BASKETBALL—BOSTON played two games last week without Center Bill Russell—who had sore knees—one a 126-111 win over the Bullets and the other a 113-123 loss to the Knicks, despite Sam Jones' 44-point effort. The Celtics ended the week with a 3-2 record, while CINCINNATI, with four wins, one over Boston, and a loss, moved up a game in the standings. PHILADELPHIA spent most of the week on the West Coast (Wilt Chamberlain's first trip back since being traded), split two each with the Warriors and the Lakers, then lost to the Royals on the way home for a 2-3 record. NEW YORK was 2 and 2, but a win over the Celtics and a near-miss (94-92 in overtime) made the week worthwhile. In the West, LOS ANGELES split with the 76ers and took two from the Warriors to maintain its three-game lead, while second-place ST. LOUIS, apparently out of its long slump, won three straight before losing one to the Royals. BALTIMORE, only a game and a half out of second place last week, lost three, won one, and slipped back two more games. The bright light in DETROIT dimmed in losses to the Celtics, Royals and Bullets, and SAN FRANCISCO managed just one win in four.
BOXING—Former Welterweight Champion LUIS RODRIGUEZ gained a unanimous decision over third-ranked Middleweight Rubin (Hurricane) Carter in a 10-round fight at Madison Square Garden. Rodriguez, who is 15-0 against middleweights, was knocked down once in the seventh round.
FIGURE SKATING—GARY VISCONTI, a 19-year-old college freshman from Detroit who had never finished better than fourth in the men's division of the national championships, led the field in both compulsory figures and free skating at Lake Placid's Olympic Arena to take the senior title away from Defending Champion Scott Allen, the Olympic bronze medalist. PEGGY FLEMING of Pasadena, Calif. trailed Christine Haigler of Colorado Springs after the school figures but won the free-skating by a large enough margin to gain the ladies' title.
Olympic gold medal winners LYUDMILA and OLEG PROTOPOPOV of the Soviet Union won their first European pairs skating championship at the Lenin Sports Palace in Moscow. Austrian Regina Heitzer, who formerly skated in the shadow of Olympic Champion Sjouke Dijkstra, now turned pro, was awarded the women's title.
February 22, 1965
GOLF—ROD FUNSETH of Spokane, Wash., who had never before won a pro tournament, finished three strokes ahead of Philadelphia Bert Yancey in the final round of the Phoenix Open for a 14-under-par 274 and winner's earnings of $10,500.
HOCKEY—CHICAGO increased its NHL lead to four points on two wins and a tie with the Canadiens against only one loss, while MONTREAL, with a 1-1-2 week, managed to end its worst slump in 14 years (five straight losses) with a 7-1 win over the Bruins. TORONTO moved into a tie for second by defeating the Canadiens and Red Wings and tying Boston. DETROIT won two and lost two, and Gordie Howe scored his 20th and 21st goals, making this his 16th straight 20-goal season. NEW YORK and BOSTON were 0-2 and 1-1-1 for the week.
HORSE RACING—George D. Widener's 3-year-old filly, WHAT A TREAT ($3.20), Johnny Rotz up, took the $35,400 Mimosa Stakes at Hialeah Park by a length.
Gun Bow ($6.60), carrying top weight of 129 pounds and ridden by Manuel Ycaza, won the $57,500 San Antonio Handicap at Santa Anita for the second time, beating favored Candy Spots by three-quarters of a length. It was Gun Bow's first race since November.
MOTORS—Fred Lorenzen of Elmhurst, Ill., driving a 1965 Ford, was the winner of the rain-shortened 332.5-mile Daytona 500 (page 14).
SKIING—A sweep of the slalom, giant slalom and downhill by TRAUDL HECHER led the Austrian team to victory in the first European Alpine Cup races at Davos, Switzerland. PIERRE STAMOS of France took the men's downhill over Austrian Karl Schranz, HUGO NINDL of Austria won the slalom and France's JEAN-CLAUDE KILLY skied a very fast giant slalom, winning in 1:59.79.
Billy Kidd, having won the slalom and giant slalom, looked like a sure thing in the downhill at the American International Alpine Skiing Championships at Crested Butte, Colo. Then KEN PHELPS of Western State College pulled the upset of the meet by racing the 1¾-mile course one-tenth of a second faster than Kidd. CATHY ALLEN took the women's slalom, JOAN HANNAH the giant slalom and LINDA MEYERS the downhill.
SPEED SKATING—The 1965 world championship was won by Per Ivar Moe, an 18-year-old electrician from Oslo, Norway, when he placed first in the 1,500-meter race with a clocking of 2:08 on the last day of competition at Bislet Stadium in Oslo.
TENNIS—NANCY RICHEY of Dallas, ranked No. 1 nationally, won the USLTA Women's Indoor Championship at the Longwood Cricket Club in Brookline, Mass. by beating fifth-ranked Mrs. Carol Hanks Aucamp, the 1963 champion, 6-3, 6-2.
TRACK & FIELD—New Zealand's PETER SNELL (page 18) bade farewell to indoor track at the Los Angeles Times Games, but not in the record time he had hoped for. He beat Bill Crothers of Toronto by four yards in the 1,000 in 2:07.9—1.9 seconds slower than his indoor mark set in Los Angeles in 1962. It was Crothers' second defeat in successive meets. Little TOM FARRELL of St. John's, who won the 600 at L.A., beat him in the half-mile at the New York Athletic Club Games in Madison Square Garden two days before and, what's more, set a world indoor record of 1:49.8 doing it. ANDRZEJ BADENSKI of Poland, who was third in the 500 in New York to winner CHARLEY MAYS and runner-up Mike Larrabee, finished first in the 400-yard dash in Los Angeles in 48.5. Larrabee came in second again. MARY RAND of Great Britain set a world indoor record of 20 feet 2 inches in the women's broad jump at the New York meet, then bettered that jump by 8 inches in Los Angeles. Russia's Olympic gold medalist in the women's shotput, TAMARA PRESS, won her event in both meets, setting an American record of 57 feet 5¼ inches in New York; IOLANDA BALAS, the lanky high jumper from Rumania, another gold medal winner, broke the women's world indoor record twice with jumps of 5 feet 9½ in New York and 5 feet 11½ in L.A.; and ZSUZSA SZABO NAGY of Hungary set another women's indoor mark with a 2:10.5 for the 880-yard run. High school senior PAUL WILSON of Downey, Calif., competing in a separate interscholastic event, vaulted 16 feet¾ inch, three-quarters of an inch higher than Floyd Manning of the Southern California Striders, winner of the open event. VALERI BRUMEL high jumped 7 feet 3 in New York with a knee so sore it prevented his competing in Los Angeles. The broad jump in Los Angeles was a battle between old rivals RALPH BOSTON and Igor Ter-Ovanesyan of the U.S.S.R. Boston won it by one-quarter of an inch at 26 feet 4¾ inches.
Olympian RANDY MATSON, a Texas A&M sophomore, bettered Gary Gubner's three-year-old world indoor shotput record of 64 feet 11¾ inches two nights in a row. His winning toss at the Will Rogers Games in Fort Worth was 65 feet 8¼ inches, and at the Dallas Invitational it was 66 feet 2½ inches.
MILEPOSTS—TRADED: St. Louis Cardinal Running Back JOHN DAVID CROW, a seven-year veteran, to the San Francisco 49ers for ABE WOODSON, an All-Pro defensive cornerback five of the seven years he has played in the NFL.
RETIRED: TERRY DOWNES, 28, of Great Britain, who gained the World Middleweight Championship after a 1961 win over Paul Pender, then lost the title in a return match nine months later. He is a successful legal bookmaker.
DIED: Utah State basketball star WAYNE ESTES, 21, the nation's second leading scorer with a 33.7 average and a top prospect for All-America honors, when he walked into a high-voltage wire knocked loose at an auto accident in Logan, Utah.