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November 24, 1969
BASKETBALL—NBA: Last week belonged to the New York Knicks. Of their four wins, which made them the Eastern leader by six full games, probably the most satisfying was the last—they beat Boston in their first meeting of the season 113-98. It was New York's 17th win in 18 games, a league record for the start of the season and the team's 12th in a row, a club record. The Knicks, who had watched helplessly for 13 years as the Celtics rolled to 11 NBA championships, had prepared for a much tougher game than they got. They forgot, as Boston General Manager Red Auerbach said before the game, that Bill Russell was no longer there. "The opposition puts a shot up and four of our guys start breaking down the floor. I have to scream at them, 'Hey, we haven't got the ball yet!' " Dave DeBusschere broke his nose on Rick Robertson's fist when the Knicks beat L.A. 112-102 but came back taped like a mummy two nights later and played his best game of the season—24 points and 16 rebounds in the 116-103 win over San Francisco.
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November 24, 1969

A Roundup Of The Sports Information Of The Week

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NHL—East: Montreal (3-0), New York (2-0), Boston (2-1), Detroit (0-2-1), Chicago (2-0), Toronto (1-2). West: St. Louis (1-2), Minnesota (1-0-1), Oakland (0-3-1), Pittsburgh (2-0-1), Philadelphia (0-0-1), Los Angeles (0-2).

HORSE RACING—Silent Screen, unbeaten in five of his six races and supplemented for $10,000 to the $330,625 Garden State Stakes, developed an infection the night before the race and was scratched, leaving the richest Garden State ever to Herbert Allen's FORUM ($39.60), who won by four lengths over Protanto and three-fourths of a length more over Prize Silver (page 64).

The Earl of Iveagh's KARABAS ($9.20), ridden by Lester Piggott, won the $150,000 Washington International by 1� lengths over Cragwood Stable's Hawaii and another half-length over third-place Czar Alexander. Piggott also rode last year's winner, Raymond Guest's Sir Ivor.

HORSE SHOWS—Argentina's DR. HUGO ARRAMBIDE, a Buenos Aires attorney, rode Adaggio to first place in the final international jumping class—the Grand Prix of New York—of the National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden, but the overall individual championship went to BILL STEINKRAUS of the U.S. Equestrian Team, while the U.S. won the team championship by a wide margin over Argentina.

MILEPOSTS—NAMED: The American League's Most Valuable Player, by the Baseball Writers' Association, HARMON KILLEBREW of the Minnesota Twins, who led the majors with 49 homers and 140 RBIs and now ranks 13th in major league history with 446 home runs.

ELECTED: To chairmanship of the New York Racing Association, JACK J. DREYFUS JR., financier and owner of Hobeau Farms, 1967's leading money-winning thoroughbred racing stable.

FILED: By ROGER BROWN of the ABA's Indiana Pacers, a suit for $1.5 million against the NBA, similar to Connie Hawkins' 1966 action, for allegedly denying him the chance to play in the NBA.

RESIGNED: From his coaching duties while retaining the title general manager of the San Diego Chargers, SID GILLMAN, 58, head coach since the AFL club was founded in 1960. "It isn't our football that prompted it. My doctor says I must," said Gillman, who has been undergoing treatment for an ulcer and whose season record is 4-6.

RETIRED: GUS MAUCH, trainer for the New York Mets since their inception, and before that for the New York Yankees through 12 pennants and 10 World Championships. In 1949 Mauch opened a trainers' training school in Florida, eight graduates of which are now head trainers in the majors. His replacement will be TOM McKENNA, trainer for the Washington Senators since 1961, five of those years under Manager Gil Hodges.

DIED: JACK TORRANCE, 58, holder of the world shotput record for 14 years; of a heart attack; in Baton Rouge, La. He set the record—55'1�"—in 1934 and bettered it twice before Charles Fonville broke it in 1948. He also competed in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, boxed professionally and played two seasons with the Chicago Bears.

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