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BASKETBALL—NBA: PHILADELPHIA (56-10), with four straight victories, pushed its lead in the East to eight and a half games. In a 131-123 win over the Royals, Wilt Chamberlain tossed in 58 points—the individual high in the league this season. BOSTON (46-17) faltered in its late bid to catch the 76ers, gaining only one victory in four games. NEW YORK (33-34), following two losses, defeated both the Hawks and Royals by one point and after seven straight last-place finishes clinched a place in the playoffs. In beating the Royals, however, the Knicks lost Dick Barnett, their No. 3 scorer (17-point average), for the season when he ruptured an Achilles' tendon. CINCINNATI (28-36) lost three of five, while last-place BALTIMORE (18-50) won twice, lost twice. SAN FRANCISCO (39-26) built its lead to eight in the West by winning three in a row as Rick Barry scored 52 points in a 125-124 victory over the Bulls and, in two games against the Celtics, threw in 50 and 29. ST. LOUIS (31-34) split four games, three of them one-point decisions; LOS ANGELES (27-36) dropped two of three; DETROIT (25-40) lost three of four, and CHICAGO (24-43) broke an eight-game losing streak with a 133-119 win over the Lakers.
DOG SHOW—A 5�-year-old black Scottish terrier, CH. BARDENE BINGO, owned by Elbridge H. Stuart of Carnation, Wash. and handled by Bob Bartos, also of Carnation, was named best-in-show at the 91st Westminister Kennel Club show in New York. Other finalists were: Ch. Fezziwig Raggedy Andy, an Old English sheepdog—working group; Ch. Alekai Marlaine, a standard poodle—nonsporting group; Ch. Leader's Little Buck-A-Roo, a Pomeranian—toy group; Ch. Akaba's Blue Devil, an Afghan—hound group; Ch. Salilyn's Aristocrat, an English springer spaniel—sporting group.
HOCKEY—NHL: CHICAGO'S (31-13-8) 15-game unbeaten streak finally ended when the Rangers defeated the Hawks 4-1. The next night Chicago lost to the Rangers again 3-2, and the Hawks' lead slipped to 12 points over NEW YORK (25-19-8), which lost to the Maple Leafs 6-0 earlier in the week. MONTREAL (22-22-7), seven points behind the Rangers in third place, dropped two of three games, while TORONTO (20-21-9), two points further back in fourth, won two. DETROIT (22-28-3), with three defeats and one win, fell from fourth to fifth, and last-place BOSTON (15-32-7) won two of three.
HORSE RACING—Jockey Bill Boland booted home a surprise winner in the $125,600 Widener Handicap at Hialeah when he kept RING TWICE ($24.20) in front all the way and won by five lengths over Stanislas, as even-money favorite Advocator came in eighth and last.
SKIING—French prestige took a tumble both on the slopes and off. Teams from Austria, Switzerland and West Germany walked out of the pre-Olympic Championships in Chamrousse, France because of what they felt were unsuitable housing accommodations. Then Norway's HAAKON MJOEN shocked the French by winning the men's slalom. French skiers, though, dominated the rest of the meet, as FLORENCE STEURER took the women's slalom, ISABELLE MIR the women's downhill, and World Champion JEAN-CLAUDE KILLY the men's downhill.
SPEED SKATING—STIEN KAISER, a Dutch police clerk, won the 1,000-, 1,500-, and 3,000-meter races to gain the overall title at the Women's World championships in Deventer, The Netherlands. The surprise of the meet was the splendid showing of the U.S., led by Dianne Holum, 15, of Northbrook, Ill. and Mary Meyers, 21, of St. Paul. Miss Holum, who finished third overall, won bronze medals in the 500 and 1,000 meters, was fifth in the 1,500 and ninth in the 3,000. Miss Meyers, 13th overall, scored the biggest upset of the championships when she won the 500. Also notable was the collapse of the Russian girls, who did not win a single race and who, for the first time since 1952, did not win the overall title.
TENNIS—CHARLES PASARELL of Puerto Rico and BILLIE JEAN MOFFITT KING of Long Beach, Calif. successfully defended their U.S. Indoor titles. Pasarell became the first champion to repeat indoors since Greg Mangin in 1935-36 when he beat Arthur Ashe 13-11, 6-2, 2-6, 9-7 in a 2-hour 43-minute final in Salisbury, Md. Mrs. King needed only 32 minutes to defeat Trudy Groenman of The Netherlands 6-1, 6-0 in Winchester, Mass.
TRACK & FIELD—GERRY LINDGREN of Washington State beat Australian Ron Clarke by 15 yards in the two-mile run at the Golden Gate Invitational meet in San Francisco (page 48), while JIM ESHELMAN of Stanford won the pole vault with a leap of 16'10�". At the Cleveland K of C meet, however, BOB SEAGREN of USC broke his own world indoor pole-vault record by one inch when he cleared 17'3". Three other world marks were set at the Mason-Dixon Games on Louisville's 220-yard track: TOMMIE SMITH of San Jose State won the 440 in 46.2, lowering Theron Lewis' three-week-old record by .9 second; TOM VON RUDEN of the 49ers Track Club clipped .8 second off Tom Farrell's 1965 mark with a 1:49 in the 880; and the mile relay team from SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY of Baton Rouge (Oliver Ford, Everette Mason, Bob Johnson and Anthony Gates, who ran a 46.7 anchor leg) finished in 3:10.2. That bettered by .9 second the record set by Texas Southern in 1965 and tied by Southern U. last year. ABBY HOFFMAN of Toronto won the women's 880 in 2:08.4 at the Achilles International meet in Vancouver, B.C., bettering by .1 second Doris Brown's mark of two weeks ago. Miss Brown of Seattle, meanwhile, broke her own record in the mile with a 4:40.4. DYROL BURLESON of Albany, Ore. took the lead on the final lap of the mile run in Vancouver and won in 4:03.4, as Ron Clarke finished fourth. One-tenth of a second was chipped off the U.S. 60-yard low-hurdle record by LEE ADAMS of Kansas, who ran a 6.6 at the Kansas State Federation meet in Lawrence, Kans., while teammate JIM RYUN won the two-mile in 8:44.2. In a dual meet against Oklahoma in Lawrence the day before, Ryun, who later took the 880 in 1:56.2, lost his first race since the U.S.- U.S.S.R. meet in July 1965 as he came in fifth and last in the 660-yard run won by Oklahoma's JIM SHIELDS in 1:11.7. Villanova's DAVE PATRICK ran the first sub-four-minute mile of the season, winning the Baxter Mile at the New York A.C. Games in 3:59.3.