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January 28, 1963
BASKETBALL—The NBA teams could have stayed home this week as far as division standings were concerned. The undisputed leaders, Boston and Los Angeles, maintained a firm grip on first place, and both New York and Chicago fell further into the cellar. New York did win its first game in six tries against the Warriors, 113-100, but was beaten by third-place Cincinnati. The Royals lost their other two games, to Boston 122-114 and Chicago 113-93. Boston went on a scoring binge of 14 points in 2� minutes to defeat the Zephyrs 110-93 but was forced into overtime and finally lost to second-place Syracuse 149-148. At week's end, in a rough game that saw Bill Russell knocked out cold, the Celtics conquered their toughest rivals, the Lakers, 133-121, Boston's second win in five games against LA. The St. Louis Hawks, second in the West, took two games from the fourth-place Warriors, squeezing out a narrow 116-114 victory on last-minute free throws by Charlie Vaughn and Cliff Hagan, and a 116-115 win when Warrior star Wilt Chamberlain was ejected from the game in the first quarter. In a midweek pause, the East beat the favored West 115-108 in the 13th annual NBA All-Star Game at Los Angeles (see opposite page).
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January 28, 1963

A Roundup Of The Sports Information Of The Week

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SWIMMING—KEVIN BERRY, 17, claiming to be seven pounds overweight, still clipped .4 second off his own world record for the 110-yard butterfly, winning the New South Wales Championship event in 59 seconds flat.

TENNIS—Grand Slam Winner ROD LAVER is finding the net profit much better but the net result far worse in his new role as a pro. Playing his best yet, he still lost 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6 to fellow Australian and old pro Lew Hoad, before 8,000 in Melbourne. The next day he finally got his first pro win, beating Ken Rosewall 6-3, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2.

Roy Emerson, now Australia's top amateur, beat Ken Fletcher in 55 minutes, 6-3, 6-3, 6-1, to win the first of the big four events in the amateur grand slam, the Australian Championships.

Margaret Smith, ranked No. 1 in the world, won her fourth straight Australian singles title, then teamed with Fletcher to take the mixed doubles title.

TRACK & FIELD—The finest sight at the Los Angeles Invitational Indoor track meet was a winner (see page 12) but not of an event. She was Germany's top sprinter, blonde JUTTA HEINE, and the 13,386 spectators seemed to care not that she ended up second in the 60-yard dash behind Marilyn White. Finishing third was World Record Holder Wilma Rudolph Ward. The mile was won by Jim Grelle in a meet record time of 4:04.3, while Canada's easygoing Bruce Kidd was pushed to another meet mark as he won the two-mile in 8:43.8 and earned a standing ovation. Hayes Jones won the high hurdles going away. Bill Crothers of Toronto took the 1,000 yards at 2:08.9, and Parry O'Brien won his fourth straight title in the shotput. Meanwhile, the week's other major track event was being held at the Waldorf Astoria Towers in New York, where General Douglas MacArthur returned to settle a nonmilitary battle—the NCAA-AAU dispute. A compromise plan puts the general in command as a White House-supported arbitrator until after the 1964 Olympics.

Pentti Nikula, the world outdoor record holder in the pole vault, set the world indoor record by clearing 16 feet 1� inches in Helsinki.

MILEPOSTS—MARRIED: VALERI BRUMEL, 20, handsome holder of the world high jump record and, presumably, a million Moscow female hearts, to Marina Larionova, svelte blonde gymnast with the impressive official title of Master of Sport.

SIGNED: BLANTON COLLIER, 56, as head coach of the NFL Cleveland Browns to replace long-revered, just-fired Paul Brown. Collier, most recently a backfield coach, moved in with an emotional acceptance speech and announcement of a major revision in team routine: no longer will all plays be called from the bench by the coach.

SIGNED: JOHN RALSTON, 35, as head football coach to replace Jack Curtice at Stanford University. Excitedly mixing metaphors as he took over his new job, the former Utah State coach observed, "When you are ambitious to be the greatest coach in the business you have a monkey on your back that almost drives you to drink."

SELECTED: Mink-Rancher GENE FULLMER, battered but lucid former world middleweight champion, to the 11-man board of directors of the Murray State Bank in West Jordan, Utah.

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