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March 08, 1971
BASKETBALL—NBA: Milwaukee beat the San Francisco Warriors 118-107 to clinch a tie for its divisional title with 14 games remaining. Oscar Robertson, the new club assist-record holder paced the Bucks' 12th consecutive win with 26 points, one more than Lew Alcindor. The Midwest leaders then won the title by beating San Diego 139-104. In the Central Division, Atlanta lost to Boston 136-129 but beat Portland 118-107 and Buffalo 134-117 to move into second place, half a game ahead of Cincinnati (page 26). New York led Philadelphia by 4� games in the Atlantic Division while Los Angeles had an 8�-game lead over San Francisco in the Pacific race.
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March 08, 1971

A Roundup Of The Sports Information Of The Week

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TRACK & FIELD—At the AAU championships held in Madison Square Garden and Columbia University's bubble, FRANK SHORTER missed the world indoor record by .8 of a second in the three-mile run. His time: 13:10.6. DICK RAILSBACK won the pole vault with 17'6�", less than two inches short of the pending record. In the 35-pound weight throw, world-record holder GEORGE FRENN posted the second-best indoor mark of the season with 71'3�", beating runner-up Al Schoterman by almost four feet. Yugoslavia's SNEZANA HREPEVNIK shattered the meet record in the women's high-jump with a 6'�" leap, erasing Debbie Brill's mark by slightly more than an inch. World-record holder WILLIE DAVENPORT continued his monopoly of the AAU 60-yard hurdles, winning his third in a row and fifth in six years with a 7.0 clocking. Davenport either owns or snares seven world marks. Leon Coleman, frequent runner-up to Davenport, was second. JEAN-LOUIS RAVELOMANANTSOA ended Charlie Green's two-year reign in the 60-yard dash, nipping him by a step in 6.1. ABBY HOFFMAN of Canada overtook Cheryl Toussaint on the final lap to win the women's 880-yard run in 2:08.7.

Hildegard Falck of West Germany won the 800 meters in 2:03.3 in the finals of the German indoor championships at Kiel, surpassing the world record of 2:05.3 set by East Germany's Barbara Wieck.

The UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH, with Jerry Richey running a 3:59.7 anchor mile, set an American indoor record of 9:39.7 for the distance medley relay at the University of Delaware Invitational.

MILEPOSTS—NAMED: UPTON BELL, son of Bert Bell, late commissioner of the National Football League, as general manager of the Bay State (formerly Boston) Patriots. Bell, 33, who started as a ticket department assistant and rose to director of player personnel in 10 years with the Baltimore Colts, is the youngest general manager in the NFL's history. He replaces George Sauer, who becomes the club's chief scout in the Southwest.

BARRED: American tennis star ARTHUR ASHE from playing in the South Africa Open, for the third consecutive year, because "he is still persona non grata," according to Frank Waring, Minister of Sport.

RESIGNED: JOHNNY LONGDEN, as a trainer for the Frank McMahon Stables, where Longden worked after stepping down as a jockey five years ago. Longden's son Vance succeeds him.

DIED: GUY JOSEPH (Red) MACKEY, 65, dean of the Big Ten athletic directors; at Lafayette, Ind. During Mackey's 29-year career, Purdue's athletic facilities grew to include a $5.5 million, 14,000-seat basketball arena and a 69,000-seat football stadium—all without state appropriations.

DIED: CHARLES ARNOLD (Chick) GANDIL, 82, the reputed ringleader of the Chicago Black Sox scandal of the 1919 World Series; in a convalescent home at Calistoga, Calif. Gandil died nearly three months ago but his death went unnoticed until last week, because his local obituary merely listed him as being a retired plumber.

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