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November 21, 1966
BASKETBALL—NBA: For the first few weeks of the season, PHILADELPHIA's (11-1) Wilt Chamberlain contentedly fed Guards Larry Costello and Hal Greer while he concentrated on other matters. Last week, however, Wilt started shooting once again (he averaged 26 points) as the 76ers won four in a row and gained a one-game lead over BOSTON (10-2) in the East. The Celtics won three games to extend their winning streak to six but then lost to the Hawks 115-98 and slipped from a tie for first into second. NEW YORK (8-6), in third, split four games, while CINCINNATI (5-7) lost two of three, and BALTIMORE (2-13) dropped three of four. In the West, Rick Barry, the NBA scoring leader, tossed in 127 points as SAN FRANCISCO (9-6) won three and climbed into first, a game ahead of ST. LOUIS (6-5), winner of two games. DETROIT (6-8) lost three of four, while CHICAGO (7-10), the leader at the beginning of the week, dropped four in a row and plunged to fourth place. LOS ANGELES (4-10) broke a three-game losing streak by beating the Pistons 144-88 as Jerry West scored 35 points.
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November 21, 1966

A Roundup Of The Sports Information Of The Week

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TENNIS—Jaideep Mukherjea won two singles matches as INDIA defeated West Germany 3-2 to advance to the Davis Cup Interzone final against Brazil. The winner plays Australia in the Challenge Round in late December.

MILEPOSTS—NAMED: The American League's Most Valuable Player, FRANK ROBINSON, 31, of the Baltimore Orioles. Selection of Robinson, the AL's Triple Crown winner and the outstanding player in the World Series, was a foregone conclusion and came 11 months after he had been traded to the Orioles from the Cincinnati Reds, where he was National League's MVP in 1961. He thus became the first player to win the honor in both leagues.

NAMED: As president and general manager of the New York Mets, VAUGHAN (Bing) DEVINE, 49, Major League Executive of the Year as GM of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1964 and, for the past two seasons, assistant to George Weiss, 72, who retired as president to serve on the Mets' board of directors.

SIGNED: By President Johnson, the bill giving limited immunity from antitrust laws to the merger of the American and National football leagues.

RETIRED: MARGARET SMITH, 24, of Australia, twice Wimbledon champion and twice U.S. titlist. "I'm fed up with playing and traveling," said Miss Smith. "I've had enough."

SENTENCED: GENERAL HUMBERTO MARILES, 53, world-famous equestrian champion, to 10 years in prison for the pistol killing of a construction worker in Mexico City in 1964. Both the defense and the prosecution indicated they would appeal the sentence.

DIED: CHIC CALDERWOOD, 29, the British light heavyweight champion who was defeated four weeks ago in a world title fight against Champion Jos� Torres; in a car crash near Glasgow, Scotland.

DIED: Two-time USAC sprint-car champion DON BRANSON, 46, of Champaign, Ill., in a crash at Los Angeles' Ascot Park. A second driver, Dick Atkins, who was burned critically in the same mishap, died the next day in a Los Angeles hospital.

DIED: EDWARD JOSEPH (Eddie) ERDELATZ, 53, former Navy and Oakland Raider head coach, after emergency abdominal surgery for cancer; in San Mateo, Calif. An All-America end at St. Mary's of California, Erdelatz rose to the rank of lieutenant commander during the war. As line coach with the 49ers in 1948 and 1949 he invented the "jitterbugging" defenses that became his trademark as head coach from 1950 to 1958 at Annapolis, where his teams compiled a 50-26-8 record and defeated Army five times. Erdelatz gained national fame with his 1954 team, which went 7-2-0, beat Mississippi 21-0 in the Sugar Bowl and earned the nickname "The Team Named Desire." After leaving Navy, Erdelatz coached Oakland in its first year in the AFL (1960). His coaching career ended when he was fired after two games of the 1961 season.

DIED: STEVE NAGY, 53, Bowler of the Year in 1952 and 1955 and winner of the 1955 All-Star title; of a stroke; in Cleveland.

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