Joe Pace, the Bullet refugee signed as a free agent by the Boston Celtics this summer, had not been seen at the NBA team's Brookline, Mass., preseason camp between noon Sunday and last night - and Bob Ferry, general manager of the Bullets, admitted, "I had to laugh when Red [Auerbach] told me." Pace, acquired to back up Dave Cowens at center, complained of a leg spasm Sunday, received treatment and was gone. "It may be," said Celt chief exec Auerbach, "that he doesn't realize he's supposed to come to practice even if he can't play."
Noble Dancer II, U.N. Handicap winner, has been invited, owner Haakon Fretheim accepting, to be a U.S. representative in the $200,000 Washington, D.C. International at Laurel on Nov. 4. He jains Exceller as an American hope in the 1 1/2-mile romp on the grass.
Outpointed in the courts, New York State licenzed its first women boxers yesterday: Cat Davis, Tyger Trimiar and Jackie Tonawanda.
Floyd Patterson, the former heavyweight champion now on the N.Y. Athletic Commission, stood in the background, shaking his head and saying, "I think it's terrible. I always respected women and have been a supporter of women's lib. But in the boxing ring, no.I can't stand to see women cutting each other up and spilling blood in the ring."
Boxing at D.C. Armory tomorrow night, six bouts starting at 7:45 in resumption of the Schlitz Parade of Champions, featuring unbeaten Keith Broom, Odell Leonard and unbeaten Dale Staley. Tickets scaled from $4 to $12 - a cut above rates when Broom (11-0, 5 KOs) stopped Leonard (12-3) in May for the District middleweight title on the Parade of Future Champtions. Broom this time encounters Steve Smith (15-7, 8 KOs) of Philadelphia, a former All-Army champ; Leonard meets Washingtonian Wilson Bell (9-4), and Staley - billed as "the American Assassin" as he carries a 10-0, 9-KO record and stalks Leonard's cousin, Sugar Ray - tests Ron Pettigrew (23-13) of Cleveland.