BASKETBALL—NBA: Boston pulled 6½ games ahead of Philadelphia in the East. Syracuse was encouraged by Dolph Schayes's 30 points against Chicago, his best since breaking a cheekbone on Dec. 24. New York was last.
With Los Angeles leading the West by 11½ games, interest focused on the fight for second place. Detroit moved to within two games of faltering Cincinnati. St. Louis was winding up a lackluster season with a growing list of injuries. Chicago was last, but Center Walt Bellamy ranked among the league leaders in three offensive categories and was certain to be named the NBA's Rookie of the Year.
BILLIARDS—EDDIE LEE went undefeated in the week-long National Amateur Invitational Three-Cushion Billiards Championship to win the tournament for the 10th time, in Milwaukee. Lee beat runner-up Stanhope Adams 50-33 in 60 innings to complete the round robin tournament with an 11-0 record.
BOATING—PAPER TIGER, a 40-foot yawl with Jack Powell at the helm, finished in the corrected time of 18:09:38 to place first for Class C boats and retain her Miami-to-Nassau title. Powell's boat also had a fifth-place finish in the Nassau Cup race to win the six-race Southern Ocean Racing Conference championship. Paper Tiger had 319.5 points, runner-up Robin, winner of the Nassau Cup, had 305.5.
February 26, 1962
Kialoa, a 50-foot Class B sloop skippered by Jim Kilroy, placed first in the 1,430-mile San Diego-to-Acapulco race, leading a field of 21 yachts with a record corrected time of eight days, seven hours, 7 minutes 12.5 seconds. The runner-up. Princess, placed second to Kialoa in both overall and Class B standings.
BOXING—ZORA FOLLEY, fourth-ranked heavyweight, knocked out Mike De John in 2:24 of the third round, in Denver.
Sugar Ray Robinson lost a 10-round decision to Denny Moyer. along with his chance for still another middleweight title match, in New York.
COURT TENNIS—JIMMY BOSTWICK. defending champion, pressed his brother Pete with strong, long shots, gave up only five games in three sets, won the U.S. Open Championship in New York, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2.
DOG SHOWS—CH. ELFINBROOK SIMON, a 3½-year-old English-bred West Highland white terrier, took best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club, in New York. To win the top dog award, Ch. Elfin-brook Simon first beat a strong group of terriers and then faced a Pomeranian, a miniature poodle, an Afghan, a Great Dane and a Weimaraner, the pick of 2,569 entries.
FENCING—RYZARD PARULSKI won top foil honors, defeating Britain's Allan Jay 9-7 in the finals at the New York Athletic Club International Tournament in New York. Bill Hoskyns defeated Jack Guittet of France for the épée title.
HOCKEY—College: COLBY's Ron Ryan scored four goals and had four assists in his team's 10-1 defeat of Williams. Ryan's splurge boosted his national scoring lead to 88 points. Colby continued to lead in the East with 34 points. Colgate was next with 32 points. Clarkson scored its sixth shutout of the season, beat RPI 8-0 but trailed the leader by three points. Harvard was fourth.
Michigan Tech defeated Minnesota 6-3, 3-2, finished the regular schedule with 17 won and three lost, held first place in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Michigan was assured of second place with a 12-3 mark, and Denver clinched third. Only the fourth-place playoff spot was uncertain.
NHL: Toe Blake was almost certain of his 6th championship in seven years as Montreal coach. The Canadiens, winning 14 and tying two of their last 18 games, had the biggest lead of a close season, 11 points, over Toronto. Chicago was in third place and New York, breaking a three-game losing streak, held a fourth-place tie with Detroit. Boston was last.
HORSE RACING—DOC JOCOY ($39.40). an 18-to-1 long shot in a field of Kentucky Derby hopefuls, won the $62,900 San Felipe Handicap by a head over Royal Attack, at Santa Anita, Arcadia, Calif. With Willie Harmatz up, Doc Jocoy ran the 1[1/16] miles in 1:44[1/5].
El Loco ($4.90), a 5-year-old Argentine-bred stallion purchased by Hasty House Farm for a reported $50,000, won his first U.S. race, the $99,150 Hialeah Turf Cup, at Hialeah, Fla.
MOTOR SPORTS—GLENN (FIREBALL) ROBERTS, helped by a quick-moving pit crew, drove his 1962 Pontiac to a record 3:10:41 victory in the $106,000 Daytona 500, in Daytona Beach, Fla. Averaging 152.529 mph, Roberts finished 27 seconds ahead of Richard Petty.
SKIING—FIS WORLD SKI GAMES ended with Austrians Karl Schranz and Christl Haas winning the men's and women's downhill races to complete a near sweep of the week-long competition by Austrian skiers, in Chamonix, France (see page 14). Marianne Jahn, also Austrian, was the game's only double winner. She won the ladies' giant slalom, later added the special slalom trophy with a come-from-behind victory over France's Marielle Goitschell. France's Charles Bozon and Guy Périllat were first and second in the men's special slalom. Egon Zimmermann led Austrian skiers to a 1-2-3 finish in the giant slalom.
Pepi Gramshammer took a first and a second in the two slalom events, won $1.065 in prize money, at the International Professional Ski Racers Association races, in Georgian Peaks, Out.
SPEED SKATING—VICTOR KOSICHKIN, 25-year-old Russian machinist, placed no higher than third in any one of the four races but won the all-round world speed-skating championship on a combined time point score of 188.340, in Moscow. Henk van der Grift of The Netherlands was second.
SWIMMING—DAVE HOOF, ERIC KLAUSSMANN, DOUG KENNEDY and TONY WILSON. Deerfield Academy's 200-yard freestyle team, set a national scholastic record of 1:29.5 and led the academy to a 68-27 victory over Hotchkiss, in Deerfield.
TENNIS—MANUEL SANTANA of Spain upset Australian and Wimbledon Champion Rod Laver, 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 7-5, to win an international tourney, in Mexico City, Mexico.
TRACK & FIELD—GARY GUBNER, 255-pound NYU sophomore, put the shot 64 feet 11¾ inches to break his still-pending U.S. indoor record set two weeks earlier, at the New York AC meet, in New York. Jim Beatty set a meet record of 4:00.9 in the mile. Tom O'Hara. 19-year-old Loyola sophomore, matched strides with Beatty most of the way. finished in 4:02.3. Toronto's Bruce Kidd beat Hungarian expatriates Sandor Iharos and Laszlo Tabori in the two-mile in 8:54.2. Ed Moran won a bumping battle and the 880 in 1:52.4. Bill Crothers. another University of Toronto runner, won the 500 in 56.8, later ran anchor on Canada's two-mile relay team. He made up a 10-yard lead held by Ireland's Ron Delany, brought Canada an upset victory in 7:37.0. Frank Budd tied the meet record of 6.1 for the 60-yard dash; Hayes Jones added to track's largest winning streak, took the 60-yard high hurdles in 7.3 for his 26th straight. John Thomas won the high jump at 6 foot 8 over Bob Avant on the basis of fewer misses. Rolando Cruz and Henry Wadsworth both vaulted 15 feet 4 inches, with Cruz placing first, also because of fewer misses.
Robert Hayes, Florida A&M sophomore, equaled Frank Budd's 9.2 for the 100, accepted only a week before as a world's record, in the Florida Athletic Club invitation meet in Miami.
Hayes Jones ran the 70-yard high hurdles in 8 seconds to break the national indoor record he shared with Lee Calhoun, at the Mason-Dixon indoor meet, in Louisville. Dave Styron and Roosevelt Smith tied the national indoor record of 7 seconds for the 70-yard dash. Styron again equaled the record in the finals of the race and beat Scott Tyler by a stride. John Bork ran the 880 in 1:51.8, beating George Kerr. Jim Grelle won the mile in 4:03.5; Jerry Ashmore the two-mile in 9:03. John Uelses, after a three-meet absence since pole-vaulting 16 feet ¾ inch, failed to clear 14 feet (seepage 10). Ralph Boston broad-jumped 25 feet two inches, far off his record but almost two feet better than Phil Mulkey.
National Women's AAU Indoor Championships in Louisville were the setting for four record-breaking races. Leah Bennett ran the 880 in 2:17.5 to lead the first three finishers in breaking the U.S. indoor record. High school senior Suzanne Knott ran the 440 in 58.2 to cut 3.1 seconds from the record. Jo Ann Terry of Tennessee A&I edged Cherrie Parish in the 70-yard low hurdles and set a national record of 9.2. A&I's relay team won the 440 in a record 48.6.