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BASKETBALL—NBA: Willi Bill Russell back in the lineup again, Eastern Division leader BOSTON had little trouble winning four in a row. Second-place Philadelphia lost three of five. Hal Greer averaged 34 points and Johnny Kerr 23 as Syracuse went on a scoring rampage and swept three out of four. Averaging 131 points a game, the Nats scored 30 or more points in all but four of 16 periods. New York, alternately good and bad, won only two of five. LOS ANGELES won three of five and all but clinched the Western Division title as Jerry West (35.5-point average) got solid assistance from Rudy LaRusso (22.8) and Frank Selvy (20.4). Cincinnati won just once and fell 10 games behind the Lakers. Detroit dropped two of three, St. Louis was win-less in three tries and Chicago lost three of four.
BOATING—Robin, a 40-foot yawl designed and skippered by TED HOOD of Marblehead, Mass., was an easy winner in the 403-mile St. Petersburg-to- Fort Lauderdale yacht race. With a corrected time of 46:48:50, Robin finished almost 50 minutes in front of Paper Tiger.
BOBSLEDDING—After a three-day delay because of bad weather, FRANZ SCHELLE guided the No. 1 German sled to victory in the world four-man championships, in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Schelle's sled, trailing by 2/100 second after the first of two runs down the mile course, won by less than one second over Italy's No. 1 crew, which was piloted by Sergio Zardini.
BOWLING—The National Bowling League, already reduced from 10 to six teams and forced to pare its schedule from five days a week to two, was in danger of losing another entry. J. Curtis Sanford, owner of the Dallas Broncos, tried to regroup his team after releasing five players when they refused a salary cut.
BOXING—JOEY GIARDELLO won an unpopular split decision in a middleweight bout against Henry Hank, in Philadelphia. From the second round on, Giardello bled freely from a cut lip, but he finished strong to avenge an earlier loss to Hank.
DOG SLED RACING—KENNY and KATHY HUGHES, 15-year-old twins from Mannsville, N.Y., were winners in the Arctic Dog Sled Club races, in Colden, N.Y. Using a team of six Siberian huskies and an Alaskan husky as a lead dog, Kenny won the senior championship by covering the twisting, wooded 15-mile course twice in an aggregate time of 1:51:56. The junior title was won by Kathy, whose three Siberian huskies needed just 9:48 to complete two runs over a 1�-mile layout.
GOLF—ARNOLD PALMER fought from three strokes back on the fifth and final round, shot a 3-under-par 69 and won the $50,000 Palm Springs Classic, in Palm Springs, Calif. His 18-under-par 342 for the 90 holes put him three strokes ahead of Gene Littler and Jay Hebert and brought him top prize money of $5,300.
HOCKEY—College: A third-period goal from the blue line by Webb Nichols and 48 saves by Goalie Laing Keendy helped front-running CORNELL tag Harvard with its first Ivy League loss in two seasons, 2-1. COLGATE equaled its 1946-47 high of 13 victories by outscoring Army 4-1. MICHIGAN (9-1-0) beat Michigan State 5-3 and 5-1, and MICHIGAN TECH (13-3-0) twice defeated North Dakota 6-2, as they continued to dominate the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
NHL: After 12 games without a defeat MONTREAL lost to New York for the first time, 2-1. The Rangers used a borrowed goalie (Marcel Paille of the AHL) in place of the injured Gump Worsley. Second-place Toronto won just once but still led Chicago by eight points. The Black Hawks won four, with Bobby Hull scoring four goals against Detroit. In all. the Red Wings, who fell to fifth, lost three of four, beating only Boston, which dropped four straight.