BASKETBALL—BOSTON increased its Eastern Division lead to five games by defeating the Lakers 108-98, the Royals 116-101, the Bullets 112-99 and the Celtics' two-time conquerors, the 76ers, 118-109 (60 fouls were called, 30 on each team). During the week Bill Russell grabbed the 14,000th rebound of his eight-year NBA career, scored his 10,000th point for the Celtics. Second-place CINCINNATI won two of three, and the Royals' Oscar Robertson, like Russell, made his 10,000th point, after only four years in the league. PHILADELPHIA lost two but came back to defeat the Bullets 102-97 and the Knicks 121-115. NEW YORK equaled its best streak this season by taking two straight, in between two losses. Western Division leader LOS ANGELES, lackluster without Elgin Baylor, who was sidelined with a muscle injury, dropped two of three. ST. LOUIS climbed to within 1½ games of the Lakers by winning two of three but lost Bob Pettit because of a back injury. BALTIMORE extended its losing streak to five by dropping three more. DETROIT edged the Knicks 102-100 and the Warriors 104-100, but the Pistons were beaten three other times. SAN FRANCISCO'S fans had little to cheer about—there were too few, in any case, to make much noise (1,200 a game)—as the Warriors lost two. But they finally switched to team play (seven men scored in double figures) and had no trouble upsetting the Pistons 124-107.
BOXING—Before a small crowd in a San Juan baseball park, the former world heavyweight champion FLOYD PATTERSON knocked out Charlie Powell of San Diego in the sixth round.
In his first professional fight, MARCEL CERDAN JR., 21, son of the late world middleweight champion, outpointed Alexis Scheid in a six-round welterweight bout in the Salle Wagram in Paris, the spot where his father made his boxing debut 27 years earlier.
FIELD TRIAL—CALIFORNIA SAMMY, an English pointer owned by Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Szody of Gilroy, Calif., won the Quail Invitational preliminary in Paducah, Ky. in the morning, was flown to Dallas and gained the Texas Open in Paris, Texas in the afternoon. He then returned to Paducah two days later and took the Invitational's top prize.
December 21, 1964
FOOTBALL—NFL: CLEVELAND won the Eastern Conference title (page 22) by routing the Giants 52-20 as Frank Ryan completed 12 of 13 passes for 202 yards and five touchdowns. Runner-up ST. LOUIS squeezed by third-place Philadelphia 36-34 when Jim Bakken kicked a field goal (his fifth, tying an NFL single-game record) with 22 seconds remaining. The two teams scored a record 47 points in a wild second quarter, 16 of them in the last two minutes. DALLAS defeated Pittsburgh 17-14. In the West, champion BALTIMORE lost the ball four times on fumbles but still coasted to an easy 45-17 win over Washington. The Colts' Lenny Moore scored two touchdowns in the final quarter to set an NFL scoring mark of 20 in one season, while Ray Berry caught five passes, running his career total to 506 and breaking Jim Howton's NFL record. GREEN BAY salvaged a place in the Playoff Bowl by scoring two TDs in the final quarter to tie Los Angeles 24-24. The Packers and the Vikings ended the season in a deadlock for second place, but Green Bay won the bowl berth on a point basis (they defeated the Vikings once by 29 points and lost to them once by a single point). Bill Brown scored three touchdowns as MINNESOTA smothered Chicago, the 1963 NFL champions, 41-14, giving the Bears the worst season (5-9 won-lost record) in their 45-year history.
NFL individual titles for 1964 were won by JIMMY BROWN, Cleveland (rushing: 1,446 yards), LENNY MOORE, Baltimore (scoring: 120 points), BART STARR, Green Bay (pass completions: 163 of 272 attempts for 2,144 yards, 7.88 average), FRANK RYAN, Cleveland (TD passes: 25), JOHNNY MORRIS, Chicago (passes caught: 93) and JIM BAKKEN, St. Louis (field goals: 25).
AFL: BUFFALO defeated Denver 30-19 and took a half-game lead over idle Boston. HOUSTON gained its first victory in 10 games, a 33-17 win over New York, as Sid Blanks scored three TDs, one a record 91-yard run from scrimmage. In the West KANSAS CITY upset champion San Diego 49-6 when Len Dawson threw four TD passes to Frank Jackson.
COLLEGE: In small-college postseason games: EAST CAROLINA edged Massachusetts 14-13 in the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Fla.; Sam Houston State and Concordia tied 7-7 in the NAIA Champion Bowl in Augusta, Ga.; MONTANA STATE overwhelmed Sacramento State 28-7 in the Camellia Bowl in Sacramento; STATE COLLEGE OF IOWA defeated Lamar Tech 19-17 in the Pecan Bowl in Abilene, Texas; and LONG BEACH STATE won the Junior Rose Bowl in Pasadena 28-6 from Cameron of Oklahoma.
GOLF—Fifty-two-year-old SAM SNEAD and 24-year-old SHIRLEY ENGLEHORN combined to win the $40,000 Haig and Haig Scotch Mixed Foursome tournament in Sebring. Fla. over Dow Finsterwald, 35, and Marlene Hagge, 30, by a single stroke.
HOCKEY—MONTREAL climbed past the faltering Red Wings into the league lead with victories over the Maple Leafs (3-2), the Rangers (7-1) and the Bruins (5-4). DETROIT, now three points behind, lost back-to-back games to the Black Hawks 3-2 and 5-0 and slipped into a second-place tie with TORONTO, which had a 1-1-1 week. CHICAGO won four in a row and vaulted past NEW YORK into fourth place, only two points out of second, when the Rangers dropped two and tied one (they allowed 16 goals in the three games). BOSTON was beaten three times and fell even further into the cellar.
The Soviet Union's national team won the first two games of its eight-game Canadian tour, the first 3-2 over the Montreal Junior Canadiens and the second 4-0 over the Canadian national team.
HORSE RACING—Apprentice Mike Venezia won his first stakes race for his new employer, Greentree Stable, when he piloted TRADER ($16) to an easy two-length victory in the $11,125 City of Coral Gables Handicap at Tropical Park.
MOTOR SPORTS—When his regular BRM came up with a faulty gearbox, Britain's GRAHAM HILL switched to a Brabham Ford and came from last place to win the Johannesburg Grand Prix over the international course in Kyalami, South Africa. His time: 1:22:48.7.
TENNIS—In the Victorian championships in Melbourne ROY EMERSON avenged two losses in a row to Fred Stolle by beating his Davis Cup teammate 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to win the men's singles.
MILEPOSTS—-BORN: DAVID THOMAS WELTS, less than four months after his mother, Anne Quasi Wells, unsuccessfully defended her U.S. Amateur golf title.
ENGAGED: MARY MAIRS, 20, and FRANK CHAPOT, 32, members of the U.S. Olympic Equestrian Team. They will be wed in January.
NAMED: GENE STALLINGS, 29, assistant coach of the champion Alabama football team, as head coach of his alma mater, Texas A & M.
RESIGNED: because of ill health, EVERETT N. CASE, 64, after 46 seasons as a basketball coach, 18 of them at North Carolina State. Case's amazing lifetime record: 1,161 wins, 214 losses (379-134 al State); six straight Southern Conference championships and four Atlantic Coast titles.
RESIGNED: MARSHALL CASSIDY, 72, the executive secretary of The Jockey Club. The elder statesman of Thoroughbred racing, Cassidy was the developer of the starting gate, the film patrol and the photo-finish camera.
RETIRED: BOBBY SHANTZ, 39, the little lefthander who won 24 games and the AL Most Valuable Player award in 1952 as a member of the old Philadelphia Athletics. In his 16th and final season, Shantz worked as a relief pitcher for St. Louis, Chicago and Philadelphia.
DIED: GEORGE WORTHINGTON, 36, a member of Australia's 1949 and 1950 Davis Cup teams and coach of England's Davis and Wightman Cup teams, in London after a long illness.