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November 12, 1962
BASKETBALL—BOSTON took its normal position at the head of the Eastern Division, losing only a tense 98-97 thriller against the surging St. Louis Hawks, the Western Division leader. It was a game that saw Celtic Coach Red Auerbach technically tossed out after he protested a foul and physically led out after a flurry of semipunches with loudly critical St. Louis fans. Still close to the Celtics, however, were the Syracuse Nationals, who beat the Hawks 126-108. Cincinnati stayed in third with an even 3-3 record, but the hapless New York Knicks lost four more in a row. In the first encounter of the West's big teams the Los Angeles Lakers beat San Francisco 127-115, in spite of a 72-point outburst by Wilt Chamberlain. But the Lakers were still behind the Warriors in the Western Division standings, followed by Chicago, which lost to the Hawks and Celtics. Detroit's position remained unchanged. They haven't won yet.
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November 12, 1962

A Roundup Of The Sports Information Of The Week

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MOTOR SPORTS—SWEDEN'S reigning driving champions, two queenly, no-nonsense blondes named Ewy Rosquist (driver) and Ursula Wirth (navigator), roared off on the rugged Argentine International Standard Grand Prix, the only women among the event's 256 entries, having first incited a minor riot in Buenos Aires when a friendly Latin attempted to pinch Ursula. The two girls took no more chances. They gunned their Mercedes into the lead through all six racing days, finishing first in each one (three in record times), something no man, not even the girls' coach, the great Juan Fangio, had ever done.

Jim Clark, hottest driver on the international circuit, continued his recent victory splurge by winning the first Mexican Grand Prix, in Mexico City Clark, who was forced to change Lotuses when his broke down on the 10th lap, averaged 90 mph over the tricky 187-mile course.

TRACK & FIELD—RONALD O. LAIRD, 24-year-old Olympic walker from New York City, a draftsman by trade, set a handful of marks on the bouncy University of Chicago track. Briskly setting off on a sunny, windy afternoon, Laird first covered the 15-km. distance in 1:13.06.6, then reached the 20-km. point in 1:38.25.9. He stepped exactly 14 miles, 1,681 yards in two hours, hurried on to a clocking of 2:00.25 for 15 miles, and wound up doing 25 kilometers in 2:05.19.3, all of which are American records.

MILEPOSTS—ON PROBATION: UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON, by the NCAA for giving transportation money to a former freshman player, Roger Brown, a figure in last season's bribery scandals; for two years, keeping the Flyers from defending their National Invitation Tournament title.

HIRED: BRANCH RICKEY, 80, ever-astute former major league executive and dynasty builder, by the slipping St. Louis Cardinals, the same team that Rickey brought to the top by inventing the farm system nearly 40 years ago; as a judge of prospective players.

DIED: RICARDO RODRIGUEZ, 20, bold, irrepressible Mexican driver who, aided by his teammate and older brother, Pedro, became an outstanding international sports-car and Grand Prix driver while still in his teens; in a crash in Mexico City when his powerful Lotus overturned in a high-speed turn during a practice run for the Mexican Grand Prix.

DIED: LARRY GOETZ, 67, able, often belligerent and always fair-minded major league umpire, from a heart attack, in Cincinnati. During his 22 years in the National League he frequently quarreled with President Warren Giles for not backing up umpires and bluntly called the Yankees "crybaby" champions after they complained about World Series umpiring. Once, while lunching with Waite Hoyt, he took out eyeglasses to read the menu. "You've got a lot of nerve putting on glasses in public," said Hoyt. "It takes a lot of nerve," Goetz answered, "just to be an umpire."

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