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Original Issue

A roundup of the sports information of the week

BASKETBALL—BOSTON and CINCINNATI each had three victories and one defeat and remained first and second in the East, separated by eight games. Third-place PHILADELPHIA, however, had a week to remember. The 76ers split their first two games with the Pistons and then Wilt Chamberlain finally came to town. With Wilt in the lineup, Philadelphia beat the Warriors 111-102, the Pistons again 109-103, and the Celtics 104-100 to stop Boston's winning streak at 16, just one game short of the NBA record. In his first three games with the 76ers Chamberlain scored only 59 points but had 87 rebounds and passed off more often than he shot. NEW YORK lost twice to LOS ANGELES, which increased its lead in the West to 2½ games with a 2-1 week. BALTIMORE, with three victories over the Hawks and a loss to the Celtics, climbed into a tie for second with ST. LOUIS, which dropped all four of its games. DETROIT lost three out of five and SAN FRANCISCO three out of three to extend its winless streak to 16, a new NBA mark.

BOBSLEDDING—TONY NASH and ROBIN DIXON of Great Britain, 1964 Winter Olympics gold medalists, won the world two-man bobsled championship in St. Moritz with two record-breaking runs of 1:16.94 and 1:16.91 and an aggregate time for four runs of 5:11.30. Italy's Rinaldo Ruatti and Enrico de Lorenzo came in second, and Vic Emery and Mike Young of Canada finished third.

BOWLING—DICK WEBER took his third All-Star Bowling Championship, in Philadelphia, by beating Jim St. John of Santa Clara, Calif. 608 to 586 in the final three-game series. The women's division was won by ANN SLATTERY of Salt Lake City when she defeated Sandy Hooper of Anaheim, Calif. 597-550 in the finals. It was her first major title.

GOLF—Australian BRUCE CRAMPTON, 29, became the first foreigner to win the Bing Crosby tournament at Pebble Beach, Calif. (page 12) when he shot a three-under-par 69 on the final day for a 72-hole total of 284.

Mrs. Marlene Streit won her fourth Helen Doherty Challenge Cup at Fort Lauderdale, Fla. by defeating defending champion Nancy Roth 2 and 1 in a 36-hole match.

HOCKEY—MONTREAL stayed two points ahead of the Black Hawks by taking two out of three games. Bobby Hull scored his 37th goal, and CHICAGO, with two wins and no losses, increased its lead to four points over third-place TORONTO (0-2-1). DETROIT defeated the Bruins 3-0 and the Maple Leafs 4-1 to move within one point of third. NEW YORK tied one and lost one, a fine record compared to BOSTON, which lost three of four. The Bruins lone win, 3-0 over the Canadiens, snapped a five-game losing streak.

HORSE RACING—The $30,900 Royal Palm Handicap at Hialeah Park was won by SUNSTRUCK ($11.20), Bill Boland up, by five lengths. Favored Chateaugay came in fifth.

MOTOR SPORTS—An English-built Mini Cooper driven by TIMO MAKINEN of Finland and PAUL EASTER of England won the rugged Monte Carlo Rally, 2,718 miles from Stockholm to Monte Carlo, in some of the worst weather in the history of the 54-year-old race. A German team in a Porsche finished second, 494.61 penalty points behind, and Mrs. Pat Moss Carlsson and Elisabeth Nystrom of Sweden, driving a Saab, were third.

SKIING—MARIELLE GOITSCHEL of France gained the combined title at the Golden Key international women's skiing competition at Schruns, Austria by taking the slalom in a heavy snowstorm and by finishing third in the downhill. She also won the giant slalom, which did not count in the combined standings. The downhill winner was Austria's CHRISTL HAAS, while teammate Edith Zimmermann finished two seconds behind in second place.

The 25th Hahnenkamm Trophy for best combined performances in the downhill and slalom during the competition at Kitzbühel, Austria was won by JEAN-CLAUDE KILLY of France, who finished first in the slalom and 10th in the downhill. Germany's LUDWIG LEITNER won the downhill and WILLY FAVRE of Switzerland the giant slalom.

SPEED SKATING—DICK WURSTER of Ballston Spa, N.Y. edged favored Tom Gray of Minneapolis 21-20 to win the senior men's title at the National Outdoor championships on Lake Como, Minn.

TENNIS—Australia retained the women's Federation Cup when LESLEY TURNER and MARGARET SMITH defeated Carole Caldwell Graebner and Billie Jean Moffitt of the U.S. in the singles at Kooyong Stadium in Melbourne.

TRACK & FIELD—Twenty Olympic medal winners showed up at the Los Angeles Invitational indoor meet at the L. A. Sports Arena, but GEORGE YOUNG, an also-ran in Tokyo, was the meet's outstanding performer. He upset Olympic 10,000-meter champion Billy Mills and Gerry Lindgren in winning the two-mile run in 8:41.2. WYOMIA TYUS set a national record in the women's 60-yard dash (6.7 seconds), and RALPH BOSTON tied the arena mark set in 1963 by Igor Ter-Ovanesyan of the U.S.S.R. in the broad jump with a leap of 26 feet 5 inches. In other events, BILL CROTHERS of Canada won both the 1,000- and 600-yard runs, and DYROL BURLESON of Oregon overtook Cary Weisiger of North Carolina on the final lap to take the mile in a slow 4:07.2.

MILEPOSTS—HIRED: To succeed Wayne Hardin as head football coach at the U.S. Naval Academy, BILL ELIAS, 41, who compiled a 16-23-1 record in four years at the University of Virginia.

HIRED: JOHNNY PONT, after two years and a 12-5-1 record as head football coach at Yale, to take over at Indiana University, which hasn't had a winning season since 1947.

RESIGNED: From his job as wrestling coach at Pitt, REX PEERY, who over 15 years built the university's team into a national collegiate power and who last year served as coach of the U.S. freestyle wrestling team at the Tokyo Olympics.

RETIRED: From amateur competition, MURIEL DAVIS GROSSFELD, 24, winner of 18 national AAU gold medals for gymnastics and three times a member of the U.S. Olympic team.

RETIRED: LAURENCE N. (LARRY) SNYDER, 68, head track coach at Ohio State since 1932 and coach of the U.S. Olympic track team in 1960. During his 33-year career, he tutored seven Olympians and led his Buckeye teams to five Big Ten titles.

RETIRED: Y. A. TITTLE, 38, after 17 years as a professional football quarterback. Tittle, who was seemingly all through in 1960 after 10 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, came back to lead the New York Giants to three straight NFL Eastern Division championships. Among the seven NFL records he holds or shares are most TD passes in one season (36) and most lifetime TD passes (212).

TRADED: ABNER HAYNES, the Kansas City Chiefs' running back who was the AFL's first Player of the Year in 1960, to the Denver Broncos for Linebacker-Punter JIM FRASER and cash.

TRADED: The Athletics' ROCKY COLAVITO to Cleveland in a complicated three-team deal that sent White Sox Outfielders Jim Landis and Mike Hershberger and an unnamed pitcher to Kansas City, Catcher JOHNNY ROMANO, Pitcher Tommy John and Outfielder Tommy Agee of the Indians to Chicago, and Catcher Camillo Carreon from Chicago to Cleveland.

DIED: NICK ALTROCK, 88, who gained worldwide fame as baseball's first clown while coaching the Washington Senators (1912-1953). Earlier, Altrock was known as a strong left-handed pitcher. From 1904-06 he had 63 victories, including 24 in 1905, for the Chicago White Sox, and in the 1906 World Series he won a 2-1 game and lost a 1-0 game against the Cubs. Altrock's major league career started in 1898 and really didn't end until 1933, when he was 57. That year he appeared in Washington's last game of the season as an unsuccessful pinch hitter. Four years before, in his previous at bat, he pinch-hit a triple for the Senators.