BASKETBALL—SAN FRANCISCO continued to lead the Western Division of the NBA, splitting games with the Celtics and nipping the Pistons in overtime, due largely to Wilt Chamberlain's 59 points. ST. LOUIS edged half a game closer to first place with a pair of victories over the Knicks and the 76ers. Jerry West was back in form, scoring 85 points, good but not good enough to prevent third-place LOS ANGELES from losing two out of three games to the Celtics. BALTIMORE won three in a row (76ers once, Pistons twice), but remained lodged hopelessly in fourth, five games behind the Lakers. DETROIT lost five games to four different teams to secure its unenviable grip on last place, scoring high in every game (averaging 116) but never quite high enough. In the Eastern Division, BOSTON'S once handsome lead was getting uncomfortably short. The Celtics won three out of five games, nevertheless saw their lead shrink to two over the onrushing second-place Royals. CINCINNATI, with Jerry Lucas and Oscar Robertson setting the style, extended its winning streak to 11 with victories over the Pistons, 76ers and Knicks (twice). PHILADELPHIA lumbered along in third place, losing three out of four games (the victory was over Detroit), but even that record looked like a rose compared to the Knicks'. NEW YORK lost and lost and lost and so on...three more times last week, nine in a row in all. It tied the longest losing streak of the season, set by, that's right, the poor old Knicks themselves.
BOATING—Dick Dungan's SABRE won the 184-mile Miami-Nassau race, the fifth and final test in the SORC series (a sixth race, the Nassau Cup, was canceled for lack of wind), but third-place CONQUISTADOR, a 40-foot Class B sloop owned and skippered by Fuller Callaway III of San Francisco, edged Sabre for the SORC Championship, 305 to 303.5 points. Joe C. Byars' Doubloon, last year's champion, was third.
After 10 days under sail in winds ranging from light to near gale force, Ashley G. Bown's 40-foot cutter CAROUSEL won the overall title in the 1,430-mile San Diego-Acapulco ocean race. Howard Ahmanson's 83-foot sloop Sirius II, first over the finish line in the record-breaking time of 8 days 9 hours 15 minutes and 54.2 seconds, was runner-up in the corrected standings.
BOXING—In the third defense of his world lightweight title, CARLOS ORTIZ of New York defeated Junior Lightweight Champion Flash Elorde of the Philippines by a 14th round TKO in Manila, abruptly ending what had been a close fight.
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World Welterweight Champion EMILE GRIFFITH of New York wasted little effort knocking out Ralph Dupas of New Orleans in the third round of a scheduled 12-round nontitle fight in Sydney, Australia.
DOG SHOW—CH. COURTENAY FLEETFOOT OF PENNYWORTH, a 3-year-old fawn-and-white whippet owned by Mrs. Charles B. Newcombe of Newington, N.H., was chosen best-in-show from among 2,547 dogs at the Westminster Kennel Club competition in New York's Madison Square Garden. "I've never seen a better hound," said Judge Len Carey after choosing the first of the breed to win the 88-year-old show. "He's all whippet." Other finalists: a boxer, a pointer, a poodle, a Sealyham and a Maltese (see page 22).
GOLF—Competing against violent winds in the final round of the $30,000 Tucson Open, JACKY CUPIT shot a one-under-par 71 to win his first tournament since 1962, with a low 72-hole score of 274.
In Venezuela former Masters winner ART WALL came from behind in the final round (71) to win the Maracaibo Open with a 280 total.
HOCKEY—MONTREAL and CHICAGO each won two of three games to remain in a grim first-place tie. The Canadiens defeated the Maple Leafs 4-0 for Charlie Hodge's fifth shutout (his second in two weeks) and overpowered the Red Wings 5-2 on Jean Beliveau's hat trick, while the Black Hawks defeated the less formidable Rangers and Bruins. Inconsistent TORONTO beat the Black Hawks 4-0 (Johnny Bower's fourth shutout) for its only victory of the week and its third win in 15 games, but two losses left the Maple Leafs just four points in front of resurgent DETROIT. The Red Wings won two games to extend their winning streak to five before losing to the Canadiens. Gordie Howe, who had scored only two goals in the Red Wings' previous 12 games, came to life with two apiece in consecutive wins over the Bruins (4-1) and the Canadiens (4-1). Hapless NEW YORK added a fifth defeat to its losing streak (longest since November) before breaking it with a 4-2 win over the Maple Leafs, while hopeless BOSTON dropped its only two games and seemed in no danger of moving out of the cellar.
HORSE RACING—California-bred HILL RISE ($6.20), Don Pierce up, nosed out Wil Rad and Real Good Deal in a tight finish to win the $61,450 San Felipe Handicap for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita.
Joseph M. Roebling's 5-year-old RAINY LAKE ($5.80), with Bob Ussery aboard, took the lead in the stretch and won the $32,250 Palm Beach Handicap, his first stakes victory, by a length over Royal Ascot at Hialeah.
SKIING—Competing against the best Olympic skiers in the Garmisch (Germany) Kandahar races, JIM HEUGA of Tahoe City, Calif. took the combined championship, winning the slalom and finishing second in the giant slalom behind France's Jean-Claude Killy. Another Frenchman, Léo Lacroix, was runner-up for the combined title. MARIELLE GOITSCHEL of France, who was second to America's Jean Saubert in the slalom and to Austria's Edith Zimmermann in the giant slalom, won the women's combined trophy. Miss Saubert (eighth in the giant slalom) was runner-up.
TENNIS—CHUCK McKINLEY and DENNIS RALSTON tuned up for the national indoor championships this week with victories in eastern tournaments. McKinley edged U.S. Champion Rafael Osuna 6-3, 8-6, 5-7, 4-6, 6-3 in the finals of the Philadelphia Invitational, and Ralston easily beat USC teammate Tom Edlefsen to win the Buffalo Invitational for the second year in a row.
TRACK & FIELD—At the New York Athletic Club meet, TOM O'HARA set a new world indoor record for the mile, circling the board track 11 times in 3:56.6 (see page 46). Thanks to a brisk early pace, O'Hara hit the three-quarter mark at 3:01.6, then sprinted through a remarkable :55 final quarter. Barely breathing hard at the finish, O'Hara said: "I think I can do 3:54 indoors and 3:52 outdoors." Other NYAC winners: BOB HAYES, 60-yard dash, :06, to equal world record; WENDELL MOTTLEY, 440-yard run, :48.3; BILL CROTHERS, half mile, 1:50.8; and BRUCE KIDD, two miles, 8:42.6.
Other meets: in Louisville, Villanova's two-mile relay team set a new indoor record at 7:25. The team: Jimmy Orr (1:53.9), Al Adams (1:52.6), Tom Sullivan (1:49.5) and Noel Carroll (1:49). In San Francisco, Jim Beatty, making his first appearance of the indoor season, ran a dismal 4:13.4 mile, finishing third. And in Auckland, New Zealand, Peter Snell, world record holder in the mile, also finished a poor third, 33 yards behind John Davies, who was timed at 4:02.5. Chances for an O'Hara-U.S. gold medal in Tokyo were looking up.
MILEPOSTS—APPOINTED: STAN MUSIAL, 43, St. Louis Cardinal vice-president who retired last fall after 22 years as an active player, by President Lyndon Johnson to succeed Oklahoma's Bud Wilkinson as head of the national physical fitness program. "I am proud to have Stan the Man—always true to his friends, family, his state and, most of all, to himself," said the President.
DIED: KENNETH D. HUBBS, 22, the Chicago Cubs' gifted second baseman and National League Rookie of the Year in 1962, when his private plane crashed near Provo, Utah. Hubbs, who had received his pilot's license just two weeks ago, was flying home to Colton, Calif. after playing in a church-sponsored basketball tournament in Provo.
DIED: PATRICK J. RYAN, 81, who earned a gold medal for the U.S. in hammer throw (173 feet 5‚Öù inches) at the 1920 Olympics; in Limerick, Ireland.