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October 24, 1966
BASKETBALL—NBA: The league opened its long season (page 40), and the new CHICAGO team surprised all with a 104-97 win over the Hawks in St. Louis as Guy Rodgers, whom the Bulls acquired from the Warriors, threw in 36 points. The other four games were of little surprise to anyone, however. BOSTON beat San Francisco 121-113 on Sam Jones's 29 points and Larry Siegfried's 21; LOS ANGELES, even without injured Jerry West, defeated Baltimore 126-115 as Elgin Baylor scored 36 points; CINCINNATI, aided by Oscar Robertson's 37 points, beat Detroit 103-99; and Wilt Chamberlain tossed in 28 points as PHILADELPHIA buried New York 128-112.
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October 24, 1966

A Roundup Of The Sports Information Of The Week

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MOTOR SPORTS—LEE ROY YARBROUGH of Columbia, S.C., who had not finished a major stock-car race all year, averaged 130.576 mph as he drove his purple-and-gold Dodge Charger to victory in the National 500 in Charlotte, N.C.

Phil Hill of Santa Monica, Calif., driving a Chaparral, took the point lead in the six-race Canadian-American Challenge Cup series as he gained overall honors in the Monterey Grand Prix, the fourth leg on the tour.

TRACK & FIELD—Although MICHEL JAZY of France had announced his retirement a few weeks ago, he competed in another "farewell" race. At a meet held in his honor in St.-Maur-des-Foss�s, France, Jazy, who holds the world two-mile mark, set a new, and maybe his last, world record when he ran the 2,000 meters in 4:56.2, breaking the September 10 mark of 4:57.8 recorded by West Germany's Harald Norpoth. "See you in Mexico in 1968?" asked Australia's Ron Clarke after the race. "Sure," replied Jazy, "as a spectator or trainer."

MILEPOSTS—SOLD: by GEORGE MORTON LEVY SR., 77, founder of Roosevelt Raceway, N.Y. and ROBERT G. JOHNSON, 70, former president of the harness track, their shares—amounting to 12% of the company's outstanding stock in Roosevelt to San Juan Racing Association, Inc., operator of El Comandante racetrack in Puerto Rico. The San Juan group, led by Lawyer Hyman N. Glickstein, who is also chairman of the board of Shenandoah Downs in West Virginia, becomes the largest holder in the Roosevelt corporation with 163,407 shares. Levy, who opened Roosevelt in 1940 and operated in the red for six years, did not disclose the sale price. He will remain as chairman of Roosevelt's nine-man board of directors.

DECIDED: By the Supreme Court, to review the $460,000 libel judgment awarded former Georgia Athletic Director Wally Butts after he sued The Saturday Evening Post for its March 23, 1963 story on an alleged college football fix.

DIED: BOB SWIFT, 51, acting manager of the Detroit Tigers last season; of lung cancer, in Detroit. Swift, a light-hitting catcher (.231 batting average in 1,001 games) for three American League teams for 14 years and a coach with three others, filled in for the late Charley Dressen for parts of the 1965 and 1966 seasons before he had to be relieved by Coach Frank Skaff.

DIED: EDWARD PATRICK (Slip) MADIGAN, 69, the colorful football coach of St. Mary's of California for 19 years; of a heart attack in Oakland, Calif. After playing center for Knute Rockne at Notre Dame, Madigan took over as head coach at little St. Mary's in 1921 and made the small college famous for its victories (116-44-12 record) and its transcontinental series with Fordham (Madigan usually chartered a whole train).

DIED: WILLIAM H. SPAULDING, 86, former head football coach at UCLA who was credited with raising the Bruins to national football prominence; in Los Angeles. Spaulding came to UCLA in 1925, the year after his Minnesota Gophers had beaten Red Grange's Illini 20-7, and compiled a 72-51-8 record in his 14 years as head coach.

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