BASKETBALL—BOSTON rumbled along, winning three of four, and rebounding's elder statesman, Bill Russell, just smiled at the eager young Knicks whom the Celtics beat twice, 117-113 (in overtime) and 116-91. Said Russell, "They haven't learned you shouldn't jump if you can't get the ball. They've got to learn to loaf." Second-place CINCINNATI also took three of four and remained 3½ games behind in the Eastern Division. PHILADELPHIA lost to the Lakers twice, but won two others to make it seven victories in their last 10 games. NEW YORK dropped four, three of them on the road, and fell deeper into the cellar. In the West, LOS ANGELES' lead slipped slightly to 2½ games as the Lakers lost two of four and ST. LOUIS, with Bob Pettit back in the lineup, won two of three. Third-place BALTIMORE rallied to defeat the Warriors 120-114 and edged the Hawks 108-106, but lost three other games. DETROIT and SAN FRANCISCO both split four games. The Warriors defeated the Bullets, then coasted to an easy 112-85 win over the Celtics (Boston hit only 13 of 64 shots in the first half). But the victory was not sweet. Wilt Chamberlain broke his nose and sprained his wrist, and in a rematch the following night Boston whacked the Warriors 105-81 as Chamberlain, wearing a face mask, scored only eight points.
BOXING—World Welterweight Champion EMILE GRIFFITH gained a ninth-round TKO over Dave Charnley of London in a nontitle fight in Wembley but had trouble with the referee, who accused him of butting his opponent and hitting low. Said the champion's manager, Gil Clancy: "I was so worried Emile might be disqualified, I told him not to hit below the chin."
FOOTBALL—NFL: ST. LOUIS defeated Cleveland 28-19 as Charley Johnson scored two touchdowns and threw for two others, and the Browns' Eastern Division lead was cut to half a game over the Cardinals with one week left to play (page 16). Rookie Jack Concannon started his first game for PHILADELPHIA and completed 10 passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns in leading the Eagles to a 24-14 come-from-behind victory over Dallas. PITTSBURGH held Washington on the one-yard line twice in the final minute and defeated the Redskins 14-7. For the first time in the last 11 games, Washington's Sonny Jurgensen failed to toss a TD pass. DETROIT snapped Western Division Champion Baltimore's 11-game winning streak, 31-14, when Milt Plum threw three touchdown passes and scored another. GREEN BAY beat Chicago 17-3 as Jim Taylor scored a touchdown and gained over 1,000 yards rushing for the fifth straight season, an NFL record. In other games SAN FRANCISCO defeated Los Angeles 28-7 and MINNESOTA edged New York 30-21.
AFL: SAN DIEGO took its second straight Western Division title, and its fourth in the five-year history of the league, by trouncing New York 38-3. The Charger offense, led by John Hadl (15 completions for 240 yards), piled up 466 yards, and the defense held the Jets to 113. In the Eastern Division BOSTON defeated Kansas City 31-24 and moved into a tie for first when OAKLAND upset Buffalo 16-13. In 40 minutes of play, Tom Flores completed 16 passes for 244 yards and two touchdowns—the last in the final four seconds to Art Powell—while the Raiders' defense held Cookie Gilchrist, the league's rushing leader, to 24 yards in 10 tries.
December 14, 1964
GOLF—On the island of Maui in Hawaii, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus took the fifth straight Canada Cup for the UNITED STATES, and Nicklaus won the individual title (page 24).
Al Odom Jr. of Galveston, Texas won the $650 first prize in the National Left-handers Open in Bradenton. Fla. Unnoticed, in fourth place, was Johnny Bulla, runner-up in the 1939 and 1946 British Open, who became a southpaw four years ago. His reason: "A man my age  has got to have a desire to do something to stay young, and my desire is to play winning golf left-handed."
HOCKEY—League-leading DETROIT won two of three, including a big 4-1 victory over the Canadiens, to move three points ahead in the tight NHL race. It was the Red Wings' largest lead in more than three weeks. MONTREAL, which could have moved into first by defeating Detroit, beat the Maple Leafs 4-2 and the Black Hawks 5-3 to tie TORONTO for second. The Maple Leafs rebounded from their loss to the Canadiens by clobbering the Red Wings 10-2, a scoring high for the season. NEW YORK, with one victory and two ties, hung on to fourth place while CHICAGO dropped farther behind in fifth when it lost two of three. Last-place BOSTON continued its winless ways by tieing the Rangers and dropping a 4-2 game to the Red Wings.
HORSE RACING—A stiff wind blew Max Gluck's SUM UP ($26.10) down the backstretch and around the turn at Aqueduct to a remarkable 1:33[4/5] mile and victory in the $28,350 Remsen Stakes. It was the 2-year-old's first win in seven months.
On a track shin-deep in mud, Mrs. Samuel Lefrak's MACEDONIA ($16.70) splashed to victory in the $28,650 Stuyvesant Handicap at Aqueduct and boosted Buddy Jacobson's hopes of another training title (SI, June 8). He has saddled 156 winners so far this year.
MOTOR SPORTS—In an unprecedented sweep, ROGER PENSKE took all three major prizes in Nassau's race week. He drove his Corvette Grand Sport to victory in the 105-mile Tourist Trophy, switched to Jim Hall's Chaparral Chevy and averaged a record 100.12 mph on the twisty Oakes course to win the 112.5-mile Governor's Trophy by three seconds over A. J. Foyt, then finished first in the 251-mile Nassau Trophy race (page 68).
RODEO—The National Finals, the 591st and last rodeo of the season, were held in Los Angeles, and the following clinched the season's honors: DEAN OLIVER of Boise, Idaho (world champion cowboy for the second year in a row and calf-roping winner for the seventh time in nine years), C. R. BOUCHER of Burkburnett, Texas (steer wrestling), MARTY WOOD of Bowness, Alta. (saddle bronc), BOB WEGNER of Auburn, Wash. (bull riding) and BILL HAMILTON of Phoenix (team roping). Before the National, SONNY DAVIS of Kenna, N. Mex. had won the steer-roping title and JIM HOUSTON of Omaha the bareback championship.
SOCCER—Unbeaten NAVY eliminated Defending Champion St. Louis 2-1 in the NCAA semifinals and then took the championship with 1-0 win over Michigan State in a freezing rain.
TRACK & FIELD—Australia's RON CLARKE beat Murray Halberg by 150 yards and broke the New Zealander's world record for three miles with a 13:7.6 clocking in a meet in Melbourne. But PETER SNELL was unsuccessful in his final attempt this season to lower his world-record time for the mile. He defeated Keith Wheeler by 35 yards in 3:57.6.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: JOHN STIEGMAN, 42, the University of Pennsylvania's losing football coach (12 wins, 33 losses in five seasons).
POORER: By $40,000, the also-rans of the professional golf tour. Each year all nonwinners gathered at the Poor Boy Open (SI, May 11) in Burneyville, Okla. to play among themselves for prize money and bonuses offered by Oilman Waco Turner. But the PGA refused to sanction the 1965 tournament, and Turner has canceled it.
TRADED: FRANK HOWARD, 28, the Los Angeles Dodgers' powerful outfielder (.226, 24 HRs, 69 RBIs), Infielder Ken McMullen, 22 (.234, 14 HRs, 49 RBIs), Pitchers Phil Ortega, 25 (7-9 record) and Pete Richert, 25 (9-11), to Washington, for the Senators' best pitcher, lefty CLAUDE OSTEEN, 25 (15-13, 3.48 ERA), Third Baseman John Kennedy, 23 (.236, 7 HRs, 35 RBIs) and $100,000. In an earlier trade the Senators acquired First Baseman BOB CHANCE, 24 (.279, 14 HRs, 75 RBIs as a rookie last year), and Infielder-Outfielder WOODIE HELD, 32 (.236, 18 HRs, 49 RBIs), from the Cleveland Indians for their best hitter, Outfielder CHUCK HINTON, 30 (.274, 11 HRs, 53 RBIs).
TRADED: BO BELINSKY, 28, the Los Angeles Angels' unpredictable left-hander (9-8, 2.87 ERA), to Philadelphia for two Pacific Coast Leaguers, First Baseman Costen Shockley, 22, and Pitcher Rudy May, 20.
DIED: BOBBY MARSHMAN, 28, of severe burns, one week after leaping from his flaming Lotus Ford after it spun into a wall during a test run in Phoenix.