AUTO RACING—PEDRO RODRIGUEZ, in his first race since brother-teammate Ricardo's flaming death last year, won the Daytona Continental in three hours 38 seconds. The 23-year-old Mexico City driver averaged 102.974 in a new Ferrari.
The American Challenge Cup race at Daytona on Saturday was taken by Paul Goldsmith, who easily beat a 14-car field by averaging 145.161 through a steady drizzle. He drove a 1963 Tempest.
BASKETBALL—NBA: The Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics continued their cross-continent war, one that gets steadily tougher as the season wears on (see page 12). The division leaders split two games against each other, Boston winning 120-93, and LA 134-128. Anxious to leave basketball as a legend, Boston's Bob Cousy was at his best in these important games but at his most amazing two days later in Providence. There, playing against Syracuse, he threw what was to have been a 79-foot pass the length of the court. Instead of being caught by a teammate, it went through the hoop for a basket. The Celtics won that game 123-114 and also beat St. Louis (114-94) and Chicago (110-107). After defeating Detroit 128-111, Los Angeles didn't fare so well, losing 122-118 to San Francisco and Wilt Chamberlain's 56 points. That was the Warriors' only win of the week. Relatively successful, by their standards, were the New York Knicks, who ended a five-game losing streak and balanced two losses with two victories. Even more successful was Cincinnati, which won its sixth victory in its last seven games. St. Louis, thanks to Cliff Hagan's last-second jump shot against New York, went 3-2 for the week, but Syracuse and Detroit could manage no better than 2-3. Chicago had a consistent week: three losses.
BOATING—BAHAMAS REGATTA WEEK began with the entire fleet of 5.5-meter yachts getting lost in a driving rain. "Very embarrassing," said a regatta official tersely as he postponed the competition.
February 25, 1963
BOXING—FLASH ELORDE of the Philippines pecked away at Erie, Pa. challenger Johnny Bizzaro for 15 rounds in Manila to successfully defend his junior lightweight title.
DOG SHOW—CH. WAKEFIELD'S BLACK KNIGHT, a 3-year-old English springer known as Danny by his intimates, took best-in-show at the Westminster Kennel Club's New York judging. Owned by Mrs. W. J. S. Borrie of Gwynedd, Pa. and handled by D. Lawrence Carswell, Danny defeated a boxer, miniature pinscher, Airedale, greyhound and Dalmatian, all of which had won best-in-group awards. A total of 2,565 dogs were entered.
GOLF—The TUCSON OPEN, unlike the rain-delayed Phoenix Open earlier in the week that Arnold Palmer won in a playoff, was essentially a breeze—for Don January. He finished 11 strokes ahead of his nearest rival, shooting a remarkable 22-under-par 266. The 33-year-old Texan had rounds of 65-67-69-65. "I just teed up and hit it, and when I found it I hit it again," January explained. His winner's purse was $3,500.
Jim Hearn won the baseball players' golf tournament with a 301 in Miami. Said Birdie Tebbetts, surveying the drizzle on the last day: "You couldn't get these guys to work out in weather like this, but they sure will play golf."
HOCKEY—NHL: Bobby Hull, coming on with his usual late-season rush, scored the hat trick to give the Chicago Black Hawks a 3-1 victory over Boston and put them four points ahead in the NHL race. In their only other game, the Black Hawks lost to Montreal 4-2. The Canadiens, meanwhile, put themselves back into second place by pounding Detroit 6-1, a result that upset fiery-tempered Red Wing Howie Young. He drew blood and a major penalty in highsticking J. C. Tremblay in the second period. But his worst tantrum of the season occurred later. Called for a minor infraction, he swung at the referee and then refused to go to the penalty box, thus drawing assorted penalties which, incidentally, enabled him to set a new season record for time in the penalty box. Toronto lost 4-1 to New York and dropped back into third place after previous wins over Detroit and New York had boosted the Maple Leafs to second. Detroit, Young and all, stayed in fourth place, and Boston, which had an undefeated string of six games until Saturday, lost to Detroit 3-1 and settled back into last, behind New York.
HORSE RACING—NEVER BEND, last year's 2-year-old champion and a prime threat to Candy Spots (see page 22) in the Kentucky Derby this May, won his first 1963 outing, a seven-furlong, no-betting exhibition race, by 14 lengths, at Hialeah.
SKIING—GENE KOTLAREK, of Duluth, Minn. displayed almost perfect form as he broke the U.S. ski jumping record twice, sailing 318 and then 322 feet in the national championships in Steamboat Springs, Colo.
SWIMMING—SATOKO TANAKA of Japan bettered the 110-yard women's world backstroke record, swimming the first leg of an individual medley in one minute 10.2 seconds in Perth, Australia.
TENNIS—DENNIS RALSTON, suspended two years ago by the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association for unsportsmanlike conduct, harnessed his well-known temper and won the national indoor championship last week, cracking Englishman Mike Sangster's cannonball serves for a 7-5, 4-6, 6-3, 10-8 victory. "Concentrate!" the Bakersfield, Calif. 20-year-old shouted at himself after missing two easy volleys early in the match. He then followed his own advice, losing his service only once more. To attain the finals, Ralston beat Chuck McKinley 8-6, 6-1, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3. Five Americans and only three foreigners reached the quarter-finals, a reversal of recent trends. Bill Talbert and Gardnar Mulloy, first partnership to become senior champions after having been national champions, won the senior doubles, beating George MacCall and Morris Adelsberg.
Ken Rosewall, best on the pro tour, ran his match record to 5-2 as he beat last year's amateur Grand Slam champion, Rod Laver, in Baltimore. Laver is now 2-5. Barry MacKay, like Rosewall, has a 5-2 record, Earl Buchholz is 4-3, Andres Gimeno 3-4 and Luis Ayala 2-5.
TRACK & FIELD—VALERI BRUMEL high-jumped to another indoor record (7 feet 4 inches) virtually unopposed, and JIM BEATTY was forced into a record 3:58.6 mile by rising young Chicagoan Tom O'Hara to highlight the New York Athletic Club Games. Beatty didn't make up his mind to try for the first indoor sub-four-minute-mile ever run in the East until O'Hara passed him. Pressed, Beatty uncoiled a lung-splintering final half lap to win. O'Hara had launched a strong drive going into the gun lap and finished in 3:59.2. Bruce Kidd's 8:39 and the Villanova relay team's 7:33.6 were the second-best indoor times ever recorded for two miles. Rolando Cruz of Villanova was overjoyed at his winning vault of 16 feet even, but Russian Igor Ter-Ovanesyan glowered at his indifferent 25-foot 6¾-inch broad-jump mark, and Gary Gubner growled about a 63-foot 4½-inch shotput, even though both won.
Earl Young ran the 500 in 55.5, Bob Hayes dashed 70 yards in 6.9, Georgetown won the two-mile relay (7:29), Texas Southern took the mile relay (3:12.2), and Tennessee A&I broke its own mark with a 48.3 in the women's 440 relay, all national indoor records in the Mason-Dixon Games in Louisville.
MILEPOSTS—ENGAGED: PAT MOSS, 28, of England, auto-racing sister of famed Stirling Moss, and Sweden's best man at the rally wheel, Erik Carlsson, 33, in Helsinki, Finland. "Heaven knows when we will be married." said Pat. "We have so many rallies. I'm a nervous passenger, so there is no chance we will team up in the same car."
NAMED: JOE STYDAHAR, four-time AII-NFL tackle, two-time NFL head coach; as defensive line coach, by the Chicago Bears.
ADDED: UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE, another strong basketball school; to the Missouri Valley Conference, which scarcely needs more competition.
SHOT: MARSHALL BRIDGES, New York Yankee pitcher; in the leg, by a woman sitting next to him in a Fort Lauderdale bar; for reasons known only to her.
DIED: J. H. TAYLOR, 91, storied British golfer who, with James Braid and Harry Vardon, made up the "great triumvirate" that won 16 British opens in 21 years.