BADMINTON—In the Mexican Open PAT GALLAGHER of San Diego gained the women's singles title by defeating her home-town rival, Judy Adamos, 12-10, 11-8. The two girls then teamed up in the doubles, but lost to Carolina Allier and Lucero Soto of Mexico, 6-15, 15-6, 15-8.
BASKETBALL—A mild case of anemia and 13 lost pounds slowed down Bill Russell, and BOSTON dropped two more games. Since winning 11 in a row to start the season, the Celtics have lost four of their last seven games. Second-place CINCINNATI took three out of four but was still three games away from the Eastern lead. PHILADELPHIA broke a four-game losing streak with a 108-96 victory over the Celtics, and NEW YORK also finally won one (103-94 over the Bullets) after losing eight in a row. LOS ANGELES' precarious lead in the Western Division dwindled to one game when the Lakers split with the Royals—losing the first 92-90 and winning the next 131-121—and second-place ST. LOUIS took three of four close games with late surges. BALTIMORE edged Boston 102-99 as the Celtics made only nine field goals in the last half. But success spoiled the Bullets and they lost their next two games. Revitalized DETROIT took three out of four to give new Coach Dave DeBusschere a 5-2 won-lost record. "We're like a bunch of college kids turned loose," said Piston Forward Don Kojis. Wilt Chamberlain grabbed his 10,000th rebound in a little more than five seasons of NBA play as SAN FRANCISCO dropped into the cellar after three straight losses.
BOWLING—In the Inter-American championships in Caracas, slight LES ZIKES of Chicago won the all-events title with 5,217 points for 26 games, and led the U.S. to victory in the five-man, six-man and doubles divisions as well.
FIELD TRIAL—A black bitch named Morgan (actually RIPCO'S V. C. MORGAN) won the national retriever championship in Weldon Springs, Mo. The little Labrador, owned by J.D. Ott of Seattle, overcame cold, snow and 58 other dogs to take the title.
FOOTBALL—NFL: BALTIMORE won its 10th straight and the Western Division title by defeating Los Angeles 24-7. The Colts, who last took the championship in 1959, caught the Ram quarterbacks 11 times for losses of 102 yards. DETROIT tied MINNESOTA 23-23 when Wayne Walker booted a 36-yard field goal in the final minute. CHICAGO also used a last-minute field goal, by Roger Leclerc (he had already kicked two), to edge San Francisco 23-21. GREEN BAY rallied to upset the Eastern Division leader, Cleveland, 28-21 when the Packers scored three touchdowns in the second half. ST. LOUIS moved to within a game and a half of first place by defeating Philadelphia 38-13 as Charley Johnson threw two TD tosses to Joe Conrad. WASHINGTON leaped into a third-place tie with the Eagles by defeating Dallas 28-16. The Redskins, who lead the league with 29 pass interceptions, grabbed four Cowboy passes and turned two of them into touchdowns. PITTSBURGH trounced New York 44-17, giving the last-place Giants first pick in this week's player draft.
AFL: BOSTON moved to within a game of idle Buffalo, the Eastern leader, by defeating Denver 12-7. Gino Cappelletti, the league's top scorer, brought his season total to 132 points with a 50-yard field goal and a 26-yard TD pass from Babe Parilli. KANSAS CITY gave Houston its eighth straight loss, 28-19, when Len Dawson tossed three TD passes and Abner Haynes ran 156 yards. OAKLAND beat New York 35-26 as Cotton Davidson passed for three touchdowns and ran for another.
Hamilton edged Ottawa out of the Grey Cup finals by defeating the Rough Riders 39-38 in Canada's two-game, total-points Eastern Conference championship. BRITISH COLUMBIA won the Western title with two victories over Calgary.
GOLF—MILLER BARBER, 33, won his first official PGA tournament, the $25,000 Cajun Classic, but JACK NICKLAUS, who tied for second, received the most applause. The 24-year-old golfer earned $1,900, just enough to take the money-winning title away from Arnold Palmer (page 22).
When GENE LITTLER won the Southern California Open in Coronado, it was the title and not the thousand-dollar purse that mattered. The former U.S. Open champion had not won a tournament in 2½ years but he had collected $78,236.60 as an also-ran during that period.
Mickey Wright took the $17,000 Mary Mills Open in Biloxi by six strokes for her 11th victory in 27 tournaments she has played in this season.
HARNESS RACING—Closing fast in the stretch, MARCO HANOVER ($23.60) won the $50,000 American Trotting Classic at Hollywood and equaled the world record for 1‚⅛ miles with a 2:14[3/5] clocking. The field was so tightly bunched at the finish that Elma, in fifth place, was only three noses and a head behind the winner.
Unbeaten BRET HANOVER was named Harness Horse of 1964. The 2-year-old pacer, a son of Adios, cost Owner Richard Downing $50,000 as a yearling, but the colt has now won 24 straight races and $173,298 for the Ohio coal man.
Bob Farrington, a bricklayer 10 years ago, became the first American to drive 300 winners in one season. His philosophy: "I'm good to a horse that's good to me, but he's only good to me if he makes money for me."
HOCKEY—After losing two in a row, league-leading DETROIT beat Boston 3-1 (Roger Crozier had 32 saves) and then scrambled to a 3-3 tie with New York. TORONTO climbed into second place, a point out of the lead, by defeating the Canadiens 3-1, the Black Hawks 1-0 (Terry Sawchuk's 97th shutout of his 15-year career) and the Bruins 3-1. MONTREAL lost both its games and fell into a tie for third with CHICAGO, which won two out of three. NEW YORK slipped to fifth, only a point behind, despite a win and a tie, while hapless BOSTON was loudly booed at home after dropping two games.
HORSE RACING—Seven-year-old KELSO won only three stakes in 1964 (the Aqueduct, Jockey Club Gold Cup and Laurel International) but they were enough to earn him Horse of the Year honors for an unprecedented fifth time. NORTHERN DANCER was named 3-year-old champion, and two of Bold Ruler's offspring—BOLD LAD and QUEEN EMPRESS—took the 2-year-old titles.
A few cold horseplayers felt better when THIRD MARTINI ($15.90) downed Smart by a neck in the $55,900 Queens County Handicap at Aqueduct. About the same time LEMON TWIST beat Copy Chief by 1½ lengths in the $27,450 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs.
HORSE SHOW—The UNITED STATES team won its sixth championship in seven years at Toronto's Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. The Americans dominated the international classes, winning seven of 10 events.
MOTOR SPORTS—In the 200-mile Bobby Ball Memorial in Phoenix, LLOYD RUBY of Wichita Falls, Tex. roared past the checkered flag at 107 mph to defeat Rodger Ward by one lap. The race would have been even closer had Ward not been penalized a lap for passing the pace car while the caution light was on.
POCKET BILLIARDS—The hustlers drifted through Johnston City, Ill. (pop. 3,891) and picked up 20 grand at the local pool hall in the World's All-Around championships. ED TAYLOR, a big-nosed bachelor known as the Knoxville Bear, won the title and $2,800.
TRACK & FIELD—PETER SNELL took 3/10 of a second off his world mile record with a 3:54.1 clocking in Auckland (page 28).
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: BROOKS ROBINSON, 27, the All-Star third baseman of the Baltimore Orioles, as the American League's Most Valuable Player. The popular Robinson, who batted .317, hit 28 home runs and led the league in RBIs with 118, almost singlehandedly kept the collapsing Orioles in the pennant race.
SOLD: WARREN SPAHN, 43, to the New York Mets. Spahn, who has won 356 games in his 20-year career with the Braves, slumped to a 6-13 record last season. With the Mets he will attempt a comeback and will also be the team's pitching coach.