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January 17, 1955
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January 17, 1955



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San Francisco outscored St. Mary's 51-37, ran season's record to 9-1 as Jerry Muller played star role.

Boston Celtics beat Philadelphia Warriors 117-105, Rochester Royals 98-92, moved within one-and-a-half games of league-leading Syracuse Nationals , who lost two out of three, in Eastern Division of National Basketball Association. N.Y. Knickerbockers broke even in four games, were third, half-game behind Celtics.

Ft. Wayne Pistons edged Minneapolis Lakers 93-92, 89-86, increased lead to seven and one half games in Western Division. Last-place Milwaukee Hawks , paced by high-scoring Bob Pettit , upset Ft. Wayne, won four out of six.


South drove 76, 63 yards on ground in second half, defeated North 12-6 in Senior Bowl game at Mobile, Ala. SMU's Frank Eidom and Maryland's Dick Bielski powered scoring drives after Ohio State's Dave Leggett sneaked across from one for North touchdown in second quarter.

U.S. College All-Stars showed little regard for Pros Otto Graham, Elroy Hirsch, Gordon Solteau, Lou Groza in Hawaii All-Star line-up, ran over opposition 33-13 in Hula Bowl at Honolulu. Paul Larson of California, Dick Moegle of Rice, Prima Villanueva of UCLA, Bobby Watkins of Ohio State scored for collegians.

Bowden Wyatt , presented with Cadillac and $20,000 "appreciation fund" for self and assistants by doting fans and salary increase by grateful school after his Arkansas team won Southwest Conference title, left Razorbacks to accept head coaching post at Tennessee where he won fame as end in 1936-'38. Wyatt signed five-year contract at $15,000 per year. This week Osceola, Ark. fans started new fund—"to buy Tennessee license plates for Wyatt's Cadillac."


Golden Abbey, 5-year-old son of King's Abbey, stormed into lead in home stretch, raced to three-length victory in $28,000 Santa Catalina Handicap for California-foaled horses at Santa Anita, Arcadia, Calif. Favored Correlation finished fifth.

Summer Tan, Mrs. Russell A. Firestone's bay colt who won rich Garden State to become leading 2-year-old money winner of 1954, was given top weight of 128 pounds for Experimental Free Handicap in ratings of 3-year-olds by Frank E. (Jimmy) Kilroe, successor to late John B. Campbell as Jockey Club handicapper. William B. Woodward Jr.'s Nashua , Belmont Futurity winner, was close second at 127 pounds. Other noteworthy ratings: Royal Coinage 124; Blue Ruler 123; Royal Note 122; Flying Fury, Saratoga, Trentonian 119; Thinking Cap 118; Bunny's Babe, Grand-paw, High Voltage, Prince Noor, Pyrenees, Roman Patrol 117; Delta and Myrtle's Jet 116.

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