BASEBALL—The Los Angeles Dodgers were the most active traders during the winter meetings in Pittsburgh. They sent MAURY WILLS, 34, their shortstop since 1959 and the National League's Most Valuable Player in 1962, to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Infielders BOB BAILEY, 24, and GENE MICHAEL, 28. Earlier the Dodgers traded Outfielder TOMMY DAVIS, 27, the league's top hitter in 1962 and 1963, and DERRELL GRIFFITH, 26, to the New York Mets for Infielder RON HUNT, 25, and Outfielder JIM HICKMAN, 29, the last of the original Mets. In other deals the Minnesota Twins acquired DEAN CHANCE, 25, who won the Cy Young Award as baseball's best pitcher in 1964, from the California Angels in exchange for First Baseman DON MINCHER, 28, Outfielder JIMMIE HALL, 28, and Pitcher PETE CIMINO, 24. The Twins also traded CAMILO PASCUAL, 32, twice a 20-game winner, and Second Baseman BERNIE ALLEN, 27, to the Washington Senators for Relief Pitcher RON KLINE, 34. The Senators also obtained Reliefer DAROLD KNOWLES, 25, from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for Outfielder DON LOCK, 30. The New York Yankees, meanwhile, traded Third Baseman CLETE BOYER, 29, to the Atlanta Braves for Outfielder BILL ROBINSON, 23, who hit .312 last year at Richmond, and aging Relief Pitcher CHI CHI OLIVO, 37.
BASKETBALL—NBA: PHILADELPHIA (22-2) increased its latest winning streak to seven games and its Eastern Division lead to 4½ games with four more victories. As usual, Wilt Chamberlain dominated the 76er games as he passed 22,000 career points with 10 baskets in 11 shots from the floor and five of seven from the foul line in a 137-116 victory over the Hawks; hit on 13 of 13 shots in a 138-130 win over the Lakers; and, with 10 for 11 in a 137-120 victory over the Bullets, ran his string of baskets without a miss to 18, one below his own NBA record. In the Bullet game, Wilt also sank 12 of 15 foul shots, all of them in a row. Second-place BOSTON (16-5) lost two games to the Pistons before beating the Knicks for the 13th straight time. NEW YORK (12-14) moved back into third with two wins and two defeats as CINCINNATI (9-12) dropped two games. One of the Royals' losses was to the Knicks, 119-115, breaking an 18-game winning streak over the Knicks at home. Last-place BALTIMORE (4-21) also lost twice. In the Western Division, SAN FRANCISCO (16-8) won two to increase its first-place lead to four games over DETROIT (13-13), which climbed into a tie for second with ST. LOUIS (11-11) when the Pistons won three of four while the Hawks split four. LOS ANGELES (9-16), in fourth, won two and lost three, while last-place CHICAGO (8-18) dropped both games it played.
BOATING—JIM WYNNE won the world offshore driving championship as he powered the 28-foot Ghost Rider to an easy victory in the Miami-to-Key West race. Wynne was timed in 3:15:55 for the 175-mile course.
BOXING—Lightweight Champion CARLOS ORTIZ and Welterweight Champion CURTIS COKES both retained their titles with impressive wins. In New York, Ortiz savagely battered Gabriel (Flash) Elorde of the Philippines before knocking him out in the 14th round, while in Dallas, Cokes, making his first title defense, cut up Jean Josselin of France while winning a unanimous 15-round decision.
December 12, 1966
FOOTBALL—AFL: BOSTON (7-3-2) stymied Buffalo (8-4-1) with a tough defense and beat the Bills 14-3 to take the lead in the Eastern Division (page 18). In other games, NEW YORK (5-5-2) tied OAKLAND (7-5-1) 28-28 on a Joe Namath two-point conversion pass with less than a minute to play; SAN DIEGO (6-5-1) defeated Houston (3-9) 28-22; and DENVER (4-8-0) won its third game in four starts by beating Miami (2-10) 17-7.
NFL: DALLAS (9-2-1) beat St. Louis (8-3-1) 31-17 and took over first place in the East, one game ahead of the Cardinals. CLEVELAND (8-4) rallied from a 34-14 deficit shortly after the half and defeated New York (1-10-1) 49-40 on three quick touchdowns in the last few minutes of play. Bonus Quarterback Jack Concannon started for the first time in two years and led PHILADELPHIA (7-5) to a 27-23 victory over Pittsburgh (3-8-1) as he passed for 131 yards and scrambled for another 129. An 83-yard TD pass from Bart Starr to Carroll Dale on GREEN BAY's (10-2) third play helped the Packers beat San Francisco (5-5-2) 20-7 and clinched at least a tie for the Western Division title. BALTIMORE (8-4), two games behind Green Bay, edged Chicago (4-6-2) 21-16 on Johnny Unitas' touchdown pass to Raymond Berry with 39 seconds to play. ATLANTA (2-10) climbed out of the cellar past the Giants by upsetting Minnesota (3-8-1) 20-13, and LOS ANGELES (8-5) defeated Detroit (4-8-1) 23-3 for its fourth victory in a row.
CONTINENTAL LEAGUE: Jamie Caleb kicked a 10-yard field goal after 9:15 of sudden-death overtime to give the PHILADELPHIA BULLDOGS a 20-17 victory over the Orlando Panthers in the league's championship game.
COLLEGE: ALABAMA completed an undefeated season (10-0) by routing Auburn 31-0; HOUSTON'S Ken Herbert won the national scoring title with 113 points as he scored two TDs and kicked four extra points in leading the Cougars to a 34-14 win over Utah; OKLAHOMA STATE upset Oklahoma 15-14 by stopping a two-point conversion attempt with only 1:29 to play; and FLORIDA A&M beat Alabama A&M 43-26 in the Orange Blossom Classic at Miami.
HOCKEY—NHL: TORONTO (9-4-7) took over first place by one point with three straight victories as CHICAGO (11-6-2) dropped to second after losing two of three games. NEW YORK (8-7-6), which moved within a game of first earlier in the week after beating the Black Hawks 5-0 on Ed Giacomin's second shutout in a row, fell to third, three points out, with a tie and a loss. The loss was only the Rangers' second in 12 games, both to MONTREAL (9-8-1), winners of two of three games during the week. BOSTON (6-10-4) tied the Rangers but lost to the Maple Leafs and the Red Wings. The Bruins also lost 18-year-old rookie defenseman Bobby Orr for at least three weeks with a knee injury. Last-place DETROIT (5-13-2) broke a six-game losing streak by beating the Bruins 4-1, then dropped two in a row.
SOCCER—Sandor Hites scored three goals as the UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO beat Long Island University 5-2 in the title match of the NCAA soccer championships in Berkeley, Calif. (page 24).
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: FRED TAYLOR, 46, captain of Texas Christian's 1946 football team and a member of the school's football coaching staff since 1953, to replace ailing Abe Martin as TCU's head coach; and HAROLD (Bo) HAGAN, 41, to replace retiring Jess Neely as Rice's head football coach.
HIRED: Ten-year NBA veteran GENE SHUE, 34, as coach of the Baltimore Bullets, replacing General Manager Buddy Jeannette, who took over when Mike Farmer was fired earlier in the season.
RESIGNED: These college football coaches, all of whom had losing seasons in 1966—JOHN McLAUGHRY, 49, who had a 17-51-3 record and only one winning season in eight years at Brown; JACK MITCHELL, 43, who had a 44-42-5 record in nine years at Kansas but won only four of 20 games the last two seasons; CHUCK STUDLEY, 37, who won 27 and lost 33 in six years at Cincinnati; JIM LaRUE, 41, who in eight years at Arizona won 41, lost 38 and tied two; JACK GREEN, whose four Vanderbilt teams won only seven games, lost 29 and tied four; and GEORGE KARRAS, 32, who had a 4-15 record for his two seasons at Wichita State.