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April 29, 1968
BASKETBALL—NBA: BOSTON, after eliminating Philadelphia 4-3 by sweeping the last three games of the Eastern finals, came from behind to beat Los Angeles 107-101 in the first game of the championship series (page 24).
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April 29, 1968

A Roundup Of The Sports Information Of The Week

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SOCCER—NASL: VANCOUVER beat New York 3-1 and then lost to DETROIT 2-1 and ST. LOUIS 2-1. OAKLAND defeated Washington 5-0 and San Diego 4-2, ATLANTA tied SAN DIEGO 0-0, while HOUSTON whacked both Toronto and Dallas 5-0 and tied KANSAS CITY 1-1. After its loss to the Royals, NEW YORK tied LOS ANGELES 1-1, which in turn beat Baltimore 2-1.

SWIMMING—DEBBIE MEYER of Sacramento, Calif. won the 200-, 500-, and 1,650-yard freestyle events at the AAU women's short-course championships in Pittsburgh, setting American records in each. CLAUDIA KOLB of Santa Clara, Calif., KAYE HALL of Tacoma, Wash. and ELLIE DANIEL of Philadelphia were all double winners, and all also broke five listed national records with their victories. Miss Kolb won the 200- and 400-yard individual medleys, Miss Hall the 100- and 200-yard backstrokes (becoming the first woman to swim the 100-yard backstroke over a short course in under one minute with a 59.3 clocking) and Miss Daniel took the 100-and 200-yard butterfly events. The SANTA CLARA SWIM CLUB, which won the team title, set three more American marks in winning the 400- and 800-yard freestyle relays and the 400-yard medley relay.

At the AAU women's diving championships, also in Pittsburgh, KEALA O'SULLIVAN of Hawaii won the one-meter title, and LESLIE BUSH of Bloomington, Ind. took both the three-meter and the platform events.

Nikolai Pankin, 19, cut .2 off the pending world record of Brazil's Jos� Fillo when he churned the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:06.2 in Moscow.

TRACK & FIELD—AMBY BURFOOT, a senior at Wesleyan University, won the 72nd annual Boston Marathon in 2:22:17 to become the first American in 11 years to take the event. Another American, Lieut. Bill Clark of the Marine Corps, finished second, while Mexicans Alfredo Penaloza and Pablo Garrido came in third and fourth.

Charlie Greene of Lincoln, Neb. tied the world record of 10.0 in the 100-meter dash; JIM RYUN won the 1500-meter run in meet-record time of 3:42.8, and CHUCK ROGERS of Colorado pole vaulted 17'�" for another meet record at the Kansas Relays at Lawrence.

Arne Kvalheim of Oregon defeated Gerry Lindgren of Washington State in a national collegiate record time of 8:33.1 for two miles in a dual meet at Eugene. It was the first outdoor two-mile loss for Lindgren in two years. At the Pelican State Relays in Baton Rouge, La., RICHMOND FLOWERS skimmed over the 120-yard high hurdles in 13.3—only .1 off the world record—as he defeated Willie Davenport for the first time in 10 tries outdoors.

WRESTLING—At the National AAU Greco-Roman championships in Lincoln, Neb., JIM HAZEWINKEL of the Army won the 138.5 division and was named the tournament's outstanding wrestler. ARTHUR CHAVEZ of San Francisco, who had won the freestyle title the previous week, took the 114.5 class, while ROBERT JOHNSON and LARRY LYDEN won the heavyweight and 171.5-pound titles to lead the Minnesota Wrestling Association to the team championship. Other winners were: JESS LEWIS of Oregon State, 213.5, defending champion WAYNE BAUGHMAN of the Air Force, 191.5, FRED LETT of the Michigan WC, 154 and IKUEI YAMAMOTO of Japan, 125.5.

MILEPOSTS—DECIDED: By the National League, to add two expansion teams in 1969. Of the five cities under consideration, San Diego and Dallas-Fort Worth are the best bets for gaining a franchise. Others in contention are Buffalo, Montreal and Milwaukee.

HIRED: BILL FITCH, 36, as basketball coach at the University of Minnesota replacing John Kundla, who retired last week. Fitch had an 18-7 record at Bowling Green last season after five years as head coach at the University of North Dakota.

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