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March 04, 1963
AUTO RACING—DEWAYNE (TINY) LUND, operator of a South Carolina fishing camp when he is not squeezing his 270 pounds behind the wheel of a fast car, won the $100,000 Daytona 500-mile stock car race, averaging 151.566 mph (see page 36).
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March 04, 1963

A Roundup Of The Sports Information Of The Week

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AUTO RACING—DEWAYNE (TINY) LUND, operator of a South Carolina fishing camp when he is not squeezing his 270 pounds behind the wheel of a fast car, won the $100,000 Daytona 500-mile stock car race, averaging 151.566 mph (see page 36).

BASKETBALL—NBA: After their last furious and losing encounter with Los Angeles in Boston two weeks ago, the champion Celtics began playing their best of the year. They won six in a row before moving into Los Angeles to try the Western Division leaders again. LA, meantime, was struggling, hardly able to play .500 ball for the three weeks that back-court ace Jerry West has been out with a pulled muscle. But before a packed house of 15,196 partisans, one of the largest ever to watch an NBA game, an aroused Laker team downed Boston 113-105. It was a Dick Barnett fadeaway jump shot and a Frank Selvy scoring spree that put the Lakers ahead in the closing minutes. In the second game two days later, before another huge crowd of frenzied Angelenos, Boston ran up a 30-point lead, then coasted to a 119-109 win, marked by a half-time assault by fans on Referee Norm Drucker. Earlier, San Francisco beat the Lakers 111-109, but it was all downhill for the Warriors after that. They dropped three of four, slid deeper into fourth place in the West, 2� games behind Detroit, and drastically hurt their playoff hopes. In the East, Syracuse took a four-game lead over Cincinnati. Although the Nats lost two, they won three, including a 128-109 defeat of the Royals.

BOATING—BEVERLY, a red catamaran skippered by Owner Van Alan Clark Jr. of Marion, Mass., skimmed across a choppy Biscayne Bay to beat 82 assorted craft in Miami's One-of-a-Kind Regatta (see page 12).

BOWLING—BILL JOHNSON, a former Southern Methodist University golfer, returned to his hometown of Dallas for a victory in a different sport. Johnson rolled six strikes in a row to beat Pat Patterson of St. Louis 242 to 209 for the All-American Classic championship and 55,000.

BOXING—DICK TIGER of Nigeria, world middleweight champion, and Challenger Gene Fullmer of West Jordan, Utah slugged through 15 rounds to a draw in Las Vegas. Tiger, who cut the unusually nimble Fullmer several times and was bloodied himself, thus keeps the title.

CRICKET—AUSTRALIA kept The Ashes after the Test matches with England ended in a 1-1 stand-off". The indecisive play in the fifth match caused 14,500 bored Sydney fans to jeer and Aussie papers to complain about a "travesty of cricket."

HOCKEY—NHL: CHICAGO moved out to an eight-point league lead, thanks in great measure to a scoring splurge by Stan Mikita, who got three goals and an assist in a 4-3 defeat of Boston and three more goals in a 5-3 win over Detroit, performances that gave him the lead in the NHL scoring race. Detroit was down to only four defensemen as tempestuous Howie Young sat out his three-game suspension, but Goalie Terry Sawchuk, who slashed his hand six weeks ago, was back, and the Red Wings had enough to beat the Rangers 3-2. Toronto, meanwhile, slipped briefly into second place, but was quickly ousted by Montreal as the Canadiens beat New York 6-3, and the Leafs were upset 4-2 by Boston. Thus the battle for the second, third and fourth positions remained one of the closest in years.

HORSE RACING—CROZIER ($15.80) took the richest race of the week, the $145,000 Santa Anita Handicap. Fred W. Hooper's 5-year-old caught the leaders in the backstretch and moved out to a decisive 5�-length victory over favored Crimson Satan. The win was worth $100,000.

Candy spots ($2.60), Kentucky Derby hopeful (see page 18), beat Bonjour, also a possible Derby contender, by a sniffle in a six-furlong race at Santa Anita.

Beau purple ($8.70) stumbled at the start but didn't take another wrong step as he won the $128,400 Widener Handicap at Hialeah, beating favored Kelso (see page 6), 1962's Horse of the Year, by 2� lengths. Well trained by Allen Jerkens for his first start since November, Beau Purple ran in front for the entire mile and a quarter, collecting $83,460 for Owner Jack Dreyfus Jr.

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