BASKETBALL—NBA: BOSTON won a prestige battle from the Lakers 126-112, as well as two of three other games, to improve its margin in the Eastern Division. But Cincinnati couldn't even win when it scored a game-winning shot. Oscar Robertson popped in a field goal with four seconds left in a tie game against the Lakers but it was disallowed because Teammate Hub Reed had called for a timeout an instant earlier. The Royals lost in overtime and also were beaten by a revitalized New York team 99-96. Buoyed by a trade which brought Tom Gola from the Warriors in exchange for Ken Sears and Willie Naulls, the Knicks won three straight after losing to the Lakers. San Francisco, playing one game with only nine men when Sears and Naulls were delayed by a snow storm and could not join the club, ran its losing string to 11. Syracuse, however, made the best of an even worse dilemma. Al Bianchi (broken hand) and Dave Gambee (broken foot) joined Dolph Schayes in putting their Blue Cross cards to use. On top of this, the Nats scored just 10 points in one period against the Celtics. Still, they won 102-97 and split four games. St. Louis won its eighth and ninth in a row at home and set a Kiel Auditorium record: 50 points in one quarter, including 19 by Cliff Hagan. Away from home they lost two. Los Angeles also won two of four and held its one-game lead over the Hawks in the Western Division. Detroit, taking three out of five, moved up to fourth ahead of Chicago. Bill McGill, starting for the first time for the Zephyrs, scored 17 one night, 28 the next, but both were in losing causes.
The U.S. took over first place in the makeshift Philippines Invitational International tournament in Manila by outscoring Canada 69-38 and Nationalist China 100-50. This gave the Americans, led by Don Kojis and Mike Moran, a 5-0 record (Canada was 4-1) in the seven-nation competition that was set up when the world championships were canceled because visas were denied the Yugoslav team.
BOXING—EMILE GRIFFITH retained his welterweight title with a controversial TKO of Argentina's Jorge Fernandez at 1:34 of the ninth round, in Las Vegas. Fernandez was unable to continue after being hit by what he claimed was a low punch. Griffith, who led on points at the time, was declared the victor.
Carlos Ortiz, Puerto Rico-born New Yorker, fought with such dispatch in the first defense of his lightweight title that it seemed he might be following a script as he knocked out Japanese Champion Teruo Kosaka in 2:32 of the fifth round, in Tokyo. He then left for San Juan, P.R., where he definitely will use a script while he stars in a movie of his life.
December 17, 1962
BRIDGE—MRS. DOROTHY HAYDEN of Has-tings-on-Hudson, N.Y. and B. JAY BECKER of New York City finished first in the Masters' Open Pair competition at the American Contract Bridge League's 36th fall tournament in Phoenix, defeating runners-up Marshall Miles and Edwin Kantar by 19½ points.
FIELD TRIALS—Showing flawless form, Kansan, a four-year-old owned by R. E. French of Gridley, Kans., won the 16th English Springer Spaniel National Championships, in Weldon Spring, Mo. (see page 16).
FOOTBALL—NFL: GREEN BAY clinched at least a tie for the Western Division title with a 31-21 win over San Francisco. Behind 21-10 at the half, the Packers came back with a 32-yard touchdown run by Tom Moore, a two-yarder by Jim Taylor and a seven-yard scoring pass by Bart Starr. Three fourth-quarter field goals by left-footed Lou Michaels broke a tie and gave Pittsburgh a 26-17 victory over Philadelphia. In all, Michaels kicked four field goals, enabling him to better Lou Groza's previous season high of 23, set in 1953. Groza was still kicking on Sunday, and his two field goals and one extra point for Cleveland gave him a career total of 901 points. It was not enough to overcome New York, however, which beat the Browns 17-13 for its eighth consecutive triumph. Los Angeles also lengthened a streak, failing for the sixth straight time to win as Chicago beat the Rams 30-14. Ed Sharockman, a Minnesota halfback, ran 88 yards with a recovered fumble—but Detroit got 10 fumbles and pass interceptions and finished in front 37-23. Charlie Johnson of St. Louis threw five touchdown passes—two each to Taz Anderson and Bobby Joe Conrad—and the Cardinals beat Dallas 52-20. Baltimore, too, scored often and late, getting 20 points in the final period to beat Washington 34-21. Linebacker Don Shin-nick intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble to set up three fourth-quarter TDs for the Colts and Johnny Unitas threw four touchdown passes.
AFL: HOUSTON scored 20 points in the first 21 minutes, withstood a 17-point Oakland rally and then added a field goal by George Blanda (his third), a safety and a 58-yard touchdown run with a blocked field goal to win 32-17. Tom Yewcic kept alive Boston's hope of catching the Oilers in the Western Division. His two scoring passes helped the Patriots get by stubborn San Diego 20-14. Eastern winner Dallas had trouble, too, but Abner Haynes set a league record with his 19th touchdown and the Texans prevailed, 17-10, over Denver. New York, which had allowed an average 30 points a game, improved its defense, yet still lost to Buffalo 20-3. Cookie Gilchrist, of the Bills, gained 143 yards, bringing his AFL season record total to 1,096.
COLLEGE: CENTRAL OKLAHOMA STATE, with Mike Rollins passing to Billy Jones for touchdowns of 28 and 62 yards in the second half, beat Lenoir Rhyne 28-13 for the small college championship, in Sacramento.
Jackson State (Miss.) parlayed two interceptions into touchdowns to upset Florida A&M 22-6 in the Orange Blossom Classic in Miami.
GOLF—GARDNER DICKINSON won the Coral Gables Open with a 274 when third-round leader Bill Collins bogeyed the final hole for a 275. "It's a heck of a way to win," said Dickinson, while picking up his $2,800 check.
HOCKEY—NHL: CHICAGO held its two-point edge over Detroit, both clubs winning twice, tying once. The Red Wings lost one as well, 2-1 to the Canadiens. Detroit Goalie Dennis Riggin, subbing for the injured Terry Sawchuk, was hurt himself and carried off the ice in a game against the Maple Leafs. Sawchuk then entered the nets and preserved a 4-3 win. Third-place Toronto was 1-1-1 and Montreal lost two of three. Struggling New York was tied twice 3-3, then lost to last-place Boston 4-2, giving the Bruins their third triumph in 25 games. COLLEGE: DENVER, with Winger Billy Staub doing all its scoring, upset defending NCAA champion Michigan Tech 4-2 in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game. The night before Tech won 3-1.
HORSE RACING—RONNIE FERRARO and HERB HINOJOSA, riding at Pimlico and Tropical Park, respectively, could hardly get out of the winners' circle. Ferraro won 14 races in six days, boosting his 1962 total to 339, the best anywhere this year. In one day Hinojosa had five firsts, two seconds and a third.
Nickel Boy ($5.20), with Ferraro up, came from last place to win the $29,275 Jennings Handicap, running the mile and one-sixteenth in 1:48 at Pimlico.
MOTOR SPORTS—INNES IRELAND of Wales led all the way as he won the 252-mile Nassau Trophy Race, averaging 84.035 mph in his 2.4-liter Lotus Monte Carlo, in Nassau.
RODEO—TOM NESMITH, 27, a Bethel, Okla. cowboy with prize winnings of $32,611 this year, won the all-round championship in the National Finals Rodeo in Los Angeles. The bronc riding event was taken by Canadian Kenny McLean (see page 47).
SQUASH—Despite the efforts of Boston's Henri Salaun, whose rabbity retrieves and crackling placements earned him victories over Charles W. Ufford Jr. of New York City and National Champion Samuel P. Howe III of Philadelphia, the seven-man Philadelphia team beat Boston and New York City for the Lockett Cup—an annual competition among the three squash strongholds—at the Philadelphia Country Club in Gladwyne, Pa.
MILEPOSTS—ELECTED: JACQUES ISTEL, 33, president of Parachutes Incorporated in Orange, Mass., to head the International Parachuting Commission of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, youngest man ever to do so, in Paris.
TRADED: ART QUIRK, promising young Baltimore pitcher (SI, April 16), Infielder Marv Breeding and Outfielder Barry Shetrone to Washington for Pitcher Pete Burnside and Infielder Bob Johnson.
SENTENCED: DAVE GOLDBERG, 46, and STEVE LEKOMETROS, 38, both of St. Louis, to eight-year jail terms, for bribery in connection with the basketball scandals.
SOLD: PAINTER, a 7-year-old stallion by Tar Heel-Pretty Hanover, for $130,000, the highest price ever for a harness horse, at Tattersalls, Lexington, Ky., to Ed and Leo McNamara of Two Gaits Farm, Carmel, Ind., by Hunter Hill Farm, Cambridge City, Ind.
DIED: LOUIS (BOBO) NEWSOM, 55, one of baseball's ablest and zaniest pitchers, who, between being traded, sold and released 13 times, won 211 games for nine teams from 1929 through 1953, of a liver ailment, in Orlando, Fla.
DIED: J. G. TAYLOR SPINK, 74, outspoken (he was once called "baseball's bellowing Boswell") publisher and chairman of the board of The Sporting News, which he built into an invaluable chronicle of baseball, of a heart condition, at his home in Clayton, Mo.