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Alabama got great shooting from George Linn and Jerry Harper, handed West Virginia first loss of season 96-82, to win Birmingham classic. Dick Hemric's 40 points led Wake Forest to 95-71 win over Texas in consolation game. Hemric also scored 43 in opening-round loss to West Virginia.
National Basketball Association deleted from its standings 14 games played by disbanded Baltimore Bullets, causing shifts in team records. N.Y. Knickerbockers split pair of games with league-leading Syracuse Nationals , who lost twice, beat Milwaukee Hawks 91-85, moved into second place in Eastern Division. High-scoring Boston Celtics went over century mark in three victories but remained in last place, seven percentage points behind Philadelphia Warriors.
Ft. Wayne Pistons lost to Philadelphia 99-90, edged Rochester Royals 87-86, increased Western Division lead over Minneapolis Lakers, who had three Baltimore wins taken away. Rochester and Milwaukee continued far off pace.
U.S. trounced Sweden 5-0 in interzone final, earned right to meet Australia for Davis Cup Dec. 27-29 at Sydney. Tony Trabert , Vic Seixas , Ham Richardson scored over Sweden's Sven Davidson, Lennart Bergelin in singles, Trabert and Seixas teamed to win over same pair in doubles.
USLTA announced tentative rankings for 1954, placed Seixas over Trabert at No. 1 in men's singles, Doris Hart of Coral Gables, Fla. in top spot among women. Maureen Connolly, No. 1 last year but idle in nationals while recuperating from fractured leg, was unranked because of "insufficient data." Top doubles teams: Trabert and Seixas ; Doris Hart and Shirley Fry of Akron, Ohio. (For complete list, see below.)
Detroit Lions squeezed past Cleveland Browns 14-10 on Bobby Layne's 11-yard pass to Jug Girard with 50 seconds to play in preview of Sunday's clash for National Football League title. Otto Graham's one-yard plunge, Lou Groza's 43-yard field goal gave Browns 10-7 edge before Layne completed six of seven passes in exciting 74-yard drive to winning touchdown.