AUTO RACING—GRAHAM HILL, a placid. 33-year-old Londoner, became the world driving champion by winning the South African Grand Prix in East London, a windswept course that fronts the Indian Ocean. For three-quarters of the 199.7-mile race. Hill trailed close rival Jim Clark. When Clark's Lotus developed an oil leak that forced him into the pits. Hill pulled away to an easy victory that also meant the world manufacturer's title for the BRM factory.
BASKETBALL—NBA: EASTERN DIVISION teams held their positions going into the new year. Boston moved to a strong live-game lead over Syracuse, the Nats having dropped five. Celtic rookie John Havlicek had his best night as a pro with 31 points against Cincinnati. The Royals played evenly, 3-3, to stay in third. New York fell another game deeper into the cellar. Western Division Leader Los Angeles tightened its hold on first with a three-game lead over St. Louis. But San Francisco won six of eight to move up from the bottom to third place. Detroit and Chicago reversed places, a four-game losing spell tumbling the Zephyrs into the bottom.
BOATING—S.A. LONG'S ONDINE, a 57-foot aluminum yawl, beat the 73-foot Sydney schooner Astor by one minute to win the rough 680-mile Sydney-Hobart race. On corrected time Outline slipped to second behind Solo, a 57-foot steel cutter designed by Alan Payne. Long, the first ever to race an American yacht in the Australian classic, cut 14 hours from the old elapsed-time record.
CHESS—BROOKLYN COLLEGE edged Columbia University by one point to win the National Intercollegiate Team Championships 18-17 in Philadelphia.
FOOTBALL—COLLEGE: NORTH-SOUTH all-star game in festive Miami seesawed into a 15-14 upset victory for the Rebels. The South used Negroes for the first time ever and one, Halfback Willie Richardson of Mississippi (Jackson) State College, won the game by catching a long, last-minute pass for the deciding touchdown. Up in quieter Montgomery. Ala., the North beat the South in the Blue-Gray classic 10-6. It was Dave Hoppmann, Iowa State's quarterback-halfback, who ran the wide-open show on a rain-sodden field. In crisp, brisk San Francisco the best of the East beat the best of the West 25-19 in the Shrine game, but only after an even struggle that the Fast broke up in the closing minutes. In early bowl games, Houston crushed Miami of Ohio 49-21 in the Tangerine match in Orlando, Fla., with sophomore Halfback Joe Lopasky running for four tallies. Florida's sophomore quarterback. Tommy Shannon, engineered an upset win over favored Penn State, as Florida took a 17-7 victors in the Gator Bow! in Jacksonville. Displaying some seldom-seen plays on offense and a defense that utilized the hard-hitting talents of Fullback Andy Russell. Missouri caught Georgia Tech completely unawares for an upset 14-10 victory in Houston's Bluebonnet Bowl.
NFL: GREEN BAY beat the New York Giants 16-7 in a bitter cold. fumble-fraught title match in New York to take its second straight NFL championship (see page 8).
AFL: DALLAS, in the longest game in pro history (77 minutes. 54 seconds), wrested the AFL. championship from Houston 20-17 in a second overtime period. In the first half the passing of Len Dawson and running of Abner Haynes ripped the Houston defense for a 17-point lead. But under George Blanda's forceful control, the Oilers retaliated with 17 points of their own by the end of regulation time. After nearly 18 tense minutes of sudden-death overtime, rookie Bill Hull intercepted a pass that set up a title-winning field goal by Texan Tommy Brooker.
HOCKEY NHL: TORONTO and CHICAGO disputed command of the league for nearly two weeks as both sent displaced leader Detroit into fourth. The Toronto strongman, Frank Mahovlich. was instrumental in the Leafs' resurgence, and Chicago's brash Stan Mikita was the leader for the Hawks. When the top teams finally met, they tied 1-1. But while the Leafs were idle, Chicago brushed past Boston 4-2 to take first. Third-place Montreal, without Wing Phil Goyette who is out with a broken leg, stayed close to Detroit, with New York and Boston well behind.
COLLEGE: BOSTON COLLEGE'S durable center, Billy Hogan, scored four goals to upset St. Lawrence 5-1 and defending champion Clarkson 3-1 as the Eagles won the ECAC tournament in New York.
HORSE RACING—TOMY LEE ($7.20), all-but-forgotten 1959 Kentucky Derby winner, burst out of retirement at the opening of the Santa Anita winter meeting by easily winning his first race in nearly three years. The 6-year-old bay coasted through a six-furlong, $7,500 allowance race, under Jockey Ismael Valenzuela. Charles Whittingham trained Tomy Lee for his new owner, L. P. Doherty of Lexington, Ky.
Kingomine ($3.80) had to work at it to beat 15 other 2-year-olds in the $69,625 California Breeders' Champion Stakes at Santa Anita. He won with a strong closing rush under Willie Shoemaker, going the seven furlongs in a steady 1:23[3/5].
TENNIS—AUSTRALIA'S invincible tennis team, playing before minor-league crowds of 8,000, pounded Mexico 5-0 in Brisbane to win the Davis Cup. It was the 11th cup victory in 13 years for Australia. Grand Slam Champion Rod Laver calmly crushed intense Rafael Osuna, 6-2, 6-1, 7-5. With Roy Emerson out of the singles with a rib injury, it was 29-year-old Neale Eraser, away from the big time for nearly two years, who filled in. Fraser staved oil" a determined drive by Antonio Palafox to win, 7-9, 6-3, 6-4, 11-9. Then Emerson joined Laver in the doubles for a quick 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 drubbing of Osuna and Palafox. In the remaining formalities. Eraser overcame Osuna 3-6, 11-9, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 in a marathon match and then quit international tennis forever. Laver. after undoing Palafox 6-1, 4-6, 6-4, 8-6, signed as a pro for $110,000. With two top amateurs gone. Coach Harry Hopman moaned that his upcoming crop was the worst in nearly 20 years. But Hopman had only to look at the Orange Bowl international junior matches in Miami for future encouragement. In an all-Aussie final, 17-year-old Anthony Roche, who had beaten top U.S. junior Mike Belkin in the quarter-finals, defeated countryman Geoffrey Pollard, 6-1, 6-3, 7-5.
TRACK & FIELD—DON MEYERS, limber as the fiber-glass pole he vaults with, cleared 16 feet 1¼ inches in Chicago to set a world indoor record, one half an inch higher than John Uelses' former mark. The University of Colorado graduate student sat through an all-night train ride to reach the meet.
Peter Snell, ignoring a lashing cold wind and Oregon's champion runners, loped through a mile run in Rotorua, New Zealand in an unhurried 4:05.7. Ever a thinking man. Snell, who had just left his job as a quantity surveyor for a lucrative post with a cigarette company, outmaneuvered and outdistanced Keith Forman, second, and Dyrol Burleson.
MILEPOSTS—BOUGHT: LOS ANGELES RAMS, in a secret auction, for $7.1 million by the NFL team's own president, Daniel F. Reeves, who purchased the original franchise in Cleveland 21 years ago for $100,000. He outbid feuding Co-owners Edwin W. Pauley, Hal Seley and Fred Levy Jr. Then he got seven Los Angeles Angel officials, including President Robert O. Reynolds and Board Chairman Gene Autry, to buy major shares in the team.
PROMOTED: BOB LEONARD, 30, Chicago Zephyr guard, to player-coach. Leonard replaces Jack McMahon, General Manager Frank Lane's protégé, who lasted only five months.
HIRED: GEORGE (Red) SULLIVAN, 33, fiery player-coach of the AHL Baltimore Clippers and onetime New York Ranger captain, as coach of the faltering Rangers, replacing Manager Murray H. Patrick, who had also been coach until finally agreeing with the fans' cries of "Muzz must go."
MARRIED: MANUEL YCAZA, 24, horse racing's cocky, dapper jockey from Panama, and Linda Bement, Utah beauty and 1960 Miss Universe; in Rome.
FOLDED: THE AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE, two-year-old, six-team circuit that was a box office fop. Decision to call it quits was made by Commissioner and Founder Abe Saperstein, because "not a single team was operating in the black. "