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A roundup of the sports information of the week


BASKETBALL—NBA: This was a week of no change. Unassailable Boston lengthened its lead in the Eastern Division by winning four and losing only one, a 138-133 battle with third-place Cincinnati. New York, in last place, lost three, two to the Celtics. Syracuse lost three but still kept a half-game lead over the Royals for runner-up spot. Los Angeles, not turning musty in first place in the Western Division, won all four games to lengthen its lead to eight games over St. Louis. The Chicago Zephyrs still languished in last place, with three losses and an unexpected win over Syracuse. The Hawks held second by coasting, then dropped two games to Boston after making it six straight with an early win over the Nationals. Detroit held on to third place after a bitter division with fourth-place San Francisco, in which the Pistons lost a fistfight but won the first game 115-107, lost the second 138-114. They bowed for the seventh time to the Lakers.

BOBSLEDDING—EUGENIO MONTI, Italy's red-haired daredevil, won his eighth world bobsled title at Igls, Austria over the hazardous 1,500-meter course newly built for the 1964 Olympics. Monti and his brakeman, Sergio Siorpaes, set an aggregate time of 4:27.04 for four heats to win the two-man title. Italy's No. 2 sled placed second, and the U.S. No. 1 team, on a borrowed sled, placed sixth. The other U.S. team had crashed during a practice run and was out of competition.

BOWLING—DICK WEBER, slender sharpshooter from St. Louis, defended his All-Star bowling crown, earned $15,000 for 95 games in the 10-day meet in Kansas City, bringing his total for 10 All-Star tournaments to $40,195. Second was 230-pound Billy Welu, 1959 champion, while four-time winner Don Carter came in third.

BOXING—SONNY LISTON won the first round in defense of his heavyweight title against Floyd Patterson when his major demands were met by Championship Sports, Inc., which finally agreed to pay the $207,000 due him from the first light, to put up a $500,000 bond guaranteeing payment for the rematch and to give both boxers an equal take: 30% of the receipts. The return bout will be held Thursday, April 4 in Convention Hall, Miami Beach, and there is no rematch clause.

Rhymed CASSIUS CLAY, Homeric heavyweight. "So you people will believe in me. Powell must now go in three," a revision of his earlier fifth-round KO prediction because Charley Powell ''was shooting off his mouth."' He met the former pro football player in Pittsburgh's Civic Arena where he disposed of him nonpoetically in the third.

Proponents of a BILL TO BAN BOXING will hold a public hearing in Albany in February. Their bill arises from the death of Kid Paret, suspected connections between the underworld and the sport and its "unwholesome effects on the TV public." Meanwhile...JACK DEMPSEY in California claimed boxing needs a czar because the "gangster element has left the sport in a deplorable condition," suggests the Federal Government take over.

FOOTBALL—The infant American Football League took its rejected $10.8 million antitrust suit against the NFL to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, claiming that the future of the new league depended on winning the case.

The National Football League lost out in Denver when its September 8 exhibition football game at the Air Force Academy stadium was canceled to allow the AFL's Denver Broncos to open their season downtown to a full house.

GOLF—JACKIE BURKE won the Lucky International open by three strokes over Don January at the scarred and lumpy Harding Park public course in San Francisco. The drama was really over on Friday when bad putting and painful bursitis combined to eliminate U.S. Open Champion Jack Nicklaus after the second round, breaking his money-winning streak of 28 consecutive tournaments.

Bruce Coffin, 63, former vice-president of CBS, won the first hole in a sudden-death playoff, took a 1-up victory over archrival and 1961 champion Jack Russell, a retired major league baseball player, to win the 29th annual American Seniors Golf Association championship at Belleair, Fla.

HARNESS RACING—GREAT LULLWATER, 8-year-old American-bred almost-forgotten trotter, faced 16 of Europe's finest in Europe's richest trotting event, the $80,000 Prix d'Amérique in Paris. Ozo, a 5-year-old French mare, won the long 1‚Öùth mile race. Great Lullwater was dead last.

HOCKEY—Chicago is still the NHL leader, with Toronto and Montreal tied up for second. Detroit is fourth, and New York and the bumbling Boston Bruins are still at the bottom of the pile. Red Kelly, the Maple Leafs' M.P., made one goal and four assists against Boston to boost Toronto into the tie for second after the Leafs had given the Canadiens a 5-1 loss that dropped them three points behind the Black Hawks. Jean Beliveau, Canadien master, got his coveted 300th goal in a 4-2 loss to the Rangers, and league top scorer, Bobby Hull, gave his all for the Hawks, sliding into the goalpost to score in a 3-0 game with Detroit. Resulting injuries will bench him for an indefinite period.

HORSE RACING—Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons won his sixth stakes of the Florida season when Ogden Phipps's HITTING AWAY ($7.50), never headed, won the $31,850 Royal Palm Handicap at Hialeah in near-record time.

Crimson Satan ($3.40), a champion at 2, mettlesome and unimpressive at 3, a speedy but still naughty 4-year-old, shied at the gate, got off to a slow start but won by over five lengths in the $137,000 inaugural Charles H. Strub stakes at Santa Anita.

MOTOR SPORTS—ERIK CARLSSON, a giant (6 feet 4) engineer for Sweden's SAAB auto firm, squeezed himself into their 841-cc. product, drove 2,500 miles through heavy snow and below-freezing temperatures to win the 32nd Monte Carlo Rally for the second time, but was outshone by a non-winning fellow' Swede (see page 12).

Dan Gurney, California's fifth-ranked Grand Prix driver, released from his contract with the Porsche factory team, signed to drive with Jack Brabham in the new Brabham F-1. Porsche also released Joakim Bonnier, leaving the German cars with no pilots.

Bruce McLaren made it two straight, winning the 75-mile Teretonga International Trophy at Invercargill, New Zealand, broke the race record by nearly four minutes in his 2.7 Cooper Climax.

TRACK a FIELD—The GLASS POLE, now officially accepted by the International Amateur Athletic Federation, has bent the world indoor record four times since Dec. 20. Little-known Don Meyers started in December with 16 feet 1¼ inches. Last week in Finland, Pentti Nikula did 16 feet 1½ inches. In Toronto, Dave Tork, who held the outdoor record briefly at 16 feet 2 inches, easily cleared 16 feet 2¼ inches and then offered a flag-waving tribute to his home state of West Virginia. Twenty-four hours later in Portland, Ore., C. K. Yang, an Olympic decathlon man whose best for the event was 14 feet 1¼ inches, soared to 16 feet 3¼ inches on his third attempt, to present harried officials with a new headache—rewriting the decathlon scoring table. In Boston, John Belitza joined the 16-foot club, while Dave Tork, whose world records don't seem to last long, dropped out at 15 feet 6 inches.

MILEPOSTS—AWARDED: MAURY WILLS, Los Angeles' base-stealing shortstop, the diamond-studded Hickok belt as professional athlete of the year and, in addition, a more negotiable $10,000.

Patty Berg, winner of 82 golf tournaments, the Bob Jones Trophy for distinguished sportsmanship.

NAMED: MICKEY MANTLE, as the outstanding athlete of the year in America, by the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association.

DIED: RICHARD SWINNERTON, 68, Princeton coach who specialized in gymnastics (his teams took three national titles) and tennis (his teams had a 115-7 record). As bathing master in Centerville, Mass., he taught the Kennedys how to swim. His comments on their prowess: "The Kennedys were my biggest clients because they were the biggest family. Jack was a reserved boy; he respected his elders. If you told him not to do something. Jack wouldn't do it.... Robert always liked to be first. If you were instructing a group you always had to quiet Bobby down first."