship at Carbondale, Ill.

FOOTBALL—The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics held their playoffs for the Holiday Bowl (St. Petersburg, Dec. 10). In game at Hickory, N.C. visiting Northern Michigan held Lenoir Rhyne to a 20-20 tie. With less than two minutes to play Northern led 20-13, but Lenoir drove from kickoff and on three plays scored with 37 seconds left. To determine which team will represent the East in the bowl game the officials, on the spot, decided to choose on the basis of yardage. LENOIR RHYNE, outgaining Northern 294 yards to 269, won. At Eureka, Calif. HUMBOLT STATE defeated Whitworth (Spokane, Wash.) 13-7 to win the Western playoff and the right to meet Lenoir in the bowl to decide the national small-college champion. It was the 20th straight victory for Humbolt.

In their final game of the season UCLA shut off Duke's running game, defeated the Cotton Bowl Blue Devils 27-6 at Los Angeles. UCLA tailback BILL KILMER gained 200 yards to win the 1960 total offense championship with a 10-game total of 1,889 yards. In the Orange Bowl the UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI caught the Air Force in the fourth quarter, scored two touchdowns to end their season with a 23-14 victory. SOUTH CAROLINA handed Virginia its 28th straight loss (to tie the major-college consecutive-loss record), ran up a 26-0 score (see page 20).

Joe Bellino, Navy halfback, won the Heisman Memorial Award as outstanding collegiate player of 1960. Bellino won with 1,703 points. Runner-up: Tom Brown, Minnesota guard.

GOLF—JOHNNY POTT of Shreveport, La. shot a sizzling 4-under-par in the final round of the $15,000 West Palm Beach (Fla.) Open to beat Sam Snead by three strokes. Pott shot a 278 for 72 holes.

HARNESS RACING—DELMKR INSKO, 29-year-old harness driver from Beloit, Wis., became the year's winning driver with 156 victories. Second was William Gilmour of Hamburg, N.Y., with 133 wins.

The OLD GLORY HARNESS SALE, after an absence of 22 years, returned to New York's Madison Square Garden. A total of 465 trotters and pacers went under the hammer for $750,000, an average of $1,613 each. Highest price ($47,000) of the three-day auction went for Mr. Budlong, a 4-year-old pacer.

HOCKEY—MONTREAL climbed back into first place over Detroit when Boston finally ended a disastrous string of road losses (12 in a row) to beat the Red Wings 3-2, while the Canadiens thrashed Toronto 6-3. Montreal increased its lead with a second victory over Toronto, 5-2. While his team was losing to Boston, Detroit's GORDIE HOWE set hockey's alltime scoring record. Howe, playing his 15th season in the NHL, lifted his score (including regular-season and playoff games) to 1,093 points, breaking his tie with Maurice Richard, who set the old mark of 1,091 in 1959. MONTREAL first, DETROIT and TORONTO tied for second in NHL standings.

HORSE RACING—CRANBERRY SAUCE ($43.70) won the $30,050 Queens County Handicap on the last day of racing at Aqueduct by½ length over Promised Land. The 3-year-old colt ran the mile in 1:36 1/5. Heliodoro Gustines up.

Sister Antoine ($9), in a four-filly photo finish, won the $17,775 Gallorette at Pimlico. The filly ran the 1 1/8 miles in 1:52 4/5. Ray York up.

MOTOR SPORTS—In the Bahamas Speed Week at Nassau DAN GURNEY of Riverside, Calif, won the Nassau Trophy Race, averaging 89.544 mph in a Lotus (see page 22). Stirling Moss, who earlier won the Nassau Grand Touring car race, was forced out in the first lap. RICARDO RODRIGUEZ, 19, of Mexico, won the Governor's Cup in a three-liter Ferrari, averaging 89.341 mph. PAT MOSS, speed-loving sister of Stirling, and ANN WISDOM won the European Women's Rally championship with a total of six Coupes des Dames during the year.

TENNIS—The U.S. Davis Cup team warmed up for the Interzone finals against Italy this weekend (the winner to play Australia Dec. 26-28) with an all-Ameriean final in the Victorian championships at Melbourne. BARRY MacKAY gave a fine demonstration of his cannonball service, defeated his temperamental teammate Earl Buchholz 8-6, 5-7, 8-6, 6-3. Australia's top players, Neale Fraser, Roy Emerson and Rod Laver, were eliminated before the semifinals. In the doubles, however, Italy's veteran team of NICOLA PIETRANGELI and ORLANDO SIROLA upset Fraser and Emerson 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 for the title, proof enough that the Interzone playoff between the U.S. and Italy will be as exciting, and as tough, as any Challenge Round. "If we can get by the Italians," said U.S. Captain David Freed after the match, "I am convinced we can bring home the cup. Italy has the edge in the doubles, and if Nicola Pietrangeli plays in top form, he must be considered a threat to win both his singles. It looks like a match that will go 3-2. One way or the other."

WRESTLING—TAIHO, ring name of 20-year-old Koki Noya, won Japan's huge silver Emperor's Cup, symbolic of supremacy in the ancient Japanese sport of sumo wrestling, at Fukuoka, Japan. Taiho, already a national hero after wrestling in the top division of the elaborately graded tournament for less than a year, is believed to be the youngest competitor ever to win in 2,000 years of sumo wrestling.

MILEPOSTS—ELECTED: E. E. DALE SHAFFER, President of the Michigan Racing Association, to one-year term as President, of the Thoroughbred Racing Association, trade organization made up of 44 U.S. and Canadian race tracks.

PROMOTED: J. T. KING, assistant coach at Texas Tech, as head football coach to succeed Dewitt Weaver.

DIED: JOHNNY GALVICH, 43, Indianapolis Riviera Club swimming coach, following operations for appendicitis and a bleeding ulcer, at Indianapolis. Under Galvich, who groomed such world record breakers as Becky Collins and Donna Graham, Riviera swimmers have won more than 400 trophies.