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UCLA's extraordinary winning streak, which went to 78 straight last Saturday, tends to obscure the specifics of the team's fantastic won-lost record. From the start of the 1966-67 season through last weekend the Bruins had 212 victories and five defeats, a winning percentage of .977.
You can recall the five losses, can't you? Trivia players can. It's hardly proper to call these few conquerors of UCLA trivial, but the players also ask for the season, the site and the score. The answers: Houston, 1967-68, at the Astrodome, 71-69; Southern California, 1968-69, at UCLA, 46-44; Oregon, 1969-70, at Eugene, 78-65; Southern California, 1969-70, at UCLA, 87-86; and Notre Dame, 1970-71, at South Bend, 89-82.
ALL HORSE, ALMOST
His successes with Secretariat and Riva Ridge are better known, but Trainer Lucien Laurin has another remarkable horse to boast about, if he were so inclined. Spanish Riddle, a 4-year-old owned by R. E. Anderson and trained by Laurin, was a winner at Belmont and set the Saratoga track record for six furlongs. In August, during a workout at Saratoga, he broke his right foreleg. A long with the fracture, in the lower part of the leg, there was almost total destruction of tendons, ligaments and blood vessels. Because of the extensive damage, it seemed obvious that the horse would have to be destroyed.
Laurin resisted the idea, and a noted orthopedist named Dr. Edward Keefer was consulted. After examining the animal, Keefer suggested something new in thoroughbred racing—amputation. The operation was performed in October. Afterward, an artificial hoof was attached to the stump of the animal's leg. Spanish Riddle was soon clumping about, limping, but showing little or no sign of pain. If he continues to improve, he will eventually be sent to stud.
AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT
RETURN OF THE PRODIGAL?
Bobby Hull is not completely happy with the way things are going with his Winnipeg Jets (SI, Dec. 10), and rumors say that he might even leave the Jets after this season. Chicago sportswriter Bob Verdi asked Bill Wirtz, president of the Chicago Black Hawks, with whom Hull gained fame and from whom he jumped to the World Hockey League in 1972, would he come back to the Hawks?