BASKETBALL—NBA: CINCINNATI (34-17) climbed briefly into a one-game lead in the Eastern Division with a 113-102 win over the Celtics, but by the end of the week had fallen into a tie for second with the 76ers (page 16). The Royals won two before losing to the 76ers 125-103 and split with the Hawks, costing them first place. BOSTON (34-16) found itself in second place for the first time since the 1953-54 season, but managed to squeeze back into a half-game lead by beating the Knicks 118-115 after splitting four games. PHILADELPHIA (34-17) won four more, to make it eight in a row and crept into the tie with the Royals with a 117-98 win over the Pistons. NEW YORK (16-34) broke a seven-game losing streak by defeating the Pistons 115-100, beat the Warriors and then lost two. In the West LOS ANGELES (31-25) dropped its fourth straight, then won three in a row to take a 5½ game lead. Second-place BALTIMORE (25-30) lost three while SAN FRANCISCO (24-30) and ST. LOUIS (23-31) both dropped three out of five games. DETROIT (16-37) lost three straight, took one from the Celtics 108-105, then lost to Philadelphia.
BOBSLEDDING—Italy's EUGENIO MONTI won his ninth world two-man championship at Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, with a four-run total of 5:07.52. Gian France Gaspari of Italy finished second, Defending Champion Tony Nash of England was third.
BOWLING—Defending Champion DICK WEBER of St. Louis edged Nelson Burton Jr., 684-681 to win his fourth All-Star title in Lansing, Mich. Chicago's JOY ABEL took her first All-Star women's title when she defeated Bette Rockwell 593-538.
BOXING—Unranked EDUARDO CORLETTI, a 24-year-old Argentinian, scored an upset when he out-pointed Toronto's George Chuvalo, the third-ranked heavyweight, in a 10-rounder in London. On the same card British Heavyweight Champion HENRY COOPER knocked out Hubert Hilton of Glen Cove, L.I. in 1:20 of the second round.
February 7, 1966
FIGURE SKATING—PEGGY FLEMING of Colorado Springs, Colo. won her third straight women's title at the U.S. Nationals in Berkeley, Calif. (page 14). In the men's division SCOTT ALLEN of Smoke Rise, N.J. regained the title he lost last year.
HARNESS RACING—ROQUEPINE, a 5-year-old French mare, won the $100,000 Prix d'Amerique trot in Paris by half a length over L. B. Sheppard's Elma. Another French horse, Querido II, was third.
HOCKEY—NHL: DETROIT'S (23-14-6) nine-game unbeaten streak finally ended when the Rangers defeated the Red Wings 4-3. In their next game the Red Wings salvaged a 4-4 tie with the Black Hawks as Alex Delvecchio scored with only two seconds to go, but the next night, CHICAGO (23-15-6) defeated Detroit 5-1 to climb into a first-place tie with the Wings. Earlier, the Black Hawks, who were 2-1-1 for the week, broke a six-game winless streak by beating the Canadiens 4-2. The loss to the Hawks dropped MONTREAL (23-14-5) into third place, but two wins over the Rangers lifted the Canadiens to within a point of the leaders. TORONTO (20-16-5) split two, while NEW YORK (11-24-8) won two out of three and BOSTON (11-28-4) one out of three. The Bruins' one victory, 5-3 over the Hawks on Pit Martin's four goals, was Boston's fourth in a row, the longest streak the team has had in six years.
HORSE RACING—SABER MOUNTAIN ($2.80), H. B. Keck's 3-year-old colt, won his fourth straight race when he beat Ri Tux by 1½ lengths in the $32,250 San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita (page 18).
With Willie Shoemaker aboard, BOLD BIDDER ($9.60), a 4-year-old son of Bold Ruler, breezed to a track record in the $134,500 Charles H. Strub Stakes at Santa Anita, finishing the 1¼ miles in 1:59 3/5.
The 1965 Horse of the Year, ROMAN BROTHER ($3.40), ridden by Braulio Baeza, made his first start since last November and won a seven-furlong allowance race at Hialeah, finishing a length in front of Golden Triangle Stable's Selari.
SKIING—KARL SCHRANZ of Austria won the special slalom and placed sixth in the giant slalom to take the combined title in the Meg√®ve (France) meet. France's JEAN-CLAUDE KILLY was the winner of the giant slalom competition.
SPEED SKATING—ARD SCHENK, a 21-year-old Dutchman who earlier won the European championship, broke the world 1,500-meter record twice and the world 3,000-meter record once last week. In Davos, Switzerland, Schenk skated to a 2:06.2 in the 1,500, then clipped nine-tenths off that in Inzell, Germany. At the German meet he also flashed to a 3,000-meter record with a 4:26.2.
TENNIS—Australia's ROY EMERSON won the Australian championships in Sydney a record fifth time as he defeated America's Arthur Ashe 6-4, 6-8, 6-2, 6-3 in the finals. Emerson also teamed with FRED STOLLE to take the men's doubles title from the defending champions, John Newcombe and Tony Roche. Australia's MARGARET SMITH became the women's champion for the seventh straight year when Nancy Richey of Dallas had to forfeit the final because of a knee injury. The previous day MISS RICHEY and MRS. CAROLE GRAEBNER won the doubles title from the defending champions, Miss Smith and Lesley Turner, 6-4, 7-5.
TRACK & FIELD—JOHN PENNEL missed the 17-foot mark again, but set a new meet record when he vaulted 16 feet 5 inches at the Millrose Games in New York City (page 12). Kenya's KIPCHOGE KEINO barely held off UCLA's Bob Day to win the Wanamaker Mile in a slow 4:03.9, while GASTON ROELANTS of Belgium won the two-mile in 8:40.6, taking four-tenths of a second off the meet record set in 1963 by Bruce Kidd. WILLIE DAVENPORT of Southern University equaled the Millrose record in the 60-yard high hurdles with a seven-second victory, but his teammate Theron Lewis finished second to NICK LEE of Baltimore in the 500-yard run. A third Southern member, RICHARD ROSS, won the high jump with a seven-foot leap, as John Thomas placed fourth.
Later in the week, DAVENPORT was winning again, this time tying Charles Hlad's 1942 world record in the 45-yard high hurdles with a 5.2 at the Boston Athletic Association's meet. JOHN LAWSON of Kansas set a meet record as he won the two-mile in 8:39.8, while meet marks were tied by Fordham's SAM PERRY, with a 5.3 in the 50-yard dash, and Southern's LEWIS (48 seconds in the 440).
The same night in Portland (Ore.), BOB DAY edged Washington State's Gerry Lindgren to win the two-mile in 8:33, setting a new American collegiate indoor record. Portland's JIM GRELLE took the mile in 4:08.8 and OTIS BURRELL of Nevada won the high jump with a 7-foot-2½-inch leap.
MILEPOSTS—AWARDED: An NBA franchise to the CHICAGO BULLS, headed by Dick Klein—who played basketball with the pro Chicago Bears in 1940-44 and four other businessmen, for $1.6 million. The Bulls, the third Chicago team to attempt NBA competition, have been assigned to the Western Division and will begin league play at the International Amphitheatre in the 1966-67 season. To accommodate the expansion, Baltimore will be shifted to the Eastern Division.
ACCEPTED: By OTTO GRAHAM, 44, the job as head coach and general manager of the Washington Redskins, after refusing coaching offers from Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington in past years. Graham, the former Cleveland quarterback who led the Browns to six straight Eastern Conference titles (1950-55) and three NFL championships (1950, '54 and '55), had been head coach at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. for seven seasons.
APPOINTED: As Cornell's head coach, JOHN MUSICK, 40, former line coach at Dartmouth for 11 seasons, to succeed Tom Harp.
HIRED: GEORGE WILSON, 51, who headed the Detroit Lions from 1957 to 1964, as head coach of the AFL's new Miami Dolphins.
HIRED: NORB HECKER, 38, former defensive backfield coach at Green Bay for seven years, as head coach of the NFL's new Atlanta Falcons.
REHIRED: As head coach of Houston, WALLY LEMM, 46, who coached the Oilers to the AFL championship in 1962.
NAMED: As the 36th winner of the Sullivan Award, Oxford Rhodes Scholar BILL BRADLEY, Princeton's three-time All-America basketball player (page 52).
NAMED: Publicity director for the American League, BOB HOLBROOK, 47, former assistant sports editor of the Boston Globe.
RETIRED: New York Yankee Shortstop TONY KUBEK, 29, because of an old neck injury that affects his reflexes. Kubek was the American League's Rookie of the Year in 1957 when he batted .297.