BASKETBALL—The NBA teams could have stayed home this week as far as division standings were concerned. The undisputed leaders, Boston and Los Angeles, maintained a firm grip on first place, and both New York and Chicago fell further into the cellar. New York did win its first game in six tries against the Warriors, 113-100, but was beaten by third-place Cincinnati. The Royals lost their other two games, to Boston 122-114 and Chicago 113-93. Boston went on a scoring binge of 14 points in 2½ minutes to defeat the Zephyrs 110-93 but was forced into overtime and finally lost to second-place Syracuse 149-148. At week's end, in a rough game that saw Bill Russell knocked out cold, the Celtics conquered their toughest rivals, the Lakers, 133-121, Boston's second win in five games against LA. The St. Louis Hawks, second in the West, took two games from the fourth-place Warriors, squeezing out a narrow 116-114 victory on last-minute free throws by Charlie Vaughn and Cliff Hagan, and a 116-115 win when Warrior star Wilt Chamberlain was ejected from the game in the first quarter. In a midweek pause, the East beat the favored West 115-108 in the 13th annual NBA All-Star Game at Los Angeles (see opposite page).
BOATING—For the second straight week an interloper from California took top honors in Florida as B. M. Baldwin's ESCAPADE from Newport Beach, Calif. won first in fleet and first in Class A in a 63-mile overnight race from St. Petersburg to Venice, Fla. Next week she will meet her rival invader, Bolero, in a 403-mile SORC event.
BOWLING—BILLY WELU, 29, moved into first place at the midway point of the 10-day All-Star Bowling Tournament in Kansas City, but the early highlight came when Bill Beach, a 33-year-old barber, rolled an even 1,000 to set a four-game record.
GOLF—BING CROSBY'S pro-am Clambake had its usual share of worried amateurs (see page 48), but for bizarre golf behavior nobody could beat the pros this year. There was Phil Rodgers smashing his putter and seeming to achieve just as good results for 10 holes with a sand wedge. There was Arnold Palmer getting a 9 on the final hole by hitting a ball into the surfside rocks, knocking it back on the fairway, then blasting his third shot right back over the cliff and down to the sea again—all before finding out that a rule infraction the previous day was going to require that he be disqualified. There was Gary Player, tied for the lead and trying to play it safe on the 15th tee, only to bloop his shot 50 yards into a ditch. Finally there was Jack Nicklaus on the last hole, where he, too, risked playing safe, a cautious effort that ended up behind a tree. Nicklaus managed to recover neatly, then three-putted for a bogey that cost him a tie. The man who did the least damage to his own cause over the suicidal four days turned out to be Billy Casper, who shot a 285 to win by a stroke in one of the strangest Crosbys ever.
John Barnum, 51, of Belmont, Mich. "played awful" but his 281 was good enough to top a field of 518 nontouring pros and win the $1,700 first prize in the PGA National Golf Championships in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Nancy Roth of Hollywood, Fla. upset three-time winner Marlene Streit 2 and 1 to take the 31st annual Helen Lee Doherty Women's Amateur Championship in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
HOCKEY—The NHL had a formful week, with Chicago holding on to first place and Boston unmoved but struggling at the bottom. The only shift in the standings came in midweek when Montreal defeated Toronto 6-4 to take over the runner-up spot, dropping the Maple Leafs into third place. The Canadiens put Detroit more firmly in fourth, beating the Red Wings 5-1 as Jean Beliveau got two assists to extend his point-scoring mark to 14 consecutive games. The Bruins lost two games, 5-3, to Detroit and New York but managed to beat Chicago 5-4 and tie Montreal 3-3. No one else stepped out of line as the Hawks held their lead by defeating Toronto 4-1, then stretched it to two points by taking their ninth consecutive victory over the fifth-place Rangers, 6-2.
HORSE RACING—Hialeah Park opened its 36th year as queen of the southern circuit with KILMORAY, a son of War Admiral, scoring a half-length victory over Mighty Fennec to win the $31,550 Royal Poinciana Handicap and the biggest purse in his career, $20,507. Tropical Park closed with 26-year-old Jockey LARRY ADAMS scoring his fifth consecutive stakes victory as he won the $54,100 Tropical Park Handicap on Little M Farm's Sunrise Flight.
MOTOR SPORTS—DAN GURNEY, experienced Grand Prix driver who was raised around the Riverside, Calif. track, covered the familiar nine-turn course at an average speed of 84.96 mph to win the Riverside "500" against one of the finest stock car fields of all time. The $66,245 purse was the sport's biggest by far.
SKIING—EGON ZIMMERMANN of Austria won the downhill event at the 24th International Hahnenkamm races in Kitzb√ºhel. He broke the 1960 record with a 2:20.66 over an improved course. West Germany's Ludwig Leitner won the slalom with Guy Périllat of France second. The Austrians, substandard in the slalom, still dominate downhill skiing, and Zimmermann's total score was enough to win him the combined title. Austria's women skiers triumphed at Schruns-Tschagguns, where Erika Netzer won the combined title for the Golden Key Trophy. Second was compatriot Traudl Hecher. World Champion Marianne Jahn, who had beaten her teammates in both slalom races, did poorly in the difficult downhill but managed to give Austria a sweep in the combined.
SWIMMING—KEVIN BERRY, 17, claiming to be seven pounds overweight, still clipped .4 second off his own world record for the 110-yard butterfly, winning the New South Wales Championship event in 59 seconds flat.
TENNIS—Grand Slam Winner ROD LAVER is finding the net profit much better but the net result far worse in his new role as a pro. Playing his best yet, he still lost 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6 to fellow Australian and old pro Lew Hoad, before 8,000 in Melbourne. The next day he finally got his first pro win, beating Ken Rosewall 6-3, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2.
Roy Emerson, now Australia's top amateur, beat Ken Fletcher in 55 minutes, 6-3, 6-3, 6-1, to win the first of the big four events in the amateur grand slam, the Australian Championships.
Margaret Smith, ranked No. 1 in the world, won her fourth straight Australian singles title, then teamed with Fletcher to take the mixed doubles title.
TRACK & FIELD—The finest sight at the Los Angeles Invitational Indoor track meet was a winner (see page 12) but not of an event. She was Germany's top sprinter, blonde JUTTA HEINE, and the 13,386 spectators seemed to care not that she ended up second in the 60-yard dash behind Marilyn White. Finishing third was World Record Holder Wilma Rudolph Ward. The mile was won by Jim Grelle in a meet record time of 4:04.3, while Canada's easygoing Bruce Kidd was pushed to another meet mark as he won the two-mile in 8:43.8 and earned a standing ovation. Hayes Jones won the high hurdles going away. Bill Crothers of Toronto took the 1,000 yards at 2:08.9, and Parry O'Brien won his fourth straight title in the shotput. Meanwhile, the week's other major track event was being held at the Waldorf Astoria Towers in New York, where General Douglas MacArthur returned to settle a nonmilitary battle—the NCAA-AAU dispute. A compromise plan puts the general in command as a White House-supported arbitrator until after the 1964 Olympics.
Pentti Nikula, the world outdoor record holder in the pole vault, set the world indoor record by clearing 16 feet 1½ inches in Helsinki.
MILEPOSTS—MARRIED: VALERI BRUMEL, 20, handsome holder of the world high jump record and, presumably, a million Moscow female hearts, to Marina Larionova, svelte blonde gymnast with the impressive official title of Master of Sport.
SIGNED: BLANTON COLLIER, 56, as head coach of the NFL Cleveland Browns to replace long-revered, just-fired Paul Brown. Collier, most recently a backfield coach, moved in with an emotional acceptance speech and announcement of a major revision in team routine: no longer will all plays be called from the bench by the coach.
SIGNED: JOHN RALSTON, 35, as head football coach to replace Jack Curtice at Stanford University. Excitedly mixing metaphors as he took over his new job, the former Utah State coach observed, "When you are ambitious to be the greatest coach in the business you have a monkey on your back that almost drives you to drink."
SELECTED: Mink-Rancher GENE FULLMER, battered but lucid former world middleweight champion, to the 11-man board of directors of the Murray State Bank in West Jordan, Utah.
PLANNED: The biggest sporting fix of all, by the association that runs Britain's $5,500,000-a-week betting pools. The worst winter in 80 years has caused so many soccer games to be canceled that the pools have not been able to operate for a month. If the minimum of 30 games can't be held next weekend, a board of experts will meet and decide what the scores would have been if the games had been played, and payoffs will be made as usual.