BASEBALL—FRANK LANK, in his first trade as general manager of the Kansas City Athletics, engineered a seven-player deal with the Baltimore Orioles. For Outfielders Whitey Herzog and Russ Snyder, Trader Lane obtained Catcher Clint Courtney, First Baseman Bob Boyd, Outfielder Al Pilarcik, Infielder Wayne Causey and Pitcher Jim Archer.
BASKETBALL—In the Eastern Division the BOSTON CELTICS pulled away as expected from second-place Philadelphia Warriors, ticked off New York, Detroit and Philadelphia (twice: 129-121 and 128-115) to take a near invincible six-game lead over the Warriors. Philadelphia gave them plenty of help, dropped five of their last six games. The Warriors' one victory came over New York, and that only after the Knicks humiliated them with a 130-119 win. ST. LOUIS continued to lead in the Western Division.
In a pivotal NIBL Western Division game Denver beat Bartlesville 103-101 in overtime to take a three-game lead over Seattle. Cleveland moved into a seven-game lead over New York and Akron in the Eastern Division with two victories over the New York Tuck Tapers.
BOXING—FLORENTINO FERNANDEZ of Cuba wore down Rory Calhoun, knocked him out in eighth round of middleweight bout at Madison Square Garden.
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Davey Moore, world featherweight champion, battered out an easy four-round TKO over Fred Galiana of Spain in nontitle bout at Madrid.
Jsoé Stable of Santiago, Cuba upset Kenny Lane with a 10-round decision at New York.
FIELD TRIAL—WAR STORM, a 3-year-old white-and-liver pointer, placed first in the Continental Bird Dog championship at Quitman, Ga., after seven clean finds without a mistake in one hour and 50 minutes. It was his first year of competition. John S. Gates of Leesburg, Ga., handler of War Storm, won his 52nd Open title, a record in field trial history.
FIGURE SKATING—LAURENCE OWEN, 17-year-old Bostonian, succeeded Carol Heiss as the U.S. national champion by taking the senior ladies' division championship at Colorado Springs, Colo. Stephanie Westerfield of Colorado Springs was second. MARIBEL OWEN, Laurence's sister, teamed with DUDLEY RICHARDS, also of Boston, to win the senior pairs. Other Bostonians to win: BRADLEY LORD, men's senior title, LORRAINE HANLON, 13, junior women's title. MONTY HOYT, 16, of Denver, won the junior men's title.
Alain Gilletti, 21, of France, beat fellow countryman Alain Calmat to win the European championship at Berlin for the fifth time. SJOUKJE DIJKSTRA, 19, of Holland retained her women's title. MARIKA KILIUS and HANSJUERGEN BAEUMLER of West Germany won the pairs with 104.2 points to 103.7 for Margaret G√∂bl and Franz Ningel of West Germany.
Wendy Griner of Toronto won the women's title in the Canadian championship at Montreal.
Donald Jackson of Oshawa, Ont. topped the men while OTTO and MARIA JELINEK of Oakville, Ont. won the pairs.
FOOTBALL—MINNESOTA VIKINGS, placing the accent on youth, included 13 first-year men among 36 selections from 12 other National Football League teams to form their first roster. They also picked experienced pros Frank Youso of New York, Hugh McElhenny of San Francisco and Don Joyce of Baltimore. Already at quarterback for the Vikings is George Shaw, acquired from New York earlier in a trade.
After nearly half a century of intercollegiate competition the UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII, beset with financial problems, canceled next season's schedule with mainland colleges, in effect canceled football.
GOLF—GARY PLAYER of South Africa, trailing by one stroke at the 14th hole of the final round, birdied the 15th, 16th and 17th holes to take the $57,000 San Francisco International Open by two strokes over George Bayer and Don Whitt. Player had a 72-hole score of 272.
HOCKEY—TORONTO moved into a first-place tie with Montreal. To turn the trick the Maple Leafs first knocked off the Canadiens 5-3, followed, after a loss to Boston, with victories over Chicago and New York. In the Boston game Toronto's Frank Mahovlich scored his 40th goal, has only 10 to go to tie Maurice Richard's season record.
HORSE RACING—PROVE IT ($4.80), running the longest race of his career, captured the $167,370 Santa Anita Maturity by 4½ lengths over Prince Blessed. Rex C. Ellsworth's colt, under Willie Shoemaker, ran the 1¼ mile in 2:01, registered his eighth victory in nine starts.
Wolfram ($15.70), purchased two days before by Harbor View Farm, came from behind to take the $33,900 Bougainvillea Turf Handicap at Hialeah by 2¾ lengths over Noholme II. The French-bred colt, ridden by John Rotz, covered the 1 3/16 mile in 1:56 1/5.
MOTOR SPORTS—MAURICE MARTIN and ROBERT BATEAU of France won the 2,500-mile Monte Carlo rally over 305 entries starting from eight different European cities, including Athens and Glasgow. The French team, driving a Panhard over a difficult central and southern France course, won by a slim margin over Germany's Walter Loftier and Hans-Joachim Walter, who were penalized when the trunk of their car was dented by a rival. A British team, ANNE HALL and VALERIE DOMLEO, driving a Ford from Paris, won the women's section.
SKIING—BUDDY WERNER of Steamboat Springs, Colo. won the Colorado State Jumping championship at Winter Park with leaps of 151 and 154 feet. Werner, famous for his slalom and downhill skiing, had not competed in Nordic events since 1956 season.
SWIMMING—TOM TRETHEWEY, 16-year-old junior at Mount Lebanon (Pa.) High School, one week after breaking the interscholastic 100-yard breaststroke for the third time in a month, broke it again with a time of 1:02.5.
TENNIS—Playing before only a handful of spectators in the Australian championship at Melbourne, BOB MARK and ROD LAVER beat Roy Emerson and Martin Mulligan 6-3, 7-5, 3-6, 9-11, 6-2 to take the doubles title for the third straight year. In the last Australian championship held at Melbourne four years ago the attendance was 15,000.
TRACK & FIELD—VALERI BRUMEL, 18-year-old Moscow student, broke the world indoor high jump record with a leap of 7 feet 4½ inches at Leningrad, three-quarters of an inch higher than the outdoor record held by JOHN THOMAS of the U.S. At Boston, hours later, Thomas jumped 7 feet 3 inches, ½ inch better than he had ever done before indoors but ¾ inch behind his approved world outdoor record. Since the International Amateur Athletic Federation does not recognize indoor marks, Thomas is still the record holder. Both Olympians (Brumel finished second, Thomas third at Rome) will meet again in the NYAC games in New York this month.
Also at Boston, ERNIE CUNLIFFE set a world record in the 1,000 yards in 2:07.9. ISTVAN ROZSA VOLGYI of Hungary, in the U.S. less than a day, won the mile in 4:06.8.
In Washington DON BRAGG, ignoring a slight case of gout, cleared 15 feet 1 inch to win the pole vault while BOB BROWN of Penn State took the 70-, 80- and 100-yard dashes, ED MORGAN the mile in 4:11.5 and AL LAWRENCE of Houston the two miles in 8:54.4.
In Winnipeg, Ont. BRUCE KIDD, 17-year-old high school runner from Toronto and surprise winner of the two miles at Boston two weeks earlier in 8:49.2, set a Canadian record of 8:58.2 for the two miles, came back later with a 4:12.1 mile, a meet record.
WRESTLING—OKLAHOMA STATE won its 19th consecutive dual meet with a 26-0 victory over Minnesota at Stillwater, Okla.
MILEPOSTS—RE-ELECTED: GEORGE D. WIDENER, as chairman of The Jockey Club.
PROMOTED: NICK SKORICH, line coach for the Philadelphia Eagles, as head coach.
DISBANDED: HUTCHERSON FLYING QUEENS of Wayland Baptist College, Plainview, Texas, winners of an unprecedented five national AAU women's basketball championships, when their current season ends, for financial reasons. The Queens once compiled a record of 131 consecutive victories.
SOLD: JAMIN, 8-year-old artichoke-eating world champion trotter (see pane 10), to U.S. syndicate for $800,000, after being retired to stud following a pulled tendon in training, at Paris.
DIED: ELSA, African lioness and heroine of Joy Adamson's bestseller Born Free, of natural causes in the Kenya jungle.