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A roundup of the sports information of the week


BASKETBALL—NBA: The rout in the West continued as the Los Angeles Lakers stretched their lead to 9½ games over St. Louis. Winning 19 of their last 20, and 42 of their past 50, the Lakers had a trouble-free life until they reached New York on Sunday, where the Knicks, last in the East, beat them 122-95 and, far more important, All-Star Laker Guard Jerry West suffered a pulled muscle. The Knicks, meanwhile, went from the sad to the absurd. Center Paul Hogue had an appendicitis attack and Center Gene Conley fractured a finger (yes. Red Sox fans, on his pitching hand). New York found itself using a 6-foot-6 forward, Dave Budd, to guard Wilt Chamberlain. "It was ridiculous," said Chamberlain, as the fourth-place Warriors won 123-103. "He ought to play people his own size." The Hawks had a rough week, too, losing two and winning two, but Detroit's Pistons could gain no ground, losing all three and being forced to watch the Lakers' Elgin Baylor score his 10,000th NBA point. Chicago won one, lost three, looked up from last place and wondered aloud about moving to Baltimore, which badly wants an NBA franchise and wouldn't mind getting a property that included the league's most impressive rookie this year, Terry Dischinger. In the East, Boston kept up its usual winning pace, stretching its lead over Syracuse to eight games and getting some help from third-place Cincinnati, which beat the Nats 125-115 after losing to them 113-117 earlier.

BOATING—ESCAPADE and BOLERO, the two 73-foot rival yawls from California, tacked over the line a tight 1 minute 33 seconds apart after gusts of 40 mph had rattled the fleet in Florida's 403-mile St. Petersburg-to-Fort Lauderdale race (see page 58). Escapade finished first, but lost on corrected time to Doubloon, Joe Byars' 39-foot yawl.

BOBSLEDOING—ITALY, displaying the same combination of bold abandon and ability that won it the two-man world championships the week before, finished 1-2 in the four-man event at Innsbruck, Austria. The U.S. sleds were seventh and eighth.

BOWLING—EARL JOHNSON of Minneapolis took the top prize of $5,000 in the Professional Bowlers Association's Louisville Open, and became the leading money winner on the PBA tour, with earnings of $8,000. Closing with seven straight strikes, he had a 215 average for 32 games.

BOXING—SUGAR RAY ROBINSON, 42, who once danced his way to world titles, showed little more than a shuffle as he won a controversial 10-round decision over Ralph Dupas in Miami Beach.

Joey Maxim, 40, struggling heavyweight who is now broke, has abandoned the ring for the stage and hopes to tour England as a comedian. "My trouble in this country," he said, "is that all they want are dirty comedians. I am a very clean guy."

GOLF—HERMAN BARRON, dapper 53-year-old pro from Palm Beach, shot four sub-par rounds at Port St. Lucie, Fla., to beat a record field of 381 and win the $30,000 PGA Seniors' golf tournament (see page 22).

Jack Nicklaus frittered away a five-stroke lead in the $50,000 Palm Springs Classic when he attempted to play conservative golf, and ended up in a playoff with Gary Player. Nettled, he went back to his bold game on Monday, shooting a six-under-par 65 to beat Player by eight strokes.

HARNESS RACING—GREAT LULLWATER, American-bred trotter that had not done much of renown for years, won the $40,000 Prix de France, setting a track record at Vincennes against a field that included France's famed Ozo.

HOCKEY—NHL: Detroit moved back into outside contention with a free-swinging 6-1 victory over New York that put the rugged Red Wings within three points of second place. Toronto and Montreal shared that runner-up spot until Red Kelly scored three times and set up another goal to give Toronto a stormy 6-3 victory over the Canadiens. Chicago held the league lead by only two points after a crushing 9-2 defeat of last-place Boston in a game that saw the recently injured Bobby Hull stage an early return to the ice to score a healthy three goals and two assists for the Black Hawks. Last Saturday's games were a rare exercise in NHL futility as all six teams played in tie games, but Sunday was futile only for Toronto. Faced with a chance to catch Chicago, the Leafs were unable to maintain a tight enough defense. Toronto scored once in the first period, then collapsed under a determined Chicago attack that was considerably helped by the busy Hull, who racked up two goals as the Hawks won 3-1.

HORSE RACING—RIDAN ($3.40), a strapping 4-year-old. easily beat two big rivals, Kelso and Jaipur. to win the Palm Beach Handicap at Hialeah and add $19,240 to his $600,000-plus earnings.

Mr. Thong ($72.20) was as much of a shock as the rain when he won the $22,700 San Vicente Handicap at Arcadia, Calif., the first important western race for 3-year-olds. The favorite. Rex Ellsworth's Candy Spots (see page 55). was scratched because of the mud, the first time the footing has been off at a Los Angeles track in nearly a year.

SHOOTING—THE U.S. PAN AMERICAN TEAM was named after a small war on the targets at San Antonio, Texas. Gary Anderson, 23, won both the small bore and free rifle. Captain Franklin C. Green the free pistol. Captain Cecil Wallis the rapid-fire pistol, William Blankenship the center-fire pistol and Harold Myers the skeet shooting.

MOUNTAIN CLIMBING—PETER SIEGERT, RAINER KAUSCHKE and GERD UNER, a tautly disciplined trio of Germans, literally inched their way up the sheer north wall of Italy's Grand Lavaredo. They had to plant 800 pitons, and averaged little more than 100 feet a day as they became the first to conquer the 1,980-foot face in winter.

SPEED SKATING—NORWAY took the first four places in the combined scoring at the European championships in Goteborg. Sweden, with Nils Aaness finishing first, and fellow Olympian Knut Johannesen second.

TENNIS—NANCY RICHEY of Dallas defeated Vickey Palmer 8-6, 8-6 to take the singles title at the Thunderbird Invitational in Phoenix, Ariz, after favorite Karen Susman lost in the semifinals. In another upset Charley Pasarell won the men's title, beating top-ranked Chuck McKinley in the semifinals and Allen Fox 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the finals. McKinley teamed with Cliff Buchholz to defeat Bill Hoogs and Jim McManus in the doubles finals 15-13, 8-6, 6-1.

Whitney Reed, top-ranked nationally last year, upset Frank Froehling 4—6, 6-1, 8-6, 6-4 to win the Philadelphia Men's Indoor Invitational.

TRACK—THE MILLROSE GAMES had a good field, good crowd and a host of all-too-good foreigners (see page 18). Russia's peerless high jumper, Valeri Brumel. defeated John Thomas for the seventh time in seven tries, and Igor Ter-Ovanesyan set a world indoor broad-jump record of 26 feet 10 inches to beat Ralph Boston—his first victory over an American in nine tries. Only Tom O'Hara, the delicate 20-year-old, kept U.S. pride alive at Madison Square Garden when he won the Wana-maker Mile in 4:01.5, a meet record. The best performance among the women was that of Germany's Jutta Heine. Breaking twice with a power start worthy of Armin Hary, she drove out with a step-and-a-half lead on the third start and won the 60-yard dash in 6.9. Her teammates, Maria Jeibmann and Vera Kummerfeld, ran a crisp 440 to finish 1-2 with strategy and power to spare.

Pentti Nikula, competing at a minor meet in Finland, effortlessly cleared 16 feet 8¾ inches to break the world pole-vault mark by an almost unbelievable 5½ inches.

MILEPOSTS—NAMED: NORMAN SNEAD, 23-year-old quarterback of the Washington Redskins; as consultant to the Peace Corps to aid the agency's efforts to recruit coaches and instructors for overseas projects.

NAMED: BUCKY HARRIS. 66; as special aide to George Selkirk, new general manager of the Washington Senators. Harris, famous enough to have had President Coolidge at his wedding and a boy wonder when he managed the team to the 1924 and 1925 championships, has a familiar chore—find some boy wonders.

RESIGNED: GENERAL PETE QUESADA, stormy former FAA head who found it harder to stir up the order of things in baseball than in government agencies; as president of the last-place Senators.

RESIGNED: JORDAN OLIVAR, 47. for 11 years head football coach at Yale, where his team was unbeaten in 1960 but 2-5-2 last season; when the school asked him to become a full-time coach instead of spending much of the year working at his insurance business. When Yale decided Ivy League football is a year-round game, Olivar concluded insurance could be, too.

PURCHASED: OWEN'S SEDGE, 10-year-old Irish-born gelding steeplechaser and a leading contender in the coming Grand National at Aintree, England; for approximately $20,000, by Movie Actor Gregory (To Kill a Mockingbird) Peck.