BASKETBALL—Unbeatable BOSTON (37-7 and seven games ahead) extended its winning streak to 12 by winning four more games, and the only suspense left in the Eastern Division is over how many games the Celtics will win. They set a season record of 60-20 in 1962 and could easily top it at the rate they are playing. CINCINNATI won five straight but sliced only a half game from Boston's imposing lead. Third-place PHILADELPHIA beat the Warriors, 121-102, and the Hawks, 104-102, on Hal Greer's long jump shot with 14 seconds remaining, but lost to the Royals 114-107. NEW YORK played a week of lively but unrewarding games for new coach Harry Gallatin and lost four in a row before beating the Bullets 122-120 on Rookie Em Bryant's field goal, with 46 seconds left to play in overtime. LOS ANGELES' lead over ST. LOUIS in the West slipped to 2½ games when the Lakers lost both their games to the Celtics, and the Hawks split four, beating both the Pistons and the Knicks by one point. BALTIMORE also took two of four and remained a game and a half out of second place. DETROIT won one and lost four, but that one victory—over the Knicks 118-115—broke a five-game losing streak. SAN FRANCISCO dropped two more, making its season record 11-33 and lengthening its three-week losing streak to 11.
COURT TENNIS—Defending Champion JACK JOHNSON, a Chicago professional, retained his U.S. Open Singles championship in a four-set final match in Philadelphia against three-time open champion and current amateur champion Jimmy Bostwick of New York 6-1, 1-6, 6-2, 6-3. In reaching the finals Johnson defeated G.H. (Pete) Bostwick, Jimmy's brother and also an amateur, in the only extra-set match of the tournament.
FOOTBALL—College: The South tied the North 7-7 in the Senior Bowl in Mobile when Alabama's Joe Namath tossed a 53-yard touchdown pass to Bob Hayes of Florida A & M late in the third quarter. In another North-South battle, the Hula Bowl in Honolulu, the SOUTH won 16-14 as Larry Elkins of Baylor scored two touchdowns in the third quarter—one on a 76-yard return of a punt and the other on a 33-yard pass from California's Craig Morton.
NFL: The WEST All-Stars easily defeated the East 34-14 in the Pro Bowl in Los Angeles as Detroit's Terry Barr, the game's outstanding lineman, caught 3 passes for 106 yards to set up three TDs.
January 18, 1965
GOLF—After sitting in for Linebacker Matt Hazel-tine of the San Francisco 49ers at the Florida meetings of the NFL players' representatives, 49er quarterback and onetime pro-tour golfer JOHN BRODIE stayed on to win the National Football League golf tournament at Hollywood Beach with 231 for three rounds on the par 70 course. Jesse Whittenton, defensive halfback of the Green Bay Packers, was second, one stroke behind.
HOCKEY—CHICAGO reclaimed first place by one point as Bobby Hull continued on his record-breaking pace, scoring three goals to bring his total to 35. MONTREAL lost to the Red Wings 5-4 when Norm Ullman scored with 18 seconds to go and to the Rangers 6-5 when rookie Bill Hicke got his first three goals of the season, one of them the winning score. TORONTO and DETROIT exchanged places in the standings, the Maple Leafs winning three straight and the Red Wings losing three of four. NEW YORK broke a five-game losing streak by beating the Bruins 5-2 on a wild three-goal third period and ended up with a 2-1 record. BOSTON lost two out of three, a better than average week.
HORSE RACING—Sam Boulmetis rode FIRST FAMILY ($5.80) to a length-and-a-half victory over the favorite, Sparkling Johnny, in the 527,400 Dade Metropolitan Handicap at Tropical Park, the first major test for 3-year-old colts in Florida.
Native Diver ($5.80) led all the way to win the seven-furlong $58,650 San Carlos Handicap by more than three lengths over favorite, Candy Spots, at Santa Anita. The winning time of 1:21[2/5] was two fifths of a second off the slakes record set in 1951 by Bolero.
MOTOR SPORTS—In a race in which only the first-and second-place finishers completed the entire 50 laps, Great Britain's GRAHAM HILL, driving a Brabham, won the New Zealand Grand Prix at Pukekohe, near Auckland, with an average speed of 88.6 mph. Hill also set a lap record of 1:25 for the 2.2-mile track in the final practice before the race, breaking Bruce McLaren's mark set in a Cooper during a practice run last year.
SKIING—Norway's 1964 Olympic medalist, TORGEIR BRANDTZAEG, winner of the first and third single events of the four-event German-Austrian jumping competition that ended in Bischofschofen, Austria, gained the overall title with 869.5 points. The remaining two rounds were won by Erkki Pukka of Finland and Bjoern Wirkola of Norway. Dave Hicks of Duluth, Minn. who finished 20th with 752.2 points, made the best American showing.
Heidi Schmid-Biebl of Germany, opened the Swiss International Ladies Ski Races at Grindelwald by winning the special slalom in an aggregate time of 1:27.94 for two runs. Marielle Goitschel of France was second and Therese Obrecht of Switzerland, third. Austria's EDITH ZIMMERMANN finished first in the giant slalom, ahead of Miss Goitschel and Miss Obrecht, in 1:28.94, for her first victory since last year's Arlberg-Kandahar in Garmisch, Germany. Another Austrian, CHRISTL HAAS, the Olympic downhill champion, took the Grindelwald downhill in 2:19.50, followed by Miss Zimmermann and Mrs. Schmid-Biebl, who gained the combined title with 12.57 points.
SQUASH RACQUETS—Pakistani MOHIBULLAH KHAN, a pro from Boston, met his cousin, Hashim Khan, a pro from Detroit, in the final round of the U.S. Open Squash Racquets Singles Championship and defeated him in straight games (15-11, 15-10, 15-9) to retain his title. Hashim was the champion in 1956, 1957 and 1962.
TENNIS—Pierre Darmon of France eliminated Australia's No. 2 player, Fred Stolle, 6-0, 6-3, 6-2, in the semifinal of the West Australia championships but ran up against the Aussies' No. 1 man, ROY EMERSON, in the final and lost 9-7, 6-3, 6-4. In the women's singles MARGARET SMITH of Australia defeated Robyn Ebbern 6-1, 6-1.
TRACK & FIELD—Two world records were set at the San Francisco Invitational Indoor Track Meet (page 52), both by Australian girls who ran indoors for the first time. PAMELA KILBORN took the seldom run 50-yard hurdles in 6.4 and JUDITH AMOORE the 440 in 55.8, breaking the old mark by 1.2 seconds. Olympic 10,000-meter champion BILLY MILLS won the mile in 4:08.1, upsetting Cary Weisiger and Archie San Romani, both sub-four-minute men, and BILL TOOMEY of the Pasadena AA, the only double winner of the meet, took the 440 and the open 160-yard dash.
MILEPOSTS—AWARDED: to FRANK LANE, former Kansas City Athletics general manager, $113,000 as settlement of his $144,166 breach-of-contract suit against Athletics Owner Charles O. Finley. Lane was fired by Finley in 1961 after having served less than one year under his eight-year contract.
HIRED: BOB ODELL, 42, as head football coach at the University of Pennsylvania following a seven-year record of 37-26 at Bucknell.
SIGNED: HARRY GILMER, 38, All-America quarterback at Alabama in 1945 and an assistant coach of the Minnesota Vikings the past four seasons, to a three-year contract as head coach of the Detroit Lions.
RETIRED: COLONEL ALOIS PODHAJSKY, 66, the ramrod-spined director of Vienna's Spanish Riding School, who saved the school's white Lipizzan stallions from destruction during World War II and perpetuated the art of dressage.
DIED: BILLY WADE, 34, NASCAR's rookie-of-the-year in 1963 and the fourth finisher in Grand National point standing in 1964, when his test car crashed into a retaining wall at Daytona International Speedway. He was the fourth Grand National driver killed in the last year.
DIED: DON PIERCE, 45, sports publicity director at the University of Kansas since 1945, of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.