AUTO RACING—JACK BRABHAM, Australia's former world champion driver, won the Vic Hudson Memorial Trophy Race in New Zealand in the Brabham Climax, a car of his own design.
BASKETBALL—NBA: Midway through the season, all was routine. Boston kept a 4½-game lead in the East, although the Celtics dropped two straight: 121-130 to Cincinnati and 123-131 to Chicago. This was the Zephyrs' first victory over Boston, thanks to a 35-point effort by Charley Hardnett. Second-place Syracuse endured a 115-146 pasting from Detroit, then turned around the next night and gave the Pistons a 148-114 whipping. In the West, Los Angeles' winning spree went unchecked. The efforts of Jerry West and Elgin Baylor overcame even Wilt Chamberlain's heroic 67-point performance in a 134-129 conquest of the Warriors, who have yet to beat L.A. St. Louis, six games behind the Lakers, charged through the week with a 3-1 record. Rookie Guard John Barnhill scored eight baskets in 61 seconds to drive the Hawks to a 110-95 win over New York, last in the East. San Francisco and Detroit scrambled for third, with Detroit the temporary claimant.
BOATING—BOLERO, a California entry in Florida's six-race SORC series, sloughed through on a drenching windward beat to win the season opener, a 71-mile run from Miami to Cat Cay. The 73-foot yawl, owned by Sally Ames Langmuir of Beverly Hills, Calif., finished three hours ahead of the rest of the 21-boat fleet.
BOWLING—Andy Marzich of Long Beach, Calif. won the Denver Open and its $5,000 first prize, beating 96 other professionals. He defeated Roy Lown in the semifinals 189-172, and then edged out J. B. Solomon with 236-226 in the finals.
January 21, 1963
BOXING—PONE KINGPETCH, 26-year-old Thai flyweight, regained the world title that he lost three months ago to Japan's Masahiko Harada. In the rematch, Kingpetch outjabbed Harada through 15 steamy rounds in Bangkok, receiving a split decision and a tumultuous ovation from 15,000 emotional countrymen.
FOOTBALL—EAST beat West 30-20 in the 13th annual National Football League All-Star game. The West literally dropped the game, making five fumbles, as East Quarterback Y. A. Tittle got assists from Big Daddy Lipscomb, who captured one Unitas fumble, and Jim Brown, who gained a record 141 yards for the East.
The West defeated the East again 21-14, in the second annual American Football League All-Star game. The East had tied the score at 14-14 in the third quarter when Frank Tripucka, Denver's quarterback, went in to throw to Lionel Taylor, the league's top receiver, for a touchdown in the final quarter.
GOLF—Arnold Palmer won the $50,000 Los Angeles Open with a last-round 66 as the pro golf tour started in L.A. Later in the week South Africa's Gary Player captured the 525,000 San Diego Open (see page 10).
HOCKEY—NHL: Chicago started the week tied with Toronto for first place, but a 3-1 victory over the Maple Leafs gave top honors to the Hawks, who held on to a narrow two-point margin by defeating New York 3-1 and tying Montreal 2-2. Toronto stayed in second place with a 2-1 win over fourth-place Detroit and a disappointing tie with last-place Boston. The Red Wings' ace goal tender, Terry Sawchuk, was slashed on the hand in the Toronto game and will be sidelined for an indefinite period.
SKIING—GUY PÉRILLAT, France's stylish perennial, proved he'd lost none of his prowess during the summer as he won the Lauberhorn combined title in Wengen. Switzerland. In fog-shrouded Grindelwald, Germany's Barbi Henneberger momentarily lost her way in the haze but sped through the downhill 1.2 seconds faster than Austria's pigtailed Traudl Hecher. Flawless runs in the slalom gave the 22-year-old Munich student the combined title.
Adrien Duvillard, 28, French Olympian making his debut as a pro in the IPSRA championships in Aspen, Colo., careened through the 68-gate slalom and won the title after the fastest finisher, old Christian Pravda, 36, was disqualified for missing a gate. White-haired Anderl Molterer, 31, kept his giant slalom crown and, like Duvillard, collected $800.
SPEED SKATING—KNUT JOHANNESSEN, Norwegian Olympic gold medalist, took another try at the 3,000-meter record in Tonsberg, and this time officially broke it by 6.3 seconds. New time: 4:33.9. He had broken the record a week earlier, but the International Skating Union refused recognition because no one had told them that the race would be run.
SWIMMING—KEVIN BERRY, 17, an Australian record beater who wants to attend the University of Indiana, won the New South Wales championships in Sydney. He took 1.3 seconds off his own world record for the 200-meter and 220-yard butterfly, winning in 2:08.4.
TENNIS—HAM RICHARDSON, who retired from high-pressure tournament play four years ago. beat No. 1 Amateur Chuck McKinley 8-10, 6-1, 6-4 in the final of the Dallas Invitational.
TRACK & FIELD—COLONEL DONALD HULL of the AAU, his assistant Steve Archer and a caboose full of track-meet directors converged on Boston for the Knights of Columbus games and an answer to track's number one question: can you put on a meet without the help of collegians? The answer: a qualified yes, if you use Canadians and college seniors who have worn out their eligibility. A considerably less than capacity crowd of 7,300 braved icy pavements and the NCAA-AAU cold war to see 19-year-old Bruce Kidd run the third fastest indoor two miles ever, 8:43.2; his teammate from Toronto, Bill Crothers, take a second off the meet record for the 1,000; and Toronto's Jim Irons come within an ace of catching Kansan Bill Dotson in the mile.
MILEPOSTS—AWARDED: TO DAVE KEON of the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team, the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, the cup given to the NHL player who best combines gentlemanly conduct and ability. In a sport where the two are almost incompatible, the award is a high honor.
TRADED: LOUIS APARICIO, the American League's top base stealer; hard-hitting Infielder-Outfielder Al Smith; and Pitcher Dean Stone, by the Chicago White Sox to the Baltimore Orioles for 1960 Rookie of the Year Ron Hansen; ancient, smart and tough-to-beat Relief Pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm: $115.000 bonus bust Dave Nicholson; and slugging (.328 with Rochester) Rookie Pete Ward.
CONVICTED: JACK MOLINAS, lawyer and former pro basketball player, on five charges of bribery and perjury in the basketball scandal. He faces up to 36 years in prison and fines totaling $35,500 after a trial that at one point heard the defense lawyer dismiss a major prosecution witness as "a fixer, a dumper, a corrupt college kid."
RETIRED: RICHIE ASHBURN, 35-year-old outfielder, after a 15-year National League career (two batting titles and a lifetime average of .308), to become a Philadelphia Phillie sportscaster, noting, "This is a pretty good job. I could be carrying a lunch pail."
FIRED: PAUL E. BROWN, 54, who as coach and general manager called the plays for the Cleveland Browns for 17 years, but had no defense ready against Owner-President Arthur B. Modell. Brown can stay with the Browns as vice-president in charge of nothing much.
FIRED: WEEB EWBANK, 55, after nine years as head coach of the Baltimore Colts, which won the National Football League Championship in 1958 and 1959. In 1960 the Colts slumped to 6-6, then 8-6. In 1962 their season included a 57-0 drubbing by the Chicago Bears. Explained Carroll Rosen-bloom, owner of the club. "Football is a young man's game and I want a young coach." With that he...
HIRED: DON SHULA, 33, who once played five years with the Colts under Ewbank; after two years as assistant coach at Virginia and then Kentucky, and three seasons as a backfield coach with the Detroit Lions, where he helped design the famed Detroit defense. Somewhat stunned by his selection and two-year contract, Shula told his wife, "Just think of it. Only 33 and a head coach."