BASKETBALL—BOSTON (25-10), after three wins and two losses, held a 2½-game lead in the Eastern Division. The Celtics opened the week with a loss to the 76ers and then edged the Knicks 99-96 and the Warriors 116-113, before dropping another close one to the Hawks 100-98 when Joe Caldwell sank a jump shot with four seconds left. The Celtics' long week ended with a 124-113 victory over the Lakers in L.A. CINCINNATI (24-14) and PHILADELPHIA (22-13) in second and third place and separated by just half a game were each three for four. The Royals beat the Lakers 111-109 as Oscar Robertson scored 40 points, and the Bullets 138-107, while splitting two with the Knicks. Wilt Chamberlain in scored 31 points and grabbed 40 rebounds in leading the 76ers to a 102-93 win over the Celtics and, in a 133-122 victory over the Knicks, he tossed in 50. NEW YORK (13-23), which lost three out of four, broke a four game losing streak by trouncing the Royals 147-122 as Willis Reed and Dick Barnett got 36 points apiece. LOS ANGELES' (23-19) lead in the West slipped to two games when the Lakers beat the Hawks two nights in a row, 108-100 and 107-100, but then lost three straight to the Royals, the Pistons and the Celtics. Second-place BALTIMORE (20-20) also won two games—'from the Warriors 144-111 (within one point of their season high) and the Pistons 116-112—but lost only once, to the Royals 138-107. SAN FRANCISCO (18-24) and ST. LOUIS (15-20) each won two and lost two. Both the Warriors' wins were over the Pistons and their losses were to the Bullets and the Celtics, while the Hawks defeated the 76ers and the Celtics but lost two to the Lakers. Last-place DETROIT (10-27) lost two more before finally ending its eight-game losing streak with a 117-114 upset of the Lakers. The Pistons immediately started another streak with losses to the Bullets and the Warriors.
CHESS—Despite surprising losses in the eighth and ninth rounds to Robert Byrne of Indianapolis and Sammy Reshevsky of Spring Valley, N.Y., 22-year-old BOBBY FISCHER of New York won the United States championship for the seventh time, with an 8-2-1 record. Fischer, who has won the national title every time he has competed, beginning at the age of 14, is the only player ever to have won the title without losing a single match (1963).
FOOTBALL—NFL: Rain, snow, fog and a sea of mud did not halt the GREEN BAY PACKERS in their battle for the NFL championship as Jim Taylor and Paul Hornung plowed through the Cleveland Browns' line for a total of 201 yards on 45 carries and Don Chandler kicked three field goals. The final score: 23-12 (page 14).
COLLEGE: UCLA thrice held Michigan State on fourth down with a yard to go as the Bruins upset the unbeaten Spartans 14-12 for their first Rose Bowl victory in six tries (page 32). Arkansas' 22-game winning streak was shattered when LSU, a 10-point underdog, beat the Razorbacks 14-7 in the Cotton Bowl on Joe Labruzzo's two short runs for touchdowns. Nebraska, also undefeated this season, fell to ALABAMA 39-28 in the Orange Bowl when Steve Sloan broke Joe Namath's 1965 Orange Bowl record with 20 completions, including 10 to Ray Perkins, in 29 attempts for 296 yards and two TDs. In the Sugar Bowl MISSOURI beat Florida 20-18 despite the passing of the Gators' Steve Spurrier. He broke three bowl records with 45 passes, 27 completions and 352 yards gained and brought Florida from a 20-0 deficit in the final quarter with two TD passes and a TD plunge. Sophomore Lenny Snow carried 35 times and gained 136 yards in leading GEORGIA TECH to a 31-21 victory over Texas Tech in the Gator Bowl, while TEXAS WESTERN edged Texas Christian 13-12 when sophomore Billy Stevens completed 21 passes for 208 yards and one touchdown in the Sun Bowl. In San Francisco, at the 41st annual East-West game, Washington Quarterback Tod Hullin threw three touchdown passes, one of them a 42-yarder to Arizona State's Ben Hawkins, to give the WEST a 22-7 upset victory over the East.
January 10, 1966
HOCKEY—NHL: CHICAGO (19-9-3) took over first place on Glenn Hall's 3-0 shutout of the Rangers and held onto it by a slim one-point margin by beating the Red Wings 4-1 and the Bruins 3-1 (Bobby Hull, leading the league with 49 points, scored his 29th goal). MONTREAL (18-8-4) dropped into second after losing to the Maple Leafs 3-2, but the Canadiens stayed close to the top when they defeated the Rangers in back-to-back games 5-1 and 6-3. After beating the Bruins for the 11th straight time, 1-0 on Paul Henderson's ninth goal of the season, DETROIT (16-12-4) had its seven-game home-ice winning streak broken by the Black Hawks. Two nights later the Red Wings defeated the Maple Leafs 4-0 for Roger Crozier's third shutout in his last four games. TORONTO (15-11-5) won two and moved briefly into third. But the loss to the Red Wings, which broke a 10-game undefeated streak, dropped the Leafs back into fourth, six points out. NEW YORK (7-19-7) and BOSTON (6-22-3) each played three fruitless games—the Rangers losing once to the Hawks and twice to the Canadiens, and the Bruins dropping single games to the Red Wings, Maple Leafs and Black Hawks.
HORSE RACING—NATIVE DIVER ($3.00), ridden by Jerry Lambert, won his 24th stakes race, the $22,800 Palos Verdes Handicap at Santa Anita, by a neck over Isle of Greece. Sledge finished third.
Terry's secret ($12.60), the 1965 California 3-year-old champion, won the $30,200 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita after a stretch duel with Hoist Bar, who finished second by a head. Royal Gunner came in third. Kentucky Derby-winner Lucky Debonair faded near the wire and finished fifth.
TENNIS—The doubles team of John Newcombe and Tony Roche scored the win that clinched the Davis Cup for AUSTRALIA, its 13th championship in 20 years, when they defeated Spain's Manuel Santana and Lis Arilla 6-3, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 in the third match of the best-out-of-five competition (page 48). The final score was 4-1 as Santana saved the challengers from a shutout by beating Roy Emerson 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 15-13 in the last singles match. It was Emerson's first defeat in eight Challenge Round matches.
TRACK & FIELD—New meet records were set in six of the nine events at the Sugar Bowl Track Meet in New Orleans. JIM RYUN, the Kansas freshman, bettered the 1,500-meter mark set by Dyrol Burleson in 1959 by almost six seconds with a 3:42.7 clocking, and NCAA cross-country champion JOHN LAWSON, also of Kansas, ran the 5,000 in 14:19, beating Bob Schul's 1963 record by 1.1 seconds. The other marks were set by GRAMBLING in the 400-meter relay (0:40.6), WILLIE DAVENPORT of Southern University in the 110-meter hurdles (13.9). SOUTHERN U. in the 1,600-meter relay (3:10.7) and GEORGE WOODS of Southern Illinois in the shotput (60 feet 5¼ inches).
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: To replace Eddie Stanky, recently named manager of the Chicago White Sox, as director of player development for the New York Mets, BOB SCHEFFING, 52, former manager of the Chicago Cubs (1957-1959) and the Detroit Tigers (1961-1963). Last season Scheffing served as a scout for the Tigers.
RESIGNED: Because "there can be little left to conquer in professional football," LOU SABAN, 44, coach of the American Football League champion Buffalo Bills since 1962 and the league's Coach of the Year in 1965, to become head coach at Maryland. Under Saban the Bills had a record of 36 wins, 17 losses and 3 ties, two Eastern Division titles, two league championships and one tie for first in the East with Boston in 1963. The Patriots won the title that season in a playoff.
RETIRED: Longtime American League Umpire JOE PAPARELLA, 56. Paparella, who joined the AL in 1946, umpired in four World Series and four All-Star Games.
FIRED: Following a disastrous 2-12 season, the worst in Pittsburgh Steeler history, MIKE NIXON, head coach, and all four of his assistants. Nixon joined the Steelers in 1961 as backfield coach and took over the head job at the beginning of this season when Buddy Parker quit after five straight exhibition game losses.
DIED: WILLIAM DU PONT JR., 69, horse breeder, racetrack architect, former steeplechase and point-to-point rider, foxhound expert and show judge, following surgery in a Wilmington, Del., hospital. Among the best-known Thoroughbreds from his Foxcatcher Farm stable was Rosemont, who beat Seabiscuit in the Santa Anita Handicap in 1937. Du Pont was the designer of more than 25 racecourses, among them Delaware Park and the National Cup Course at Fair Hill, Md.
DIED: MARGARET CURTIS, 82, three-time U.S. Women's Amateur golf champion (1907-11-12), following a long illness in Boston. The Curtis Cup, a trophy awarded to the winner of the biennial golf matches between women's teams from the U.S. and Great Britain, was named for Miss Curtis and her sister Harriot.