BASKETBALL—NBA: Eastern Division leader PHILADELPHIA'S (18-2) eight-game winning streak ended with a 111-106 loss to the Royals, but a new one started when the 76ers took their next three games. In a 129-115 win over the Bullets, Wilt Chamberlain hit on 16 of 17 shots from the floor and nine of 11 from the foul line for 41 points, and in a 131-123 victory over the Pistons Wilt had 15 assists. BOSTON (15-3) with a 3-1 week remained two games behind the 76ers, while CINCINNATI (9-10) finally showed signs of emerging from its early-season lethargy by taking three of four and moving ahead of NEW YORK (10-12) into third. The Knicks and last-place BALTIMORE (4-19) both lost three of four. In the Western Division, first-place SAN FRANCISCO (14-8) dropped two of five, but the Warriors' lead stretched to three games as ST. LOUIS (9-9) lost four straight. DETROIT (10-12) upset the Celtics 107-105 and split two other games, while LOS ANGELES (7-13) won two of three and climbed out of the cellar past CHICAGO (8-16), losers of two of three. The Bulls' one win, 121-117 over the Lakers, broke a nine-game losing streak.
This is an article from the Dec. 5, 1966 issue
BOXING—JOE FRAZIER, the undefeated Philadelphia heavyweight, won his 13th fight, a 10th-round knockout of Eddie Machen; in Los Angeles.
CROSS-COUNTRY—DORIS BROWN of Seattle won the National AAU women's championship (1½ miles) in St. Louis by 200 yards over Marie Mulder (page 30).
Olympian RON LARRIEU led the Southern California Striders to the men's AAU team championship in Los Angeles when he bounded over the 10,000-meter (6¼ mile) course in 31:23, finishing nearly two minutes ahead of runner-up John Lawson of the Jayhawk (Kans.) Track Club.
Tarry Harrison of Colorado State, who came in only 27th in the NCAA championships three days earlier, won the USTFF championship in Wichita, Kans., covering the 6-mile course in 29:57, but Kansas State took the team title.
FOOTBALL—NFL: Co-leaders DALLAS (8-2-1) and ST. LOUIS (8-2-1) set the stage for their Eastern Conference showdown in the Cotton Bowl as the Cowboys defeated Cleveland (7-4) 26-14 and the Cardinals beat Pittsburgh (3-7-1) 6-3. In D.C. Stadium all sorts of records were set, including most points by one team in a regular-season game and most points in one game by both teams (113), when WASHINGTON (6-6) trampled New York (1-9-1) 72-41. The Redskins gained the one-team mark on a 29-yard field goal by Charlie Gogolak with three seconds left. GREEN BAY (9-2) neared the Western Division title by beating Minnesota (3-7-1) 28-16 as LOS ANGELES (7-5) handed Baltimore (7-4) its second straight loss, 23-7. John Brodie passed for 254 yards and Ken Willard ran for 114 as SAN FRANCISCO (5-4-2) defeated Detroit (4-7-1) 41-14, while CHICAGO (4-5-2) ended Atlanta's (1-10) winning streak at one with a 23-6 victory.
AFL: KANSAS CITY (9-2-1) won the Western Division title and BUFFALO (8-3-1) moved closer to the Eastern championship with easy wins. The Chiefs beat New York (5-5-1) 32-24, while Wray Carlton scored two touchdowns in leading the Bills to their fifth straight victory, 31-10 over Oakland (7-6). BOSTON (6-3-2), the only team with a chance to catch the Bills, defeated Miami (2-9) 20-14 as Jim Nance ran his season rushing yardage to 1,125, breaking the AFL record set by the Chargers' Paul Lowe last year. Linebacker John (Bull) Bramlett blocked a field-goal try and ran 72 yards for the go-ahead touchdown to give DENVER (3-8) a 20-17 upset over defending champion San Diego (5-5-1).
GOLF—KATHY WHITWORTH won the Titleholders Golf Tournament at the Augusta (Ga.) Country Club for the second straight year. The victory boosted her season earnings to a record $32,317, breaking Mickey Wright's 1963 LPGA mark of $31,269.
Jacky Cupit took the Cajun Classic in Lafayette, La., last stop on the 1966 PGA tour, when he defeated Chi Chi Rodriguez on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff.
HOCKEY—NFL: CHICAGO (10-4-2) beat the Canadiens 5-0 on Glenn Hall's first shutout of the season and defeated the Bruins 5-4, as Stan Mikita, the league's leading scorer, slapped in three goals. The Black Hawks lost their other two games but still held a three-point lead. NEW YORK (7-6-5) climbed into a tie for second with TORONTO (6-4-7), winners of two of three, by beating the Bruins 5-4, the Black Hawks 4-1 and the Maple Leafs 5-0. MONTREAL (7-7-1) tied BOSTON (6-8-3) for fourth as the Canadiens won two and lost one, while the Bruins lost three and won one. DETROIT (4-11-2) fell deeper into the cellar by dropping three more to extend its losing streak to six games.
HORSE RACING—MUNDEN POINT ($20.20), with Johnny Rotz up, won the $58,300 Gallant Fox Handicap at Aqueduct by 2¾ lengths over Yonder.
POLO—Argentina won the Cup of the Americas for the third straight time, defeating the U.S. 10-6 and 14-10 in the best-of-three series (page 85).
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: STEVE SPURRIER, 21, the versatile University of Florida quarterback who led the Gators to an 8-2 record and a spot in the Orange Bowl, as winner of the Heisman Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the nation's outstanding college football player. "I had hoped I might win the trophy," Spurrier said. "I'm happy for the college, for the state and for the South." Second in the voting was Purdue Quarterback Bob Griese, who led the Boilermakers to an 8-2 record and a place in the Rose Bowl for the first time in the school's history.
NAMED: BUCKPASSER, the winner of 12 straight races in 1966, as Horse of the Year by The Morning Telegraph and the Daily Racing Form. Owned by Ogden Phipps, trained by Eddie Neloy and ridden by Braulio Baeza, the 3-year-old son of Tom Fool was also voted the best colt in his division and the best handicap horse, to become only the third Thoroughbred in the 31-year history of the poll (the others: Citation in 1948, Sword Dancer in 1959) to sweep all three honors.
NAMED: As American League and National League Rookies of the Year, Center Fielder TOMMY AGEE of the Chicago White Sox and Infielder TOMMY HELMS of the Cincinnati Reds. Agee batted .273, hit 22 home runs, scored 98 runs, drove in 86 and stole 44 bases, while Helms batted .284.
NAMED: By The Sporting News as major league Baseball Executive of the Year, Yankee General Manager LEE MacPHAIL for his work as an assistant to Baseball Commissioner William Eckhart; as Manager of the Year, HANK BAUER of the Baltimore Orioles; and as Player of the Year, FRANK ROBINSON, also of the Orioles.
NAMED: The world's ranking woman tennis player by World Tennis magazine, BILLIE JEAN KING, 23, of Long Beach, Calif. FRED STOLLE, 28, of Australia was No. 1 among the men, just edging Manuel Santana of Spain. The best male U.S. ranking was fifth by Dennis Ralston.
HIRED: FRANK SELVY, 34, as head basketball coach of Furman University, succeeding Lyles Alley, the head coach for 20 years and athletic director since 1957, who will become full-time athletic director. As a player at Furman, Selvy set 24 national scoring records and in 1954 against Newberry scored 100 points, which still stands as the one-game major-college record. Selvy retired in 1964 after eight years in the NBA and spent the last two seasons as Alley's assistant.
RETIRED: JIM HICKEY, 47, head football coach at North Carolina, after eight years. Hickey compiled a 36-45 record, won one Atlantic Coast title and one Gator Bowl (1963). He will become athletic director at Connecticut, replacing J.O. Christian, who retired in October.
RESIGNED: BERT BELL JR., son of the late NFL commissioner, as business manager of the Baltimore Colts because "of the crass commercialism that is striking at the very heart of the game." Bell added, "The new medium in the NFL is the almighty dollar. I deplore the supermarket air that has invaded pro football."
DIED: MATTY BEGOVICH, 56, for 21 years a collegiate and professional basketball referee and considered by many to be the best official in the game until his retirement in 1956; after complications caused by a heart attack in September; in Miami Beach.
DIED: NORRIS FRIEL, 60, technical director for NASCAR; after an abdominal operation two weeks ago; in Daytona Beach, Fla.