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A roundup of the sports information of the week
December 25, 1967
BASKETBALL—NBA: BOSTON (20-7) regained first place in the Eastern Division by beating the 76ers 102-101 and San Diego 114-101. PHILADELPHIA (23-9), in second place by 22 percentage points, won its three other games, including a 143-123 romp over the Bulls as Wilt Chamberlain scored 68 points and pulled down 34 rebounds. DETROIT's (18-14) only victory in four games was 129-117 over the Knicks on Dave Bing's 43 points; CINCINNATI (13-16) took three straight; NEW YORK (13-19) finally broke a five game losing streak by beating San Diego 126-102; and BALTIMORE (10-19) dropped three of four. ST. LOUIS' (24-8) lead in the West stretched to 2� games when the Hawks took three of four while second-place SAN FRANCISCO (22-11) lost two of three. LOS ANGELES (17-13) dropped both games it played; CHICAGO (11-24) lost three of five; SEATTLE (9-22) broke a four-game losing streak with a 133-123 win over the Lakers and then split its next two games; and SAN DIEGO (8-26), deep in the cellar, won one and lost two.
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December 25, 1967

A Roundup Of The Sports Information Of The Week

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MILEPOSTS—MERGED: The UNITED SOCCER ASSOCIATION and the NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL SOCCER LEAGUE into an alignment of 20 teams in 20 different cities. The new league—still nameless—plans to operate next season with two divisions: the United, headed by USA Commissioner Dick Walsh, and the National, headed by NSPL Commissioner Ken Macker.

TRADED: New York Mets Outfielder TOMMY DAVIS, 28, the two-time National League batting champion who hit .302 last year, and Pitcher JACK FISHER, 28, plus two minor-leaguers, to the Chicago White Sox for Center Fielder TOMMIE AGEE, 25, and Infielder AL WEIS, 28. In two separate deals Philadelphia sent Left-hander DICK ELLSWORTH, 27, and Catcher GENE OLIVER, 32, to the Boston Red Sox for Catcher MIKE RYAN, 26, and traded Pitcher JIM BUNNING, 36, who had a 74-46 record, 992 strikeouts and a 2.48 ERA the past four seasons, to Pittsburgh for Pitcher WOODIE FRYMAN, 24, and three minor-leaguers.

RESIGNED: As head football coaches, Colgate University's HAL LAHAR, 49 (53-40-8 for 15 years), to devote full time to his duties as athletic director; and Bowling Green State University's BOB GIBSON, 40 (19-9 for three years).

RETIRED: From professional football to devote full time to his job with a textile firm. Linebacker SAM HUFF, 33, a five-time All-Pro. Huff played with the Washington Redskins the past four years but gained his greatest fame with the New York Giants (1956-1963).

RETIRED: Left-hander CURT SIMMONS, 38, who became one of the first big bonus babies in major league baseball when he signed with the Phillies in 1947 for $65,000. Simmons, who also pitched for the Cubs, Cards and Angels, had a career total of 193 wins, 183 losses.

ANNOUNCED: The retirement next June of RALPH FUREY, 64, as director of athletics at Columbia University, after 24 years. Furey, one of the founders of the Ivy League in 1945, was the first president of the ECAC.

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