BASKETBALL—BOSTON lost to the Warriors 92-89 for its third straight defeat (longest losing streak in two seasons) to end a disastrous road trip with a 2-4 record. Led by Sam Jones's 28 points, however, the Celtics beat back the Royals 109-92 at home and split two with the 76ers to hold a two-game lead in the East. CINCINNATI had moved to within 1½ games of the Celtics by extending its latest winning streak to four with two victories over the 76ers before losing to Boston. PHILADELPHIA pulled out of a three-game slump to beat the Hawks 122-115 and the Celtics 115-108 while NEW YORK dropped three of its four games on the West Coast. Western leader LOS ANGELES ran its winning streak to five before losing a pair—114-89 to the Warriors (the Lakers were held to nine points in the second quarter) and 118-108 to the Knicks. Second-place ST. LOUIS (3 GB) divided four games and barely stayed ahead of surging SAN FRANCISCO, which took four straight and moved from six to 3½ games behind the Lakers. Wilt Chamberlain, as usual, led the Warriors both defensively (he grabbed 32 rebounds in the win over the Celtics) and offensively (he averaged 44 points a game during the streak). BALTIMORE dropped four in a row and then won two of its next three games, while DETROIT followed form and lost more games than it won (three out of four).
BOATING—ONDINE, S. A. (Huey) Long's 57-foot yawl, won the opening event of Southern Ocean Racing Circuit, the 71-mile Miami-to-Cat Cay race. George Slaton's 63-foot yawl Good Hope was first over the finish line but ended up ninth on corrected time.
BOWLING—In a tense finish ANDY MARZICH of Long Beach, Calif., the defending champion, rolled a 10th-frame strike to edge Pat Patterson 246-237 in the $25,000 St. Louis Open.
BOXING—In a free-swinging nontitle fight in Los Angeles SUGAR RAMOS of Mexico City, the featherweight champion, outslugged Junior Lightweight Vicente Dorado of Argentina to win a 10-round unanimous decision.
January 20, 1964
BRIDGE—For the third time in four years OSWALD JACOBY of Dallas won the McKenney Trophy for most master points earned in tournaments. By collecting a record 1,034 points in 1963, he also became the first player to exceed 1,000 in a year.
FIGURE SKATING—At the National Championships in Cleveland, PEGGY FLEMING, 15, of Pasadena, Calif., came from behind with a spectacular free-skating performance to win the senior ladies' title and a place on the Olympic team (the top three finishers in the senior ladies', men's and pairs events automatically qualified for the U.S. team). SCOTT ETHAN ALLEN, 14, of Smoke Rise, N.J., won the senior men's title—the first to do so without having been the junior national champion—while a Tacoma (Wash.) brother-and-sister team, JERRY (21) and JUDIANNE (19) FOTHERINGILL, took the pairs competition by executing "the hardest routine we've ever done."
FOOTBALL—COLLEGE: DARRELL ROYAL of Texas was chosen the major-college Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association, and for the second time in a row WILLIAM EDWARDS of Wittenberg (two straight undefeated seasons) was voted the small-college coaching award.
Bud Wilkinson, 47, resigned as head coach at Oklahoma to enter another rough game—politics. His amazing 17-year coaching record (145-29-4) included 13 straight Big Eight titles (1947-1959), three national championships (1950, 1955 and 1956), five unbeaten and untied seasons and a 47-game victory streak (1953-1957).
After dropping more than $900,000 in the last nine years, HARDIN-SIMMONS of Abilene, Texas decided to drop football as well. The school's overall record since 1897 was a creditable 240-191-35, but in the last four years the football teams had lost 35 out of their last 39 games.
NFL: The WEST All Stars defeated the East 31-17 in the Pro Bowl game in Los Angeles as Johnny Unitas, the game's outstanding player for the third time, threw two touchdown passes.
GOLF—ART WALL JR., of Honesdale, Pa., who had not won a major tournament since the 1960 Canadian Open, held on to a third-round lead and took the $30,000 San Diego Open with a six-under-par 274. Tony Lema and Bob Rosburg tied for second with 276.
HOCKEY—CHICAGO took only one game out of three (6-3 over the Red Wings as Bobby Hull scored three goals) but held its three-point lead when MONTREAL split two. TORONTO tied the Canadians for second place, however, by winning two out of three. DETROIT had three victories (including Goalie Roger Crozier's second shutout—5-0 over the Bruins) and only one loss. NEW YORK beat the Bruins 5-3 for its fourth consecutive win—most in a row in five years—before losing 5-3 to the Red Wings. (Goalie Jacques Plante, who averaged 39 saves a game during the streak, had 48 in the loss). It looked as if BOSTON might never win another game as it extended its winless streak to 11 games (10 defeats and a tie), the longest in the league this season, before beating Toronto.
HORSE RACING—OGDEN PHIPPS, 56, was elected chairman of The Jockey Club as George D. Widener, 74, resigned after 14 years in the post. Phipps is the sixth chairman in the 70-year history of the organization.
MOTOR SPORTS—BRUCE McLAREN of New Zealand drove his Cooper-Climax to victory over fellow countryman Denis Hulme in the 110-mile New Zealand Grand Prix near Auckland.
SKIING—At the women's international championships in Grindelwald, JEAN SAUBERT won the giant slalom by two seconds over Traudl Hecher of Austria and an impressive four seconds over France's Marielle Goitschel, who had taken first in the special slalom the day before (see page 12). At the men's Lauberhorn races, EGON ZIMMERMANN of Austria, world giant slalom champion, easily won that event two days in a row, and Ludwig Leitner of West Germany took the special slalom.
TENNIS—ROY EMERSON defeated Fred Stolle in straight sets (6-3, 6-4, 6-2) for the singles title in the Australian Championships in Brisbane, and MARGARET SMITH won the women's singles for the fifth year in a row with an easy 6-3, 6-2 victory over Lesley Turner.
TRACK & FIELD—The eastern indoor season opened with the Massachusetts Knights of Columbus meet in Boston, and a Yale senior, WENDELL MOTTLEY, ran 500 yards in 55.5 seconds to tie the world indoor record set last winter by Earl Young. HAYES JONES easily took the 45-yard high hurdles—his 50th straight indoor victory—in 5.5 seconds; Toronto's BILL CROTHERS sprinted ahead in the final lap to win the 1,000-yard run in 2:10.7; and TOM O'HARA won the mile in a slow 4:06.3. In the field events JOHN UELSES, the first man ever to clear 16 feet, won the pole vault with a leap of 16 feet 3¼ inches, while John Pennel, the first man ever to clear 17 feet, finished a poor second at 15 feet; JOHN THOMAS of Boston soared 7 feet 2 inches to take the high jump; and Harvard student CHRIS OHIRI of Nigeria, won the broad jump with a leap of 24 feet ½ inch.
MILEPOSTS—RETIRED: MADISON A. (Matty) BELL, 64, as athletic director of Southern Methodist University, effective July 1, 1964. During his 15 years as head football coach (1935-1949) Bell led SMU to three Southwest Conference championships (1935, 1947 and 1948). He has been the school's athletic director since 1945.
RESIGNED: JOHNNY JORDAN, 53, as head basketball coach at Notre Dame, effective at the end of this season. During his 12½ years with the university his teams have had 193 victories against 121 losses, but with only four wins and eight defeats so far this season Coach Jordan declared. "I want to get out of coaching and this is a good time to do it, considering the team's record."
DIED: REG PARNELL, 52, longtime British racing driver (1934-1957), team manager and engineer, of peritonitis, in Derby, England.