BASKETBALL—With Bill Russell in action again, BOSTON won three of four, two of them over the Hawks, to extend its lead to 12½ games. CINCINNATI also beat the Hawks (111-103) but lost two, to the Bullets (125-114) and the Knicks (109-104), the latter despite Oscar Robertson's 40 points. Wilt Chamberlain scored 117 points in two wins and a loss as PHILADELPHIA ended a three-game losing streak. NEW YORK split four, bringing its won-lost record to 23-41, better than the Knicks have done in two previous seasons. LOS ANGELES increased its Western Division lead to 5½ games on four straight wins, while second-place ST. LOUIS ran into serious trouble again when Bob Pettit was sidelined for two to three weeks with torn knee ligaments. The Hawks lost three straight without Pettit, then managed two wins over the Pistons. BALTIMORE was 1 and 3 for the second straight week, making it 11 losses in 15. DETROIT beat the Warriors twice and lost to the Hawks twice, gaining one game on the third-place Bullets, while SAN FRANCISCO warmed up for another record losing streak with three losses.
BOATING—The Southern Ocean Racing Conference's longest race, the 403-mile St. Petersburg-to-Fort Lauderdale, was won by FIGARO IV, a 50-foot yawl owned by William Snaith of Stamford, Conn., who brought her in with a corrected time of 53 hours 25 minutes 30 seconds.
BOBSLEDDING—BILL THOMAS and JOHN MIGNACCI, from Mechanicville, N.Y., newcomers to bobsledding, won the North American Two-Man Bobsled Championship on the Mt. Van Hoevenberg run at Lake Placid. Their time of 4:52.66 for four one-mile runs placed them ahead of veterans Bill Hickey and Paul Savage, who were second (4:54.31), and Larry McKillip and Charlie Hoffer, third (4:54.40).
BOWLING—DICK WEBER of St. Louis gained his 14th PBA title since the tour began six years ago by winning the $28,500 Thunderbird Open in Wichita, Kans., with a 218 total. He finished 40 points ahead of runner-up Nelson Burton Jr.
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CURLING—The INDIAN HILL SQUAWS of Winnetka, Ill. held off a spirited late rally by Mrs. Sulo Ojakangas' Sweepers of Hibbing, Minn. to win the U.S. Women's Curling Association Championship 11-9. Trailing 11-1 after seven ends, the Sweepers stormed back with five points in the eighth end and three in the ninth before the Squaws, ably skipped by Mrs. John Bulger, regained their poise and put the game on ice.
DOG SHOWS—CH. CARMICHAEL'S FANFARE, a Scottish terrier, took best-in-show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in Madison Square Garden (page 22) over five other group winners. One of the finalists he defeated was last year's overall winner. Ch. Courtenay Fleetfoot of Pennyworth, a whippet, who narrowly missed becoming the eighth dog in Westminster history to repeat.
FIGURE SKATING—PETRA BURKA of Canada overcame the first-half lead established by Peggy Fleming of Pasadena, Calif. in the compulsory figures and with a brilliant free-skating performance won the women's title at the North American Figure Skating Championships in Rochester, N.Y. In doing so, she prevented a U.S. sweep. GARY VISCONTI of Detroit, already the U.S. champion, added the North American men's title to his record by again beating Olympic bronze medal winner Scott Ethan Allen of Smoke Rise, N.J. U.S. teams finished one-two in both the pairs and the ice-dancing competition. They were the first senior titles won by the U.S. in international competition since 1961, when 18 American team members were killed in an air crash.
GOLF—BOB CHARLES of New Zealand won the $46,000 Tucson Open with a 17-under-par 271 for 72 holes, the first victory for the lefthander since the British Open in 1963.
HOCKEY—STAN MIKITA took over the NHL's individual scoring lead from slumping Bobby Hull, who has netted only one goal in 15 games. CHICAGO held on to first place with two wins and a loss while second-place MONTREAL narrowed the gap to three points on two wins and a tie. DETROIT (2-1) beat TORONTO (1-1), and the two ended the week tied for third, six points behind the Black Hawks. NEW YORK lost to the Hawks 5-4 and the Red Wings 3-2 but tied the Canadiens 2-2 when Doug Robinson tipped in a long shot by Rod Seiling in the last second of play. BOSTON was 0 for 2 for the week.
HORSE RACING—The Everglades Stakes at Hialeah, at 1‚⅛ miles the longest stake of the season to date for 3-year-olds, was won handily (3¼ lengths) by Harbor View Farm's SPARKLING JOHNNY ($8.60), Mike Venezia up.
Argentina's PRIMORDIAL II, under Sandino Hernandez, became the first foreign-bred horse ever to take the 1-mile $135,600 Widener Handicap at Hialeah when he gained a ½-length victory over Hot Dust.
An American-owned horse, JAY TRUMP, became a 100-to-8 favorite to win England's Grand National Steeplechase at Aintree later this month when he won the Harwell Amateur Riders' Handicap 'Chase at Newbury, Berkshire by a length.
SOFTBALL—AUSTRALIA defeated the Raybestos Brakettes of Stratford, Conn. 1-0 in the final of the first International Series for Women in Melbourne when Elinor McKenzie scored from second on a wild pitch by Brakette Donna LoPiano in the sixth inning.
SWIMMING—In a two-day international swimming meet in Bremen, Germany, U.S. swimmers took first in 10 events. DONNA DE VARONA won the 200-meter freestyle and individual medley, CATHY FERGUSON the 100- and 200-meter backstroke, JED GRAEF the 100- and 200-meter backstroke, PHIL RIKFR the 100- and 200-meter butterfly, and DICK ROTH the 400-meter individual medley. The women's 400-meter medley relay team won in 4:37.5. Olympian Sharon Stouder was upset by ADA KOK of The Netherlands in the 200-meter butterfly and by WINNIE VAN WEERDENBURG, also of Holland, in the 100-meter freestyle.
TENNIS—After losing the first set, Sweden's JAN ERIK LUNDQUIST came back to take the next three from U.S. top dog Dennis Ralston, 13-11, 6—4, 11-9 and thereby win the National Indoor title at Salisbury, Md. Chuck McKinley, the defending champion, was beaten by Lundquist in the quarterfinals. Lundquist's victory was the first by a foreigner since 1959 when Alex Olmedo of Peru—later a U.S. Davis Cup hero—won the title.
TRACK & FIELD—The outstanding athlete in the AAU's national indoor championships in New York's Madison Square Garden, which combined men's and women's events in a two-day meet for the first time, was Olympic Champion BILLY MILLS (page 45). He won his first AAU title when he took the three-mile run in 13 minutes 25.4 seconds, an American citizens' record and the second fastest indoor time for the event. Russia's VALERI BRUMEL won the high jump (7 feet 2 inches), and IGOR TER-OVANESYAN the broad jump. Ralph Boston had tied Ter-Ovanesyan at 26 feet 2¼ inches, but the Russian gained the title on the basis of each man's second-best leap. BOSTON won an event, however, when he took the 60-yard high hurdles in 7.2. SAM PERRY defeated Mel Pender, Larry Dunn and Paul Drayton in the finals of the 60-yard dash with a six-second clocking, and VILLANOVA's two-mile relay team set a meet record with a 7:28.2 win over Seton Hall. Other meet marks were set by IOLANDA BALAS of Rumania in the women's high jump (5 feet 9 inches), TAMARA PRESS of the U.S.S.R. in the women's shotput (57 feet 2½ inches), and MARY RAND of England in the broad jump (20 feet 4 inches). Abby Hoffman of Toronto ran the women's half mile in 2:11.8, bettering the listed record and Tennessee State's WYOMIA TYUS, who won the women's 60-yard dash, tied Wilma Rudolph's 1961 world record of 6.8 three times within four hours.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: Winner of the James E. Sullivan Award as America's outstanding amateur athlete for 1964, DON SCHOLLANDER, first swimmer to win four gold medals in one Olympics. Schollander, 18, is the second-youngest recipient of the award. Bob Mathias, 1948 Olympic decathlon winner, was six months younger.
BOUGHT: For $1.5 million by brothers Gerald H. and Allan R. Phipps of Denver, 52% of the voting stock in the Denver Broncos of the AFL, from a voting trust headed by Bronco President Calvin Kunz. The Phippses' ownership now totals 94% and guarantees the team will remain in Denver in 1965.
DIED: LARRY GILBERT, 73, one of baseball's most successful minor league managers; in New Orleans. Gilbert, who played in the majors for only two seasons (1914 and 1915), managed in the Southern Association for 25 and had a record nine pennants, five with the New Orleans Pelicans and four with the Nashville Vols.