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May 09, 1966
BASKETBALL—"They all had their shots at me and the Celtics, but we beat them all," crowed Red Auerbach. BOSTON won the NBA championship by defeating Los Angeles in the final game 95-93, and the volatile Auerbach retired after 20 years as coach (page 30). Earlier in the week the Lakers had tied the playoff-series 3-3 with a 123-115 victory, forcing the showdown game in Boston.
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May 09, 1966

A Roundup Of The Sports Information Of The Week

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HORSE RACING—The Kentucky Derby picture became confused when favored Graustark came up with a broken bone in his left front foot, thus putting him out of the race—and ending his racing career (page 22). Earlier in the week he had finished a close second in the 1?-mile Blue Grass at Lexington, beaten by ABE'S HOPE ($7.60), an Illinois-bred colt ridden by Willie Shoemaker. Two days later Shoemaker rode OLD BAG ($11.40), a 3-year-old not even nominated for the Derby, to a half-length victory over Mary D. Kiem's Sean E Indian in the Stepping Stone, a Derby prep, at Churchill Downs.

Jay Trump, winner of last year's Grand National Steeplechase in England, retired the Challenge Cup trophy as he won his third Maryland Hunt Cup in Glyndon, Md., finishing the four-mile, 22-fence race eight lengths ahead of Mountain Dew, who led until the 18th fence. "He's won all there is to win in jumping races," said Jay Trump's owner Mrs. Mary Stephenson, as she announced his expected retirement.

MOTOR SPORTS—Britain's JOHN SURTEES, competing in his first race since a near-fatal accident in the Canadian Grand Prix last September, and MIKE PARKES drove their Italian Ferrari prototype racer to victory in the 620-mile Monza ( Italy) race in 6:05:11.6 for an average of 102.882 mph. A few days later, Surtees, the 1964 world driving champion, won the Syracuse (Sicily) Grand Prix in a record 1:40:8.3.

"I didn't have a bit of trouble all day," said 28-year-old RICHARD PETTY of Randleman, N.C. after he won the Rebel 400 stock-car race in his hemipowered Plymouth in the fastest average speed—131.585—ever recorded at the Darlington ( S.C.) track. Petty, the winner of the Daytona 500 last February, finished three laps ahead of Runner-up Paul Goldsmith of Munster, Ind.

TRACK & FIELD—VILLANOVA anchorman DAVE PATRICK, a sophomore from Baltimore, ran the fastest mile (4:04.6) in the 72-year history of the Penn Relays in Philadelphia to beat Georgetown's Paul Perry and give the Wildcats a 9:46.4 victory in the distance medley relay (page 74). The following day on the rain-soaked Franklin Field track, Patrick did it again—this time sprinting past Georgetown anchorman Ricardo Urbina in the final yards to win the two-mile relay by two yards in 7:39.3. FLORIDA A&M was the only other double winner, beating Morgan State in the 440 in 41.5 seconds and taking the 880 when Morgan State, which actually won, was disqualified for passing the baton too soon. At the Drake Relays in Des Moines, MICHIGAN STATE set a new national collegiate record in the 480-yard shuttle-hurdle relay, winning in 57.4 to clip 1/10 second off the old record held by Winston-Salem (1959) and Rice (1965). SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY set two meet records, taking the two-mile and the 880-yard relays as well as the sprint medley and one-mile relays. RANDY MATSON of Texas A&M, who also won the discus, put the shot 65 feet 3� inches to break the meet record, but Kansas' JIM RYUN, who hoped to set a new outdoor mark in the mile, won in a disappointing 4:05.6. In Walnut, Calif. at the Mt. Antonio meet veteran Miler JIM GRELLE switched to 5,000 meters and barely won over George Young.

MILEPOSTS—MARRIED: France's Olympic ski champion CHRISTINE GOITSCHEL, 21, to her coach, Jean B�ranger, 28, in Val d'Is�re, France.

FIRED: DOLPH SCHAYES, 37, the NBA's Coach of the Year, as coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, after the 76ers won the Eastern Division but lost to Boston in playoffs. Hired in his place: ALEX HANNUM, 42, who was recently fired as coach of the San Francisco Warriors.

HIRED: MIKE FARMER, 29, assistant coach and chief scout for the NBA's St. Louis Hawks, as head coach of the Baltimore Bullets to replace Paul Seymour, who resigned in April. Farmer, a former teammate of Bill Russell's at San Francisco, played forward with the Hawks for four seasons before retiring in 1965 after he fractured an ankle.

HIRED: JACKIE ROBINSON, 47, former Brooklyn Dodger baseball star, as general manager of the new Brooklyn Dodger professional football team of the Continental League.

DIED: Wealthy Reno Rancher WILLIAM STEAD, 42, an air racer and former hydroplane champion, in the crash of his midget racing plane on a practice run for an air exhibition, at St. Petersburg-Clearwater airport. Stead, who won the national unlimited hydroplane title in 1958 and 1959 and the Gold Cup in 1959, retired from boat racing in 1960 to devote his time to reviving the national air races, which had been defunct since 1950.

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