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A roundup of the week Jan. 10-16
January 24, 1977
PRO BASKETBALL—Cleveland figured it got itself playoff insurance by trading Forward Rowland Garrett and a first-round draft choice for Elmore Smith and Gary Brokaw of Milwaukee, but it was the present that needed some help. The Cavs opened the week by losing to Los Angeles, to Denver by 20 points and were beaten by Phoenix 94-79. Still, Cleveland remained only percentage points behind Houston in the battle for the Central Division lead. Houston ended a four-game losing skid by beating Milwaukee 111-84 and the Lakers 122-116. Washington crept closer to the front-runners by whipping Portland 113-107, its eighth victory in 10 games. The defeat by the Bullets was Portland's only loss of the week, as the Trail Blazers walloped the New York Knicks 131-111 and spoiled the return of Dave Cowens in Boston 107-92 (page 22). Denver ran its record to 28-12, the best in the league, and improved its home-court mark to 21-1 with the 116-96 victory over Cleveland. Kansas City lost a pair to Philadelphia, but beat Golden State in the final two minutes, coming from 10 points behind for a 116-114 win. The New York Nets dropped their ninth straight game, losing to Atlanta 120-101 in front of only 1,404 spectators at Nassau Coliseum. By winning all three of its games, the Philadelphia 76ers remained the only Atlantic Division team above .500 and opened a 4�-game lead over the Boston Celtics.
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January 24, 1977

A Roundup Of The Week Jan. 10-16

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SOCCER—The NASL suspended the Boston franchise after the Minutemen failed to post a performance bond for 1977. The league also approved the sale and transfer of the Philadelphia Atoms to San Antonio. In what may be the NASL's college draft, the Dallas Tornado had first pick and selected Glenn Myernick, a native of Trenton, N.J., who is currently a senior at Hartwick College in New York.

SQUASH—SHARIF KHAN of Toronto won $5,000 and the North American Open men's singles title—his eighth championship in nine years—by defeating Geoffrey Hunt of Australia 15-9, 11-15, 15-10, 15-13 in Philadelphia.

TENNIS—JIMMY CONNORS defeated Bill Scanlon 6-3, 6-3 for the $30,000 first prize in a WCT tournament in Birmingham, Ala.

Chris Evert defeated Margaret Court 6-3, 6-4 to win the $20,000 first prize in the $100,000 Virginia Slims indoor tournament in Hollywood, Fla.

TRACK & FIELD—STEVE RIDDICK of Philadelphia swept the sprints against an impressive field in the Sunkist Invitational at Los Angeles. Riddick won the 50-yard dash in 5.3 and the 60 in 6.1. Paul Cummings won the mile in 3:59.2, and Duncan Macdonald of Hawaii beat Craig Virgin of Illinois in the two-mile in 8:35.4. Mac Wilkins, Olympic gold medalist in the discus, switched to the shot and beat a field including three world-record holders with a personal best of 67'9" (page 14).

Lorna Forde of Barbados set a world indoor record in the women's 440-yard dash, with a 53.8 clocking at the National Invitational Meet in College Park, Md. FRANCIE LARRIEU LUTZ of the Pacific Coast Track Club won the women's mile in a meet-record 4:34.7.

MILEPOSTS—DIED: STUART HOLCOMB, 66, head football coach of Purdue (1947-56), athletic director at Northwestern (1957-66) and general manager of the Chicago White Sox (1971-73); of a heart attack; in Venice, Fla.

DIED: JAMES OTTO (Tex) CARLETON, 70, a right-handed pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals in the Gas House Gang era of the '30s, and later for the Chicago Cubs and the Brooklyn Dodgers; in Fort Worth, Texas. During his eight-year career Carleton had a 100-76 record.

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