BASKETBALL—NBA: PHILADELPHIA (64-12) clinched its second successive Eastern Division title by defeating the Celtics in Boston 115-113 on Hal Greer's 25-foot jump shot with two seconds left in overtime. The 76ers, who won two other games during the week, then lost a return match with the Celtics at home when Player-Coach Bill Russell tossed in a 15-foot basket with two seconds remaining. Runner-up BOSTON (57-19), whose nine-game winning streak was snapped by the 76ers, also lost to the Bulls but took its other two games. In the battle for third place, CINCINNATI (35-42) moved within half a game of NEW YORK (36-42) as the Royals won two of three and the Knicks dropped two. Worse yet for the injury-ridden Knicks was the loss of Dave Stallworth for the rest of the season (he suffered a heart attack). BALTIMORE (19-58) fell deeper into the cellar with three more defeats. In the Western Division SAN FRANCISCO (41-34) gained the title although the Warriors dropped both games they played. Center Nate Thurmond, wearing a cast on his broken hand, returned after missing 13 games but he couldn't stop the Warriors' skid (10 losses in 15 games). ST. LOUIS (36-41) won three of four and held second place by 1½ games over LOS ANGELES (35-43), which took three of six. Driving hard for a playoff spot, CHICAGO (30-46) won two of three games and seven of 10 to climb briefly out of last place during the week, but DETROIT (30-46) tied the Bulls by week's end with two victories in four games.
BOATING—GEORGE M. MOFFETT of New York, sailing his 49-foot aluminum sloop Guinevere, gained the SORC championship by half a point over William Snaith in Figaro IV.
BOWLING—NELSON BURTON JR., 24, of St. Louis rolled a 239 in the finals of the PBA $37,000 Greater Buffalo Open for a five-pin victory over Jim Godman, 21, of Hayward, Calif.
BOXING—Twenty-one-year-old Californian JERRY QUARRY, beaten only once in 25 fights, gained a unanimous decision over Britain's veteran Heavyweight Brian London, 32, in a 10-rounder in Los Angeles.
March 20, 1967
When first-ranked Lightweight ISMAEL LAGUNA of Panama was awarded a 12-round unanimous decision over second-ranked Frankie Narvaez of Puerto Rico, whiskey bottles were thrown from the balcony of New York's Madison Square Garden by angered Narvaez fans. It was the second time in 19 months that a riot followed a Narvaez defeat at the Garden.
Gypsy Joe Harris scored a TKO in the sixth round of a scheduled 10-rounder over Johnny Knight in Philadelphia to earn his 17th straight victory.
CURLING—WASHINGTON easily outscored Nebraska 12-3 in the finals of the U.S. national championships in Winchester, Mass. and, with a 10-1 record, gained the title over Minnesota (9-2), while in the MacDonald's Brier Tankard in Hull, Quebec, ONTARIO won nine straight games for its first Canadian championship since 1939.
GOLF—Two-time U.S. Open winner JULIUS BOROS, 47, took the $115,000 Citrus Open in Orlando. Fla. with a 72-hole total of 274, one stroke ahead of runners-up Arnold Palmer and Canada's George Knudson.
GREYHOUND RACING—Ray Randle's 2-year-old DISCREETLY (9-2) beat Cleve Commel' by 2½ lengths to win the $80,000 International Classic in Miami (page 44).
HARNESS RACING—New Zealand-bred pacer CARDIGAN BAY ($3.30), driven by Stanley Dancer, gained a two-length victory over Easy Prom to tie the Windsor (Ont.) Raceway track record of 2:01 in the 1-mile $25,000 Provincial Cup, Canada's richest purse ever. The victory boosted the 11-year-old bay gelding's career earnings lo $752,206.
HOCKEY—NHL: CHICAGO (37-14-10), clinching its first league championship (page 34), won two and tied one for a 19-point lead as Stan Mikita raised his point total to 88, just nine short of Bobby Hull's NHL mark set last year. NEW YORK (27-23-11), with a loss and two ties, missed its last chance for the title but held second place by two points over TORONTO (26-23-11), which was 1-1-1 for the week, while MONTREAL (24-25-12), three points farther back in fourth, was 0-1-2. DETROIT (24-33-4), just about out of a playoff spot, and last-place BOSTON (16-36-10) each split two games.
HORSE RACING—Hasty House Farm's 7-year-old Argentine-bred NIARKOS ($17.40), with Alvaro Pineda up, finished first in the 1¾-mile $125,000 San Juan Capistrano Handicap at Santa Anita, leaving Biggs three lengths behind in second place and the favorite Pretense another half length back in third.
SKIING—France's JEAN-CLAUDE KILLY won the men's World Cup as he swept all three events at the North American Alpine Championships in Franconia, N.H. (page 20).
SWIMMING—Yale junior DON SCHOLLANDER swam the 200-yard freestyle in 1:42.4 to cut .5 seconds off Roy Saari's 1965 NCAA record at the Eastern Seaboard championships in New Haven, Conn.
TRACK & FIELD—Villanova's 20-year-old junior, DAVE PATRICK, ran a 1:48.9 half mile at the NCAA championships in Detroit for a world indoor record and a 15-yard victory over Kansas sophomore Jim Ryun, who the next day set a meet mark in the mile with a 3:58.6 clocking (page 26). The team title went to USC, with 26 points, as Oklahoma placed second (17) and Kansas (16) third.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, HARRY (Bud) GRANT, 39, after 10 years as coach and general manager of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (121-66-3). Grant, who led the Bombers to five Canadian Football League championships, succeeds Norm Van Brocklin, who resigned a month ago.
TRADED: Minnesota's scrambling Quarterback FRAN TAR KENTON, 27, who had been with the Vikings since they joined the NFL in 1961, to New York for the Giants' 1967 first and second draft choices, their special bonus pick for 1968 and a player yet to be named. In another major deal the New Orleans Saints obtained Baltimore's GARY CUOZZO, 25, considered the NFL's best No. 2 quarterback, and Guard Butch Allison for BILL CURRY, 24, the Packers' first-string center the past two seasons, and the Saints' first 1967 draft pick.
RESIGNED: Player-Coach DAVE DEBUSSCHERE, 26, as coach of the Detroit Pistons, after nearly three seasons, to devote his full time to leading the team on the floor. Head Scout DONNIS BUTCHER, 29, replaces DeBusschere as coach.
RESIGNED: MEL MASSUCCO, 40, as head football coach at Holy Cross (two-year record: 8-10-2) to become coach at Worcester Tech. Massucco will be replaced by his assistant, Tom Boisture, 35.
RESIGNED: E. O. (Doc) HAYES, 61, after 20 years as head basketball coach at SMU, to become associate basketball coach, director of athletic promotion and football manager. Other basketball coaching changes occurred at Connecticut, where FRED SHABEL, 35, resigned after four years and was succeeded by his assistant, Burr Carlson; at Portland, where AL NEGRATTI, 45, resigned to become full-time athletic director; and at Missouri, where NORM STEWART, 32, moved from State College of Iowa to replace Bob Vanatta, who left three weeks ago.