BASKETBALL—Uncovering the "money men" who financed the payoffs that lured players into shaving points has been one of the stumbling blocks in clearing up the basketball scandals. Last week, though, officials believed they might have picked up the first of these "top backers." DAVE LOUIS GOLDBERG, one of the country's most prominent gamblers, was arrested in St. Louis after being charged by a Raleigh, N.C. grand jury on 34 counts of bribery in connection with the fixes. Also indicted were nine other men in Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Biloxi, Miss, and New York City. The total count of players involved is now 38, from 23 colleges.
NBA: Philadelphia's Wilt Chamberlain warmed up for a busy week by scoring 39 points in his first game. He then got progressively better, scoring 47, 52 and, finally, a record 73 points, two more than Elgin Baylor's 71 for a no-overtime game. Chamberlain slumped off to 62 points in his fifth game, which Boston won 145-136. This put the Celtics 10 games in front of the Warriors in the Eastern Division. Syracuse won four straight but was still a poor third, six games ahead of New York. Fortunately for Los Angeles, Baylor helped the Lakers build up a substantial lead in the Western Division before he went into the Army. Second-place Cincinnati won four of five games but could get only within eight games of L.A. Detroit won three of five and opened up a 5½-game gap over fourth-place St. Louis. The Hawks lost five consecutive games, and last-place Chicago got just one victory in four tries.
BOATING—TED HOOD of Marblehead, Mass. took time out from designing a boat for the America's Cup race to skipper his brand-new 45-foot yawl Robin III to a double win in the Miami-Cat Cay race. Robin was first across the finish line and also led with a corrected time of 10:05:50 for the 71-mile trip through choppy Atlantic waters.
BOWLING—DICK WEBER outscored Roy Lown 619-600 to earn $15,000, and SHIRLEY GARMS came from 47 pins behind in the last game to defeat Joy Abel for $5,000 prize money at the All-Star championships, in Miami Beach.
January 22, 1962
BOXING—YAMA BAHAMA, eighth-ranked middleweight, watched Don Carrano bounce up from the canvas 14 times before he kept him down permanently at 1:04 of the seventh round, on the winner's home island of Bimini.
Jim Ellis, a Golden Glover a year ago, knocked out former top-ranking middleweight Rory Calhoun in 1:47 of the first round, in Louisville. Calhoun then announced he was retiring from boxing.
FOOTBALL—NFL: A 12-yard touchdown pass from Johnny Unitas to Jon Arnett with two seconds left, plus Jim Martin's extra point, gave the WEST a 31-30 win over the East in the 12th annual Pro Bowl game. Jimmy Brown's 70-yard touchdown run had put the East in front 30-24, with five minutes remaining.
HOCKEY—Frank Mahovlich and Dave Keon scored two goals apiece as TORONTO beat Boston 7-5 and took over first place—for one day. MONTREAL regained the lead the next night by outscoring the Maple Leafs 4-2. The Canadiens won all three of their games and at week's end had a two-point edge over the Leafs. CHICAGO, aided by some heavy scoring by Bobby Hull and a shutout by Glenn Hall, had two wins and a tie and climbed past NEW YORK to take over third place. The Rangers dropped two games, including a 2-1 loss to DETROIT, thereby falling to within one point of the fifth-place Red Wings. BOSTON lost four straight and remained in last place.
HORSE RACING—FOUR-AND-TWENTY, ridden by Johnny Longden, finished three lengths in front of Olden Times, running the 1‚⅛ miles in 1:48⅘ to win the $54,400 San Fernando Stakes, at Santa Anita.
Good fight, kept along the rail by Avelino Gomez, won the $17,875 Broward Handicap in a photo finish. Subtle was second and Rough Note third, at Tropical Park.
Crimson Satan became the horse to beat in the Kentucky Derby when he was top-weighted at 126 pounds in the Experimental Free Handicap ratings. The weights, computed by Tommy Trotter, racing secretary and handicapper for The Jockey Club, placed Ridan (125 pounds) second, with Do-nut King and Jaipur (124 pounds) third.
SKATING—Figure-skating championships in the PACIFIC COAST, MIDWESTERN and EASTERN regionals indicated that there is fine material for rebuilding the U.S. team that was wiped out in last year's tragic plane crash. These championships also helped determine who will compete in the nationals in Boston, February 1-4. The winners, following the above regional order: senior men. Buddy Zack, Gary Visconti and Tommy Litz; senior women, Michele Monnier, Christine Haigler and Tina Noyes; senior pairs, Cynthia and Ronald Kauffman, Vivian and Ronald Joseph, and Elizabeth and Paul George.
SKIING—West Germany's HEIDI BIEBL was first in the Alpine combined standings, in Grindelwald, Switzerland. Traudl Hecher of Austria was second and Linda Meyers of Bishop, Calif. third in the first warmup for next month's world championships in Chamonix, France.
Pepi Gramshammer won the first professional race of the year, beating former world champion Christian Pravda by 1/10 of a second in the total time for two swift runs down a 45-gate giant slalom course, in Sun Valley, Idaho.
Adolf Mathys, 24-year-old Swiss champion, won the slalom at the Lauberhorn race in Wengen, Switzerland, an important tune-up for the world championships. France's Charles Bozon was second, 1.7 seconds behind for the two runs.
SWIMMING—Despite a major upset by Robert Windle over Olympian Tsuyoshi Yamanaka in a 1,650-yard freestyle race, Australia twice lost to JAPAN. The Japanese have now won all four meets held in Australia. They led the aggregate scoring 130-95 and broke the world record for the 440-yard medley. Then the Japanese won all six races as they defeated New Zealand in another dual meet.
Kevin Berry, 16-year-old Sydney schoolboy, broke a world record for the 220-yard butterfly event by swimming the distance in 2:13.8.
TENNIS—MARGARET SMITH, 19, won the Australian national singles championship for the third time in succession, by defeating Jan Lehane 6-0, 6-2, in Sydney. Roy Emerson and Neale Fraser came from behind to beat Bob Hewitt and Fred Stolle 4-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 11-9 for the men's doubles title.
TRACK & FIELD—GARY GUBNER, NYU sophomore, broke the Metropolitan AAU senior shot-put mark four times, reaching 60 feet¾ inches on his final throw, in New York City.
Dexter Elkins, SMU pole vaulter, cleared 15 feet 6½ inches at Bluebonnet meet, in Houston. Elkins almost broke Don Bragg's indoor record of 15 feet 9½ inches, barely missing on his third try at 15 feet 10‚Öú inches. Only one of the three top entries, Villanova's FRANK BUDD, was able to win at the K of C games in Boston. Budd won the 50-yard dash in 5.5 seconds. Canadian Distance Runner Bruce Kidd, and John Thomas, Boston University high jumper, lost in their events. Hampered by a blister on his right foot, Kidd was third in the two-mile run won by Jared Nourse, a Duke postgraduate student, in 8:59.4. Thomas tied with Bob Gardner of the New York AC at 6 feet 8 inches but was placed second because he had more misses.
MILEPOSTS—REELECTED: JOE FOSS held Harry Wismer of New York at arm's length, received all eight votes and won a five-year renewal of his job as AFL commissioner.
REELECTED: PETE ROZELLE, who two years ago became NFL commissioner as a compromise candidate, received the full approval of club owners as well as a new five-year contract, at $50,000 a year.
HIRED: CHARLIE McCLENDON, to succeed Paul Dietzel as head football coach at LSU. For the past nine seasons McClendon had been in charge of LSU's defense, consistently among the best in the nation.
HIRED: CHARLIE BRADSHAW, who left Alabama after three years as an assistant coach, to a four-year contract as head football coach at Kentucky, where he had played end in the late 1940s.
FIRED: FRANK FILCHOCK, sixth AFL coach to lose his job in the past four months, as coach of the Denver Broncos.
NAMED: REINER KEMELING, center halfback from Michigan State, and DONALD WILLIAMS, center forward from West Chester (Pa.) State Teachers College, to the All-America soccer team for the second year in a row.
PENALIZED—New Mexico State, Utah, Humboldt State and Whitworth, by the NCAA, for various rules violations. Heaviest of the sentences, three years on probation, was given to NEW MEXICO STATE, which violated four rules, most of them in connection with football recruiting. A one-year basketball tournament ban was levied against UTAH because of illegal payments to a player. HUMBOLDT STATE and WHITWORTH were banned from bowl contests for one year for playing in uncertified postseason football games.