BASKETBALL—NBA: BOSTON (37-18) scrambled to a two-game lead in the Eastern Division with three wins and two losses, while CINCINNATI (35-20), briefly in first place only a week earlier, dipped all the way to third before ending the week in second after winning one out of four. PHILADELPHIA (34-20) lost three to shatter its eight-game winning streak, and NEW YORK (19-34), of all teams, won all three games it played. LOS ANGELES (33-26) took two and lost one to move six games ahead in the West, while SAN FRANCISCO (26-31) climbed past the Bullets into second place with two out of three before settling back into third at week's end. BALTIMORE (27-32) and ST. LOUIS (25-33) each split four games, and last-place DETROIT (17-39) won one of three.
BIATHLON—JON ISTAD, a 28-year-old Norwegian carpenter, skied through heavy fog over the 20-kilometer course at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany to win the world championship in 1:38:21.8.
BOATING—JOE DUPLIN of Boston, the 1963 world Star champion, defeated James (Dink) Schoonmaker of Miami by two points (138-136), to take the Star Class Bacardi Cup on Biscayne Bay in Miami with 3-1-6-6-1 finishes. Duplin had won the first three races in last year's cup but was declared ineligible because he was sailing a yacht from France, not one from his home fleet.
Skidoo, a 36-foot sloop skippered by Walt Swindeman of Toledo, won the 105-mile St. Petersburg-to-Venice race on a corrected time of 12:45.21, but the results were nullified by a three-man jury after four skippers complained they lost time looking for a buoy marking the course. The judges upheld the protest because the Coast Guard had changed the sequence of flashes on the designated buoy.
BOWLING—LES SCHISSLER of Denver defeated Bud Horn of Los Angeles by four pins, 196-192, to take the PBA's $40,000 Hialeah-Miami championship and the $5,000 first prize.
BOXING—Italy's NINO BENVENUTI, 27, undefeated world junior middleweight champion and European middleweight titleholder, won a 12-round decision over Don Fullmer, 26, of West Jordan, Utah, at the Palazzo dello Sport in Rome (page 18).
FIGURE SKATING—Defending Champion EMMERICH DANZER of Austria defeated his countryman, teen-ager Wolfgang Schwarz, by 6.2 points to win the men's title at the European championships in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, while REGINE HEITZER, 22, also of Austria, gained the women's crown for the second year in a row. The Russian Olympic champions, LYUDMILA and OLEG PROTOPOPOV, also repeated in the pairs, and the dance competition was won by BERNARD FORD and DIANE FOWLER of England.
GOLF—DOUG SANDERS, six strokes behind and tied for 11th place at the start of the final round of the $100,000 Bob Hope Desert Classic in Palm Springs, shot the last nine in six-under-par to tie Arnold Palmer for first at the end of the 90-hole tournament. Sanders then capped one of the finest finishes in tour history by defeating Palmer on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff with a birdie 2.
Jack Penrose of Miami Beach and PHYLLIS PREUSS of Pompano Beach won the national mixed-foursomes title for the second straight year when they defeated Truman Connell of Lost Tree Village, Fla. and Former National Amateur Champion Barbara McIntire of Colorado Springs by three strokes at the Lost Tree Club.
HARNESS RACING—ELMA, a 6-year-old mare owned by L. B. Sheppard of Hanover. Pa., edged Apex Hanover, a Russian-owned, American-bred trotter, by one-tenth of a second, to win the 1‚Öú mile Prix de France trot in 2:55.8 in Paris. Earlier Elma had won the International Trotting Championship of Europe for 1965, but the French refused to award her the annual gold cup because she is not European owned or bred.
HOCKEY—NHL: DETROIT (24-14-8) dropped briefly out of first place but by week's end, after one victory and two ties, shared the lead with the Black Hawks and the Canadiens. In the Red Wings' one win—4-2 over the Bruins—Gordie Howe scored his 20th goal of the season, marking the 17th straight year he has reached that plateau. CHICAGO (25-16-6), with Bobby Hull scoring two goals to lift his season's total to 44, won two out of three games, while MONTREAL (25-14-6) took two and tied one. TORONTO (21-18-5), in fourth place, nine points away from the lead, lost two games but beat the Hawks 5-2. NEW YORK (11-27-8) dropped all three games it played, and last-place BOSTON (12-29-5) won a game, lost one and tied one to climb within a point of the Rangers.
HORSE RACING—GRAUSTARK ($2.60), John Galbreath's Derby candidate, won his fifth straight race when he came from behind in the stretch to beat Ogden Phipps's Impressive by four lengths in the $29,950 Bahamas at Hialeah.
Later in the week at Hialeah, Briardale Farm's CONVEX ($33.60), ridden by Ray Broussard, won the $61,400 Seminole Handicap by 4¼ lengths over Selari, as the favorite. Roman Brother, 1965's Horse of the Year, finished fourth.
MOTOR SPORTS—KEN MILES and LLOYD RUBY drove their Mark II Ford prototype to victory in the 24-hour Daytona Continental, averaging 108.02 mph for 678 laps (page 14).
SKIING—France's GUY PERILLAT took both prizes at the international meet in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy when he won the Duke of Aosta Cup special slalom in a combined time of 1:49.63 and the Ilio Colli Cup giant slalom in 3:29.96.
TENNIS—Wall Street securities salesman CHUCK McKINLEY defeated Frank Froehling, the 10th-ranked player in the U.S., 6-1, 6-2 to take the Richmond (Va.) Invitational.
TRACK & FIELD—TOM FARRELL of St. John's won his fifth straight race of the indoor season when he beat Ergas Leps of Toronto by a foot in the 1,000-yard run (2:08.7) at the Knights of Columbus meet in New York. Toronto's BILL CROTHERS tied the meet mark for the half mile with a 1:51.8 and later anchored the EAST YORK TRACK CLUB's winning mile-relay team. ART WALKER of the Southern California Striders, who had set a new world record for the hop, step and jump two weeks earlier, broke the meet record with a 53-foot 2-inch leap. New Zealander BILL BAILLIE won the two mile in 8:44.2, while his teammate JOHN DAVIES took the mile in 4:04.2. WILLIE DAVENPORT, a freshman from Southern University, won the 60-yard high hurdles by a yard in 7.2 for his sixth consecutive victory this season, and RICHARD ROSS, also of Baton Rouge, defeated John Thomas in the high jump with a 7-foot leap. Philadelphian JOHN UELSES won the pole vault at 15 feet 6 inches, and favorite Sam Perry of Fordham was beaten by RAYMOND POLLARD of Morgan State in the 60-yard dash.
The next night, at the Philadelphia Inquirer Games, Farrell lost his first race of the season when OLLAN CASSELL of Nutley, N.J. defeated him by a foot in the 600-yard run (1:12.8). JOHN PENNEL pole-vaulted 16 feet 6¼ inches to set a meet record, and Arizonan GEORGE YOUNG, running for the first time this season, beat Bill Baillie in winning the two mile (8:50). JOHN DAVIES won his second mile race in two nights with a 4:15.1, the slowest mile run at the games since 1956, and RICHARD ROSS took the high jump (6 feet 10 inches). SAM PERRY won the 50-yard dash in 5.4 and CORTLAND GRAY of the Quantico Marines, the 50-yard high hurdles in 6.1. Tennessee freshman Richmond Flowers Jr., son of the Alabama attorney general, finished second in both races.
Jeff Chase of the Santa Clara Youth Village recorded one of the best pole vaults of the season with a 16-foot 6-inch mark at the Seattle Invitational, while PARRY O'BRIEN, now a bank vice-president in Beverly Hills, Calif., put the shot 63 feet 9 inches. JIM GRELLE of Portland, Ore. took the mile in 4:02.8, and GERRY LINDGREN of Washington State won the two-mile in 8:39.1.
MILEPOSTS—CANCELED: The world four-man bobsled championship in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, because warm weather had melted the walls of the 1,740-meter chute and made it unsafe for sledding. On the first run, ANTON PENSBERGER, a 26-year-old German driver, was killed and his three teammates badly injured when their sled jumped the chute and crashed.
NAMED: Director of public relations for baseball by Commissioner William D. Eckert, JOE REICHLER, 50, an AP sportswriter for 22 years.
RESIGNED: BEN CARNEVALE, 50, as basketball coach at Navy, to become director of athletics for his alma mater. New York University. Carnevale, who coached at the Naval Academy for 20 years after starring on the NYU basketball team, will replace VIC OBECK, 47, who resigned to go into private business, on September 1.