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BASKETBALL—NBA: ST. LOUIS beat San Francisco 132-100, then bounced even higher with a big victory over Syracuse 113-107. Bob Pettit and Phil Jordon led the rush in that one with 23 points each, but it was irrepressible John Barnhill's three-point play late in the game that pulled the Hawks decisively ahead. This win, coupled with Boston's 127-109 victory over the Warriors, put the Hawks back on top of the Western Division. Although Wilt Chamberlain hit for a lavish 271 points in five games, the Warriors dropped four and fell into third. Right ahead of them are the pressing Lakers, who moved into second with three wins, two as expected against struggling Chicago (see page 37), although Los Angeles couldn't overcome Syracuse, losing 120-98. After a luckless 125-120 loss to mediocre Cincinnati, Syracuse went into first place in the East by beating Boston 113-105 but the St. Louis loss spun them back into second again. Although no one but a few Eighth Avenue regulars seemed to care, New York lost four more in a row.
Russian National Team reversed a tour that began with two defeats by rising to two wins, one 68-59 against the AAU All-Stars in Nashville, the other a close 75-71 squeaker over the NAIA All-Stars in Sioux Falls, S.Dak. The top Russian scorer was Center Aleksandr Petrov with a total of 32 points for the two games. The Soviet women again outshot the Nashville Business College team 51-49 and later completely outclassed an Iowa Wesleyan team, 103-50.
BOXING—THE COUNTDOWN for aging Archie Moore looked about over as he was floored three times by brash young Cassius Clay's victorious onslaught in the fourth round of their scheduled 12-round heavyweight match in Los Angeles (see page 18). The fight was the 11th in which the undefeated Clay had picked the round in which he would win.
FOOTBALL—NFL: GREEN BAY's perimeter of defense tightened hard against the Colts' unexpectedly penetrating attack, coming up with two brilliant goal-line stands as the Packers took their 10th straight. 17-13. Corner Back Herb Adderley raced 103 yards on a kickoff return and punctured a Baltimore threat by intercepting a pass. But the Colts, needled by Johnny Unitas, outplayed the Packers, gaining more yardage than any other team has against them: 187 rushing yards, 193 in the air. The Packers, whose league-leading ground gainer, Jim Taylor, was pinned to only 46 yards, got a scant 87 yards rushing and 29 passing. Detroit won its eighth game at the expense of Minnesota's eighth loss, 17-6, and stayed in second within remote striking distance of Green Bay. Chicago moved into third, thanks to Roger Leclerc's field goal in the last minute, beating the rambunctious Dallas Cowboys 34-33. Quarterback Billy Wade passed for 470 yards, two touchdowns and even scored one himself. Baltimore is fourth, followed by the 49ers who, prodded by John Brodie's two scoring passes, whipped Los Angeles 24-17. The Rams are last, behind Minnesota. Eastern Division Leader New York turned back last-place Philadelphia in a surprisingly close 19-14 contest in rain and snow. Don Chandler, a converted punter, kicked four field goals and veteran Fullback Alex Webster churned through eight gooey yards for a TD. The Redskins lost a close decision to Pittsburgh. Lou Michaels, the league's top field goal kicker, put one across in the final 13 seconds to put the Steelers over, 23-21. But Washington stayed solidly in second, with Pittsburgh third and Cleveland fourth. The Browns ganged up on St. Louis for a 38-14 win, with Fullback Jim Brown scoring four limes, and Quarterback Frank Ryan totaling 241 yards passing. Remorsefully unchanged at the losing end of the division are Dallas, fifth, St. Louis, sixth and the Eagles last.
AFL: HOUSTON took over first place in the Eastern Division from Boston by beating the Patriots 21-17 (see page 52). The Patriots also lost Babe Parilli, who broke his collarbone in the second quarter. Dallas strengthened its position at the top of the West with a 24-3 victory over second-place Denver. The Texans stopped the Broncos' passing attack with a bruising defense, while Lenny Dawson found a soft spot in the Broncos' secondary and ripped it open with three scoring passes. Buffalo won a 10-6 victory over the winless Oakland Raiders. Much-injured Jack Kemp, picked up a month ago from San Diego, threw a TD pass in his first appearance for the Bills. New York and San Diego did not play.
GOLF—TONY LEMA, of San Leandro, Calif., treated the seasoned field in the $15,000 Mobile Open like so many weekend duffers as he went ahead by seven strokes on the third day and won by the same huge margin.
HARNESS RACING—DUKE RODNEY ($5.80), a 4-year-old who has had an undistinguished follow-the-leader season, broke through to win the $50,000 American Trotting Classic on the final day of the Hollywood Park meeting. Driver Billy Haughton kept Duke Rodney ahead of fast-closing Silver Song to finish first by a neck.
HOCKEY—NHL: DETROIT took an easy 3-1 game from Boston but lost two tough ones to pressing rivals Chicago (4-2) and Toronto (3-2). The Wings increased their narrow lead over the league, although they were still trailed closely by the strong Chicago team and Toronto. The Hawks, in second largely because of a revitalized Bobby Hull (he scored twice against the Wings), swept past New York 4-3 (Hull again scored twice) but only tied fourth-place Montreal 1-1. Toronto had blazed to five straight victories before the Rangers upset them 3-1—the Blues have won three of their five from the Leafs. Next-to-last New York has more to be thankful for than Boston, however. The Bruins have a horrendous stretch of 13 winless games.
HORSE RACING—MANUEL YCAZA, the redoubtable Panamanian rider, survived a fall from a stumbling mount in an earlier race, dusted himself oil and then got aboard mildly regarded Sensitivo ($13.40) to urge him to victory in the $88,850 Gallant Fox Handicap at Aqueduct. Sensitivo won by a head in a tight four-horse finish.
Willie Shoemaker all but conceded the race for the year's winning jockey honors. By deciding to rest at home in California until Santa Anita opens after Christmas, the imperturbable Shoemaker (301 winners) left the track clear for bustling Apprentice Ronnie Ferraro (304).