BASKETBALL—As it must to all Celtic teams in recent years, the Eastern Division title came to BOSTON last week with a 130-112 win over the Warriors. It was one of three straight victories that gave the Celts a 57-13 record and left them with their own 1961-62 single season win record (60) to shoot at. CINCINNATI, 14½ games back, let its losing streak run to four before defeating the Knicks. PHILADELPHIA, tied 90-90 in the fourth quarter with the Bullets, scored 11 straight points and came up with a 122-112 win but finished the week with three losses. NEW YORK won two of four. LOS ANGELES lost to the Celtics 97-95, then recouped with two wins to increase its western lead by half a game over ST. LOUIS, which managed to split four despite a lengthy list of injuries. BALTIMORE held on to the third spot in a 3-2 week, but DETROIT, which played two and won two, moved a half game closer. SAN FRANCISCO dropped four, making its loss record 33 in 36 games.
BOATING—Sumner A. Long's big yawl from Larchmont, N.Y., ONDINE, with a 23:29-minute handicap, overtook the becalmed scratch boat, Stormvogel of Holland, on the last day of the nine-day, 1,300-mile Buenos Aires-to-Rio de Janeiro race and crossed the finish line first to take the overall title with a corrected time of 198:23:25.
The 38-foot sloop SABRE, skippered by R.C. Dungan of Bradenton, Fla., won the 80-mile Miami-to-West End (Grand Bahamas) race in rough seas and 30-knot winds in corrected time of 8:10:59.
BOXING—ZORA FOLLEY, 32, a veteran of 79 bouts, established his superiority over Oscar Bonavena, 22, in the first round with a smashing right to the head that sent Bonavena bouncing off the ropes, and went on to a unanimous 10-round decision over the Argentine heavyweight at Madison Square Garden in New York. It was Bonavena's first loss in nine fights as a professional.
March 8, 1965
COURT TENNIS—G. H. (Pete) BOSTWICK of Locust Valley, N.Y., took over the U.S. Open Court Tennis Championship that his brother Jimmy held but did not defend this year. He defeated James L. Van Alen II of Philadelphia 6-0, 6-2, 6-3 in the final match of the tournament held at the Philadelphia Racquet Club.
HOCKEY—CHICAGO, 1-1-1 for the week, remained in first, three games ahead of MONTREAL, since the Canadiens were also 1-1-1. Their 3-3 tie was their third this season. DETROIT, which had been tied for third with TORONTO, leaped four points ahead when the Maple Leafs lost three straight, one to the Bruins and two to the Rangers. NEW YORK and BOSTON each won two and lost one. One of the Bruins' games was a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over the first-place Black Hawks.
HORSE RACING—HILL RISE ($26.80), ridden by Don Pierce and carrying third weight of 120 pounds, beat Candy Spots by a length and a half to win the $145,000 Santa Anita Handicap (page 60). Top-weighted (131) Gun Bow set the pace for the first mile but faded to finish fourth.
In his first race at a mile and a sixteenth JACINTO, ridden by Manuel Ycaza, won the $57,900 San Felipe Handicap at Santa Anita by a neck over Lucky Debonair. It was the fifth straight victory for William Haggin Perry's Kentucky Derby contender.
MOTOR SPORTS—-The Ford GT, the only Detroit factory racer built for the big endurance tests, won its first major event—the 2,000-kilometer Continental at Daytona. It was driven by KEN MILES of Hollywood, Calif. and LLOYD RUBY of Wichita Falls, Texas.
SKI JUMPING—Form won out over distance at the national championships in Berlin, N.H., when DAVID HICKS of Duluth, Minn. took first place, despite a record-breaking 263-foot jump by Jay Martin of Minneapolis. Hicks jumped 249 and 256.
TENNIS—MANUEL SANTANA, Spanish Davis Cup player, defeated Sweden's Jan Erik Lundquist, the U.S. Indoor champion, in straight sets 6-3, 8-6, 6-0, to win the Dixie International in Tampa, Fla., then announced he will soon retire to business in Madrid. Lundquist, who again beat Dennis Ralston to reach the finals, lost his poise against Santana and whacked a forehand into a parking lot three courts away.
TRACK & FIELD—The indoor track circus played in four cities last week, but the best show was in Louisville at the Mason-Dixon games, where four world records and one American record were set. RAY SADDLER of Oakland, Calif. ran the 440 in 47.6, breaking the indoor mark set last year by Wendell Mottley of Yale, and MEL PENDER, clocked at 6.8 in the 70-yard dash, broke Bob Hayes's 1963 world mark in that event. Saddler also anchored TEXAS SOUTHERN's one-mile relay team, which set a new record with a 3:11.1 run. The two-mile relay team from VILLANOVA also made the indoor books, when it broke its own 1964 world mark with a time of 7:24.6. Texan BILLY PEMELTON's winning pole vault of 16 feet 6 inches was the second in two nights to better John Uelses' American indoor mark of 16 feet 4½ inches. MEL HEIN JR. had vaulted 16 feet 5¾ inches the night before in San Francisco. RON CLARKE of Australia did not break Jim Beatty's two-mile record, but he did run a good 8:35.4, 24 hours after running an even better 8:34.8 in San Francisco.
At the Golden Gate games in San Francisco's Cow Palace DAREL NEWMAN, a Fresno State senior, equaled the indoor record of 5.9 for the 60-yard dash held jointly by Bob Hayes and Sam Perry, and the woman's outdoor shotput record holder, TAMARA PRESS of the U.S.S.R., set another indoor record with a put of 57 feet 8 inches.
The Knights of Columbus meet at Madison Square Garden was highlighted by TOM FARRELL's 2:12 in the 1,000-yard run and by the SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY relay team, which ran the fastest mile ever (3:16) on an 11-laps-to-the-mile track. ANDRZEJ BADENSKI of Poland, who won the 600 in 1:12.4 in New York while his intended opposition, Bill Crothers, was stranded in Toronto by a blizzard, won again for good measure two nights later at the Baltimore Sunpapers' All-Eastern games, with Crothers present. Badenski edged Crothers by two yards and set a meet record of 1:10.6.
MILEPOSTS—PROMOTED: Bradley University's basketball coach of nine seasons, CHUCK ORSBORN, whose teams have won 193 and lost 55, to the school's athletic directorship, succeeding John I. (Dutch) Meinen who is to retire. The new Braves' coach will be Joseph Stolle.
SUSPENDED: For 10 years by the Amateur Swimming Union of Australia DAWN FRASER WARE, 27, winner of four gold medals in swimming in three Olympic Games, for attending opening-day ceremonies at the Tokyo Olympics in defiance of an official order. Her unusual training habits (plenty of beer, no fixed schedule) have long been the cause of controversy in Australian swimming circles.
TRADED: The AFL's leading ground-gainer in 1962 and 1964, Fullback COOKIE GILCHRIST of the Buffalo Bills, to the Denver Broncos for Fullback BILLY JOE, Rookie of the Year in 1963.
RESIGNED: Unexpectedly, ED JUCKER, who led Cincinnati's basketball teams to two NCAA championships and a 112-28 record in five seasons, citing the "ever-increasing pressures of the job." His successor will be his assistant, Taylor Baker.
RESIGNED: Involuntarily, JOHN J. (Taps) GALLAGHER, to accept a contract as full-time athletic director at Niagara University, after 31 years coaching its basketball teams (479-259 record). He will be succeeded by High School Coach Jim Maloney.
RESIGNED: Belatedly, JOE HUTTON, whose 34 Hamline University basketball teams won 590 games, lost 207, made 12 appearances at NAIA tournaments and won three championships, but whose current season record is 2-22, the worst of his career. Howard Schultz will take over next year.
RETIRED: BOB PETTIT, 32, an 11-year veteran of the St. Louis Hawks and the highest scorer in NBA history, with 20,841 points (averaged 26 a game). Pettit, one of the most popular players in the league, plans to look after his multiple business operations in Baton Rouge, La.