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A roundup of the sports information of the week


BASKETBALL—BOSTON increased its Eastern Division lead over the Royals to 7½ games with four more wins and stretched its current streak to eight games and 15 out of 16. CINCINNATI defeated the Warriors and the Bullets, then fell before the Celtics, 89-85. In the Baltimore game the Royals trailed until halfway through the third period, then exploded for a 79-point second half and a final score of 140-124, their highest this season. PHILADELPHIA took its only game from the Lakers, 117-115, with a 20-foot jump shot in the last minute by Hal Greer, and NEW YORK lost to the Pistons, then won two, both from the Warriors. In the West, LOS ANGELES maintained its 3½-game lead over ST. LOUIS by splitting four games (the Lakers' two wins were over the Hawks) while the Hawks were also splitting four (Bob Pettit returned after missing eight games). BALTIMORE remained in third place, with two wins and two losses, and DETROIT in fourth, with one victory in three games. SAN FRANCISCO, sinking ever lower on the western horizon, lost six more and extended its losing streak to nine.

BOATING—England's DONALD CAMPBELL, who set a land-speed record of 403.1 mph last July, outlasted high winds, rough water and flocks of hundreds of ducks to break his own world water-speed mark in the 10-year-old hydroplane Bluebird, on Lake Dumbleyung in western Australia. He thus became the first man ever to set world land-and water-speed records in the same year. Campbell's two runs averaged 276.33 mph, 15.58 mph faster than the previous record set at Coniston Water, England in 1959.

For nine hours LOU BRUMMETT of Pasadena, Calif. and BUTCH PETERSON of Lake Arrowhead, Calif. averaged 60 mph in an inboard to finally win the endurance race in the Orange Bowl Regatta.

FOOTBALL—ST. LOUIS upset Green Bay 24-17 in Miami's Playoff Bowl as Charley Johnson threw touchdown passes of 80 and 10 yards to speedy little Billy Gambrell. It was the first victory for an Eastern Division team in the five-year-old postseason game for NFL divisional runner-ups.

College: In Miami's Orange Bowl (page 14) national champion Alabama, unbeaten in 10 regular-season games, was upset 21-17 by TEXAS. MICHIGAN won its fourth Rose Bowl in four tries by routing Oregon State 34-7 as Fullback Mel Anthony scored three touchdowns, one on an 84-yard run. ARKANSAS rallied to beat Nebraska 10-7 in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, while LSU edged Syracuse 13-10 in New Orleans' Sugar Bowl when Doug Moreau kicked a 28-yard field goal in the final four minutes. In the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, 6-foot-5 Steve Tensi completed 23 of 36 passes for 303 yards and five touchdowns (All-America End Fred Biletnikoff caught 13 of them for four TDs) to lead FLORIDA STATE to a 36-19 rout of Oklahoma. The Sooners were hampered by the loss of four key players who were barred from the bowl for signing undated professional contracts. In San Francisco the WEST defeated the East 11-7 in the Shrine game when Craig Morton of California threw a six-yard TD pass with a minute left to play.

HOCKEY—The league lead shifted back and forth between the Canadiens and the Black Hawks until week's end when MONTREAL beat the Hawks 2 I in a key game at Chicago, broke the Black Hawks' unbeaten string of 13 games and moved ahead by three points. Montreal won two earlier games, beating the Maple Leafs 4-3 and the Bruins 3-1 (a contest in which the Canadiens fired 46 shots at Boston's goalie, while allowing the losers only 18 shots). CHICAGO fared almost as well, beating the Rangers twice and tying the Red Wings. Third-place DETROIT had a 1-1-1 week, while TORONTO was 1-2-1. Slumping NEW YORK tied one and lost two, making it 11 defeats in 13 games. Slumbering BOSTON lost two of three, one of them an 8-1 disaster in Detroit.

The U.S.S.R. National team, which had previously won seven games and tied one in its tour of Canada and the U.S., gained the International Tournament title in Colorado Springs with a 3-1 record. Czechoslovakia was second at 2-1-1 and Canada third, 0-3-1.

MOTOR SPORTS—JIMMY CLARK of Scotland rolled around the final lap of the South African Grand Prix at a leisurely 40 mph when officials waved the checkered flag a lap too soon. But he had such a large lead at the time that he defeated World Champion John Surtees by 29.5 seconds to win the first Grand Prix race of the season.

SKIING—Fifteen-year-old CATHY NAGEL and 19-year-old RICK CHAFFEE surprised America's experienced Olympic skiers by winning the giant slalom titles at the Alpine Holiday Classic in Vail, Colo. Olympian BILLY KIDD won the men's slalom and downhill races, however, and SANDRA SHELL WORTH and LINDA MEYERS took the women's downhill and slalom.

SURFING—FRED HEMMINGS JR. of Honolulu defeated a field of 188 in the seniors' division of the international championships at Makaha Beach, Hawaii. Another Hawaiian, JOEY GERARD, won the junior title, and California's JOYCE HOFFMAN took the senior women's event.

TENNIS—CLIFF RICHEY of Dallas played havoc with the seedings for the Sugar Bowl tournament in New Orleans, upsetting Gene Scott and Ron Holm-berg, both of New York, on his way to the finals where he beat top-seeded defending champion Ham Richardson in a 3½-hour, five-set match, 6-0, 6-2, 9-11, 4-6, 8-6.

In Miami at the Orange Bowl tournament Mexico's No. 1-ranked junior MARCELO LARA rallied from a first-set loss to defeat Bill Harris of West Palm Beach in an international event for juniors. PEACHES BARTKOWICZ, the 15-year-old Wimbledon junior champion from Hamtramck, Mich., gained the girls' junior title and, with SUE LEYDEN, also took the doubles. Peaches' little sister, PLUMS, easily won the 10-and-under trophy with semifinal and final scores of 6-0, 6-0.

TRACK AND FIELD—Belgium's Olympic steeplechase champion. GASTON ROELANTS, switched to road running and won a 4½-mile race through the streets of S√£o Paulo, Brazil in spite of choking once on confetti during the New Year's Eve event. A day later he won again, this time a 10,000-meter event held in a municipal stadium.

America's BUDDY EDELEN, who finished sixth in the Olympic marathon, returned to his post as English teacher at King John's School in Thundersley, England, but kept in trim by winning the Essex cross-country championship by 300 yards.

In the Orange Bowl meet GRADY SMITH ran 300 yards in 30 seconds to break Charles Paddock's 43-year-old American record for the distance. JOHN CAMIEN gained an easy victory in the scheduled 5,000-meter run, which ended up as a 4,598-meter event when an official fired the gun signaling the last lap one lap too soon.

MILEPOSTS—DEPARTING: in June 1966 from the Southeastern Conference, charter member TULANE, winner of one SEC football championship (1949) and 14 tennis titles but not much else in 31 years in the conference.

HIRED: HARRY GALLATIN, 36, as coach of the New York Knicks, just six days after he was fired by the St. Louis Hawks. Gallatin replaced Eddie Donovan (84-194 won-lost record in 3½ seasons), who was named the team's general manager.

INJURED: WALTER BLUM, 30, the nation's leading rider (324 winners in 1964), in a spill at Santa Anita. Blum, who broke his back, two ribs and suffered a severe concussion, will not ride for at least six months.

KNIGHTED: STANLEY MATTHEWS, 49, Britain's most famous soccer player. In 1957 Matthews was made a Commander of the British Empire, but the British press was outraged: "They have given him a putty insult...class prejudice...snobbery." Sir Stanley will retire at the end of the season and rest at his seaside home in Lancashire.

NAMED: New Zealander PETER SNELL, winner of two Olympic gold medals and holder of the world's mile and 1,500-meter records, and West Indian Cricketer CLYDE WALCOTT, as recipients of the Order of the British Empire.