BASKETBALL—BOSTON (6-1) lost its first game of the season but defeated PHILADELPHIA to hold on to the Eastern Division lead. Meanwhile, the Warriors (6-4), with Chamberlain averaging about 50 points a game, settled solidly in second place. In a battle for third, SYRACUSE (4-6) beat NEW YORK (5-8). LOS ANGELES (9-2) continued to win without a good big man and led in the West (see page 82). CINCINNATI (7-4), with high-scorers Twyman and Robertson getting a strong hand from Wayne Embry, won four straight and moved ahead of ST. LOUIS (5-7). DETROIT (3-7) perked up, split four games and managed to stay in front of CHICAGO (2-8).
BOWLING—DETROIT won four games and lost one, took over the Eastern Division lead from Dallas, which had held it since the season began. In the Western Division only Fresno (10 and 9) had an over-all winning average. The West Coast team also won four games and lost one, jumped from third to first in the standings; Fort Worth, the division leader last week, lost three straight and fell to second, half a game behind the leader. Carmen Salvino of Dallas, with 92 points, was the NBL's high scorer. Bob Stampe of Minneapolis-St. Paul was second with 83 points, and Bill Pace of Kansas City, with 10 less games, was third with 82 points. Pace's average of 223 pins a game was high for the league.
BOXING—the U.S. TEAM concluded its European tour, won for the first time by defeating Ireland's amateur boxers 6-2 in Dublin. The Americans, competing without Heavyweight Cornelius Perry and Featherweight Ralph Ungricht who were injured in a 10-0 shutout by England, started badly, lost two of the first three bouts but won the next five. Earlier in the week, in a rematch with England, the U.S. earned a 4-4 tie in Leeds.
Tony Alongi, an elongated heavyweight, kept his distance, piled up points with accurate jabs and defeated George Logan in Madison Square Garden, New York. The 6-foot-5 Alongi, managed by Rocky Marciano, is now undefeated in 28 fights.
November 20, 1961
FOOTBALL—NFL, Eastern Conference: NEW YORK beat Philadelphia 38-21 to tie the Eagles for the lead. Cleveland defeated Washington 17-6 and moved to within a game of the leaders. Pittsburgh beat Dallas 37-7 to bring a three-way deadlock among the Steelers, the Cowboys and St. Louis, which lost 45-14 to Detroit. The winless Redskins were still last.
NFL, Western Conference: GREEN BAY piled up an early lead, then held on to beat Chicago 31-28 and increase its lead to 1½ games over second-place Detroit. The Bears fell to third, and San Francisco, beaten by improving Los Angeles 17-7, remained fourth. Baltimore lost to Minnesota 28-20, was followed by the Rams, with the Vikings last.
AFL, Eastern Division: HOUSTON, 1960 league champion, won its fourth straight game, beat Boston 27-15 and took over first place. New York defeated Oakland 23-12 to tie the Patriots for second place, and Buffalo won out over Dallas 30-20 to remain in contention 2½ games out.
AFL, Western Division: SAN DIEGO continued to be the only unbeaten professional football team, defeated Denver 19-16 and mathematically eliminated the rest of the division teams. The Texans, the Broncos and Raiders followed in that order.
PREP: ANDOVER scored three times, in the second and third quarters, to beat Exeter for the fourth time in five years, 18-8, in Exeter, N.H.
Buzz Hannum scored 20 points and his brother John 7 as Lawrenceville, behind 12-8 at the half, came back to defeat The Hill School 37-20 in Lawrenceville, N.J.
GOLF—JACK NICKLAUS, 21-year-old Ohio State student, twice U.S. Amateur champion, announced his intention to turn professional in a letter to USGA Director Joe Dey. Nicklaus hopes to play as a pro for the first time in the $50,000 Bing Crosby National, January 18-21, in Pebble Beach, Calif. The Professional Golfers Association, at its annual convention in Hollywood, Fla., passed an amendment eliminating the Caucasians-only clause from its constitution, opening membership to Negroes and Orientals. Long-standing rules of apprenticeship, however, prevented the immediate admission of the few Negroes, like Charles Sifford, who are currently making the pro tour.
HOCKEY—MONTREAL (9-3-2) won two of three games and continued to lead the league with 20 points. NEW YORK (7-5-4) split two games and pulled ahead of TORONTO (8-5-1) 18 points to 17 points. Ranger Wing Andy Bathgate scored two goals, including the 200th of his career, and had four assists to take the NHL scoring lead from the Canadiens' Claude Provost. DETROIT (5-6-3), shut out the injury-riddled Canadiens 3-0 to move ahead of CHICAGO (3-7-5) 13 points to 11 points. BOSTON (3-9-3), with its heavily rookie line-up fast improving, won one, tied one and lost one but remained last with nine points.
HORSE RACING—T.V. Lark ($9.20), ridden by Johnny Longden, set a track record of 2:26[1/5] for the 1½-mile turf course and won the $100,000 Laurel International by¾ of a length over Kelso, at Laurel, Md. (see page 28).
Lord Fury, a 20-to-1 longshot with Ray Selkrig up, ran the 2 miles in 3:19.5, equaled the Australian record and won the $46,480 Melbourne Cup by 1½ lengths over Grant Print, in Melbourne, Australia.
Sherluck ($9.20), with Willie Shoemaker up, won the $56,200 Roamer Handicap by a nose over Hitting Away, who was a nose in front of Bowl of Flowers, at Aqueduct, N.Y. The rangy dark-bay son of Correspondent-Samminiato raced the 1[3/16] miles in 1:56[4/5] to score his fourth victory in 16 starts this year.
MOTOR SPORTS—JOHN ROBERTS, driving in NASCAR's modified division, won 17 races and finished second 20 times, accumulated 5,752 points to repeat as national division champion. Roberts, one of the few drivers to win national championships in more than one division was 1,500 points ahead of runner-up Ed Flemke.
RODEO—GLEN FRANKLIN won two of three calf-roping go-arounds and the high money of $2,576 at the San Francisco Cow Palace Rodeo, to move from sixth to third in the national calf-roping standings. Benny Reynolds, the season's top money winner and the all-round competition leader, received $792 for placing in the steer-wrestling event to increase his leading totals to $28,804.
SOCCER—RUSSIA scored two goals in the first half to edge Turkey 2-1 in Istanbul and qualified for the World Soccer Championship to be held next spring in Chile. Switzerland defeated Sweden, 2-1, also qualified for the championship.
TENNIS—ROD LAYER, the Wimbledon champion, defeated fellow Australian and world's No. 1 ranked player, Roy Emerson, 4-6, 4-6, 6-0, 8-6, 6-3, to win the Queensland men's title, in Brisbane, Australia. U.S. Women's Champion Darlene Hard, teamed with Mexico's Yola Ramirez, won the women's doubles title by defeating the Australian team of Margaret Smith and Robyn Ebbern 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
Lew Hoad defeated Tony Trabert 6-4, 6-3, 6-0, and KEN ROSEWALL beat Barry MacKay 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 as Australia came from behind to win the professional lawn tennis Kramer Cup tournament in Johannesburg (see page 26).
WEIGHT LIFTING—IRME FOELDI, a bantamweight, and GYOSO VERES, a middleweight, both Hungarians, broke world weight-lifting records, in Budapest, Hungary. Foeldi pressed 253.53 pounds to beat the record set the day before by Stephan Ulyanov of Russia by 3.07 pounds, while Veres pressed 321.87 pounds to break the record formerly held by Fedor Bogdanovsky, also of Russia.
MILEPOSTS—ELECTED: STEPHEN G. PHILLIPS and E. ROLAND HARRIMAN to Harness Racing's Hall of Fame, by the Harness Writers' Association, in New York. Phillips' invention, the mobile starting gate, solved the problem of uniform starts and helped to turn harness racing into one of the more popular spectator sports. Co-owner of the Arden Homestead Stables, Harriman is one of the founders of the U.S. Trotting Association, a former president of the Grand Circuit and longtime patron of the famed Goshen Historic meeting.
SUED: PAT OLIVERI, manager of NBA Light Heavyweight Champion Harold Johnson, by Johnson for a financial accounting and a release from his contract, in Philadelphia. Johnson contends that Oliveri, his manager since 1955, involved him with sinister and disreputable people and charged him for bills run up by the manager's family and friends.
DIED: HERBERT E. VOLLMER, 66, a member of the 1920 and 1924 U.S. Olympic water polo teams and an outstanding intercollegiate sprint swimmer as a student at Columbia College, in New York. Known as the "human motorboat," Vollmer held all the national collegiate indoor freestyle titles for distances from 100 to 440 yards in 1915; the following year he set world indoor records first for the 150, 200, 220 yards and then later for the 200-and 500-meter races.