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Sugar Ray Robinson , reported in need of ready cash after 30-month career as song-and-dance man, fought five lackadaisical rounds, then opened up with brief burst of old form, knocked out much-beaten Joe Rindone of Boston in sixth round at Detroit. Satisfied with performance in first comeback effort, Sugar Ray agreed to meet Ralph (Tiger) Jones Jan. 19 in nationally-televised 10-rounder at Chicago Stadium, set sights on ultimate fight with Middleweight Champion Bobo Olson.
Kid Gavilan , mambo-dancing ex-welterweight champion who lost title to Johnny Saxton in weird Philadelphia fight (SI, Nov. 1), ditched Manager Angel Lopez for Cuban Banker Jamid Chade, who said he will purchase Gavilan's contract from Lopez, latter to get small cut of Kid's ring earnings until 1957. Gavilan also reached agreement with IBC, waived claim to return bout with Saxton, got guarantee of shot at winner of proposed Saxton- Carmen Basilio title fight, signed to meet Ernie Durando Feb. 4 in Madison Square Garden.
Montreal Canadiens , led by Bernie (Boom Boom) Geoffrion, loop's leading scorer with 48 points, and Jean Beliveau blasted N.Y. Rangers 7-1, Chicago Black Hawks 6-0, tied Boston Bruins 1-1, held four-point edge over Detroit Red Wings , who won two, tied one, in torrid National Hockey League race.
Maurice (Rocket) Richard, colorful Montreal forward, was fined $250 for slapping official in Toronto game Dec. 29, then presented with $2,000 by Canadiens Hockey Club as tribute to 400th goal of career. Richard paid fine, turned $2,000 over to Montreal hospitals.
Gene Littler , nerveless former U.S. Amateur champion from San Diego, Calif., fired sub-par 69 in final round for 276 total, captured rich Los Angeles Open and $5,000 for first major victory since turning pro.