BASKETBALL—NBA: BOSTON (14-5) ran its undefeated streak to five games with three in a row and gained its accustomed spot at the top of the Eastern Division. High-scoring Sam Jones hurt his leg and played only one quarter all week. But it didn't seem to matter as the Celtics scored 42 points in the first quarter in beating the Knicks 125-110, scored 41 in the last quarter to crush the Pistons 134-114 and, with Bill Russell throwing in 28 points and pulling down 35 rebounds, defeated the Lakers 101-95. CINCINNATI (14-6) slipped half a game behind the Celtics with three wins and a loss, and PHILADELPHIA (12-7) dropped two games off the pace with two wins and a loss. Disappointing NEW YORK (6-15) lost two to the Royals and one each to the Warriors and the Celtics to extend its winless streak to five games. Elgin Baylor sat out the week after reinjuring his right knee as LOS ANGELES (14-9) boosted its Western Division lead to three games with two wins, two losses, while second-place SAN FRANCISCO (11-12) dropped three out of five despite Guy Rodgers' 175-point total. ST. LOUIS (8-10) won two and lost three, BALTIMORE (10-15) split four games and DETROIT (6-16) broke a nine-game losing streak with a 118-115 victory over the Royals. The Pistons made it two straight by beating the Bullets 130-124 before reverting to form with losses to the Celtics and the Lakers.
BOWLING—DAVE DAVIS, a left-hander from Phoenix, Ariz., rolled games of 212, 279 (nine straight strikes) and 190 for a 681 total to become the national PBA champion. He beat Jerry McCoy in the championship final held in Detroit.
FOOTBALL—NFL: CLEVELAND won the Eastern Division title for the second year in a row when Jimmy Brown, held to 19 yards in seven carries in the first half, rushed 13 times for 128 yards and scored four touchdowns in the second half to wallop Pittsburgh 42-21. Gale Sayers scored on runs of 45 and 15 yards to set an NFL season record for touchdowns (14) by a rookie, as CHICAGO moved within a game of second in the West by beating New York 35-14 (page 97). Dallas led WASHINGTON 31-20 with less than four minutes remaining when Sonny Jurgensen, who completed 26 out of 42 passes for 411 yards overall, led the Redskins on drives of 64 and 80 yards for two TDs and a 34-31 win. PHILADELPHIA beat St. Louis 28-24 as Pete Retzlaff caught the last of his three touchdown passes from Norm Snead with two minutes to go. The Giants, Cards and Redskins were all tied for second in the East with 5-6 records. Johnny Unitas had to throw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to salvage a 24-24 tie for Western Division leader BALTIMORE in its Thanksgiving Day game with DETROIT. But the Colts' lead was nudged to 1½ games when Roman Gabriel, replacing injured Bill Munson at quarterback for LOS ANGELES, completed 15 passes for 255 yards, and Bruce Gossett kicked four field goals to lead the last-place Rams to a 21-10 upset over second-place Green Bay. The victory broke an eight-game losing streak for L.A. John Brodie tossed five touchdown passes as SAN FRANCISCO routed Minnesota 45-24 and leaped from sixth to fourth.
AFL: BUFFALO tied Western Division leader SAN DIEGO 20-20 on a last-second field goal by Pete Gogolak, but won the Eastern title when last-place BOSTON beat second-place New York 27-23 on Babe Parilli's two-yard touchdown pass to Tony Romeo with 54 seconds left. KANSAS CITY tied idle Oakland for second in the West, with a crushing 52-21 defeat of Houston.
December 6, 1965
The two professional leagues held their annual draft of college players on the same day in New York City and, after 18 hours and 17 minutes, the AFL picked 253 players in 28 rounds, while the NFL took 30 hours and 50 minutes to draft 305 players in 20 rounds. The select players picked by both leagues in either their first or second rounds were JIM GRABOWSKI, Illinois fullback, Green Bay and Miami; TOMMY NOBIS, Texas linebacker, Atlanta and Houston; JERRY SHAY, Purdue tackle, Minnesota (signed) and Denver; RICK NORTON, Kentucky quarterback, Cleveland and Miami; DON DAVIS, Los Angeles State tackle, New York and San Diego; STAN HINDMAN, Mississippi tackle, San Francisco and Houston; SAM BALL, Kentucky tackle, Baltimore (signed) and New York; FRANCIS PEAY, Missouri tackle, New York and Kansas City; NICK RASSAS, Notre Dame defensive back, Atlanta and San Diego; JIM LINDSEY, Arkansas halfback, Minnesota and Buffalo. Some first-round selections who were signed immediately were TOM MACK, Michigan tackle, Los Angeles; RANDY BEISLER, Indiana defensive end, Philadelphia; JOHN NILAND, Iowa guard, Dallas; GALE GILLINGHAM, Minnesota tackle, Green Bay; RANDY JOHNSON, Texas A&I quarterback, Atlanta; DICK LEFTRIDGE, West Virginia fullback, Pittsburgh; JERRY JONES, Bowling Green tackle, Atlanta; BILLY YEARBY, Michigan tackle, New York Jets; AARON BROWN, Minnesota end, Kansas City and RODGER BIRD, Kentucky halfback, Oakland.
The HAMILTON TIGER-CATS defeated the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 22-16 to win the Grey Cup, the championship of the Canadian Football League.
GOLF—KATHY WHITWORTH won the Women's Titleholders tournament in Augusta, Ga. with a four-round score of 287, 10 strokes ahead of Peggy Wilson. Miss Whitworth's total broke by two strokes the tournament record set last year by Marilynn Smith and boosted her money earnings to $28,658, tops on the LPGA tour.
HOCKEY—NHL: MONTREAL (10-4-3) had to share first place with CHICAGO (10-5-1) twice during the week and even dropped to second one night when the team was idle. The rest of the time, however, the Canadiens were busy beating the Maple Leafs 2-1, the Red Wings 3-2 and the Black Hawks 2-1, to keep their two-point lead at week's end. The Black Hawks snapped a four-game losing streak with three consecutive wins before the loss to Montreal. TORONTO (7-8-2) held third place, two points ahead of NEW YORK (5-8-4), with a 4-2 victory over the Rangers and losses to the Canadiens and the Bruins, as the Rangers lost three out of four. Gordie Howe became the first ever to score 600 lifetime goals in regulation play, but that was all DETROIT (4-8-4) had to cheer about. The Red Wings dropped three out of four and were tied for fifth by BOSTON (5-8-2), which split four games.
TRACK & FIELD—After winning the AAU's national cross-country championship by 150 yards over defender Dave Ellis, RON LARRIEU of Los Angeles said, "Just because you win by a long way, it doesn't mean that it's been an easy race. I had to push all the way." The way was 10,000 meters (almost 6¼ miles) through the muddy hills of New York's Van Cortlandt Park and Larrieu, who competed at the 1964 Olympics in the 10,000, finished in 31:11.8. The victory was his first national title in 14 years of running.
MILEPOSTS—AWARDED: The Heisman Trophy as the year's best college football player, to MIKE GARRETT, USC's 5-foot 9-inch halfback, who led the major college ground-gainers with 1,440 yards this season and surpassed Ollie Matson's 1949-1951 record for yards gained in three years.
NAMED: As baseball's Rookies of the Year, CURT BLEFARY, Baltimore Oriole outfielder, in the American League, and JIM LEFEBVRE, Los Angeles Dodger second baseman, in the National League.
NAMED: Harness Horse of the Year for the second straight year, pacer BRET HANOVER, who finished the season with 21 wins in 24 starts.
NAMED: Thoroughbred racing's Horse of the Year, ROMAN BROTHER, Louis E. Wolfson's 4-year-old gelding, who won five of his 14 races this year. A close second choice was Raymond Guest's TOM ROLFE, who was named top 3-year-old.
DISCLOSED: The October 17 marriage in Las Vegas of ALTHEA GIBSON, 1957 and 1958 Wimbledon ladies' singles champion, to William A. Darren, a longtime friend.
HIRED: To manage the Kansas City Athletics, ALVIN DARK, 43, who led San Francisco to the NL pennant in 1962. Haywood Sullivan, the KC manager most of last season, resigned to become vice-president and director of player personnel with the Boston Red Sox.
RESIGNED: Tulane Head Football Coach TOMMY O'BOYLE, following a 2-8 season. In four years O'Boyle's teams won six, lost 33 and tied one.
FIRED: JOHN MICHELOSEN, who completed his 11th season as head football coach at the University of Pittsburgh with a 30-27 win over archrival Perm State but had a season record of 3-7 and gave up 311 points. Michelosen, captain of the Pitt team in 1937, took over the top job at the end of the 1954 season and compiled an 11-year record of 56 wins, 49 losses and seven ties.