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March 31, 1969
BASKETBALL—NBA: BALTIMORE (57-24) clinched first when it beat the Bulls 115-103, Earl Monroe scoring 41 points. Westley Unseld was the overwhelming MVP choice of the NBA players and the first rookie since Wilt Chamberlain to win the Podoloff Cup. PHILADELPHIA (55-26) held second with two wins, and NEW YORK (54-27) edged closer with three. In the Knicks' last home game, a 104-100 win over the Bullets, Willis Reed scored 37 points to give the Knicks a 4-3 edge for the season. BOSTON (46-34) won two, lost one, as did CINCINNATI (40-41). DETROIT (31-50), also 2-1, fined Jimmy Walker $1,250 for not appearing for a game against the Sonics. MILWAUKEE (26-55) won the big coin flip for the draft rights to Lew Alcindor, the Phoenix fans wrongly calling heads. LOS ANGELES (54-27) clinched the Western Division with a 108-73 pasting of the Celtics, while ATLANTA (48-33) stayed well ahead of third-place SAN FRANCISCO (41-41). SAN DIEGO (36-44) clinched fourth though losing one to the Bucks, as CHICAGO (33-48) lost three, SEATTLE (30-52) five and PHOENIX (16-65) three.
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March 31, 1969

A Roundup Of The Sports Information Of The Week

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HORSE RACING—COURT RECESS ($41.80), ridden by Mike Miceli, won the 1�-mile, $126,400 Gulfstream Park Handicap, a nose ahead of Nodouble.

Angel Cordero Jr. rode TANEB ($17.40) to a halflength victory in the 1�-mile, $57,700 San Luis Rey Handicap on the Santa Anita turf course. PINK PIGEON, Don Pierce up, set an American turf record in the $57,050, 1�-mile Santa Barbara Handicap. The previous record, held by both Round Table and Batteur, was also set on Santa Anita's turf course, which has a downhill chute.

MOTOR SPORTS—JACKIE ICKX and JACK OLIVER won the Sebring 12-hour race in a Ford GT-40 in a record 103.363 mph (page 24).

SKIING—KIKI CUTTER won her second consecutive slalom in the final week of World Cup competition at Waterville Valley, N.H. BERNI RAUTER of Austria won the giant slalom by 1/100 of a second over Marilyn Cochran of Richmond, Vt. and Karen Budge of Jackson, Wyo. GERTRUD GABL, however, went home with the cup. DUMENG GIOVANOLI of Switzerland won the men's giant slalom and JEAN-NOEL AUGERT of France the slalom, moving Augert into second place in the final cup standings behind KARL SCHRANZ, who clinched the title the week previous (page 20).

In Planica, Yugoslavia, MANFRED WOLF of East Germany set a world distance jumping record of 541', breaking the old mark of 538' set the day before by Jiri Raska of Czechoslovakia, who broke the old mark of 525' set an hour before by Bjoern Wirkola of Norway.

SWIMMING—NIKOLAI PANKIN of the U.S.S.R., a bronze medalist at Mexico City, swam a 2:26.5 200-meter breaststroke in Minsk to break the world record held by his countryman Vladimir Kosinsky by .9 second.

MILEPOSTS—ORDERED: By the U.S. Supreme Court; that the case of MUHAMMAD ALI, who was convicted for refusing to report for induction into the Army, be returned to lower courts to determine if he was the victim of illegal wiretapping.

NAMED: As manager of Buffalo in the International League, HECTOR (What a Pair of Hands) LOPEZ, 36, who played for Kansas City and the New York Yankees (1955-1966). Lopez is the first Negro manager in triple A ball.

DIED: LEW BURSTON, 74, boxing manager and promoter; of a heart attack, in New York City. Burston put on boxing shows in England, Spain and France, where he was called Le Juif Errant; he had made 52 trips to Europe before World War II and, toward the end of his life, was wont to say, "I have been in boxing 109 years." Burston was best known as the American representative of Randy Turpin, Marcel Cerdan and Dick Tiger.

DIED: MICHAEL (Pinky) HIGGINS, 59, former third baseman for the Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers (1933-1946) and Red Sox manager (1955-1959 and 1960-1962); of a heart attack, in Dallas. Higgins had a lifetime batting average of .292 and set a major league record of 12 consecutive hits. He was recently sentenced to four years imprisonment for negligent homicide, after killing one and injuring three in an automobile accident. Higgins died the day after he was paroled.

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