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BASKETBALL—NBA: BOSTON won a prestige battle from the Lakers 126-112, as well as two of three other games, to improve its margin in the Eastern Division. But Cincinnati couldn't even win when it scored a game-winning shot. Oscar Robertson popped in a field goal with four seconds left in a tie game against the Lakers but it was disallowed because Teammate Hub Reed had called for a timeout an instant earlier. The Royals lost in overtime and also were beaten by a revitalized New York team 99-96. Buoyed by a trade which brought Tom Gola from the Warriors in exchange for Ken Sears and Willie Naulls, the Knicks won three straight after losing to the Lakers. San Francisco, playing one game with only nine men when Sears and Naulls were delayed by a snow storm and could not join the club, ran its losing string to 11. Syracuse, however, made the best of an even worse dilemma. Al Bianchi (broken hand) and Dave Gambee (broken foot) joined Dolph Schayes in putting their Blue Cross cards to use. On top of this, the Nats scored just 10 points in one period against the Celtics. Still, they won 102-97 and split four games. St. Louis won its eighth and ninth in a row at home and set a Kiel Auditorium record: 50 points in one quarter, including 19 by Cliff Hagan. Away from home they lost two. Los Angeles also won two of four and held its one-game lead over the Hawks in the Western Division. Detroit, taking three out of five, moved up to fourth ahead of Chicago. Bill McGill, starting for the first time for the Zephyrs, scored 17 one night, 28 the next, but both were in losing causes.
The U.S. took over first place in the makeshift Philippines Invitational International tournament in Manila by outscoring Canada 69-38 and Nationalist China 100-50. This gave the Americans, led by Don Kojis and Mike Moran, a 5-0 record ( Canada was 4-1) in the seven-nation competition that was set up when the world championships were canceled because visas were denied the Yugoslav team.
BOXING—EMILE GRIFFITH retained his welterweight title with a controversial TKO of Argentina's Jorge Fernandez at 1:34 of the ninth round, in Las Vegas. Fernandez was unable to continue after being hit by what he claimed was a low punch. Griffith, who led on points at the time, was declared the victor.
Carlos Ortiz, Puerto Rico-born New Yorker, fought with such dispatch in the first defense of his lightweight title that it seemed he might be following a script as he knocked out Japanese Champion Teruo Kosaka in 2:32 of the fifth round, in Tokyo. He then left for San Juan, P.R., where he definitely will use a script while he stars in a movie of his life.
BRIDGE—MRS. DOROTHY HAYDEN of Has-tings-on-Hudson, N.Y. and B. JAY BECKER of New York City finished first in the Masters' Open Pair competition at the American Contract Bridge League's 36th fall tournament in Phoenix, defeating runners-up Marshall Miles and Edwin Kantar by 19� points.
FIELD TRIALS—Showing flawless form, Kansan, a four-year-old owned by R. E. French of Gridley, Kans., won the 16th English Springer Spaniel National Championships, in Weldon Spring, Mo. (see page 16).
FOOTBALL—NFL: GREEN BAY clinched at least a tie for the Western Division title with a 31-21 win over San Francisco. Behind 21-10 at the half, the Packers came back with a 32-yard touchdown run by Tom Moore, a two-yarder by Jim Taylor and a seven-yard scoring pass by Bart Starr. Three fourth-quarter field goals by left-footed Lou Michaels broke a tie and gave Pittsburgh a 26-17 victory over Philadelphia. In all, Michaels kicked four field goals, enabling him to better Lou Groza's previous season high of 23, set in 1953. Groza was still kicking on Sunday, and his two field goals and one extra point for Cleveland gave him a career total of 901 points. It was not enough to overcome New York, however, which beat the Browns 17-13 for its eighth consecutive triumph. Los Angeles also lengthened a streak, failing for the sixth straight time to win as Chicago beat the Rams 30-14. Ed Sharockman, a Minnesota halfback, ran 88 yards with a recovered fumble—but Detroit got 10 fumbles and pass interceptions and finished in front 37-23. Charlie Johnson of St. Louis threw five touchdown passes—two each to Taz Anderson and Bobby Joe Conrad—and the Cardinals beat Dallas 52-20. Baltimore, too, scored often and late, getting 20 points in the final period to beat Washington 34-21. Linebacker Don Shin-nick intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble to set up three fourth-quarter TDs for the Colts and Johnny Unitas threw four touchdown passes.
AFL: HOUSTON scored 20 points in the first 21 minutes, withstood a 17-point Oakland rally and then added a field goal by George Blanda (his third), a safety and a 58-yard touchdown run with a blocked field goal to win 32-17. Tom Yewcic kept alive Boston's hope of catching the Oilers in the Western Division. His two scoring passes helped the Patriots get by stubborn San Diego 20-14. Eastern winner Dallas had trouble, too, but Abner Haynes set a league record with his 19th touchdown and the Texans prevailed, 17-10, over Denver. New York, which had allowed an average 30 points a game, improved its defense, yet still lost to Buffalo 20-3. Cookie Gilchrist, of the Bills, gained 143 yards, bringing his AFL season record total to 1,096.
COLLEGE: CENTRAL OKLAHOMA STATE, with Mike Rollins passing to Billy Jones for touchdowns of 28 and 62 yards in the second half, beat Lenoir Rhyne 28-13 for the small college championship, in Sacramento.