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BASKETBALL—BOSTON played two games last week without Center Bill Russell—who had sore knees—one a 126-111 win over the Bullets and the other a 113-123 loss to the Knicks, despite Sam Jones' 44-point effort. The Celtics ended the week with a 3-2 record, while CINCINNATI, with four wins, one over Boston, and a loss, moved up a game in the standings. PHILADELPHIA spent most of the week on the West Coast ( Wilt Chamberlain's first trip back since being traded), split two each with the Warriors and the Lakers, then lost to the Royals on the way home for a 2-3 record. NEW YORK was 2 and 2, but a win over the Celtics and a near-miss (94-92 in overtime) made the week worthwhile. In the West, LOS ANGELES split with the 76ers and took two from the Warriors to maintain its three-game lead, while second-place ST. LOUIS, apparently out of its long slump, won three straight before losing one to the Royals. BALTIMORE, only a game and a half out of second place last week, lost three, won one, and slipped back two more games. The bright light in DETROIT dimmed in losses to the Celtics, Royals and Bullets, and SAN FRANCISCO managed just one win in four.
BOXING—Former Welterweight Champion LUIS RODRIGUEZ gained a unanimous decision over third-ranked Middleweight Rubin (Hurricane) Carter in a 10-round fight at Madison Square Garden. Rodriguez, who is 15-0 against middleweights, was knocked down once in the seventh round.
FIGURE SKATING—GARY VISCONTI, a 19-year-old college freshman from Detroit who had never finished better than fourth in the men's division of the national championships, led the field in both compulsory figures and free skating at Lake Placid's Olympic Arena to take the senior title away from Defending Champion Scott Allen, the Olympic bronze medalist. PEGGY FLEMING of Pasadena, Calif. trailed Christine Haigler of Colorado Springs after the school figures but won the free-skating by a large enough margin to gain the ladies' title.
Olympic gold medal winners LYUDMILA and OLEG PROTOPOPOV of the Soviet Union won their first European pairs skating championship at the Lenin Sports Palace in Moscow. Austrian Regina Heitzer, who formerly skated in the shadow of Olympic Champion Sjouke Dijkstra, now turned pro, was awarded the women's title.
GOLF—ROD FUNSETH of Spokane, Wash., who had never before won a pro tournament, finished three strokes ahead of Philadelphia Bert Yancey in the final round of the Phoenix Open for a 14-under-par 274 and winner's earnings of $10,500.
HOCKEY—CHICAGO increased its NHL lead to four points on two wins and a tie with the Canadiens against only one loss, while MONTREAL, with a 1-1-2 week, managed to end its worst slump in 14 years (five straight losses) with a 7-1 win over the Bruins. TORONTO moved into a tie for second by defeating the Canadiens and Red Wings and tying Boston. DETROIT won two and lost two, and Gordie Howe scored his 20th and 21st goals, making this his 16th straight 20-goal season. NEW YORK and BOSTON were 0-2 and 1-1-1 for the week.
Gun Bow ($6.60), carrying top weight of 129 pounds and ridden by Manuel Ycaza, won the $57,500 San Antonio Handicap at Santa Anita for the second time, beating favored Candy Spots by three-quarters of a length. It was Gun Bow's first race since November.
SKIING—A sweep of the slalom, giant slalom and downhill by TRAUDL HECHER led the Austrian team to victory in the first European Alpine Cup races at Davos, Switzerland. PIERRE STAMOS of France took the men's downhill over Austrian Karl Schranz, HUGO NINDL of Austria won the slalom and France's JEAN-CLAUDE KILLY skied a very fast giant slalom, winning in 1:59.79.