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A roundup of the week Jan. 31-Feb. 6
February 14, 1977
PRO BASKETBALL—With 15 losses in their previous 16 games, the New York Nets made two moves that appeared to weaken them even more—trading 20.8-points-per-game Guard John Williamson to Indiana and placing Forward Rich Jones on waivers. So all the star-less Nets did in their next two games was beat defending NBA champion Boston 99-89 and beat their old teammate Dr. J and the Atlantic Division-leading 76ers 113-112—in Philadelphia yet. New Net Mike Bantom scored 32 points against the Sixers, but New York's real hero was Center Kim Hughes. A 16% (7 for 43) free-throw shooter, Hughes calmly converted a foul shot in the closing minutes to secure the Nets' victory. Washington moved to a 1�-game lead over both Cleveland and Houston in the Central by beating Seattle and Portland as Elvin Hayes totaled 66 points and 32 rebounds. The Bullets have lost only three of their last 19 games. Houston split a home-and-home series with the New York Knicks, losing at Madison Square Garden as Knick reserve Guard Mo Layton scored 19 points and had 12 assists, then winning 105-103 back in Texas. Denver moved David Thompson back to his natural forward spot after half a season at guard, and he scored 37 points as the Nuggets beat the Bullets 119-105. Denver then lost to Detroit 124-111 as Herb Brown outwitted brother Larry, and Piston Center Bob Lanier scored 40 points, grabbed 21 rebounds, blocked nine shots and had five assists. Portland had to get along without Center Bill Walton, sidelined with an inflamed Achilles tendon, in its continuing battle with Los Angeles (page 14) for the Pacific lead. The Trail Blazers beat Indiana, but lost to both Kansas City and Washington.
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February 14, 1977

A Roundup Of The Week Jan. 31-feb. 6

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ELECTED: To the Baseball Hall of Fame, JOHN HENRY (Pop) LLOYD and MARTIN DIHIGO, by the Committee on Negro Baseball Leagues; and AMOS RUSIE, JOE SEWELL and AL LOPEZ, by the Committee on Veterans. Lloyd, who played from 1905 to 1931, had a career batting average of about .362; the Cuban-born Dihigo, whose career extended from 1923-1950, played every position in his 12 seasons in the U.S. and won more than 200 games in the Mexican and Cuban winter leagues. Rusie, a pitcher who died in 1942, had a 243-160 record for Indianapolis, the Giants and the Reds; Sewell, 78, a shortstop for the Indians and third baseman for the Yankees, had a career batting average of .312 and struck out only 114 times in 7,132 at bats; Lopez, 68, a catcher for 19 seasons, was elected for his managerial achievements—in 16 seasons (spanning the years 1951 through '69) with the Indians and the White Sox he won two pennants and finished second 10 times.

NAMED: Head coach of the Denver Broncos, ROBERT (Red) MILLER, 49, formerly offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots. Miller succeeds JOHN RALSTON, 49, whose resignation was forced by player dissatisfaction and a front-office change in which he was ousted as general manager. Ralston guided the Broncos to a 9-5 record last season, the best in their 17-year history, and had a 34-33-3 record in his five seasons.

NAMED: Head basketball coach at the University of Evansville (Ind.), JERRY SLOAN, 34, a former All-Pro guard for the Chicago Bulls. Sloan will replace Arad McCutchan, 64, for whom he played at Evansville from 1963 to 1965. McCutchan has coached the Purple Aces for 31 years and has a 509-310 record.

DIED: REVEREND GILBERT L. DODDS, 58, the 1943 Sullivan Award winner and the premier U.S. miler in the mid '40s; of a brain tumor; in St. Charles, Ill. A minister of the Brethren Church, Dodds set a world indoor record of 4:05.3 at the 1948 Millrose Games in Madison Square Garden, and it stood for six years.

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