BASKETBALL—NBA: Willi Bill Russell back in the lineup again, Eastern Division leader BOSTON had little trouble winning four in a row. Second-place Philadelphia lost three of five. Hal Greer averaged 34 points and Johnny Kerr 23 as Syracuse went on a scoring rampage and swept three out of four. Averaging 131 points a game, the Nats scored 30 or more points in all but four of 16 periods. New York, alternately good and bad, won only two of five. LOS ANGELES won three of five and all but clinched the Western Division title as Jerry West (35.5-point average) got solid assistance from Rudy LaRusso (22.8) and Frank Selvy (20.4). Cincinnati won just once and fell 10 games behind the Lakers. Detroit dropped two of three, St. Louis was win-less in three tries and Chicago lost three of four.
BOATING—Robin, a 40-foot yawl designed and skippered by TED HOOD of Marblehead, Mass., was an easy winner in the 403-mile St. Petersburg-to-Fort Lauderdale yacht race. With a corrected time of 46:48:50, Robin finished almost 50 minutes in front of Paper Tiger.
BOBSLEDDING—After a three-day delay because of bad weather, FRANZ SCHELLE guided the No. 1 German sled to victory in the world four-man championships, in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Schelle's sled, trailing by 2/100 second after the first of two runs down the mile course, won by less than one second over Italy's No. 1 crew, which was piloted by Sergio Zardini.
BOWLING—The National Bowling League, already reduced from 10 to six teams and forced to pare its schedule from five days a week to two, was in danger of losing another entry. J. Curtis Sanford, owner of the Dallas Broncos, tried to regroup his team after releasing five players when they refused a salary cut.
February 12, 1962
BOXING—JOEY GIARDELLO won an unpopular split decision in a middleweight bout against Henry Hank, in Philadelphia. From the second round on, Giardello bled freely from a cut lip, but he finished strong to avenge an earlier loss to Hank.
Ralph Dupas, abandoning his fancy footwork because he felt "sluggers make the money," scored a unanimous decision over Charley Scott in a welterweight fight, in New York.
DOG SLED RACING—KENNY and KATHY HUGHES, 15-year-old twins from Mannsville, N.Y., were winners in the Arctic Dog Sled Club races, in Colden, N.Y. Using a team of six Siberian huskies and an Alaskan husky as a lead dog, Kenny won the senior championship by covering the twisting, wooded 15-mile course twice in an aggregate time of 1:51:56. The junior title was won by Kathy, whose three Siberian huskies needed just 9:48 to complete two runs over a 1½-mile layout.
GOLF—ARNOLD PALMER fought from three strokes back on the fifth and final round, shot a 3-under-par 69 and won the $50,000 Palm Springs Classic, in Palm Springs, Calif. His 18-under-par 342 for the 90 holes put him three strokes ahead of Gene Littler and Jay Hebert and brought him top prize money of $5,300.
HOCKEY—College: A third-period goal from the blue line by Webb Nichols and 48 saves by Goalie Laing Keendy helped front-running CORNELL tag Harvard with its first Ivy League loss in two seasons, 2-1. COLGATE equaled its 1946-47 high of 13 victories by outscoring Army 4-1. MICHIGAN (9-1-0) beat Michigan State 5-3 and 5-1, and MICHIGAN TECH (13-3-0) twice defeated North Dakota 6-2, as they continued to dominate the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
NHL: After 12 games without a defeat MONTREAL lost to New York for the first time, 2-1. The Rangers used a borrowed goalie (Marcel Paille of the AHL) in place of the injured Gump Worsley. Second-place Toronto won just once but still led Chicago by eight points. The Black Hawks won four, with Bobby Hull scoring four goals against Detroit. In all. the Red Wings, who fell to fifth, lost three of four, beating only Boston, which dropped four straight.
HORSE RACING—QUEEN AMERICA ($14), with George Taniguchi up. won by ¾ length over Oil Royalty in the $62,100 Santa Margarita Handicap, at Santa Anita. The 6-year-old mare covered the 1‚îõ-mile course in 1:49[2/5]
Eurasia ($9.40) finished ¾ of a length ahead of El Loco to win the $33,800 Bougainvillea Handicap, running the 1[3/16]-mile in 1:56⅘ with Bill Hartack up, at Hialeah.
MOTOR SPORTS—ALAN CONNELL, in a Maserati-Ferrari, traded the lead 23 times with Harry Heuer before winning the 93-mile national sports car championship at Daytona International Speedway. His average speed of 101.240 miles per hour set a course record.
SKATING—MONTY HOYT. 17. finished first in both the compulsory figures and free skating to become the men's national figure skating champion, in Boston. Twelve-year-old Scott Allen was second.
Mrs. Barbara Roles Pursley, bronze medalist in Squaw Valley, won the women's title, with Lorraine Hanlon second. Hoyt. Allen. Mrs. Pursley and Miss Hanlon were among those named to the American team that will compete next month in Prague in the world championships.
Floyd Bedbury and Mrs. Jeanne Omelenchuk, both 1960 Olympians, won the senior men's and women's national outdoor speed skating championships, in St. Paul. Mrs. Omelenchuk, competing again after a year's suspension for complaining about officiating, broke her own mile record by 1/10 second with a 3:04.4 performance.
SKIING—MARIANNE JAHN, a 19-year-old Austrian, won the special slalom and combined scoring at the Grand Prix races, in Saint-Gervais, France. Barbara Ferries of Houghton, Mich. was second in both categories.
Austria's KARL SCHRANZ swished through 62 gates along a two-kilometer course in 2:26.37, finished in front of Frenchman Michel Arpin to win the giant slalom of the Emile Allais Cup. in Még√®ve, France. ERNST FALCH of Austria won a special slalom race on the fourth and final day of the Még√®ve competition, but Schranz still finished first in the combined standings. Buddy Werner of Steamboat Springs. Colo, was fifth in the final rankings.
SWIMMING—DEERITELD ACADEMY'S 200-yard medley relay team of David Hoof. Dick Boardman. Eric Klaussmann and Tony Wilson broke the national prep school record for that event with a time of 1:45.3, in Deerfield, Mass.
TENNIS—LESLEY TURNER defeated Madonna Schacht 6-3, 6-2 for the women's singles title at the Asian lawn tennis championships, in Calcutta. Then, as teammates, the two Australian girls won the doubles from Pia Balling of Denmark and Donna Appaiah of India 6-4, 6-1. ROY EMERSON of Australia won the men's singles by defeating India's Ramanathan Krishnan 7-5, 6-4, 6-3. He also teamed with countryman FRED STOLLE in winning the doubles from Krishnan and Naresh Kumar 6-3, 6-2, 9-7.
TRACK & FIELD—John Uelses' 16-foot-inch pole vault and Gary Gubner's 63-foot 10-inch shotput toss in New York's Millrose Games were both new records (see page 42). A night later in the Boston AA meet, Uelses vaulted 16 feet 54 inch. In other Millrose events Frank Budd tied the meet mark of 6.1 in winning the 60-yard dash. The Irish team, with Ron Delany running a 1:53 half-mile anchor leg, easily won the International Two-Mile Relay in 7:38.4. Hayes Jones won his 22nd consecutive 60-yard high-hurdles event with a 7.2 clocking. George Kerr, who had never lost indoors, was defeated by Jack Yerman's stretch drive and 1:11 time in the 600. Pete Close won the Wanamaker Mile in 4:08.6. Almost unnoticed was John Thomas, whose 6-foot 8-inch high jump was two inches less than Bob Avant's winning leap. Thomas then cleared 6 feet I 1 inches and finished first in Boston. Among other repeat winners were Jones (5.5 for the 45-yard highs), Budd (5.3 in the 50-yard sprint) and Yerman (1:10.1 for another win over Kerr). PETER SNELL broke two world records in one race, running 800 meters in 1:44.3, then finishing the 880 yards in 1:45.1 in Christchurch, New Zealand (see page 16).
Lyudmila Motina of Russia matched Betty Cuthbert's 60-meter-dash record of 7.2 for women at an indoor meet, in Moscow.
MILEPOSTS—MARRIED: ROLAND SHELDON, New York Yankee pitcher, to Wanda Lou McConnell, by the bride's father, the Rev. Merle McConnell. in Lee's Summit, Mo. The couple met when Sheldon, 25, went shopping in a Kansas City hardware store and was waited on by Wanda, 18.
RESIGNED: PAUL McBRAYER. 52. in his 16th year as basketball coach at Eastern Kentucky State College, because of ill health. Ex-pro player Jim Baechtold, an assistant for almost five seasons, was given the job for the remainder of the schedule.
HIRED: LLOYD EATON, in charge of Wyoming's defensive line for five years, as the Cowboys' new head coach. He succeeds Bob Devaney, who accepted the head coaching job at Nebraska.