BASKETBALL—BOSTON had its 14-game home-court winning streak broken by the Bullets 122-114, yet still managed to increase its lead to 12 games by defeating the Royals and the Lakers. Slumping CINCINNATI lost two and won one, beating the Lakers 130-99 as Oscar Robertson scored 44 points, including a siring of 11 straight baskets. PHILADELPHIA, with four wins, made its record nine-for-eleven since Wilt Chamberlain hit town and moved to within four games of the second-place Royals. NEW YORK gave Coach Harry Gallatin his first win at Madison Square Garden by whipping the Warriors, lost a game, then beat the hot Pistons twice. The first win over the Pistons came in overtime, brought about on a miracle basket by Tom Gola, who deflected a Detroit pass 52 feet into the basket on one bounce. LOS ANGELES slumped startlingly last week, losing four straight, one of them despite a 47-point game by Elgin Baylor, his highest for the season. ST. LOUIS broke a four-game losing streak that included two defeats by the 76ers, beating the Warriors 108-101 and 126-103, and drew to within three games of the Lakers. BALTIMORE won two and lost two, while DETROIT, with three wins in five games—and eight of the last 11—drew a game closer to the Bullets. SAN FRANCISCO managed its second win in 23 starts against the Bullets 120-112, but played dead in four others.
BOATING—The five-day Star Class Bacardi Cup Sailing Championship on Biscayne Bay, Miami was won by READ RUGGLES of Miami with 139 points on finishes of 2nd, 2nd, 9th, 1st and 2nd. Jack Price, 1952 Olympic silver medalist, returning to Star racing after a 10-year absence, led at the start of the last day, but a ninth-place finish in the final race lowered Price to second with 133 points.
Bill Wishnick of Scarsdale, N.Y. let his injured brother Jack jump overboard at the halfway mark (page 60), then powered his 28-foot Donzi to victory in the 145-mile Sam Griffith Memorial Race from Miami to Cat Cay (Bahamas) and back in 3 hours 18 minutes[1/10] second. Brother Jack managed to swim to a nearby committee boat and safety.
The world's largest fiber-glass ocean racer, the newly built 60-foot MAREDEA, owned by Homer Denius of St. Petersburg, Fla., won her first race, the 105-mile St. Petersburg-to-Venice sail, on a corrected time of 12 hours 14 minutes 12 seconds. Thirty-three yachts competed, the largest opening fleet in the history of the Southern Ocean Racing Conference.
February 15, 1965
GOLF—BILLY CASPER won the $100,000 Bob Hope Desert Classic in Palm Springs, Calif. with a 90-hole score of 348. Arnold Palmer was second.
HOCKEY—Only five points separated the top four teams. CHICAGO reclaimed the lead, beating the Rangers and splitting with the Maple Leafs, while MONTREAL dropped to second with three straight losses. TORONTO had a 2-1 week and moved within two points of the Canadiens. DETROIT, one point back, beat the Canadiens twice, one a 6-0 shutout, and lost one to the Bruins. NEW YORK and BOSTON, playing out the string, were both 2-1 for the week.
HORSE RACING—Harbor View Farm's SPARKLING JOHNNY, ridden well by Mike Venezia, took Hialeah's $30,650 Bahamas Stakes by a length over Battle Star and third-place Umbrella Fella. Heavily favored Bold Lad (1-4) was a late scratch, haying suffered a popped splint in his right foreleg during training.
Lucky Debonair, with Bill Shoemaker riding, won the seven-furlong, $23,900 San Vicente Handicap by two lengths going away, his third consecutive victory at Santa Anita.
The Santa Margarita Handicap, which traditionally determines the distaff championship of the Santa Anita meeting, was won for the second year in a row by Louis Rowan's CURIOUS CLOVER, 4½ lengths ahead of Hirsh Jacobs' Treachery.
SPEED SKATING—Russia's INGA VORONINA, a Moscow school teacher, won the 500-, 1,000- and 3,000-meter races at Oulu, Finland to become women's world champion, a title she has held three times before—in 1957, 1958 and 1962.
SWIMMING—Two freshman swimmers at Yale showed promise, leading the team to a 59-36 victory over Hill School in their first freshman dual meet of the season. DON SCHOLLANDER and his Olympic teammate BILL METTLER swam on a medley relay team that set a Yale record of 1:40.4, and Mettler established a new mark in the 400-yard freestyle in 4:01.1.
TRACK & FIELD—Philadelphia's Convention Hall resembled an outpatient clinic as one athlete after another was forced to withdraw from the Inquirer Games as a result of injury or illness. Bill Crothers, suffering from a virus, retired after running three laps of the 1,000, won by JOHN DUNKELBERG of the North Carolina Track Club. The Russian contingent, which will compete in five U.S. indoor meets, was on hand, but the star. High Jumper Valeri Brumel, was grounded with a bum knee. The Russians did take two firsts, one on GENNADY BLIZNETSOV's 16-foot pole vault, the other on world-record holder IGOR TER-OVANESYAN's 26-foot 1-inch broad jump. Shotputter Tamara Press, inactive because no women's events were held, waved to the crowd. In the best race of the night. TOM FARRELL of New York caught his Olympic teammate, Ollan Cassell, at the finish to win the 600 in 1:12.7. Englishman JOHN WHETTON won a routine mile in 4:06.8.
The Seattle Invitational, the first major indoor meet ever held in that city, was highlighted by the fastest mile of the indoor season, JOHN CAMIEN's 4:01.7. In Albuquerque, GEORGE YOUNG of Arizona beat New Zealand's Bill Baillie in the two-mile (9:02.4) for the second time in three meetings, RALPH BOSTON won the broad jump and 60-yard high hurdles and RAY SADDLER from Texas Southern upset Adolph Plummer and Mike Larrabee of the Southern California Striders in the 440.
Michel Jazy of France set a world indoor record of 5:04.4 for the 2.000 meters at the Sports Palace in Lyons, bettering John Whetton's time of 5:12.2. The previous night he had broken a European record in the 1,500 meters in 3:42.6. one second slower than Tom O'Hara's world record.
Ron Clarke of Australia, who in the last 13 months has set world records at three miles, six miles and 10,000 meters, broke his own pending world record in the 5,000 meters by one second when he was timed at 13:33.6 at the Western Springs track meet in Auckland, New Zealand.
MILEPOSTS—LAUNCHED: The Continental League, a 10-team professional football league to be made up mostly of bits and pieces from the Atlantic Coast and United (now defunct) Football Leagues. The ACFL, a 14-team league last year, says it will carry on with at least eight teams.
HIRED: To succeed Tommy Prothro as head football coach at Oregon State, DEE ANDROS, head coach for three seasons (11-16-1) at the University of Idaho. Andros, whose 1963 (5-4) team gave Idaho its first winning season since 1938, graduated in 1950 from Oklahoma where he was an all-conference guard under Bud Wilkinson.
TRADED: CAMILLE HENRY, 32, plus two farmhands and a player to be named, by the New York Rangers to the Chicago Black Hawks for Left Wingers Doug Robinson and John Brenneman and Defenseman Wayne Hillman. The 145-pound Henry was the Rangers' high scorer this season.
RETIRED: To stud as the result of a hairline fracture of the coffin bone of his left front hoof, SADAIR, Mrs. Mary B. Hecht's very promising though untested 3-year-old colt, who last year had eight wins (including the Arlington-Washington Futurity, the Garden State Stakes and the Pimlico Futurity) in 12 starts and earnings of $498,217.
DIED: In his sleep at the age of 33, GREYHOUND, the white-gelding trotter, sometimes called the Grey Ghost, who set 25 world-trotting records, 16 of which still stand. During a six-year career that began in 1934, he won 71 of 82 starts, recorded the three fastest miles in trotting history (1:55¼ the fastest) and finished out of the money only once.