BASKETBALL—NBA: BOSTON (20-7) regained first place in the Eastern Division by beating the 76ers 102-101 and San Diego 114-101. PHILADELPHIA (23-9), in second place by 22 percentage points, won its three other games, including a 143-123 romp over the Bulls as Wilt Chamberlain scored 68 points and pulled down 34 rebounds. DETROIT's (18-14) only victory in four games was 129-117 over the Knicks on Dave Bing's 43 points; CINCINNATI (13-16) took three straight; NEW YORK (13-19) finally broke a five game losing streak by beating San Diego 126-102; and BALTIMORE (10-19) dropped three of four. ST. LOUIS' (24-8) lead in the West stretched to 2½ games when the Hawks took three of four while second-place SAN FRANCISCO (22-11) lost two of three. LOS ANGELES (17-13) dropped both games it played; CHICAGO (11-24) lost three of five; SEATTLE (9-22) broke a four-game losing streak with a 133-123 win over the Lakers and then split its next two games; and SAN DIEGO (8-26), deep in the cellar, won one and lost two.
ABA: MINNESOTA (19-8) increased its lead in the Eastern Division to 2½ games by splitting four, while INDIANA (18-12) ran its losing string to five with four defeats. PITTSBURGH (18-12)—led by Art Heyman, who was obtained from New Jersey two weeks ago—tied the Pacers for second place by upping its winning streak to seven with three more victories. Heyman tossed in 31 points in a 114-99 win over Minnesota and 36 in a 122-117 victory over Indiana. NEW JERSEY (13-15) split six games, including a 113-109 win over Anaheim as Tony Jackson scored 40 points, and last-place KENTUCKY (10-16) won two straight. In the Western Division NEW ORLEANS (21-8) boosted its lead to 6½ games with three wins, two defeats. The Buccaneers' 102-99 loss to Oakland was their first defeat by a Western Division team. DENVER (15-15) won one of three, while both DALLAS (12-12) and OAKLAND (11-17) split four games. ANAHEIM (10-21) won two of three and climbed out of last place when HOUSTON (8-19) dropped three of four.
BOXING—Junior Lightweight HIROSHI KOBAYASHI won the world championship when he knocked out Defending Champion Yoshiaki Numata in the 12th round in Tokyo.
Unbeaten Welterweight GYPSY JOE HARRIS of Philadelphia extended his streak to 23 victories with a 10-round split decision over Miguel Barreto of Puerto Rico, in Philadelphia.
December 25, 1967
FOOTBALL—NFL: LOS ANGELES (11-1-2) handed Baltimore (11-1-2) its first loss of the season, 34-10, and won the Coastal Division title (page 12). The other divisional winners all lost on the last weekend of the regular season. Capitol Division champion Dallas (9-5) was defeated by SAN FRANCISCO (7-7) 24-16 on George Mira's three TD passes; Norm Snead tossed three touchdown passes to lead PHILADELPHIA (6-7-1) to a 28-24 victory over Cleveland (9-5), the Century Division champion; and PITTSBURGH (4-9-1) upset Central Division champion Green Bay (9-4-1) 24-17 when the Steelers set up three TDs with a pass interception and two fumble recoveries. NEW YORK (7-7) gained second place in the Century Division by beating St. Louis (6-7-1) 37-14 as Fran Tarkenton tossed four touchdown passes, while CHICAGO (7-6-1) finished second in the Central Division with a 23-14 win over Atlanta (1-12-1). Bill Kilmer came off the bench in the second quarter and threw two TD passes—one an 80-yarder to Dan Abramowicz—to lead NEW ORLEANS (3-11) to a 30-14 upset over Washington (5-6-3), while DETROIT (5-7-2) defeated Minnesota (3-8-3) 14-3 as Lem Barney intercepted three passes. He ran one back 71 yards for a touchdown and set up the Lions' second TD with another. Individual season leaders were: Jim Bakken, St. Louis, scoring with 117 points; Leroy Kelley, Cleveland, rushing with 1,205 yards; Sonny Jurgensen, Washington, passing with 288 completions in 508 attempts for 3,747 yards and 31 TDs; and Charley Taylor, Washington, pass receiving with 70.
AFL: With only one week left in the regular season HOUSTON (8-4-1) took a one-game lead over New York (7-5-1) in the Eastern Division when the Oilers beat San Diego (8-4-1) 24-17 and the Jets lost to OAKLAND (12-1) 38-29 (page 16). Rookie Bob Griese tossed three touchdown passes as MIAMI (4-9) defeated Boston (3-10-1) 41-32, while Len Dawson threw three TD passes to Otis Taylor as KANSAS CITY (9-5) beat Denver (3-11) 38-24. One of the other Chief TDs came on rookie Noland Smith's 106-yard kickoff return, the longest ever in the AFL.
COLLEGE: Two dramatic goal-line stands late in the final quarter saved a 14-7 victory for NORTH CAROLINA STATE over favored Georgia in the Liberty Bowl. In other bowl games the UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT ARLINGTON shut out North Dakota State 13-0 in the Pecan Bowl, and TENNESSEE-MARTIN walloped West Chester State 25-8 in the Tangerine Bowl.
HOCKEY—NHL: With Bobby Orr out for three weeks with a broken collarbone, Eastern leader BOSTON (16-8-4) dropped three in a row before beating Los Angeles 5-2. Surging CHICAGO (13-9-8) leaped from fourth to second—two points behind the Bruins—with three wins and a tie, extending the Hawks' unbeaten streak to six; while TORONTO (14-9-5), a point farther back in third, dropped two and won one. Fourth-place DETROIT (12-10-6) lost two; NEW YORK (12-12-4) won one of three; and MONTREAL (10-12-7) took two and lost one. PHILADELPHIA (13-9-5) boosted its lead in the West to two points with a win, a loss and a tie; while LOS ANGELES (13-13-3) split two games with the Bruins and dropped two to Minnesota. Following a 7-4 rout of Pittsburgh, Goalie Cesare Maniago recorded three straight shutouts—two over LA and one over Oakland—to propel MINNESOTA (11-11-6) within a point of second. PITTSBURGH (11-13-4) was 1-1-1 for the week; ST. LOUIS (8-17-3) won two games, tied one and lost one and exchanged places with OAKLAND (7-17-5), which lost two of three and fell into the cellar.
RUGBY—New Zealand's ALL-BLACK team (SI, Nov. 20) closed out its 17-game tour of Canada and Europe with 16 wins and one tie (3-3 with East Wales).
SKIING—Austria's KARL SCHRANZ gained the combined title at the first Alpine competition of the season, in Val D'Is√®re, France, placing first in the special slalom and third to fellow-Austrian GERHARD NENNING in the giant slalom, while Billy Kidd of the U.S. and Jean-Pierre Augert of France tied for second in the combined. Two days later World Champion JEAN-CLAUDE KILLY won the giant slalom for the Henri Oreiller Cup. Women titlists were: OLGA PALL of Austria, the combined title; ISABELLE MIR of France, the special slalom; and FLORENCE STEURER of France, the giant slalom.
MILEPOSTS—MERGED: The UNITED SOCCER ASSOCIATION and the NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL SOCCER LEAGUE into an alignment of 20 teams in 20 different cities. The new league—still nameless—plans to operate next season with two divisions: the United, headed by USA Commissioner Dick Walsh, and the National, headed by NSPL Commissioner Ken Macker.
TRADED: New York Mets Outfielder TOMMY DAVIS, 28, the two-time National League batting champion who hit .302 last year, and Pitcher JACK FISHER, 28, plus two minor-leaguers, to the Chicago White Sox for Center Fielder TOMMIE AGEE, 25, and Infielder AL WEIS, 28. In two separate deals Philadelphia sent Left-hander DICK ELLSWORTH, 27, and Catcher GENE OLIVER, 32, to the Boston Red Sox for Catcher MIKE RYAN, 26, and traded Pitcher JIM BUNNING, 36, who had a 74-46 record, 992 strikeouts and a 2.48 ERA the past four seasons, to Pittsburgh for Pitcher WOODIE FRYMAN, 24, and three minor-leaguers.
RESIGNED: As head football coaches, Colgate University's HAL LAHAR, 49 (53-40-8 for 15 years), to devote full time to his duties as athletic director; and Bowling Green State University's BOB GIBSON, 40 (19-9 for three years).
RETIRED: From professional football to devote full time to his job with a textile firm. Linebacker SAM HUFF, 33, a five-time All-Pro. Huff played with the Washington Redskins the past four years but gained his greatest fame with the New York Giants (1956-1963).
RETIRED: Left-hander CURT SIMMONS, 38, who became one of the first big bonus babies in major league baseball when he signed with the Phillies in 1947 for $65,000. Simmons, who also pitched for the Cubs, Cards and Angels, had a career total of 193 wins, 183 losses.
ANNOUNCED: The retirement next June of RALPH FUREY, 64, as director of athletics at Columbia University, after 24 years. Furey, one of the founders of the Ivy League in 1945, was the first president of the ECAC.