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A roundup of the sports information of the week
December 18, 1961
BASEBALL—NEW YORK METS, continuing their pursuit of available name players, bought Richie Ashburn, the 1958 National League batting champion, from the Chicago Cubs for a reported $75,000.
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December 18, 1961

A Roundup Of The Sports Information Of The Week

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AFL, Eastern Division: HOUSTON, unbeatable since Coach Wally Lemm took over, won its eighth straight, beating NEW YORK 48-21. The Oilers gained 573 yards in total offense, 216 of them representing Billy Cannon's new one-game rushing record. Cannon also had 114 yards in pass receptions and scored five touchdowns. BOSTON kept pace with the high-powered Oilers, beat OAKLAND 35-21 to remain 1 game behind. The Titans were followed by BUFFALO, which lost to SAN DIEGO 28-10.

AFL, Western Division: The Chargers, having long since clinched the division title, marked time waiting for the AFL championship game. DALLAS, far behind the leader but second in the standings, defeated third-place DENVER 49-21. Oakland was last, but still had a chance to climb out of the division cellar.

GOLF—MICKEY WRIGHT, 26-year-old San Diego psychology student, was named Women's Golf Champion of the Year by LPGA. The leading money winner for 1961 with $22,236.21, Miss Wright scored the first women's "grand slam." She won the National Women's Open, the Women's PGA and the Titleholders' Championship.

Ralph Hutchinson, 50-year-old Bethlehem, Pa. golfer, carded a 34-38—72 to win the Bermuda Goodwill professional golf tournament at Hamilton, Bermuda. Jack Mallon and Roy Bronsdon tied for second at 74.

HARNESS RACING—ADIOS BUTLER was voted harness horse of the year by a panel of 113 writers and broadcasters. The 5-year-old pacer, considered the fastest harness horse of all time, received 100 first-place votes. Su-Mac-Lad, named the aged trotter of the year in divisional balloting, was second with six first-place votes.

HOCKEY—NHL: MONTREAL increased its narrow lead to 3 points over TORONTO. NEW YORK continued to backslide, fell to 8 points behind the leader. Improving DETROIT was next, only 6 points behind the Rangers, followed by CHICAGO and BOSTON.

MOTOR SPORTS—GLEN ROBERTS anchored a six-man team that set a 24-hour stock car endurance record of 108.819 mph at Darlington, S.C. Two teams drove 1962 Pontiacs and covered 2,612.5 miles without accident or injury.

SKATING—HENK VAN DER GRIFT, Holland's world champion speed skater, won the 500-meter race at Fagernes, Norway. Kees Jan Kroon, also of Holland, was second, followed by Haakon Olav Hansen of Norway. John Storm of Burbank, Calif. finished fourth.

SQUASH—AZAM KHAN, 36-year-old Pakistani, defeated his nephew, Mohibullah Khan, 9-6, 7-9, 10-8, 2-9, 9-4 to win the British Open Squash Championship in London. This is the fourth successive year that Azam has won the tournament and the 12th time a member of the Khan family has been British Open champion.

Ralph How, Yale University junior, defeated Charles W. Ufford Jr. 15-11, 10-15, 8-15, 15-5, 15-9 for the Gold Racquets Invitational singles championship held at the Rockaway Hunt Club, Cedarhurst, N.Y. Dr. Paul Steele and James Etheridge beat James Whitmoyer and Howard Davis 15-7, 15-10, 3-15, 11-15, 15-7 for the doubles title.

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