BASKETBALL—NBA: LOS ANGELES (18-14), the Western Division leader by 3½ games, played six games, winning three, losing three. BALTIMORE (14-17), with victories over the 76ers and the Warriors and a loss to the Knicks, leaped from fourth to second as SAN FRANCISCO (13-16) and ST. LOUIS (11-16) both slumped badly. The Warriors took one game from the Royals 110-109 when Guy Rodgers sank a free throw with five seconds to go, but lost three others. The Hawks beat the Knicks 104-93 while losing four. Last place DETROIT (9-17) won two straight from the Warriors and the 76ers. BOSTON (18-7) increased its Eastern Division lead to 2½ games by taking three straight, despite limited activity from the injured Sam Jones and Bill Russell. Only seven percentage points separated second-place CINCINNATI (17-11) and third-place PHILADELPHIA (15-10) as the Royals were 0 for 3 while the 76ers split four. The biggest surprise of the week was NEW YORK (10-17). The Knicks won three games—two of them in a row for the first time this season and one over the Lakers. In addition, their 150-127 victory over the Bullets was New York's second highest point total in 20 seasons of play. The Knicks' only loss was to the Hawks 104-93.
BOXING—World Welterweight Champion EMILE GRIFFITH won his 12th title fight, a dreary affair in which he gained a 15-round unanimous decision over Manny Gonzales of Odessa, Texas.
FOOTBALL—NFL: Paul Hornung scored five touchdowns, the most ever by a Packer, to give GREEN BAY a 42-27 victory over Baltimore and first place in the West (page 22). Better yet was rookie Gale Sayers, who scored six times for CHICAGO to set an NFL season record of 21 touchdowns and tie an NFL single-game mark as the Bears walloped San Francisco 61-20. Included in the Sayers scoring spree were an 80-yard screen-pass play, a 50-yard run and an 85-yard punt return. MINNESOTA defeated Detroit 29-7, and Cleveland, the Eastern champion, was jolted by LOS ANGELES 42-7. It was the Rams' third consecutive win under Quarterback Roman Gabriel, who threw five TD passes and scored another touchdown on a nine-yard run. Earl Morrall tossed two long TD passes (74 and 72 yards) to Homer Jones as NEW YORK beat Washington 27-10. DALLAS handed St. Louis its fifth straight loss 27-13, while PHILADELPHIA whipped Pittsburgh 47-13.
AFL: SAN DIEGO gained the Western Division title by coming from behind in the last period with 20 points to defeat Houston 37-26. Pete Gogolak booted two field goals—lifting his season total to 28, a league record—and Jack Kemp threw three TD passes in leading Eastern Division champion BUFFALO to a 34-25 victory over Kansas City. OAKLAND beat New York 24-14 in a game between the divisional second-place teams, while BOSTON proved to be the better divisional last-place team when it defeated Denver 28-20 on Babe Parilli's three TD tosses.
December 20, 1965
COLLEGE: ST. JOHN's of Minnesota gained its second NAIA championship in three years by defeating Linfield College of Oregon 33-0 in the Championship Bowl in Augusta, Ga. as Fullback Stan Suchta scored three TDs on short runs. In the Junior Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., FULLERTON JUNIOR COLLEGE of California came from behind twice to edge previously undefeated Henderson County Junior College of Texas 20-15. TENNESSEE STATE tied BALL STATE 14-14 in the Grant-land Rice Bowl in Murfreesboro. Tenn. when No-land Smith returned a punt 74 yards for a touchdown with two minutes left in the game, and Eldridge Dickey passed to Johnny Robinson for a two-point conversion. In the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Fullback Dave Alexander scored two TDs and passed for another to lead EAST CAROLINA to a 31-0 rout of Maine, and in the Camellia Bowl in Sacramento, Calif. Quarterback Ray Jones scored all of LOS ANGELES STATE'S points, six of them on a 90-yard kickoff return, as the Diablos beat Santa Barbara 18-10. NORTH DAKOTA STATE, the top NCAA small-college team, ran its winning streak to 15 with a 20-7 victory over Grambling in the Pecan Bowl in Abilene, Texas.
GOLF—GAY BREWER and BUTCH BAIRD won the first PGA National Four-Ball championship, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., by three strokes (page 84).
HOCKEY—NHL: MONTREAL (14-4-4) regained the lead and zoomed four points ahead of CHICAGO (13-7-2) by winning three in a row, including two back-to-back victories over the Black Hawks, 2-1 and 5-3. The Hawks' only other game was a 2-2 tie with the Rangers. DETROIT (10-8-4) also won three straight to extend its winning streak to seven and climbed within four points of Chicago, TORONTO (8-10-4) won a game and tied one. NEW YORK (5-12-7) tied two and lost two, making it 10 games in a row without a victory, and BOSTON (5-14-3) dropped three.
TENNIS—The U.S.'s ARTHUR ASHE, recovered from the sore toe that plagued him during the Victorian championships a week earlier, took the South Australian men's singles title in Adelaide with an upset win—his second in a row—over Wimbledon Champion Roy Emerson. Ashe dropped the first set 7-9, then took the next three 7-5, 6-0, 6-4.
TRACK & FIELD—East Germany's J√úRGEN MAY ran an extraordinary mile that was just 2/10 second slower than Frenchman Michel Jazy's world-record time and the second fastest mile ever run. Kipchoge Keino of Kenya set a fast pace early in the race in Wanganui, New Zealand, but May stayed with him and on the final lap outsprinted Keino to the tape to win by some three strides in 3:53.8. Keino was timed in 3:54.9.
MILEPOSTS—APPOINTED: Director of Player Personnel (in effect, General Manager) of the Baltimore Orioles, HARRY DALTON, 37, the Orioles' farm director the past five years.
HIRED: By the University of Iowa after eight years as head football coach at the University of Utah, RAY NAGEL, 38, to replace Jerry Burns. Nagel's record with the Redskins was 43-38-1, and his 1964 team (9-2) beat West Virginia in the Liberty Bowl.
HIRED: To succeed recently fired Football Coach Johnny Michelosen at the University of Pittsburgh, DAVE HART, 39, for the last two years defensive backfield coach at Navy and formerly a successful high school coach in western Pennsylvania.
TRADED: By the Cincinnati Reds, long-ball hitter FRANK ROBINSON, 30, who averaged 32 home runs, 101 RBIs and batted .303 in his 10 years in the National League, to the Baltimore Orioles for Pitcher MILT PAPPAS, 26 (13-9, 2.61 ERA), Reliever JACK BALDSCHUN, and Outfielder DICK SIMPSON.
RESIGNED: The Los Angeles Angels' dynamic director of public relations, IRV KAZE, 39. Kaze, who had been with the Angels since their inception in 1960, will join Grey Public Relations, Inc.
FIRED: Maryland Football Coach TOM NUGENT after seven years and a 36-34 record. This year's Terrapins, which Nugent called his best Maryland team ever before the season began, won only four of 10 games.
FIRED: PAUL RICHARDS, 57, the Houston general manager since 1962, and LUMAN HARRIS, 50, the Astros' manager the past season. Harris was replaced by GRADY HATTON, 43, 1965's minor league manager of the year at Oklahoma City, a Houston farm club.
DIED: Baseball's most famous and most successful front-office man, BRANCH RICKEY, 83, after lying in a coma for 26 days in Columbia, Mo. A bust as a player (batted .239 in 117 games with the Browns and the Yankees, 1905-1907, and had a record 13 bases stolen on him in one game while catching) and as a manager (finished out of the second division only twice in 11 years with the Browns, 1912-1915, and the Cardinals, 1919-1925), Rickey gained his great fame as a developer of ball clubs and as a shrewd trader of ballplayers. While managing the Cardinals, Rickey conceived the idea of farm clubs, and after he became vice-president of the team in 1925 he built the famous Cardinal farm system that produced six pennant winners and four World Series champions in 17 years. In 1943 Rickey moved to the Brooklyn Dodgers as president and, in October 1945, chose Jackie Robinson to become the first Negro to play in organized baseball. The color bar in the majors was broken forever in 1947 when Robinson, guided by Rickey, played for the Dodgers and ended up as the league's rookie of the year. By signing up every young man that he could during the war, Rickey had such a large stockpile of talent in the postwar years that Brooklyn dominated the league for the next decade. From 1950 to 1955 Rickey worked his magic for the Pittsburgh Pirates, and in 1960 they won their first pennant in 33 years. By then Rickey was president of the Continental League, the projected third major league that forced the existing leagues into expansion. Rickey returned to the Cardinals in 1962 as a consultant on player personnel but resigned at the end of the 1964 season.