BASKETBALL—NBA: PHILADELPHIA (41-4) won three more games to push its runaway lead in the Eastern Division to 9½ games. One of the 76ers' victories was a big 110-95 win over the Celtics in Boston, the first time in three games that Philadelphia has won on the Celtics' home court this season. Fading BOSTON (30-12) took its two other games, while NEW YORK (24-23), far behind in third place, split four during a tour of the West. In a 121-118 victory over the Lakers, the Knicks rallied after being behind 41-14 in the first quarter, and in a 119-117 win over the Warriors. Dick Van Arsdale held Rick Barry, the league's leading scorer, to his lowest point total of the season—15. With Oscar Robertson tossing in 125 points, CINCINNATI (18-23) won four games to run its winning streak to five, longest of the season for the slow-starting Royals. BALTIMORE (9-38) finally snapped its 13-game losing streak with a 137-116 victory over the Hawks as Don Ohl scored 41 points, but the Bullets lost the three other games they played. Western Division leader SAN FRANCISCO (29-17), held its 8½-game lead over ST. LOUIS (19-24) when both teams dropped three of five. In the Warriors' two victories, Barry scored 50 and 41 points, but his 48 against the Hawks was not enough as St. Louis defeated San Francisco 114-112 on Len Wilkins' basket with three seconds to go. LOS ANGELES (18-27) won only two of five games, but the Lakers tied DETROIT (18-27), losers of three out of four, for third place by beating the Pistons 127-116. Last-place CHICAGO (19-30), only a game out of third, won two of five.
Earlier in the week, the league held its 17th annual All-Star Game and the WEST beat the East 135-120 as Barry, the game's most valuable player, scored 38 points. The West's victory broke a four-game losing streak and was only the sixth win in the series for the West.
BOWLING—JIM ST. JOHN of San Jose, Calif. won his seventh major bowling championship by defeating Bob Knipple of Long Beach, Calif. 241-207 in the finals of the PBA $40,000 Western Open.
FOOTBALL—Bart Starr, the most valuable player of the game, completed 16 of 23 passes for 250 yards and two TDs to lead GREEN BAY to a 35-10 win over Kansas City in the first Super Bowl (page 10).
January 23, 1967
GOLF—BOB GOALBY of Belleville, Ill., with a 269, defeated Gay Brewer by one stroke to win the $66,000 San Diego Open (page 20).
HOCKEY—NHL: NEW YORK (20-12-7) twice slipped two points ahead of CHICAGO (21-11-5), but by week's end the two teams were once again locked in a first-place tie. The Rangers won three of four games with two of them shutouts by Ed Giacomin, the league's leading goalie, who raised his total to six. Bobby Hull continued his goal-scoring spree, netting seven in four games as the Black Hawks took three of five. In a 6-1 victory over the Red Wings, Hull performed the hat trick for the 18th time in his career. TORONTO (17-12-8), in third, dropped live points behind by splitting four games, and MONTREAL (16-16-4) in fourth, fell farther back with only one win in four games. DETROIT'S (13-23-3) winless streak on the road reached 19 games as the Red Wings won two and lost three, while Boston (9-22-7), which split four, broke an eight-game winless streak by beating the Black Hawks 3-1.
HORSE RACING—"He always does it the hard way," said Trainer Eddie Neloy after the 1966 Horse of the Year, BUCK PASSER ($2.60), Braulio Baeza up, came from behind to win his debut as a 4-year-old in the 1‚⅛-mile, $56,550 San Fernando Stakes at Santa Anita by 1½ lengths over Fleet Host. The victory, Buckpasser's 14th straight, was worth $34,050, raising his lifetime total to $1,271,224 and making him the fourth-richest winner in Thoroughbred history.
Bidding for the retired Johnny Longden's record as the alltime winning jockey, BILL SHOEMAKER, aboard Fair Dell ($9.20), gained his 5,500th win at Santa Anita, then later in the day brought home Shebason ($32.80), to move another race closer to Longden's mark of 6,032 winning mounts.
SKIING—Duplicating their placings in the world championships last August, France's JEAN-CLAUDE KILLY and Léo Lacroix finished one-two in the Lauberhorn downhill ski classic in Wengen, Switzerland with times of 3:06.76 and 3:07.05. Next day Killy took the slalom, finishing 1.11 seconds ahead of runner-up Heine Messner of Austria. The victories raised Killy's total points for the World Cup competition to 101, a 45-point margin over Messner and 50 more than Lacro'x in third place.
In the final event of the ladies' international races at Grindelwald, Switzerland, NANCY GREENE, a 23-year-old student from British Columbia, won the downhill, finishing 1.47 seconds ahead of France's Isabelle Mir. The victory, Miss Greene's fourth in five World Cup events this year, gave her 100 points and a 40-point lead over Annie Famose of France in the cup competition. Earlier Miss Greene won the giant slalom by beating Miss Famose. But in the slalom she was disqualified for a gate error, and Miss Famose took the event by the slim margin of .32 second over Britain's Gina Hathorn.
TRACK & FIELD—RALPH BOSTON completed an unusual double-double by winning the 60-yard high hurdles and the broad jump at the Lubbock (Texas) Games and the Athens Invitational in Oakland on consecutive nights. At the Massachusetts Knights of Columbus Games in Boston, BILLY GAINES, an 18-year-old high school junior from Mullica Hills, N.J., took the 50-yard dash in 5.2 seconds, only .1 second off the world indoor mark.
MILEPOSTS—APPOINTED: To succeed Harry Gilmer as head coach of the Detroit Lions, JOE SCHMIDT, 35, who played 13 years with the club (1953-65) and led the Lions to three Western, Conference championships, three NFL playoff victories, and four second-place finishes. Schmidt, named to the league's All-Pro team eight times as linebacker, was team captain for nine straight seasons and the Lions' most valuable player four times.
APPOINTED: JOHN McHALE, the 45-year-old president and general manager of the Atlanta Braves who quit as a player at the age of 27 because he "couldn't hit curve balls," to succeed Lee MacPhail as Administrator of Baseball and right-hand man to Commissioner William D. Eckert.
HIRED: As athletic director and head football" coach at Mississippi State, CHARLES N. SHIRA, 40, an MSU alumnus who was top assistant to Texas Coach Darrell Royal for 10 years.
AWARDED: By the NBA, a $1.75 million franchise to SAN DIEGO, making the NBA a 12-team league in the 1967-68 season. The San Diego franchise went to Robert Breitbard and Associates, owners of the Western Hockey League's Gulls and the International Sports Arena. The other new franchise, which was granted to Seattle a few weeks earlier, will be operated by Eugene V. Klein and Samuel Schulman, principal owners of the AFL San Diego Chargers.
SIGNED: By Aussie FRED STOLLE, 28, ranked the world's No. 1 amateur tennis player and the 1966 U.S. champion, a professional contract.
TRADED: In a straight player deal by the Houston Oilers, Defensive Tackle SCOTT APPLETON, 24, All-America and Lineman of the Year in 1963 who signed a $104,000 contract when he joined the Oilers, and Linebacker JOHNNY BAKER, 25, All-Southeastern Conference end for Mississippi State in 1962, to the San Diego Chargers for MILLER FARR Jr., a two-year AFL corner back.
DIED: CHARLEY GELBERT, 60, a former major league shortstop (1929-40) and baseball coach at Lafayette College for 21 years; of a heart attack in Easton, Pa.