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March 27, 1961
BASKETBALL—In the NBA first-round playoffs SYRACUSE beat Philadelphia three straight (115-107, 115-114, 106-103), then lost to Boston in the first game of the Eastern Division championships (best four of seven games). In the West, Los Angeles beat Detroit in the first two games (120-102, 127-118), dropped the second two (113-124, 114-123) but came back in the fifth game to win 137-120, will now meet St. Louis in the final playoffs of the Western Division.
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March 27, 1961

A Roundup Of The Sports Information Of The Week

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BASKETBALL—In the NBA first-round playoffs SYRACUSE beat Philadelphia three straight (115-107, 115-114, 106-103), then lost to Boston in the first game of the Eastern Division championships (best four of seven games). In the West, Los Angeles beat Detroit in the first two games (120-102, 127-118), dropped the second two (113-124, 114-123) but came back in the fifth game to win 137-120, will now meet St. Louis in the final playoffs of the Western Division.

Pueblo (Colo.) beat Tyler (Texas) 79-66 to win its first national junior college championship, in Hutchinson, Kans.

BILLIARDS—JOE CHAMACO of Mexico won one version of the world three-cushion championship in Olavarria, Argentina, when Art Rubin of New York was forced to default because of stomach pains. Rubin also lost the first playoff match to Chamaco 95-100 in 136 innings, after winning nine straight games to make the finals. In Grand Rapids, meanwhile, in what was also billed as the world three-cushion championship, HAROLD WORST defeated Masako Katsura of San Francisco six out of seven matches (350-276). In her one victory Masako defeated Worst 55-53 in 76 innings. Worst and Chamaco both continued to claim the world championship.

CURLING—The DR. FRANK CREALOCK rink of Seattle defeated the H. Douglas McNabb rink of San Francisco 10-4 to win the U.S. championship in Grand Forks. N.D. In the four-day meet the Crealock rink compiled a 6-2 record, is eligible for the world tournament in Scotland this week.

DOG SHOW—CH. PAGE MILL TUMBLEWEED a beagle owned by Dr. and Mrs. Aaron M. Leavitt of Longmeadow, Mass., won the best-in-show at the Harrisburg (Pa.) Kennel Club show. Anne Rogers was the handler.

FENCING—NEW YORK UNIVERSITY won the Intercollegiate Fencing Association championships in New York. The Violets took both the �p�e and foil team titles and tied Columbia in the sabre event to win the three-weapon title 71-58 over Columbia.

GOLF—In an 18-hole best-ball tournament in Lantana, Fla. Louise Suggs, Mickey Wright, Patty Berg and Betsy Rawls whipped Sam Snead, Bob Toski, Lew Worsham and Bing Crosby 66-67. Snead, however, took medal honors with a 3-under-par 69.

HOCKEY—MONTREAL won its fourth straight NHL championship, as Toronto closed two points behind (see page 62). The Canadiens' Bernie (Boom Boom) Geoffrion scored his 50th goal to tie Maurice Richard's season record set in 1944-45. To start the Stanley Cup playoffs, Chicago and Montreal will play one semifinal series, Toronto and Detroit will play the other. Toronto's Johnny Bower won the Vezina Trophy for his goal tending. The Leafs had 176 goals scored against them. DENVER UNIVERSITY slashed St. Lawrence 12-2 to win its third NCAA championship in four years, in Denver. Denver qualified for the championship with a 6-1 win over Minnesota, while St. Lawrence thumped RPI 6-3. In a consolation game Minnesota beat RPI 4-3. Denver Winger Jerry Walker of Calgary scored two goals and four assists during Denver's two victories to finish the season with 85 points—a new Western College scoring record. He tallied 56 goals (also a record) and 29 assists. The NCAA title gave the Pioneers a season record of 30-1-1 and their 25th game in a row without a defeat.

HORSE RACING—TUDOR WAY ($2.70), carrying top weight of 124 pounds, scored an easy two-length victory in the $114,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap. Derrick came on in the final strides to beat Don Poggio for second. Under Bill Hartack the 5-year-old Argentine-bred Tudor Way ran the 1�-mile in 2:01 3/5.

Bal Musette ($6.20), in a four-horse photo finish, won the $35,300 Governor's Gold Cup at Bowie by a head over Nashua Blue. King Ranch's 3-year-old, eligible for the Triple Crown, covered the seven furlongs in 1:25 2/5. Jack Leonard up.

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