BASKETBALL—NBA: Boston clinched its sixth straight Eastern Division title with a last-minute, 110-106 win over Syracuse, as Philadelphia lost to New York and settled in second place, 9½ games behind. In the West, Los Angeles was in, too, after an overtime victory over Chicago, 124-117. Cincinnati also squeaked by the Packers, 108-105, to give the Royals a five-game lead over Detroit for second.
BOATING—GEORGE O'DAY, 5.5-meter Olympic champion, brought Minotaur successfully through three races to win the Johnson Trophy in the international 5.5-meter competition in Nassau, but lost the prized Duke of Edinburgh Cup to Ernest Fay of Houston, who sailed the 1961 American class champion, Sabre, to victory.
BOBSLEDDING—GRAY SHEFFIELD, a Marine corporal from Lake Placid, N.Y., slid through a heavy snowstorm on Lake Placid's Mt. Van Hoevenberg one-mile run to take the North American two-man championship. With Jerry Tennant, another Marine corporal, riding as brake, Sheffield did the four heats in 5:12.9 to beat Larry McKillip, undefeated in 11 earlier races this season. McKillip later won the four-man bob on the only American-made sled in the field, and set a new course record of 4:36.67. With him were Mike Baumgartner, Neil Rogers and Jim Lamy, all of the Saranac Lake club.
BOWLING—SKIP VIGARS of Albany pulled through a tough semifinal round in the Professional Bowlers Association $25,200 tournament in Cleveland, then defeated Don Carter of St. Ann, Mo. 237-219 in the final. His first prize was $5,000.
BOXING—JOE BROWN, lightweight champion, came down with tonsillitis in Las Vegas, Nev., postponed his 15-round defense against Carlos Ortiz, who has waited three years for a crack at the title.
GOLF—BO WININGER of Odessa, Texas won his first PGA tournament in nearly six years with a 72-hole total of 281, in the New Orleans Open. He was two strokes ahead of Bob Rosburg.
HANDBALL—CARL OBERT of New York beat his older brother Oscar 21-20, 21-17 for the AAU national senior four-wall championship in Philadelphia. Oscar came back with another brother, Ruby, to defend the doubles title 21-15, 15-21, 21-15 against Carl and Harry Hyde.
HOCKEY—College: COLBY lost its first game in U.S. competition this year, to Boston College, 6-5, with the Eagles' Billy Hogan scoring the winning point in a three-goal final period. Clarkson beat Boston University 10-1, now has an 17-1-1 record with one game left to play. Harvard raised its Ivy record to 7-1 with a 2-1 win over Yale and edged closer to a second successive league title. MICHIGAN STATE backed into the Western Collegiate playoffs by holding on to fourth place despite two losses to Michigan, when Minnesota dropped two to North Dakota. Michigan State finished the season with a 6-9-1 record; Minnesota was 5-10-1.
NHL: With only a dozen games left in the season, Montreal held a 12-point lead over Toronto. New York moved into third place. Gump Worsley made 48 saves, and the Rangers tied Montreal 3-3 in New York. Detroit dropped three points behind the Rangers, losing the same night 8-2 to Toronto. Chicago, in third place, has clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup playoffs later this month, while Boston remained hopelessly last.
HORSE RACING—SIR GAYLORD ($4.50), the 6-to-5 favorite in a field of nine Kentucky Derby hopefuls, won the $30,950 Everglades Stakes at Hialeah, Fla. by 4¾ lengths. Undefeated in two previous starts this year, Sir Gaylord, with Ismael Valenzuela up, ran the 1‚⅛ miles in 1:48 2/5. The next day's X rays revealed that he had an ankle injury, which means he will miss the March 3 Flamingo (see page 16).
Yorky ($9.60), ridden by Steve Brooks, held off a strong closing rush by the favored Carry Back to win the 1-mile $134,800 Widener Handicap at Hialeah, Fla. by a neck. It was Yorky's first victory since the Calumet Farm 5-year-old won the same race a year ago.
Physician ($7.60), least regarded of the R. C. Ellsworth-L.C. Boice three-horse entry in the $145,000 Santa Anita Handicap at Arcadia, Calif., won going away by nearly 2 lengths, with Donald Pierce up. He covered the 1¼ miles in 2:02 3/5.
SKIING—FIS WORLD NORDIC CHAMPIONSHIPS at Zakopane, Poland, wound up a week-long competition with Sweden dominating the men's cross-country events. Strong man Sixten Jernberg, 1956 and 1960 Olympic gold medal winner, hurried through the 50-km. race in 3:3:48.5 and paced his countrymen to a win in the 40-km. relay, to give Sweden two gold medals. A third medal was won by Assar Roennlund in the 15-km. race. Toralf Engan of Norway outpointed Olympic champion Helmut Recknagel of East Germany in the 70-meter special jump with a brilliant last leap, but Recknagel came back with a long, 103-meter jump on the 100-meter hill for a gold medal. Arne Larsen's first place in the Nordic combined (he had a seventh in the 15-km. race and a second in the jump) gave Norway another gold medal. Eero Mantyranta won the 30-km. race in 1:52:39.4 for Finland's only victory. The U.S. team, as usual, didn't come close to the Scandinavians, but John Bower of Auburn, Me. turned in a creditable performance for 16th place in the Nordic combined.
Alevtina Kolchina, a 27-year-old Moscow mother, led a strong Russian team to a sweep of the women's events. She won the five-and 10-kilometer races and spurred the 15-km. relay to a win, for three USSR gold medals.
SQUASH RACQUETS—MARGARET VARNER of Wilmington, Del. defeated Mrs. Charles Wetzel of Philadelphia 18-13, 15-8, 13-15, 15-7 in Hartford, Conn., to win the women's championship for the third year in a row. Fifth time a runner-up, Mrs. Wetzel took one game to snap Miss Varner's 34-game streak.
SWIMMING—KEVIN BERRY, 16-year-old New South Wales schoolboy, set three new world butterfly records in the Australian championships in Melbourne. Berry's time of 2:12.5 in the 220 yards clipped 1.3 seconds off his own previous mark and cut 1/10 second off the 200-meter record. Four days later his time of 60.1 seconds for 110 yards lowered the record by 1/10 second.
Harrison Merrill of North Carolina collected three NCAA freshman freestyle records in 5½ hours at freshman meet in Chapel Hill. Merrill lowered the 1,500-meter mark by more than a full minute with a time of 18:20.1, then came back to shatter two records set by Olympian Murray Rose in 1958. He swam 220 yards in 2:04.3 (Rose's time, 2:05.2) and 440 yards in 4:31.0, one second better than Rose's mark. In a dual meet later, Merrill broke his own 220 mark by 1.6 seconds for a new time of 2:02.7.
TRACK & FIELD—JIM BEATTY ran the mile in 4:00.2 in the AAU championships in New York to set another indoor meet record. Frank Budd of Villanova had no trouble in the 60-yard dash but set no record, and Hayes Jones took his 27th consecutive indoor victory when he ran the 60-yard high hurdles in 7.1. John Thomas of Boston University cleared 7 feet in the high jump for the first time this season and, as expected, Toronto's Bruce Kidd ran off with the three miles, in 13:48.8. John Reilly of Georgetown surprised Jim Grelle in the 1,000-yard run by leading all the way for a winning time of 2:11. Ralph Boston was dethroned by Charlie Mays of Maryland State College, who won the broad jump at 24 feet 10¾ inches. Billy Crothers of Toronto beat Jack Yerman in the 600 in 1:10.8. Gary Gunner of NYU put the shot 62 feet 10 inches for a meet record, and Al Hall of the New York AC tossed the 35-pound weight 64 feet 7¼ inches. Henry Wadsworth and Rolando Cruz tied at 15 feet 4 inches in the pole vault, as they did in the New York AC meet the week before, but this time Wadsworth won on fewer misses. Villanova was high scorer in team points.
Siegfried Herrmann of East Germany became the second indoor sub-four-minute miler with a 3:59.9 at an international track meet in Berlin.
MILEPOSTS—RETIRED: CHARLIE CONERLY, veteran New York Giants quarterback, after 14 seasons. He will remain with the club as a scout. Conerly holds the NFL record for completed passes in one game: 36 against Pittsburgh in 1948.
DIED: JESSE MORTENSEN, 54, University of Southern California track coach, in Los Angeles. In his 11 years at USC, his teams won seven NCAA championships and 10 Pacific Coast Conference titles, and never lost in 70 dual, triangular and quadrangular meets. One of USC's greatest all-round athletes, Mortensen broke the world decathlon record, in one day, at Lincoln, Neb. in 1931.
DIED: DICK HARLOW, 72, former Harvard football coach, in Bethesda, Md. In his 36-year career Harlow also coached at Penn State (his alma mater), Colgate and Western Maryland. Voted Coach of the Year in 1936, Harlow was also a curator at the Harvard zoology museum.