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December 14, 1964
BASKETBALL—BOSTON rumbled along, winning three of four, and rebounding's elder statesman, Bill Russell, just smiled at the eager young Knicks whom the Celtics beat twice, 117-113 (in overtime) and 116-91. Said Russell, "They haven't learned you shouldn't jump if you can't get the ball. They've got to learn to loaf." Second-place CINCINNATI also took three of four and remained 3� games behind in the Eastern Division. PHILADELPHIA lost to the Lakers twice, but won two others to make it seven victories in their last 10 games. NEW YORK dropped four, three of them on the road, and fell deeper into the cellar. In the West, LOS ANGELES' lead slipped slightly to 2� games as the Lakers lost two of four and ST. LOUIS, with Bob Pettit back in the lineup, won two of three. Third-place BALTIMORE rallied to defeat the Warriors 120-114 and edged the Hawks 108-106, but lost three other games. DETROIT and SAN FRANCISCO both split four games. The Warriors defeated the Bullets, then coasted to an easy 112-85 win over the Celtics (Boston hit only 13 of 64 shots in the first half). But the victory was not sweet. Wilt Chamberlain broke his nose and sprained his wrist, and in a rematch the following night Boston whacked the Warriors 105-81 as Chamberlain, wearing a face mask, scored only eight points.
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December 14, 1964

A Roundup Of The Sports Information Of The Week

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RODEO—The National Finals, the 591st and last rodeo of the season, were held in Los Angeles, and the following clinched the season's honors: DEAN OLIVER of Boise, Idaho (world champion cowboy for the second year in a row and calf-roping winner for the seventh time in nine years), C. R. BOUCHER of Burkburnett, Texas (steer wrestling), MARTY WOOD of Bowness, Alta. (saddle bronc), BOB WEGNER of Auburn, Wash. (bull riding) and BILL HAMILTON of Phoenix (team roping). Before the National, SONNY DAVIS of Kenna, N. Mex. had won the steer-roping title and JIM HOUSTON of Omaha the bareback championship.

SOCCER—Unbeaten NAVY eliminated Defending Champion St. Louis 2-1 in the NCAA semifinals and then took the championship with 1-0 win over Michigan State in a freezing rain.

TRACK & FIELD—Australia's RON CLARKE beat Murray Halberg by 150 yards and broke the New Zealander's world record for three miles with a 13:7.6 clocking in a meet in Melbourne. But PETER SNELL was unsuccessful in his final attempt this season to lower his world-record time for the mile. He defeated Keith Wheeler by 35 yards in 3:57.6.

MILEPOSTS—FIRED: JOHN STIEGMAN, 42, the University of Pennsylvania's losing football coach (12 wins, 33 losses in five seasons).

POORER: By $40,000, the also-rans of the professional golf tour. Each year all nonwinners gathered at the Poor Boy Open (SI, May 11) in Burneyville, Okla. to play among themselves for prize money and bonuses offered by Oilman Waco Turner. But the PGA refused to sanction the 1965 tournament, and Turner has canceled it.

TRADED: FRANK HOWARD, 28, the Los Angeles Dodgers' powerful outfielder (.226, 24 HRs, 69 RBIs), Infielder Ken McMullen, 22 (.234, 14 HRs, 49 RBIs), Pitchers Phil Ortega, 25 (7-9 record) and Pete Richert, 25 (9-11), to Washington, for the Senators' best pitcher, lefty CLAUDE OSTEEN, 25 (15-13, 3.48 ERA), Third Baseman John Kennedy, 23 (.236, 7 HRs, 35 RBIs) and $100,000. In an earlier trade the Senators acquired First Baseman BOB CHANCE, 24 (.279, 14 HRs, 75 RBIs as a rookie last year), and Infielder-Outfielder WOODIE HELD, 32 (.236, 18 HRs, 49 RBIs), from the Cleveland Indians for their best hitter, Outfielder CHUCK HINTON, 30 (.274, 11 HRs, 53 RBIs).

TRADED: BO BELINSKY, 28, the Los Angeles Angels' unpredictable left-hander (9-8, 2.87 ERA), to Philadelphia for two Pacific Coast Leaguers, First Baseman Costen Shockley, 22, and Pitcher Rudy May, 20.

DIED: BOBBY MARSHMAN, 28, of severe burns, one week after leaping from his flaming Lotus Ford after it spun into a wall during a test run in Phoenix.

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