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A roundup of the sports information of the week
December 03, 1962
BASKETBALL—NBA: SYRACUSE seized and reseized the lead in the seesawing battle with Boston for command of the Eastern Division (see pane 22). Playing four games during the week, the Nats beat the Celtics 130-120 to move ahead, defeated Detroit 122-120, lost to a recharged New York team 110-116, then turned around and beat the Knicks 137-126. Boston, meantime, lost 95-97 to St. Louis and their three other wins didn't help in the race with the Nats. Cincinnati and New York trailed in that order, with the Knicks showing signs of life at last by winning three. In the Western Division, St. Louis led as uneasily as Syracuse, with the Los Angeles Lakers in fast pursuit. The Hawks lost one to the Celtics 106-115 and another to New York 95-103, although they beat last-place Detroit twice. The Lakers didn't lose, sweeping aside slumping San Francisco—high-scoring Wilt Chamberlain just isn't enough—in a 129-124 game and downing Cincinnati twice. San Francisco, Chicago and Detroit followed the leaders in that order.
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December 03, 1962

A Roundup Of The Sports Information Of The Week

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HORSE RACING—RIGHT PROUD and DELTA JUDGE. Mrs. Ada L. Rice's entry ($5.80), swept to a close, one-two finish in the lucrative $117,000 Pimlico Futurity. Only a neck separated the 2-year-olds in their dash to the wire, both having trailed throughout most of the mile and a sixteenth.

Sensitivo ($5.10), a 5-year-old bay bought last season by Robert F. Bensinger of Chicago in Buenos Aires, hardly worked up a lather while winning by three lengths in the $56,800 Display Handicap at Aqueduct. Jockey Manuel Ycaza urged Sensitivo through the two miles in a temperate 3:26. Highly regarded Sunrise Flight was a surprisingly distant fourth.

SWIMMING—COOK STRAIT, New Zealand's treacherous, tide-roughened channel that has repulsed every swimmer since Explorer James Cook found it in 1770, yielded at last to the record books. While the country listened to broadcasts from an accompanying launch, burly Barry Devenport, a 27-year-old Wellington oil representative, battled through 16 miles of swift current to span the channel in 11 hours and 22 minutes.

MILEPOSTS—RETIRED: ANTONIO ORDONEZ. 30, Spain's classic matador, veteran of 14 years and 700 bullfights, in tearful farewell ceremony following a last fight in Lima that enraptured critics. "His classic faena," wrote one, "was worthy of the event. His passes were terse and graceful, limpid and slow." "It's just a deep feeling," said Ordonez, "that my time to quit is now."

NAMED: KELSO, as Horse of the Year, the first time that a Thoroughbred has won the title three consecutive years. Owned by Mrs. Richard C. du Pont, the 5-year-old drew 28 of 32 possible Morning Telegraph votes. Others voted were: Never Bend, as best 2-year-old; Smart Deb. best 2-year-old filly; Jaipur, best 3-year-old; and Cicada, best 3-ycar-oid filly.

SOLD: MATCH II, the 4-year-old French Thoroughbred that won two of the three top international events of the year—the Washington International at Laurel and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot—to Herbert Blagrave, an English breeder, for an undisclosed sum; by Parisian Francois Dupr�, who retained a quarter interest.

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