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A roundup of the sports information of the week


BASKETBALL—NBA:SYRACUSE seized and reseized the lead in the seesawing battle with Boston forcommand of the Eastern Division (see pane 22). Playing four games during theweek, the Nats beat the Celtics 130-120 to move ahead, defeated Detroit122-120, lost to a recharged New York team 110-116, then turned around and beatthe Knicks 137-126. Boston, meantime, lost 95-97 to St. Louis and their threeother wins didn't help in the race with the Nats. Cincinnati and New Yorktrailed in that order, with the Knicks showing signs of life at last by winningthree. In the Western Division, St. Louis led as uneasily as Syracuse, with theLos Angeles Lakers in fast pursuit. The Hawks lost one to the Celtics 106-115and another to New York 95-103, although they beat last-place Detroit twice.The Lakers didn't lose, sweeping aside slumping San Francisco—high-scoring WiltChamberlain just isn't enough—in a 129-124 game and downing Cincinnati twice.San Francisco, Chicago and Detroit followed the leaders in that order.

Russia's men'steam beat the AAU All-Stars by a slim point, 83-82, in Mount Pleasant, Iowa andby three points, 66-63, in Lubbock, Texas before the All-Stars caught on andcrushed the Soviets 85-60 in Denver, leaving the series standing at 4-3 forRussia. The accompanying Russian girls had no trouble in taking three: an 88-38victory over the Iowa Wesleyan Tigerettes and two decisions over the FlyingQueens of Wayland Baptist College (Texas), 50-40 and 74-43, making it sevenwins in a row for the comradettes.

BOWLING—DONCARTER, 36-year-old St. Louis perennial, won his fifth World's Invitationaltitle in Chicago in a dramatic finish with rival Ray Bluth, also of St. Louis.Results after 11 days: Carter 320.46, Bluth 320.17. Marion Ladewig, 48, ofGrand Rapids, Mich. won her third women's title.

BOXING—MAUROMINA, handsome Peruvian light heavyweight, made his American debut a winningone, but barely. For five rounds Mina cautiously back pedaled away from HenryHank, a hefty Detroit middleweight, while 300 Peruvians—who flew to New Yorkjust for the fight—let droop the paper flags brought to hail a victory. ButMina roused and delighted his entourage by banging the startled Hank throughthe next five rounds to earn a split decision.

FISHING—DOROTHEALINCOLN DEAN, blonde Palm Beach sportswoman who commands her own 42-foot,air-conditioned yacht, boated six sailfish on a 12-pound test line to win theannual Key Largo, Fla. tournament with 600 points, 300 more than her nearestcompetitor.

FOOTBALL—NFL:DETROIT impressively (26-14) defeated the Green Bay Packers who turned out tobe human after all—thanks largely to a 1,030-pound "fearsome foursome"in the defensive line (see page 16). The loss still left Green Bay on top ofthe Western Division, a game ahead of Detroit. Baltimore lost more than itsbattle with Chicago for third place in a 57-0 disaster, the Colts' worst defeatever, as Bill Wade adroitly passed for 328 yards. Fourth-place San Franciscograppled with a mediocre equal in St. Louis, but the Cardinals' fumbles andtheir rushing ineptness helped the 49ers to a 24-17 win—John Brodie going fortwo short end-run touchdowns. Minnesota avoided sharing last place with LosAngeles by holding a surging Ram rally to a 24-24 tie. Promising Roman Gabriel,starting as quarterback for the first time, led the Rams 78 yards in theclosing minutes for the tying touchdown. In the East, Division Leader New Yorkpushed an injury-hampered Washington team down to third with a 42-24 pounding.Rookie Johnny Counts started the Giant rout by running the kickoff 90 yards forthe first score. Thereafter, the old reliables, Y. A. Tittle and Del Shofnertook over (Tittle: 256 yards and three touchdown passes). Cleveland took secondplace with a 35-14 win over Pittsburgh. Improving Quarterback Frank Ryan passedfor 284 yards and three touchdowns, one to Jim Brown, who later plunged for twomore. Sonny Jurgensen threw for 342 yards to boost Philadelphia to a 28-14victory over fifth-place Dallas. The Eagles are now joined in the cellar by St.Louis.

AFL: HOUSTONnarrowly defeated a revived San Diego team for a precious 33-27 win to protectits half-game lead over Boston in the Eastern Division. Before the game, theChargers' huge Ernie Ladd needed a special air lift to bring him a missing size18D shoe. During the game, a rattled George Blanda, held to minus two yards forthe first quarter, sat it out until the fourth when he returned to command a77-yard scoring drive, a two-point conversion and kick two field goals for theHouston victory. Boston's Tom Yewcic, substituting for the injured BabeParilli, led the Patriots to a 21-10 win over Buffalo by throwing for 220 yardsand three touchdowns. New York, at the bottom of the East, upset Denver 46-45in a scoring tussle that saw the Broncos' halfback, Gene Mingo, kick threefield goals to boost his season record to 25. bettering the pro mark of 23 setby Lou Groza of Cleveland. Denver is second in the Western Division behindrunaway Dallas, which clinched first by giving the dreary Oakland Raiders a35-7 pasting. Halfback Abner Haynes ran for two touchdowns, thus tying the proseason mark of 18.

GAMES—BRITISHEMPIRE GAMES opened in Perth during the worst heat wave in 49 years. It was sohot—the track surface temperature was an intense 147° and the air temperature103°—that spectators at the rowing trials waded, shoes and all, right into theriver, and the stadium crowd gulped 2.000 gallons of Australian beer. Luckiestwere the swimmers. Aussie Murray Rose started things off with a lively openingleg in the 880-yard freestyle to set the pace for a world-record clocking of8:13.5. Dawn Fraser's brilliant anchor leg in the 440 freestyle helped set aworld record of 4:11.1. Then that 25-year-old Aussie cut .3 off her own 110-yard freestyle mark with a breathless 59.6 timing. England's breaststroker,Anita Lonsbrough, set the fourth world mark, a 2:51.8 for the 220. Seeming toignore the heat, Canada's enduring Bruce Kidd joggled through six miles in afine 28:26.6, but the country's best sprinter, Harry Jerome, finished anunexpected last in the 100, which was won by Kenya's Seraphino Antao in 9.5.Results at the end of two days: Australia seven gold medals, England three,Canada and New Zealand two, Kenya one.

GOLF—BO WININGER,40-year-old Oklahoma City pro who recently returned from a hunting safari inAfrica only to cut his thumb badly in a between-rounds birdhunting foray,pressed on regardless and won the $35,000 Carling Open in Orlando, Fla. by astroke with a 274.

HOCKEY—NHL:DETROIT slipped briefly into a tie for first with hard-pressing Chicago when itlost 3-0 to Montreal while the Hawks were beating Toronto 1-0. Then, in a duelof leaders, the two teams played to a l-l tie. The next night, however. Detroitbeat the Hawks 3-2 to go back into first. Montreal and Toronto (see page 28)tied for third and New York held on to fourth. Boston, despite an abrupt switchin coaches—Milt Schmidt resumed command and Phil Watson disappeared into Bruinlimbo—continued winless for three more games (16 straight) and finally, huzzah,skated to a 5-2 victory over Toronto.

HORSERACING—RIGHT PROUD and DELTA JUDGE. Mrs. Ada L. Rice's entry ($5.80), swept toa close, one-two finish in the lucrative $117,000 Pimlico Futurity. Only a neckseparated the 2-year-olds in their dash to the wire, both having trailedthroughout most of the mile and a sixteenth.

Sensitivo($5.10), a 5-year-old bay bought last season by Robert F. Bensinger of Chicagoin Buenos Aires, hardly worked up a lather while winning by three lengths inthe $56,800 Display Handicap at Aqueduct. Jockey Manuel Ycaza urged Sensitivothrough the two miles in a temperate 3:26. Highly regarded Sunrise Flight was asurprisingly distant fourth.

SWIMMING—COOKSTRAIT, New Zealand's treacherous, tide-roughened channel that has repulsedevery swimmer since Explorer James Cook found it in 1770, yielded at last tothe record books. While the country listened to broadcasts from an accompanyinglaunch, burly Barry Devenport, a 27-year-old Wellington oil representative,battled through 16 miles of swift current to span the channel in 11 hours and22 minutes.

MILEPOSTS—RETIRED: ANTONIO ORDONEZ. 30, Spain's classic matador, veteran of 14years and 700 bullfights, in tearful farewell ceremony following a last fightin Lima that enraptured critics. "His classic faena," wrote one,"was worthy of the event. His passes were terse and graceful, limpid andslow." "It's just a deep feeling," said Ordonez, "that my timeto quit is now."

NAMED: KELSO, asHorse of the Year, the first time that a Thoroughbred has won the title threeconsecutive years. Owned by Mrs. Richard C. du Pont, the 5-year-old drew 28 of32 possible Morning Telegraph votes. Others voted were: Never Bend, as best2-year-old; Smart Deb. best 2-year-old filly; Jaipur, best 3-year-old; andCicada, best 3-ycar-oid filly.

SOLD: MATCH II,the 4-year-old French Thoroughbred that won two of the three top internationalevents of the year—the Washington International at Laurel and the King GeorgeVI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot—to Herbert Blagrave, an English breeder,for an undisclosed sum; by Parisian Francois Dupré, who retained a quarterinterest.