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December 05, 1966
BASKETBALL—NBA: Eastern Division leader PHILADELPHIA'S (18-2) eight-game winning streak ended with a 111-106 loss to the Royals, but a new one started when the 76ers took their next three games. In a 129-115 win over the Bullets, Wilt Chamberlain hit on 16 of 17 shots from the floor and nine of 11 from the foul line for 41 points, and in a 131-123 victory over the Pistons Wilt had 15 assists. BOSTON (15-3) with a 3-1 week remained two games behind the 76ers, while CINCINNATI (9-10) finally showed signs of emerging from its early-season lethargy by taking three of four and moving ahead of NEW YORK (10-12) into third. The Knicks and last-place BALTIMORE (4-19) both lost three of four. In the Western Division, first-place SAN FRANCISCO (14-8) dropped two of five, but the Warriors' lead stretched to three games as ST. LOUIS (9-9) lost four straight. DETROIT (10-12) upset the Celtics 107-105 and split two other games, while LOS ANGELES (7-13) won two of three and climbed out of the cellar past CHICAGO (8-16), losers of two of three. The Bulls' one win, 121-117 over the Lakers, broke a nine-game losing streak.
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December 05, 1966

A Roundup Of The Sports Information Of The Week

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HORSE RACING—MUNDEN POINT ($20.20), with Johnny Rotz up, won the $58,300 Gallant Fox Handicap at Aqueduct by 2� lengths over Yonder.

POLO—Argentina won the Cup of the Americas for the third straight time, defeating the U.S. 10-6 and 14-10 in the best-of-three series (page 85).

MILEPOSTS—NAMED: STEVE SPURRIER, 21, the versatile University of Florida quarterback who led the Gators to an 8-2 record and a spot in the Orange Bowl, as winner of the Heisman Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the nation's outstanding college football player. "I had hoped I might win the trophy," Spurrier said. "I'm happy for the college, for the state and for the South." Second in the voting was Purdue Quarterback Bob Griese, who led the Boilermakers to an 8-2 record and a place in the Rose Bowl for the first time in the school's history.

NAMED: BUCKPASSER, the winner of 12 straight races in 1966, as Horse of the Year by The Morning Telegraph and the Daily Racing Form. Owned by Ogden Phipps, trained by Eddie Neloy and ridden by Braulio Baeza, the 3-year-old son of Tom Fool was also voted the best colt in his division and the best handicap horse, to become only the third Thoroughbred in the 31-year history of the poll (the others: Citation in 1948, Sword Dancer in 1959) to sweep all three honors.

NAMED: As American League and National League Rookies of the Year, Center Fielder TOMMY AGEE of the Chicago White Sox and Infielder TOMMY HELMS of the Cincinnati Reds. Agee batted .273, hit 22 home runs, scored 98 runs, drove in 86 and stole 44 bases, while Helms batted .284.

NAMED: By The Sporting News as major league Baseball Executive of the Year, Yankee General Manager LEE MacPHAIL for his work as an assistant to Baseball Commissioner William Eckhart; as Manager of the Year, HANK BAUER of the Baltimore Orioles; and as Player of the Year, FRANK ROBINSON, also of the Orioles.

NAMED: The world's ranking woman tennis player by World Tennis magazine, BILLIE JEAN KING, 23, of Long Beach, Calif. FRED STOLLE, 28, of Australia was No. 1 among the men, just edging Manuel Santana of Spain. The best male U.S. ranking was fifth by Dennis Ralston.

HIRED: FRANK SELVY, 34, as head basketball coach of Furman University, succeeding Lyles Alley, the head coach for 20 years and athletic director since 1957, who will become full-time athletic director. As a player at Furman, Selvy set 24 national scoring records and in 1954 against Newberry scored 100 points, which still stands as the one-game major-college record. Selvy retired in 1964 after eight years in the NBA and spent the last two seasons as Alley's assistant.

RETIRED: JIM HICKEY, 47, head football coach at North Carolina, after eight years. Hickey compiled a 36-45 record, won one Atlantic Coast title and one Gator Bowl (1963). He will become athletic director at Connecticut, replacing J.O. Christian, who retired in October.

RESIGNED: BERT BELL JR., son of the late NFL commissioner, as business manager of the Baltimore Colts because "of the crass commercialism that is striking at the very heart of the game." Bell added, "The new medium in the NFL is the almighty dollar. I deplore the supermarket air that has invaded pro football."

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