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A roundup of the week Jan. 30-Feb. 5
February 13, 1978
PRO BASKETBALL—Larry O'Brien is a class guy. When All-Star Guard Pete Maravich suffered a knee injury this week, the commissioner stepped in and named John Havlicek as his replacement on the East squad, saying. "I can think of no player who exemplifies the meaning of All-Star more." Havlicek, who had been bypassed for the first time in 12 years and had just announced his retirement, would then be able to tie Bob Cousy's and Wilt Chamberlain's record 13 starts. Next, East Coach Billy Cunningham of Philadelphia named his own Doug Collins to start for Maravich. But Collins, too, is a class guy. and stepped aside to give his place in the lineup to Hondo, saying, "I would be honored if you started in my place." The East defeated the West 133-125 as Havlicek scored six of his team's first eight points. Hondo and the Celtics had themselves quite a week. Although plagued by old age and injuries—Curtis Rowe, knee fluid; Cedric Maxwell, flu; Kevin Stacom, bruised knee; Sidney Wicks, groin strain; and Jo Jo White, heel spurs—Boston put together its longest win streak (three) since mid-November. However, White's club-record string of 488 consecutive games was broken as Boston climbed into third place over Buffalo, which has now lost eight straight. Havlicek tallied a season-high 29 points in the Celts' 116-94 victory over Washington. Philadelphia also won three games, including two over faltering Denver. In the second Nuggets game, the lead changed 28 times and the score was tied on 10 occasions. Denver nearly blew an 18-point lead, but hung on to win 119-115 and revenge last week's loss to the Knicks. one of three New York defeats that put it 9� games behind the Sixers. Denver remained on top of the Midwest, 4� in front of Chicago. Despite the loss of Maravich, the Jazz broke a team record, winning its 10th straight, and climbed over Cleveland into third place in the Central. San Antonio's eight-game winning streak, which tied a franchise record, was snapped in a 110-107 loss to Chicago, but with three wins—including a 127-113 defeat of Kansas City in which George Gervin scored a season-high 42 points—widened its lead to 4� over Washington. Portland won its 44th consecutive game at home (page 14). Golden State and Los Angeles changed places in the cellar for the umpteenth time this season, Los Angeles losing the momentum generated last week by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who became the 14th player in the NBA to haul down 10,000 rebounds. The feat was hardly cause for jubilation. It took the Lakers an overtime to defeat the Nets, who are now 9-42 and have lost 16 straight.
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February 13, 1978

A Roundup Of The Week Jan. 30-feb. 5

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SKIING—At the World Alpine Ski championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, West Germany, ANNEMARIE MOSER-PROELL won the women's combined gold medal, and INGEMAR STENMARK took the men's slalom and giant slalom (page 22).

SPEED SKATING—ERIC HEIDEN set a world record of 4:16.2 in the 3,000-meter event at the world junior championships in Montreal.

TRACK & FIELD—Three women's world indoor records fell at the Los Angeles Times games: MARY DECKER, racing indoors for the first time in America since 1976, bettered her 1974 mark in the 1,000-yard run by 2.9 seconds with a 2:23.8 clocking; DEANDRA CARNEY lowered Patty Loverock's automatically timed record in the 60-yard dash by .06, covering the distance in 6:72; and PATTY VAN WOLVELAERE improved Debby LaPlante's automatically timed record in the 60-yard hurdles by .29, being caught in 7.68.

MILEPOSTS—NAMED: By the Los Angeles Rams as coach, GEORGE ALLEN, 59, who was fired by the Washington Redskins two weeks ago.

NULLIFIED: By Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, the sale of Oakland A's Pitcher VIDA BLUE to Cincinnati for $1.75 million and minor-leaguer Dave Revering.

REINSTATED: By NBA Commissioner Larry O'Brien, KERMIT WASHINGTON, who got a record $10,000 fine and a 60-day suspension for punching and severely-injuring Houston Forward Rudy Tomjanovich. Washington has since been traded from Los Angeles to Boston; Tomjanovich will not return this season.

DIED: RAY FAMECHON, 53, European featherweight boxing champion (1948-53, 1954-55); in Chelles, France. Famechon twice fought for the world title, losing in 1950 to Willie Pep and in 1953 to Percy Bassett.

DIED: MARGARET DONAHUE, 85, the first woman executive in major league baseball and the originator of season tickets and Ladies Day; in Crystal Lake. Ill. Donahue was hired as a stenographer in 1919 by Chicago Cub President William Veeck Sr. and worked her way up through the ranks, becoming a vice-president of the club in 1949.

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