BASKETBALL—BOSTON, after letting the rest of the NBA have some fun by losing six of 10 games, decided enough was enough and ran off five straight wins (best showing in six weeks) to up its lead from two games to 4½ over the Royals. CINCINNATI, which had been coming on strong, dropped two in a row to the Hawks for its first back-to-back losses in nine weeks. In the Royals' only win (108-95 over LA), rookie Jerry Lucas hit a career high of 29 points. PHILADELPHIA played only two games and lost both of them to make it three straight and six defeats in the 76ers' last eight games. NEW YORK split two with the Pistons and squeezed by the Bullets, 109-107 when Johnny Green sank two free throws with only one second left in the game. In the West, LOS ANGELES barely beat the Hawks 111-109 on Elgin Baylor's field goal with two seconds remaining and then dropped two straight to the Royals and Celtics. The Lakers' short slump (four losses in five games and fewer than 100 points in three of them) finally ended when Jerry West threw in 41 points to lead the team to a 115-111 victory over the 76ers. ST. LOUIS finished the week in second place, 2½ games behind LA, by winning two out of three. SAN FRANCISCO had moved briefly into second by winning its fifth and sixth games in a row (one of them was an 89—79 victory over the Pistons in which each team scored only 11 points in the second period) but fell back into third, a game behind the Hawks, by losing two straight. During the Warriors' streak, opponents were held to less than 100 points five times. BALTIMORE lost two out of three and DETROIT dropped three out of four. The Pistons' only win came in the last 20 seconds when Ray Scott sank a hook shot to beat the Knicks 101-99.
Cincinnati's Oscar Robertson scored 26 points and led the EAST to a 111-107 win over the West in the All-Star game in Boston. It was the East's ninth victory in 14 games.
BOATING—CONQUISTADOR, a Class B 40-foot sloop owned and skippered by Fuller Callaway III of San Francisco, won the 105-mile St. Petersburg-Venice ocean race in the corrected time of 19:47:03.
BOXING—In Cleveland, fourth-ranked Heavyweight ZORA FOLLEY, 31, of Chandler, Ariz. out-boxed Canada's Heavyweight Champion George Chuvalo, 26, to gain a unanimous 10-round decision.
January 27, 1964
FIGURE SKATING—There were no surprises in the results of the European championships in Grenoble, France, as French medical student ALAIN CALMAT, 23, easily won the men's singles title for the third consecutive year, and Holland's SJOUKJE DIJKSTRA, 22, runner-up to Carol Heiss in the 1960 Olympics, took the women's title for the fifth year in a row. The pairs event was won for the sixth time by West Germany's MARIKA KILIUS and HANS-J√úRGEN B√ÑUMLER, but only by a slim margin over the Russian pair, Ludmilla and oleg Protopopov.
FOOTBALL—AFL: The WEST came from behind to defeat the East 27-24 in the All-Star game when Cotton Davidson threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Art Powell with only 43 seconds to go.
COLLEGE: GOMER JONES, 49, who worked for Bud Wilkinson as line coach and assistant athletic director during his 17 years with Oklahoma, was appointed to succeed him as head football coach.
GOLF—In weather so wet and windy that no one could better the par 72, TONY LEMA of San Leandro, Calif. shot a final-round 76 to win the $60,000 Bing Crosby tournament in Pebble Beach, Calif. by three strokes over Bo Wininger and Gay Brewer (see page 18).
HOCKEY—For the third consecutive week CHICAGO dropped two games (both shutouts) while winning only one and its league lead was reduced from three points to two. MONTREAL beat the Black Hawks 1-0 (Charlie Hodge's second shutout this season) to move briefly within a point of Chicago before losing to the Red Wings and tying the Bruins. TORONTO lost two games to extend its losing streak to three (its longest this season) before defeating the Black Hawks 2-0 on Don Simmons' third shutout. DETROIT shut out the Canadiens 2-0 for its only win as Terry Sawchuk, with 36 saves, recorded his 95th regular-season shutout to break the NHL record of 94 set by George Hainsworth in 1937. NEW YORK took two out of three games and BOSTON won two in a row to stretch its winning streak to three—longest for the team in nearly four years. The suddenly powerful Bruins whipped the Red Wings 5-1 and then crushed the Maple Leafs 11-0 as Dean Prentice and Andy Hebenton each scored a hat trick. It was the league's biggest shutout in 20 years and Goalie Ed Johnston's third of the season. The next night the weary Bruins could score only one goal and tied the Canadiens 1-1.
HORSE RACING—In 1964's first big test for 3-year-olds, Mrs. Marion Frankel's BUPERS ($18.40), ridden by Bill Hartack and carrying top weight of 122 pounds, won the $33,250 Hibiscus Stakes at Hialeah Park, Fla., finishing a head in front of Journalist in the 13-horse field.
MOTOR SPORTS—Defending Champion DAN GURNEY of Costa Mesa, Calif. drove a 1964 Ford an average of 91.154 mph to an easy victory in the NASCAR 500-mile road race at Riverside (Calif.) International Raceway. Runner-up Marvin Panch was one lap behind while Glenn (Fireball) Roberts finished third.
RODEO—DEAN OLIVER of Boise, Idaho, 1963's calf-roping champion and national all-round cowboy, got off to a good start this year by winning top money at the nine-day National Western Stock Show rodeo in Denver with earnings of $2,754 in the calf-roping and steer-wrestling competition.
SKIING—At the International Silver Jug meet in Bad Gastein, Austria, France's MARIELLE GOITSCHEL won the combined title by taking third place in the downhill race and finishing second to America's Jean Saubert in the slalom. Miss Saubert then was sidelined with a stomach ailment, and Miss Goitschel went on to win both the giant slalom and slalom races in Spittal, Austria in the final women's pre-Olympic meet.
Also in Spittal, at a men's international meet, HIAS LEITNER of Austria won the combined championship after finishing second twice—to fellow countryman Pepi Stiegler in the giant slalom and to Japan's Yoshuharo Fukuhara in the slalom.
At an international downhill meet in Madonna di Campiglio in the Italian Alps two West Germans, Willy Bogner and Wolfgang Bartels, each won an event, but KARL SCHRANZ of Austria, who tied for second the first day and finished third the next, won the combined title. The U.S. Olympic team's Buddy Werner and Billy Kidd placed 10th and 11th in the combined standings.
Russian skiers took first place in both the jumping and cross-country events, but ALOIS KAELIN, a Swiss typesetter, won the Nordic combined title in a pre-Olympic international meet in Le Brassus, Switzerland. He took the title by placing eighth in the jumping (won by Albert Laryonov) and ninth in the 15-km. cross-country race (won by Pavel Kolchin). The U.S. team's John Bower of Auburn, Me. finished a surprise ninth in the overall standings.
TRACK & FIELD—At the Los Angeles Invitational Belgium's GASTON ROELANTS won the two-mile in 8:41.4, closely followed by the swift Spokane 17-year-old, Gerry Lindgren, who finished second in U.S. schoolboy record time of 8:46 (see page 66). BOB HAYES, sprinting 60 yards indoors for the first time, took the event in six seconds flat to equal the indoor record held jointly by Herb Carper, Frank Budd and Roscoe Cook. Carper, who set the record in 1960, finished third to Hayes in 6.1. The 60-yard high hurdles was won, as usual, by HAYES JONES in seven seconds flat—[1/10] of a second slower than his own record. ULIS WILLIAMS edged Adolph Plummer to take the 500-yard run in 58.8; JIM DUPREE easily won the 1,000-yard run in 2:10.6, as favorite Bill Crothers of Toronto withdrew from the competition with a knee injury; and JIM GRELLE coasted to a 4:05.9 victory in the mile. Although the pole-vault field was restricted to competitors who already had cleared 16 feet, only JOHN PENNEL was able to exceed that height as he vaulted a record 16 feet 4¼ inches. Other winners were: RALPH BOSTON who leaped 25 feet 9¼ inches in the broad jump; JOHN THOMAS who high-jumped an even seven feet; and DALLAS LONG, who put the shot 62 feet 7½ inches.
MILEPOSTS—DIED: JOE WEATHERLY, 41, of Norfolk, Va., NASCAR's Grand National driving champion for the past two years, when his Mercury skidded and crashed into a retaining wall during the NASCAR 500-mile road race at Riverside International Raceway, Calif.
DIED: GEORGE DUNCAN, 80, longtime British golf professional, in Leeds, England. He won the British Open in 1920 and played on three Ryder Cup teams.
DIED: SIG BUCHMAYR, 57, former ski instructor and owner of a string of Eastern ski equipment and clothing shops, in an automobile accident near Hopewell Junction, N.Y.